If you’re a winemaker, there’s logic behind wearing a uniform of mostly black. If you’re a winemaker like Seattle’s Andrew Latta—who is more interested in having a hand in every step of the process than running a high-volume production winery—this is especially true. The nuts and bolts of making wine are often messy and unglamorous, and red wine pairs better with dark fabrics.
Are you posting a #WCW on Instagram today? If you haven’t already, you should, because today is International Women’s Day, a day when women all over the world are celebrating each other and the collective goal of building a more unified working world. And it’s no secret that the fashion and beauty worlds are led by smart, successful women who not only influence the way we shop, dress and curate our top shelves (not to mention our Pinterest boards) but also inspire us with their amazing personal achievements and career stories. From nail polish moguls and fashion designers to editors and photographers, we interviewed four amazing women who filled us in on their work wisdom, career advice and (bonus!) what they wore to their first interviews.
“I feel like the fashion landscape has changed drastically and in some ways I’m very happy to change with it,” rag & bone creative director Marcus Wainwright told us on Thursday afternoon. And when change means ditching the logistical obstacles and inescapable anxiety of a runway show in favor of an artful party, well, who wouldn’t be happy?
Not that the downtown brand’s NYFW kickoff was just a party; it was a photography-centric, multimedia retrospective gallery show … and a party. With a taco cart, Thom Yorke in the DJ booth and archival images of some of our favorite personalities wearing one of our favorite brands. It was, at its core, the 15th anniversary celebration of a modern classic.
Is there any amount of cozy that’s too cozy? When the weather gets cold, the answer is no. With athleisure feeling less like a trend these days and more like a paradigm shift, designers are putting comfort at the forefront of their fashion. It’s all the better for stacking clothes and taking coziness to the max. Try stepping out of the house wearing fuzzy socks—fuzzy shoes, even—and two jackets at the same time: a middle layering piece and an overcoat. Then you shall know the true meaning of cozy. Be inspired by these looks and layer up.
Our model here is Tay Sean, rapper and producer extraordinaire. If you don’t know him, his new album, Leavings, is outstanding experimental hip-hop. Dressing-wise, he has a unique style, so we met with him ahead of time in the store so he could help choose clothes from our men’s and men’s designer departments. His reaction:
“I didn’t realize Nordstrom had so much cool stuff.”
Check out our cozy looks below and our interview with Tay Sean about his music and personal style.
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rag & bone CEOs on Collecting Sneakers and Farm Animals, Plus Their Collaborations with Thom Yorke and Uber
Undisputed kings of cool Marcus Wainwright and David Neville of rag & bone are visiting our Nordstrom Pacific Centre store in Vancouver today. The founders of the London-meets-New York line of urban casual wear are cult favorites with laid-back celebrities (their clothes have just recently been spotted on Sienna Miller, Derek Jeter, Demi Lovato and every model and social media darling sporting the brand’s ubiquitous personalized bomber jackets from their fall 2014 runway show).
Even if you can’t meet the dashing Wainwright and Neville for a personal look at their fall 2015 men’s and women’s collections during their Vancouver visit, catch up with them in this Q&A. For those lucky enough to be in the area today for this catered party with live music, personal styling and photo booth, get the details below.
Wainwright: I have a few collections going on: cameras, sneakers and watches. I’m an avid photographer, and in my opinion Leica makes the most perfect, timeless cameras.
My dad got me into watches when I was younger, so I’ve a few that I love. My favorite is a Patek Philippe Nautilus Chronograph, which my wife got me for Christmas. It’s just beautifully designed. I’m also a bit of a sneakerhead and have built up quite the collection over the years.
Neville: I collect antiques for our farm in Bedford, New York, and I also seem to be collecting animals as well—we recently added some horses to the family!
Last Looks: Carolina Herrera, rag & bone, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Reem Acra, Lela Rose, Zac Posen, Zero + Maria Cornejo
Carolina Herrera envisioned spring fashion through rose-colored glasses, with a dreamy yet intricately constructed collection. The Frick Museum was the perfect Beaux-Arts backdrop for Herrera’s urbane mix of soft colors and structured, gridlike surfaces held together by sheer strips of fabric. The end result: minimal, elegant looks befitting modern uptown girls.
Carolina Herrera is available in selected stores at our Designer Eveningwear boutiques.
Way out in St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, Thom Yorke’s music collaboration with the rag & bone show was creating its usual magic. But this time, it felt extra necessary to pay close attention to the ambiance and mood that sound creates for presentations like these.
The show program notes gave a shout-out to the “12 amazing members of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, a collective of immensely talented young singers, representing 200 schools citywide, who made their fashion-show debut” accompanying Villain, Yorke’s soundtrack.
The singers were semi-secreted away behind a mesh curtain, and as the models emerged wearing sporty cotton bouclé knit dresses paired with high-top trainers and long-layered sateen bomber jackets with really killer leather sandals, I related the Radiohead singer’s album title and the overall mood to…cat burglars.
I thought of how some clothes—and some nights, and some spaces—make you feel really stealthy and agile. And how then, at those times, you can really perform.
Please do as we did and immerse yourself in the sounds and voices of the evening with this audio recording of the whole darn thing.
Shop: current season rag & bone
—Laura Cassidy and Jessa Carter
Moms know best, so we asked some of the coolest ones we know to give us the skinny on personal style, what motherhood means to them and, of course, what’s on their wish list as May 10 approaches.
It’s no secret that mothers juggle pretty crazy schedules. For Ottawa, Canada-based Danielle Chassin, that means pulling a day shift as a policy strategist for the Canadian government, caring for her 10-year-old daughter, Ro, and 4-year-old son, Sen, and still finding the time to run a successful side hustle as photographer and lifestyle blogger for her site Hippie in Disguise. She tells The Thread, “I also collaborate with charities, brands and stores to share products I love with my online community.”
White continues to be one of the most popular colors in fashion. Alise’s whites are clean, crisp and sporty. Her grey neoprene coat furthers the modern sportswear theme. A bright yellow bag and red lip infuse the look with a pop of color.
Now this is an outfit I can see myself in. I think I’ve finally found the perfect pair of culottes, thanks to Anna. These military-inspired culottes get an A+, especially when paired with tall suede boots and an oversized sweater. The turtleneck has been ever-present this season, making me glad I invested in a few basics earlier this year! A mini bag adds a hit of color and pattern to this minimalist-chic look.