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What to Wear

Sure, that’s easy. Just follow the link to: Valentine’s Day Gifts for Everyone

(Or, take our LA crew’s lead and go for something short and sweetly sexy like the romper shown here from BCBGMAXAZRIA.)

GIF image by Andrew McLeod for Nordstrom | Styled by Alexandra Hartle | Hair & Makeup by Jessica Later | Art Direction by Rosemary Cassidy

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The star of all-star jam “FourFiveSeconds” is definitely Rihanna, singing hard and being a badass and crying, performing with Sir Paul McCartney and the current King of Pop, Kanye West. Not the first time McCartney has collaborated with a K.o.P, BTW.

But from a style POV? The star is Rihanna’s jean jacket and leather-belt-tied-like-a-tie combo. Kanye West did the styling, selecting vintage Sean Jean denim. Which means for all you retro trend watchers out there, it’s time dig up your late-’90s/turn-of-the-millennium hip-hop gear like Fubu and Karl Kani.

That’s the fashion tip.

Shop: Men’s Denim Jackets

Okay, so depending what part of the world you’re in, spring either feels like a next-door neighbor or a very, very distant relation. Regardless of whether the weather is on the sunny side, our new arrivals certainly are.

Let’s take a look at the five dress shapes that are popping off as we speak, and figure out which one is right for you.

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January 30, 2015

NEW! Creatures of the Wind

What’s in a name? For the line Creatures of the Wind, it’s fair to say there’s music up in there.

Design duo Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters could’ve played it straight when they left the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to launch their line in 2008. “Gabier and Peters” has a nice ring to it, but give the original Johnny Mathis version of “Wild is the Wind” a listen. It’s got a certain ring, too—one that works very well as an abstracted, somewhat undercover reference point for the beautifully moody and hauntingly romantic line that we’re psyched to welcome to Nordstrom the Grove, Nordstrom San Francisco Centre, and Nordstrom.com this month.

To celebrate the launch, we talked to Shane Gabier about the music, climate, and concepts of their current Spring collection.

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January 29, 2015

NEW! Haider Ackermann

Kanye wears him, the press adores him, and now, we carry him online. Haider Ackermann is a man of the world—Columbia, Ethiopia, Chad, Algeria, France and the Netherlands have all been home—and his clothes carry a sort of global consensus and quiet urgency.

Some of our favorites are in this edition of GIF Shop, but you’ll probably want to check out our full Haider Ackermann Spring offering as well.

Haider Ackermann satin shirtdress | Haider Ackermann full-length trench | Haider Ackermann oversized satin blouse | Haider Ackermann silk bomber jacket

—Laura Cassidy

Never has the trope “Tough job, but someone’s gotta do it” seemed as oddly apt as it does right now. On one hand, I’m counting the days until New York Fashion Week kicks off—two weeks to go!—while on the other, I’m frozen just thinking about it all. And then I think of Crystal.

We’re lucky enough to count street-style photographer Crystal Nicodemus among our contributors; each Fashion Week she’s out there documenting the trends, the scene and the best-dressed players. And when we say “out there,” we mean out there. You can’t report on emerging street trends from inside a cozy coffee shop. Let’s let her tell it like it is—and like it’s going to be, as the next round of runways and real ways approaches…

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Easy. No question. Can they make these harder, please?

The brand new fringe-front boots from Hunter take the fever for vintage-riffing, decorative edging out in the elements where, we have to assume, they help make the most of stomping in puddles and powering through urban snow drifts. Pair them with a ’20s frock or a pair of skinnies—either way, you’re vibing with Atlantic City showbiz hopefuls and aristocratic ice queens, and showing the weather who’s boss.

Shop: Hunter boots

—Laura Cassidy

Studies show shopping is at least twelve times more fun en masse. Our Try This On series is all about the camaraderie of sartorial group projects—and this special Wellness Realness episode makes it all about looking good and feeling good, too.

Zella lightweight hooded anorak | Topshop bandeau jumpsuit | Zella running shoes

The question of balancing both life/work and life/workout is really a matter of form vs. function, and where modern-day gym gear is concerned, the answer is definitely not one or the other but both. Innovations in textile technology as well as street and runway sportif trends yield a wide open door for dressing one way, all day—give or take a jumpsuit here and a racer-back tank there. 

Here, we step into the Personal Styling dressing rooms at the Seattle flagship with a supremely flexible fitness guru to show you how she manages a 24/7 mix of Zella and ready-to-wear basics.

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A lot to think about? Maybe, but thinking keeps the brain warm—if not the body. And depending on where you’re at right now, you can probably use all the heat you can get.

Which brings us to this image from Marie Claire Netherlands’ new February 2015 issue in which photographer David Cohen de Lara and stylist Marjolein Mos stage model Sophie Vlaming in a sort of winter-on-top, spring-on-the-bottom kind of situation.

(And those eyebrows? Yeah, we should probably talk about those sometime soon, too.)

In the meantime, may we invite you to steal this look with our handily selected picks?

Blue Duck bomber jacket | Kut from the Kloth denim jacket | Topshop jean jacket with faux shearling collar

Shop: All women’s shearling coats | All women’s jean jackets

—Laura Cassidy

As of presstime, you have 25 shopping days until the date night of all date nights, Valentine’s Day. Do you know what you’re wearing? Because we talked to four of the most in-love and Instagrammed couples on the Internet, and their plans are looking pretty solid.

Mine these interviews for outfit ideas, date itineraries, soundtrack notes and general romantic maneuvers. Oh, and good Instagram feeds.

(DJ Kiss and DJ M.O.S. via Instagram)

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