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J.W.Anderson’s Book Might Be the Coolest Thing You’ll Read All Year

If you were to compile a list of the hottest designers in fashion, Jonathan Anderson would have to be really close to the top. The young Brit collected both the menswear and the womenswear prizes at the recent British Fashion Awards (“I was embarrassed because it must have looked maxi-greedy,” he told Business of Fashion) and between the chic ruffles and upbeat colors in his London-based signature line, J.W.Anderson, and his retooling of Spain’s luxury it-bags-and-more brand Loewe, he’s not just a designer and a creative director, he’s an international force.

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Jacket design for J.W.Anderson and Luis Venegas’s The Rain in Spain Stays Mainly in the Plain via J.W.Anderson

Which is probably why Spain’s coolest publisher wanted to do a book with him. That volume, comprising 130 pages of collections, collaborations and more, was released yesterday at one of Anderson’s “workshops” (more on that in a moment) in the East End neighborhood of Shoreditch. 

TAKE A TOUR OF THE NEW J.W.ANDERSON BOOK

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How to Turn a Classic on Its Head: Pop-In@Nordstrom X Opening Ceremony

The Rizzoli-published Opening Ceremony is a 350-page pastel-striped encyclopedia of retail, style and general amazingness chronicling the first 10 years of Humberto Leon and Carol Lim’s modern marvel. In a series we’re calling Taking a Page from OC, we’re sharing our favorite elements of the best stories found inside.

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From Opening Ceremony, published by Rizzoli

Some might say you can’t improve on Keds or Pendleton—or The Muppets for Miss Piggy’s sake, but those people haven’t seen what Leon and Lim and team did with the brands. While part of OC’s genius has been introducing lesser-known brands and unknown artisans to the popular fashion lexicon, another aspect has been taking a proven formula and giving it a boost of colorful charm, unexpected dimension and a new way to relate to and experience an established icon.

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British Illustrator Frida Wannerberger and Her Summer Reading List | Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes Warby Parker

Everyone knows all the cool girls are really bookworms—what they don’t know is what all the cool bookworms are reading. You will now though; just follow along with this series as Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes Warby Parker helps us celebrate the literary life well lived.

British illustrator Frida Wannerberger.

This is Swedish-born British illustrator and graphic designer Frida Wannerberger, en rose. When she’s not drawing up deliciously quirky scenes of otherworldly people lounging about in Christopher Kane and Mary Katrantzou, teaching or working on cool stuff for clients like Harper’s Bazaar and A Magazine Curated By, you can find her at her summer house in Sweden delving into stacks of literary masterpieces—a few of which she was kind enough to share with us for this chapter of our Summer Reading Lists.

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Photographer Olivia Locher’s Summer Reading List | Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes Warby Parker

Everyone knows all the cool girls are really bookworms—what they don’t know is what all the cool bookworms are reading. You will now though; just follow along with this series as Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes Warby Parker helps us celebrate the literary life well lived.

There are photographers who document the world, and there are photographers who create worlds to document. New York-based lens pro Olivia Locher has a foot on both planets—and what a foot it is. (Her super charming DIY shoes caught our eye at the Jason Wu show at fall fashion week in New York.) At work for entities such as W magazine, she captures the drama and excitement of the backstage build-up at the shows, and while at work unraveling her own narratives and concepts, she stages series such as “I Fought the Law,” in which her subjects enact the fine art of breaking totally inane American rules from coast to coast. Exhibit A: “In Texas it is illegal for children to have unusual haircuts.” Huh? Yeah.

Here she is repping some Warby Parker sunnies, and here she is schooling us on texts of conceptual photography and ’70s ennui.

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A Summer Reading List from the Ladies of theSkimm | Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes Warby Parker

Everyone knows all the cool girls are really bookworms—what they don’t know is what all the cool bookworms are reading. You will now though; just follow along with this series as Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes Warby Parker helps us celebrate the literary life well lived.

The Skimm.

You know how you’re always wishing you had the time to read all the news that’s fit to print and post so you can engage in proper dinner discussions over a medley of reductions, foraged greens and vintage labels? But there are only so many bus rides and grocery lines in a day, right? Good news: now you can thank lady bosses and white wine connoisseurs Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin for helping you feel loads smarter in the time it takes to gloss over an email. Skip on over to theSkimm and sign up for daily recaps of notable news from Syria to the latest rap feuds, all neatly condensed into digestible nuggets, conversation starters and words of the day.

Naturally, theSkimm also adds a Skimm Reads book recommendation to each Friday email paired with a perfectly complementary libation—because what’s smarter than being well-read and well-hydrated? For the latest edition of our Summer Reading Lists, here are four of their favorite titles; check ’em out, no library card required.

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Nylon Magazine’s Preetma Singh on Summer’s Best Books | Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes Warby Parker

Everyone knows all the cool girls are really bookworms—what they don’t know is what all the cool bookworms are reading. You will now though; just follow along with this series as Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes Warby Parker helps us celebrate the literary life well lived.

Image of Preetma wearing SPACE designer Paskal by Julien Boudet for Bleu Mode

If Preetma Singh didn’t exist, the street style world would have to make her up. Every scene needs its rare bird of uncommon style, and the lawyer-turned-Nylon-mag editor and part-time rock drummer for the band Vomitface (yeah, let us know when it’s her turn at career day), is that green-haired, radically outfitted creature when it comes to Fashion Week and beyond. And you’ve gotta be booky to get through law school, right? Beware, readers, this girl’s about to drop some existentialism on you.

Preetma’s current top-three literary picks:

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Stylist Djuna Bel’s Summer Reading List | Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes Warby Parker

Everyone knows that all the cool girls are really bookworms—what they don’t know is what all the cool bookworms are reading. You will now, though; just follow along with this series as Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes Warby Parker helps us celebrate the literary life well lived.

First up: L.A.-based Djuna Bel, who rocks romantic vintage pieces and iconic designers in the same breath and evokes a kind of laid-back, free-as-a-bird cool even though you know that the life of a fashion stylist is one of those things that sounds like a daylong picnic but is actually a lot of body-busting labor and handwork. But let’s be real. This lady puts Keds on Taylor Swift and kicks it with Langley Fox. Like she told Closet Visit upon their voyage into her leather jacket– and Christopher Kanepacked hideaway, “There is nothing I don’t love about my job.” And as it seems she finds enough time to ponder underground Americana classics and It-girl biz tomes on her off-hours, yeah, she’s got it all dialed in. Color hers the modern West Coast idyll.

Here’s what she’s got her nose in this season:

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Kore Swim’s Best Summer Bets | Pop-In Goes Poolside

Jessica and Nicole Tracy, the sisters behind Kore Swim, can bring their notion of personal beauty and positive self image back to one simple phrase from a Jefferson Airplane song: “You’re only as pretty as you feel.” (The philosophy is right there on the So-Cal-based swimwear line’s About Us page.) And hey you know what? Same goes for a poolside summer:
You’re as fun as you can dream yourself to be, girl. So let’s do this.

The Tracy sisters before business plans and conference rooms were a thing

Jessica and Nicole gave us their download on summer’s best entertainment—and the poolside’s best looks.

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Mega-Modern Festival Style: Design Your Own Shirt with Pop-In Designer and Nordstrom Salesperson Shawn Serven

Word to the wise: If you can wrangle an invitation to Shawn Serven’s Seattle apartment, do it. Especially if you’re a fan of exuberant pop culture, candy-colored craft supplies and postmodern fashion libraries. And especially if you’re into all of those things yielding spectacular DIY fashion projects.

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February Book Club: Lonely Hearts Club Edition with Anjelica Huston, Lee Grant & Nora Ephron

Circle up the lovelorn bookworms; this month’s Book Club is all about what to read if you’re not celebrating Valentine’s Day. Not into reading this month either? Can’t say we approve, but our February selection lends itself particularly well to film, so be sure to check out our small-screen suggestions at the end of the post.

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