Among the fantasy occupations that continue to enthrall us into adulthood, spies loom large. Maybe it’s the ability to go undetected that appeals to our desire to pass unnoticed through life’s messiness. Or the duplicity of the missions that reminds us of what we’re each hiding from the world. Or, as in the case of 007, it’s likely the enticement of a jet-setting lifestyle full of high-tech gadgetry and high-touch intelligence gathering.
Although our pop culture-absorbed imaginations have been thoroughly infiltrated by spies from novels, comic books and movies, perhaps nowhere does this fascination prevail more than in Great Britain. Some of the best story spies hail from England: James Bond, Harry Hart, George Smiley, and John Steed and Emma Peel of The Avengers.
With that national legacy in mind, and with the cinematic producing powers of Guy Ritchie—no stranger to the British spy genre—Ted Baker London created Mission Impeccable, a shoppable video that constructs a seedy underworld of sartorial espionage. Of the many villains and heroes who partake in this fashion film caper—Manny Quinn, Minnie Skirt, Penny Loafer and Dr. Essmaker, to name a few—TED is an enigmatic leader whose real life counterpart isn’t so far from the fiction.
Played in the film by Ted Baker London CEO and founder Ray Kelvin, this mastermind sets the action in motion when he deploys his agents on a mission to uncover who breached TED Quarters. Since we managed to discover his true identity, we took a minute to talk to Mr. Kelvin about the film and his favorite elements of spy style.
To celebrate the opening of our new store at Toronto Eaton Centre, we’ve been talking to some of the city’s residents while photographing them on the streets—and sometimes rooftops—of their stunning metro.
First up is all-around lovely lady, model and blogger Shivani Persad. This woman proves that true beauty isn’t just skin deep. On her blog, LIVE SHIV NOW, Shivani discusses the nuances of the modeling industry, diversity issues in entertainment and fashion, her personal struggle with anxiety, her travel reflections and, of course, fashion. All of these dimensions also made her the perfect subject of our new 360º video. You can watch that below, see behind-the-scenes images from our shoot and read Shivani’s tips for dressing up and going out in Toronto.
For lots of brands—particularly those in the emerging designer realm—the runway is no longer on the runway. More and more forward thinkers are walking away from the traditional conventions of Fashion Week and doing their own versions of theater, presentation, experience and the big reveal.
Scenes of Olivia Kim and the crew in Koché’s runway/alleyway during the fall shows in March.
The result felt something like the French version of a glamorous flash mob, with the pranksters dressed in patchwork velvet and bejeweled tomboy silhouettes. We’re lucky enough to have video footage of it—in anticipation of the next season of Paris Fashion Week. We’re sharing it here.
“I have been mixing my own secret scent for years and have been fascinated by the idea that one’s perfume can attract others and also change the energy frequency of the people and environment around you.” —Charlotte Tilbury
It’s almost here, and we couldn’t be more excited! Charlotte Tilbury’s first-ever and first-of-its-kind perfume is premiering at Nordstrom on September 1. And who better to be the face of Scent of a Dream than Charlotte’s good friend Kate Moss. More on the fascinating approach Tilbury took in creating a fragrance she calls “the key to attraction” to come soon. In the meantime, get a behind-the-scenes look at the film featuring Kate Moss showcasing this intoxicating new scent.
In addition to hundreds of beauty exclusives, free samples and gifts with purchase, we’re offering a little something extra special at our store beauty counters each day during our Anniversary Sale. Check out our Glam-Out Days calendar during the first week of the sale, and drop by for an extra dose of beauty, on us.
Angelenos will want to make Nordstrom The Grove a waypoint this weekend. Beginning Saturday, a Tesla Motors gallery featuring the all-electric Model X—Tesla’s sport utility vehicle that performs like a sports car—will be located in the store’s men’s department. Customers are invited to stop by the small showroom to experience interior and trim choices in the Tesla Design Studio, and even go on test drives with Tesla employees.
Rendering by Tesla Motors
During Father’s Day weekend, demonstration drives will be happening throughout the day in 10 Model X’s. If Dad wants to go for a spin, don’t fear his whipping out a checkbook on the spot: purchases can’t be made at the gallery at this time—he’ll have to go online, which Tesla staff can facilitate, or head to a licensed Tesla store.
Our bet is that dads won’t be the only shoppers seduced by the Model X. Luxury interiors and high-tech design—including Falcon Wing doors and a panoramic windshield with solar tinting, which seamlessly blends frontal and overhead views—are just a few touches that make this vehicle peerless. Additionally, without gas, the Model X rockets from zero to 60 in a mere 3.2 seconds. A 90 kWh battery provides 257 miles of range on a single charge. It seats seven adults comfortably and has a 5,000-pound towing capacity, all while handling like a zippy two-seater.
What to wear this summer? Short answer: fresh prints, surf-shop tees and broken-in denim. Check out your new summer wardrobe in our video above. You’ll notice the looks come pretty fast. Key individual pieces are below.
Our spring Snapchat Shoe Challenge saw the University of South Carolina student body rally to win a party on campus with supermodel and NYU college student Karlie Kloss!
Nordstrom asked users to cast a social media ballot for Florida State University, UCLA, University of Arizona, University of Oregon or University of South Carolina. The Gamecocks rose to the challenge and, on April 12, University of South Carolina seniors were presented with a Nordstrom voucher worth $100 to help them get a well-shod leg up on their job hunt.
We took a minute to talk to the mega-model when she visited campus last week. As a working professional and NYU student, Kloss’s schedule is already pretty packed. But somehow she has still found time to help other young women find their calling with her free summer coding camps called Kode with Klossy.
Hear Karlie Kloss talk about her love of shoes, college life and her pet project. Plus, get her tips on mastering a killer runway walk.
A pretty good wellness indicator might be to try to keep pace with the dance moves in a Beyoncé video. We suggest “7/11” or “Single Ladies,” but perhaps start with the choreography in “Flawless” or “Diva” sans stilettos. Watching the singer drop it in 6-inch heels, bounce back, then gyrate and seemingly strut up walls is to witness enviable human stamina and coordination in three minutes of combined viewing and listening pleasure.
No doubt Beyoncé is fit. And it isn’t just the version of fitness that’s measured in low body fat and how one (usually a feminine one) looks in a swimsuit. Beyoncé’s body is strong, capable, sexual, able to accomplish complicated rhythmic maneuvers at will. She is an Olympian on the concert stage—and the possessor of more leotards than the entire 2012 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics team.
And now you can strut a mile in her spandex. IVY PARK, a joint venture of Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment and Topshop, will debut on April 14 at Nordstrom. With the tag line “Strong Beyond Measure,” IVY PARK attests to Beyoncé’s unique capability to make everything she touches culturally significant. Those three words are about empowerment, not about losing a dress size.
HEAR: Second Love by Emmy the Great
Pop singer and songwriter Emma Lee Moss’s third album covers difficult emotional terrain, but this soul-stirring singer seems to skate on it with her honeyed voice. Occasionally the atmospheric album becomes aloof, yet songs like “Algorithm” and “Hyperlink” reduce love’s struggles to orchestrated abstractions that an indie-inclined audience would recognize as brilliant modern day similes.
READ: An Unrestored Woman: And Other Stories by Shobha Rao
Stories exploring the 1947 schism of India and Pakistan could seem as daunting as that contentious border. In Shobha Rao’s hands, however, we are immersed in the sympathetic lives of citizens arbitrarily controlled by the geo-political divisions of territory. Love is aborted, children lost, families separated, individuals left to their alien resources in paired stories set both in the diaspora and the domestic.
SEE: City of Gold The prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold is an admired and imitated connoisseur of urban eats. It’s not an exaggeration to attribute to him our national predilections for food trucks, obscure ethnic foods and adventurous eating. This documentary follows the insatiable scribe around LA, a city that warmly embraces him and his enthusiasm for its citizens and their culinary ambitions.