In conjunction with Pop-In@Nordstrom: Faded – our Olivia Kim-curated shop running now through November 13 – we present this rough bandana guide. There are a million and one ways to wear a bandana. Here are five.
Fold the bandana into a triangle and simply knot it around the neck in the back (the way the guy above is wearing it). The techniques here are to either tie it close to your neck or leave the bandana looser so it hits further down your chest. Your call. Depends on how large you want the triangle to be.
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“Surrounded by Hermès silk spaghetti strands and pinching myself [that] this dream project came to life,” wrote Olivia Kim via Instagram early on Tuesday morning. The image she was captioning showed her standing in the newest must-snap selfie spot—smack dab in the middle of one of the brand new, ultra-modern and very cool design elements in Nordstrom Welcomes Hermès, a temporary shop-in-shop experience that she curated only for our Downtown Seattle flagship.
Image via Olivia Kim on Instagram
And really, we do mean “only.” Olivia’s Hermès edit is just in Seattle and not available online, and our collaboration marks the first time the nearly two hundred-year-old brand has co-created a dedicated home for exploring the colorful and expertly crafted extras that make it such a covetable name.
As you might imagine, that one-of-its-kind emphasis on men’s and women’s scarves, ties, and jewelry means there’s a beautiful and immersive selection of it all; there’s also an entire year to take it all in.
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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Olivia Kim will run your town. Her fitness-first dedication is admirable no matter what, but when you understand just how very, very much she travels, it’s downright humbling. Put it this way: when people ask her where she lives, she just sort of laughs. Yet no matter where she goes, she laces up her Nikes and moves.
Images by Jessa Carter
Running, hiking, yoga, surfing—it’s all a way of life for our VP of Creative Projects, so the recent launch of Nordstrom x Nike boutiques in Toronto and Seattle (Chicago, we’re coming soon) are very close to her heart. She curated them; she believes in them; she shops them. For example, when it came time for her and her crew to take a break from Paris Fashion Week for We Run Paris, a Nike 10K, they did it in Nordstrom x Nike.
While we’re all about that sneakers-with-skirts and sweats-with-ankle-boots life, there’s certainly something to be said for the straightforward and traditional use of trainers and leggings too. We also think it’s pretty much impossible not to be inspired by Olivia’s “Why I Run” feature on Nike.com and our images of the gang crossing the Seine in those chic swooshes.
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This month’s Olivia Kim-curated Pop-In shop – Pop-In@Nordstrom: Faded – focuses on unique, easygoing style for men and women, combining broken-in fabrics and precision craft. Here we zero in on one of our featured brands, Atelier & Repairs.
As embedded in the fashion industry as Maurizio Donadi is—he’s worked for major brands and consults for several more—he’s ambivalent about it in general, questioning what it is and why it operates the way it does. Why so much mass-produced excess? And why so serious?
With Atelier & Repairs, he creates a unisex line in limited quantities where every piece is completely unique. Perhaps most characteristic of his approach are A&R’s vintage military pants, reinforced with fun/functional patchwork and artistic crotch gussets.
He spoke to us on the phone about the difference between transformation and production, his concept of “de-militarizing” military clothes and how he doesn’t ship internationally because he doesn’t want to burn airplane fuel.
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Undercover founder and creative head Jun Takahashi is good with a theme. Who can forget last year’s Rock and Roll Circus or the current season’s Snow White vibe? Spring 2017 has a musical note too—but this time there’s a ’60s-angled Jazz Age groove paired with distinct and playful throwbacks to the 1920s.
All Images by Jessa Carter
At the show last Saturday, Miles Davis and the Bill Evans Trio poured out of the speakers and got splashed onto digital prints on long skirts, silk scarves and more. When Olivia and her team got into the showroom on Tuesday, however, they interpreted the pieces in such a way that these looks are now ready to go from a cocktail party screening of The Great Gatsby to a live, laid-back trip-hop recital with piano accompaniment.
Or they could, anyway, if that’s the kind of Sunday double feature you’d be into.
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If you’re waiting for a Vetements post this week, you probably missed the news that the cult brand switched up the schedule and showed earlier this summer, during Couture Week.
Demna Gvasalia and company do have something to reveal this week though; Vetements Summercamp, a volume of images shot by Corsican photographer Pierre-Ange Carlotti over a long weekend in a northern France chateau temporarily inhabited by the brand’s friends and inner circle (wearing Vetements, of course). Published by Idea Books, it’s a fat, glossy volume with almost zero words—save for the branded text that appears on acid-green long-sleeve T-shirts and tube socks made in collaboration with Reebok.
All images by Jessa Carter
The book was released on Monday afternoon in a courtyard party at Comme des Garçons‘ Trading Museum on Rue du Faubourg St-Honoré. We saw Hari Neff, Lynn Yaeger, Carlotti with an autographing Sharpie (above) and a bunch of really cool-looking Vetements and Comme des Garçons devotees.
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One of the best things about Fashion Week, no matter the city, is connecting with emerging brands on their way up. The first few collections of any one career become its foundation, after all. In the case of LVMH Prize-winning designer Vejas Kruszewski, it’s a matter of “building the values of the brand.”
That’s what he told W magazine in an interview titled, in part, “Meet the Five Young Designers Shaking Up Paris Fashion Week.”
Vejas presentation and showroom detail; all images by Jessa Carter
When we met up with the 19-year-old Toronto-based designer a few days after his Paris presentation, he told us that those values are futurism, abstraction and utility.
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One morning a few days back, someone heard us wishing aloud for a healthy, chic fueling station and suggested a Parisian juice cafe called Wild and the Moon. In lieu of making an actual note of it, I began following them on Instagram and promised myself to make time to follow up. By noon that day, the shop posted a picture of hands holding an aggressively healthy variation on lemonade and an orange liquid labeled “Instant Recovery.”
“FASHION WEEK ESSENTIALS,” the caption began. Now, we’re not roped in by all such claims, but this one felt real. We were outside the door within 24 hours.
All images by Jessa Carter
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As discussed last season, Olivia Kim is a lunch person. Today I suggested that I had been with her a time or two when we didn’t quite have time to stop for lunch and both she and SPACE buyer Raul Becerra looked at me like my hair was on fire.
“Oh no, we always stop for lunch,” she insisted, serious as a heart attack.
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It’s hard to explain just how much of a luxury that actually is. Most days are back-to-back-to-back, stacked with shows and appointments, but Olivia and her team avoid skipping the midday meal by putting lunch on the schedule every day—as if it were as important as meeting with a top designer. Because it is.
Her go-to cuisine in Paris? Not croissants, not sidewalk cafe fare, but Asian. On Thursday we put a spin on it by stopping in at a vegan joint in the Bastille neighborhood. Olivia had vegan sushi and gave us her download on the best spots for Korean, Vietnamese and more in the City of Light.
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Image courtesy Alexander Wang
We were working ahead, interviewing rapper and fashion designer A$AP Ferg for a top-secret future Pop-In shop, when he mentioned Alexander Wang with an anecdote we thought you might like to read now.
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