The SJP Collection launched one month ago today, exclusively at Nordstrom! From New York to California, stylish women have taken to the streets across the country, rocking this very ladylike line of shoes, handbags and wardrobe essential trench coats.
Eager to show off how you personalize the SJP Collection? If the answer is yes, e-mail The Thread by April 4, 2014, for details on seeing your SJP street-style photo featured in Sarah Jessica’s next guest editor post.
You know those people who are so obviously doing exactly what they’re supposed to? Jolie Holland is one of them. Since the early aughts, the Texas-born musician (who was also a founding member of Canadian folk group The Be Good Tanyas) has been steadily releasing personal, poetic records that incorporate so many different styles of music—from folk to jazz to soul to rock—that she defies genre.
Case in point: “Waiting for the Sun,” the first single off her upcoming release Wine Dark Sea. The easy, swinging track mixes Holland’s throaty vocals, a punchy horn section and a crazy guitar solo—and makes it all work together perfectly. We grabbed a moment with Jolie and asked her a few questions about her new record, her favorite singers and nomadic living.
THE THREAD: We really love the relaxed party vibe in the “Waiting for the Sun” video. Everybody looks like they’re having a great time. Where did you guys film that? Are those all just friends of yours?
JOLIE HOLLAND: The dancers are very dear friends, and there were a couple friends of friends. We were at a Brooklyn studio that belongs to a great experimental dance troupe called LAVA.
THE THREAD: Tell us a little about Wine Dark Sea. How is it different from your previous releases?
JOLIE: I realized I needed a giant band to execute this particular vision—usually seven or eight of us at once. There are two full drum kits on every song and often four electric guitars—all recorded live.
THE THREAD: You’ve got an incredibly rich, totally unmistakable voice. Are there any singers that you consider influences? Or are there voices that you just really, really love?
JOLIE: Thank you. Mavis Staples is the Queen of the America I love. She’s one of the greatest living singers in the world. Buffy Sainte-Marie, Nina Simone, Blind Willie McTell and Umm Kulthum are some of the other singers that make me feel like a teenage fanboy. I also love “terrible” singers like Keith Richards and young Will Oldham—even if they’re out of tune, the feeling is really all that matters.
THE THREAD: You work with amazing musicians, but you’re a multi-instrumentalist yourself. Do you think it makes it easier to communicate with your bandmates or a producer when you’ve got such a strong background with a variety of instruments?
JOLIE: I’ve produced all my own records, sometimes in collaboration with a co-producer. When everybody is at the top of their game, the conversation becomes more about feeling than technique. I tell ‘em things like, “The bass line needs to be like a vacation on the beach,” or “I want this synthesizer part to be like a 7-foot-tall drag queen in high heels.”
THE THREAD: You’ve lived in a bunch of different places—New Orleans, Texas, Vancouver, B.C.—to name a few. Is there any place you’d like to live that you haven’t yet?
JOLIE: I’ve lived in most of the big cities of North America—I’ve done this by necessity, even though I’m a homebody at heart. I’m satisfied to stay on the same nomadic circuit: New York, New Orleans, Oakland, Austin. My favorite way to live is in an urban beehive of weirdo artistes. I wanna come home at 4am and find a housemate working on a printing project, blasting Harry Partch and drinking kava kava.
Jolie Holland’s latest record, Wine Dark Sea, comes out May 20 on ANTI- Records.
This spring, edit your wardrobe by adding a few city-sleek styles from via C. “For spring we wanted to let our customers know it’s okay to be playful. You can be sporty with Alexander Wang basketball shorts, mix bright florals with camo from Carven, show off your abs in an A.L.C. crop top or mix textiles with crystals, like on the 3.1 Phillip Lim blouse,” says Kimberly Harris, our online via C buyer.
Just two years ago, Kate Ciepluch went from fashion director of an online retailer to creator of Laveer, a made-in-America collection of blazers and statement jackets–and the New York-based designer hasn’t looked back. The Thread phoned Kate to learn more about her passion and design approach on this timeless wardrobe staple.
On starting Laveer: “My intention was to do blazers and fashion jackets, in a little bit more of an edgy and cool way but still remaining sophisticated, nothing too trendy and of the moment, something that you’re going to want to have in your closet for a long time.”
It’s likely that you (and your mom and your bestie and your cube-mate) have already seen the video for Pharrell’s incredibly catchy song, “Happy.” But yesterday was the first day of spring, the birds are chirping, the sun is out and we’re feeling… well, happy.
The song itself was originally written for Despicable Me 2 (which is why some Minions make cameos in the video) and was nominated for an Academy Award. And the video? It started out life as a revolutionary, interactive, real-time music video called 24 Hours of Happy. THAT evolved into 24 Hours of Happiness, a collaboration with the United Nations for the second annual International Day of Happiness (March 20). Basically, it’s one big domino effect of joy. So go ahead—take a work break and practice your moves.
From revolutionizing basketball in the 1920s to igniting punk rock counterculture to becoming the go-to shoe for men, women and kids of all ages, the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star has seen it all—until now.
To celebrate this month’s Pop-In @ Nordstrom, which is devoted to all things Converse, we’ve invited local artists from every corner of the USA to put their own unique spin on the ultimate blank canvas: a pristine pair of white high-top Chucks. Keep reading to see 14 hand-painted sneakers—and find out where you can nab these limited-edition kicks while supplies last.
For more than 100 years, Nordstrom has photographed the latest and greatest of fashion, as seen in our print catalogs, in-store displays, ad campaigns and more recently, online—lucky for us, because now we have a plethora of fashion to look back on, including some rare photo finds.
For The Thread‘s debut Throwback Thursday photo, we’re rewinding back a decade to 2004, where pastel plaids reigned supreme.
Shop our Editors’ Picks to get this throwback look today:
Last Thursday we played host to kate spade new york creative director Deborah Lloyd and celebrity stylist Brad Goreski. The style-savvy duo made a personal appearance at our Bellevue Square store to show off the bright colors of the kate spade new york spring collection and to answer fashion questions from the crowd. Lloyd and Goreski also hosted a Twitter chat with us prior to the event. For those who missed either, here’s a best-of recap from the chat and snaps of the Bellevue runway show.