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This is Taking a Page from OC, a series in which we mine the essentially-out-of-print, highly collectible, Rizzoli-published Opening Ceremony—a 350-page book dedicated to the story of the iconic New York fashion brand. Dive into the world of Opening Ceremony via Pop-In@Nordstrom x Opening Ceremony, our current Olivia Kim–curated shop.

miapolaroidOC cofounder Humberto Leon with M.I.A.

Maybe you first heard about Opening Ceremony while Googling Omarion’s varsity jacket in the music video for “Post To Be”?

Or maybe you know music has always been a vital entry point into the brand.

Here are some key OC/music connections from the Opening Ceremony book, with tracks from individual artists.

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Dance party this way….


Cara Delevingne, Sam Smith, Tom Hardy and Liu Wen all wearing Burberry jacketsFor a 160-year-old company, Burberry is surprisingly spry. Last year Apple snapped up Angela Ahrendts, formerly Burberry’s CEO, to lead its retail team as senior vice president, a hire that resulted in a media flurry. And only a few months ago, electric car company Tesla recruited the British brand’s SVP to be its executive of North America sales. With tech companies poaching its top talent, it’s clear that Burberry has an enviable vision.

Here are eight other ways the storied trench-coat purveyor and celebrity favorite has made headlines in 2015, several happened just this week.

1. For London Fashion Week Spring 2016, the British company first revealed its collection on Snapchat, where it also later broadcast the runway show.

2. The label caused a stir during the Spring/Summer Men’s Fashion Week with its pretty lace shirts, a borrowed-from-the-girls play on fashion’s current obsession with androgyny.

3. This fall, the UK luxury label launched a channel on Apple Music featuring Chief Executive and Creative Officer Christopher Bailey’s picks, music from its runway shows and emerging artists. It is the first brand to do so.

4. At its Regent Street flagship store, Burberry opened Thomas’s, a quaint café serving traditional British breakfasts, scones and clotted cream, and lobster and chips.

5. Burberry joined the list of UK employers pledging to offer all workers a wage higher than the adult minimum to account for true living costs in London.

6. Rolling out more celebrity appearances than a Taylor Swift concert, Burberry just unveiled its Festive Film for the 2015 holiday season. Tally the pretty mugs that pop up to this T.Rex song.

7. Yesterday the house announced that they were retiring the unique labels under its brand and will use only the Burberry moniker. Say “so long” to the distinct Prorsum, London and Brit lines.

8. During the same announcement, Christopher Bailey revealed plans to open a new manufacturing facility in Leeds, which could triple the weekly British production of Burberry’s classic jackets.

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Diane Pernet with Dries Van Noten and Caroline de MaigretFashion journalist Diane Pernet projects an unapproachable and mysterious persona. Perhaps it’s the lace mantilla. Surrounded in a shroud of black layers, she floats through the fashion and art worlds, charming acquaintances, collaborators and friends with her calm enthusiasm. But beneath her many veils, she is surprisingly forthcoming.

Pernet’s diverse and amplifying interests led her to launch her A Shaded View on Fashion Film Festival in 2008. A competition and showcase of short fashion, style and beauty films, ASVOFF begins in Paris during Fashion Week and then travels to museums and cultural institutions throughout the world. This year, Jean Paul Gaultier serves as jury president.

We spoke with Pernet about the festival, fashion and her personal style.

Diane Pernet with Nick Walter graffiti in New York CityHow did A Shaded View on Fashion Film Festival begin?

I’ve never been one to map out my distant future or calculate how things might pan out. At each crossroads, I’ve simply followed my instincts. Although it hasn’t always been smooth sailing, I can honestly say that I think it has been the best approach for me. Over the years, I’ve been a fashion designer, a costume designer, an editor, a stylist, a journalist and a filmmaker. Although they are all very different roles, they do all revolve around fashion so there has been that constant throughout my professional career. It is the creative process that is the most different, I think.

In 2006, Mark Eley of Eley Kishimoto asked me to make a road movie for the launch of his menswear line and we did it via the Gumball Rally, a 3,000-mile race from London’s Trafalgar Square to Monte Carlo. The result, Adventure of Pleasure, became the basis for You Wear it Well, a short-lived, curated fashion film festival that screened at Cinespace on Hollywood Boulevard.

The spirit of fashion film is important too because it’s typically one where the consumer expects brands to push the boundaries a bit more and to not necessarily be quite so precious about things. A Shaded View on Fashion Film Festival has always been for anyone who enjoys films or wears clothes. Fashion film won’t be for everyone but it is intended for everyone. It’s not just an insider medium. Great fashion film should touch people like any art form or cinematic form. We’ve still got a long road ahead of us to experiment, which is hugely exciting.



The wait is finally over! On the morning of September 18, we opened the doors to our new store at Pacific Centre in downtown Vancouver. Come along on some of our favorite moments in the videos below—from a dynamic duo patiently (and so cheerfully) waiting in line to the opening gala fashion show to a tour of the new store.

In the months leading up to this big day, we’ve been exploring the city with some of its famous citizens. Get a glimpse of our conversations with folks like model Coco Rocha, actress Diana Bang, editor Ryan Willms and others. Then read our interviews with them for their tips on making the most of your time in Vancouver.



Jake Rosenberg shoots Coca Rocha for the Nordstrom Pacific Centre opening campaign

To celebrate our new store in Vancouver, we’ve been catching up with some of our favorite Canadians. One of whom we submitted to a friendly on-camera interrogation.

Cofounder of the closet-obsessed website The Coveteur, creative director, fashion photographer and Torontonian Jake Rosenberg fessed up during a session of our video questionnaire, 5 Ws. Rosenberg shot the other celebrities and personalities we interviewed in anticipation of the Nordstrom Pacific Centre opening. Then we turned the camera on this digital-media maestro.

The Coveteur's Jake Rosenberg answers Nordstrom's 5 Ws



asaprocky2  Images courtesy Shomi Patwary

Music video director and friend of the Nordstrom blogs Shomi Patwary previously brought us behind the scenes with Ty Dolla $ign and Mark Ronson. Now he’s giving us rare glimpses at the creative process of the fashion killa himself, A$AP Rocky.

Patwary directed the video for Rocky’s song “Jukebox Joints” with Joe Fox and Kanye West, a highlight off Rocky’s album At.Long.Last.ASAP. West produced the track, which floats on a sample from an old Smokey Robinson jukebox joint.

Patwary’s video is purplish, smoky and the video and language in the song are perhaps NSFW. Know that and consider turning young kids away from the screen as you watch it.

See exclusive photos from the shoot below, and learn which Spike Lee movie inspired the video’s vertically stretched-out look.



project-pabloAlbum art for Project Pablo’s I Want to Believe by Devon White

Vancouver is still ruling our lives as we anticipate our new store opening September 18 in that gorgeous Canadian city.

To get properly psyched up, we’ve been bumping beats from 1080p Collection nonstop, 1080p being the label run in Vancouver by one of our heroes Richard MacFarlane–who maintains a frequency of albums and quality of music which makes other labels look lazy in comparison.

We asked MacFarlane which 1080p music would be best for three situations: a party, feeling sad and listening while at work.

For partying, MacFarlane suggested Vancouver’s own Project Pablo–whose hazy house music soundtracks some excellent Tech Decking in the video below for “Movin’ Out”:

Read on for MacFarlane’s commentary. Now please excuse us while we turn up the volume and think Vancouver thoughts about skateboarding, wildlife and islands.

–Andrew Matson



friendlychemistFriendly Chemist Touch of Jupiter album artwork by Sharona Franklin

We’re locked into a Vancouver, BC, groove right now, anticipating our new store in that beautiful Canadian harbor city on September 18.

One of our favorite things to do while in Vancouver is jog around Stanley Park. Smack dab in the city, it’s also a place to see orcas in the water. As we struggle to stay on our fitness regimen this summer/fall, we’re bumping Vancouver music in our headphones and visualizing Stanley Park, aiming to move as swiftly as an orca or perhaps soar like one of the local bald eagles.

Our running soundtrack comes courtesy of Vancouver resident Richard MacFarlane, who operates one of our favorite independent music labels, 1080p. Read our Q&A with MacFarlane here. For jogging he recommends the steady beat of Friendly Chemist, aka Van-city’s Jean Brazeau.

Read his comments and listen below to the sounds of the True North, strong and free.

–Andrew Matson

“If you’re running in Vancouver, or anywhere, you should be listening to Friendly Chemist–he’s from here. His music is this kind of spacy techno. Not super high-energy, but enough to keep you coasting for sure.”

–Richard MacFarlane



Skinny ankles? Extra-curvy calves? Buying boots—especially online—can sometimes feel like you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. No more: Our crack video team hooked up with our amazing in-house shoe experts to answer the question once and for all, and well, the headline pretty much says it all.



While the latest in our Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes Liberty London video series is a behind-the-scenes look at the print and fabric design process from the storied Brit brand’s autumn 2012 collection, the industry insight is still totally relevant and the inside point of view on the process is, as we say around here, evergreen.

But let’s check out how they say it around there.

Go desk-side with a handful of Liberty designers at the in-house studio as they talk about historical context, original artwork, digital prints and art world references.

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