Rappers joining forces with fashion brands: a tale as old as time? Well, it’s definitely a going concern. The fusion between the two is in full effect at the moment.

Perhaps you’ve heard: A$AP Rocky’s new song “RAF” repeatedly references Raf Simons, the legendary Belgian designer. Simons is named in each verse by Rocky and his guest stars Quavo, Lil Uzi Vert and Frank Ocean. You can listen to the song on episode 006 of blonded RADIO, Ocean’s show on Apple Music / beats 1—or enjoy one of the YouTube rips available at the moment. Check out our adidas by Raf Simons collection below.

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SHOP: adidas by Raf Simons Bunny Slide | Ozweego Bunny | Stan Smith | Spirit Ankle Strap | Strapped Stan Smith | Spirit High Top

And since we’re on the topic of Frank Ocean …

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“You only need to visit my house and see the stuff I’ve brought back over the years to know I really love the diversity of Mexican design,” says Christian Louboutin. “I love the embroideries, the colors, the pagan motifs of wild animals …”

Christian Louboutin with Mexicaba artists. All images courtesy of Christian Louboutin.

Isn’t that what we all do when we travel: Go shopping? Something tells us the Paris-based designer is extra good at it, though. “The heritage is so rich—from the indigenous side to the arrival of the Spanish to the mélange when those come together,” he says of the magic he’s found in recent trips.

But while so many of us can relate to browsing and buying our way through vacation, Mr. Louboutin took it to a whole new level when he engaged Fundación Haciendas del Mundo Maya, an organization that helps craftspeople in the Yucatán Peninsula and works to empower Mayan artists. Through them, Mr. Louboutin orchestrated a collaboration with needlework artists and weavers to create a super-exclusive, handmade tote—the Mexicaba—that benefits the artisans as well as the foundation.

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Reese Witherspoon has always struck us as the kind of woman who would give pretty solid advice. So when she tells us that one of the tote bags in her Draper James (new to Nordstrom!) summer collection has the question, “What Would Dolly Do?” on it, our impression of her feels accurate. After all, if our celebrity idol uses the choices of our country idol as her decision-making criteria, we’re in good company. And that’s another thing about Reese: with her cheerful confidence, well-earned success on and off the screen and group of good gal pals, she just seems like a pleasure to know.

Reese Witherspoon, Draper James

We became better acquainted with the actress and fashion entrepreneur during our conversation about Southern influences, her adorable Draper James collection and her admirable career goals. And it was a pleasure, indeed!

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“Asking for a Friend” is our advice series that seeks to solve all manner of fashion predicaments with the help of our smart and stylish Nordstrom colleagues. 

Ribicca Mamuye, mom jeans shoot

Mom was our original style icon. Thoughtful children that we are, we decided to mark this Mother’s Day by exploring some very nonmaternal ways to rock the high-waist denim styles (aka “mom jeans”) that are seeing a resurgence right now. To successfully do so, we tapped our friend and Nordstrom stylist Keara Matthiesen, as well as our gorgeous coworker Ribicca Mamuye, a full-time Nordstrom merchandising analyst and part-time blogger/model. Ribicca put Keara’s advice into practice in front of the camera, and this team effort produced spring outfits that would make our matriarchs proud.

The question: how to wear the mom-jean style without looking like you’re on carpool duty or carrying baggies of Cheerios?

The advice giver: Nordstrom Stylist Keara Matthiesen.

The solution: streamline your outfit with tucked-in shirts or flowing dresses (yes, dresses), then add a funky flourish.

SEE THE MOTHER LODE OF DENIM LOOKS

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In the last decade, we’ve seen Charlize Theron, the pop star Pink and Jeff Bridges all shoeless on social media. One-for-one retailer TOMS launched A Day Without Shoes in 2007, creating an annual frenzy of bare feet photographed by socially minded celebs and normals alike. For A Day Without Shoes, TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie donated a pair of shoes to someone in need for every person who chose to walk without them for a day—and share a picture online. This year, Blake is turning his focus to his brand’s other charitable efforts during One Day, on May 12, documented with the hashtag #standwithtoms.

Blake Mycoskie of TOMS

We spoke with Blake about what One Day will accomplish and TOMS’ considerable worldwide contributions.

How does One Day work?

Since our founding, TOMS has stood for one thing: to improve lives through business. For the past 11 years, we have done that through six unique gives: shoes, sight, safe birth, safe water, kindness and time. On one day each year, we have drawn attention specifically to children’s health and education. This year, on May 12, we are broadening the conversation to focus on all our gives and encouraging our community to identify which one they relate to the most. It is time to let our actions show that “we are what we do.” We are asking the TOMS tribe to help raise awareness for all the TOMS gives and inspire others to get involved and take action.

HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE

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British-born, Brooklyn-based photographer and videographer Glen Luchford has been capturing the ultra-engaging universe of Gucci for the past few seasons—the layers of colors, the wild embellishments, the nerdy/cool casting, the far-flung locations and their other-worldly, other-era moods.

All images courtesy Gucci 

To hype the pre-fall ’17 collection, the hairdresser-turned-photo-snapper co-produced a video campaign called “Soul Scene,” in which an all-black cast of models busts insane dance moves inside the Mildmay Club in London.

And we’ve got the whole gorgeous thing.

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By the time winter ends, most of us could use a new seasonal look and a little help appearing refreshed. Sure, you could drink a lot of water and get a ton of sleep (both easier said than done), but makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury has given us a customizable way to cheat gorgeous, healthy skin. The sought-after makeup artist is known for the dewy, glamorous red carpet looks she creates for celebs. “I’ve always been about cascading glow across the cheekbones and dripping candlelight atop the collarbones,” Tilbury says. “It’s the illusion of light on the skin, and the effects of the camera lenses that is instantly youth-boosting, slimming, elongating and perfecting.”

Palette Beauty Glow

Use these Nordstrom-exclusive products and simple tips from the glow pro herself to jump-start your summer beauty.

HERE’S HOW TO GET GLOWING

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We’ll admit that searching for the perfect Mother’s Day gift can be quite the challenge. Considering that this woman brought you into the world, raised you and has loved you unconditionally, the pressure to find something appropriately thoughtful is pretty high. In an effort to spark some worthy gifting ideas within you, we Who What Wear and Byrdie editors decided to team up and brainstorm what we’ll be giving our moms this Mother’s Day. As a group of people who are always in the know when it comes to the latest and greatest items on the market, it’s safe to say our opinions are trustworthy. From luxurious skincare devices to sparkling earrings, these are the items we all can’t wait to hand to our moms come May 14.

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How to Keep White Sneakers White

Our stylists love to recommend white sneakers because they go with everything. And they do. Whether you’re dressing up or dressing down, please believe there is a white sneaker for you.

Once you find it, you will need to decide: is this a sneaker that looks good slightly dirty? Because yes, that’s a thing—some of the coolest sneakers out right now look filthy. 

But if you answered “no,” that’s completely normal. And perhaps you’ll want to know: How should I keep my white sneakers white?

Two words for you: Jason Markk.

That’s the brand name of the shoe cleaner you need, made by Jason M. Angsuvarn, whose company is the first name in the pursuit of spotless sneakers. Check out the videos below to see how to use Jason Markk to clean your white sneakers.

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SHOP: Jason Markk shoe cleaning kit | Santoni sneakers | Sperry Flex Deck sneakers | Vans Authentics | Cole Haan tennis sneakers | adidas Stan Smiths | J&M 1850 sneakers (seen above)

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Once again Nordstrom is a proud sponsor of the year’s celebration of the theatre. And we can’t wait to mingle on the red carpet with the biggest names on Broadway.

Jalene Goodwin and Daveed Diggs at the 2016 Tony Awards

With no Hamilton nods to dominate the nominations (last year the musical had 16!), this year we’re seeing a roster of returning talent and some fresh, new names. From the Divine Miss M in a revival of Hello, Dolly! to David Malloy’s groundbreaking adaptation of Tolstoy, the musical Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, we’re ready to raise the curtain on this year’s awards season.

To prepare you, here’s who got recognized for another exceptional year of theatre, both on stage and behind the scenes.

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