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Nordstrom is based in Seattle right down the street from Sub Pop Records, the label that originally introduced the world to Nirvana. We’re big fans and old friends. Lately, rap music is ascendant in Seattle and now Sub Pop is working with one of the stars of the scene, the literary-minded Porter Ray.

To capitalize on the timing of Ray’s new album Watercolor and our new spring selection, he came through our Seattle flagship to see what was good. Turns out: a lot.

Ray prefers a uniform of tapered pants, hoodies and bomber jackets. Within that framework, he picked graphic designs from brands that are a little underground and not especially glitzy – J.W.Anderson, known for androgyny; Tim Coppens, known for ’90s-era skate style – along with this season’s hottest jackets from Gucci and Givenchy.

We appreciate that in his dressing, as with his music, Ray is traditional yet fearlessly artistic. There’s a frame, and he’s flexing within it.

Below, see more looks as well as quotes from Ray about how and why he raps. Plus: a video about forming his view of style through the lens of a private school uniform.

–Andrew Matson

SHOP: Gucci jacket* | Lanvin pants | J.W.Anderson polo* | adidas Gazelles | Givenchy bomber | Maison Margiela sneakers* | Tom Ford sunglasses | Tim Coppens hoodie* | all men’s designer | all men’s designer sneakers

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“Sumptuous” could be used to describe much of what designer Tom Ford touches. His advertisements are downright sexy, his clothes come in regal fabrications and his suits drape the body like clinging robes. Even his cosmetics apply like silk on the skin.

Tom Ford AW 2016

All runway images: Indigital Images

Embracing the show-now-shop-now ethos isn’t something that seems to correlate with such luxury. However, other qualities Tom Ford appears to embrace are impulsiveness and gratification. Overt sexiness incites such emotions, as does overt consumerism. This fall, Tom Ford was one of a handful of designers to show an autumn 2016 collection during the Fashion Week that’s reserved for spring 2017. While most runways hosted a parade of sundresses and billowy blouses, Tom Ford’s seemed aggressively bundled-up—especially coming from the master of sex appeal, which often translates to skin-baring cuts and cleavage.

Tom Ford AW16 New York Fashion Week Fashion Show

Image courtesy of Tom Ford

To coincide with his in-stores-now collection of rich leathers and Italian wool, Tom Ford released several new cosmetics to wear during the fall. When put so plainly, presenting products when they’re meant to be consumed really doesn’t seem like such a rebellious act. But with Tom Ford being one of the few to do it, he certainly lends the strategy his maverick reputation.

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Street Style: Amanda at Tibi

The moto jacket just keeps evolving. Texture, luxe fabrics and contemporary cuts keep this trend going and going and going. Amanda’s black shearling moto is fresh and modern, with an air of gothic cool. Her pleated maxi skirt balances out the edgier moto with some ladylike chic.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Moto Jackets | Sunglasses | Maxi Skirts

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BLK DNM Leather Jacket | Tom Ford ‘Penelope’ Sunglasses | Eileen Fisher Maxi Skirt

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Gifted Giver: Margie Plus

We’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving.

Readers of luckymag.com need no introduction to the total babe pictured here: Blogger, writer and all-around cool girl Margie Ashcroft (you can call her Margie Plus) contributes smart style advice and more for women of all sizes—and not just for national publications and blogs, but also on her Instagram and Pinterest. You know what else is cool about our gal Margie? None other than Lena Dunham singled her out when she guest-edited UK’s Stylist magazine; the image above is from the pages that resulted. We’re psyched to have this bi-coastal fashion pro’s insight in our gift-giving mix.

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Broadway can be utter mayhem, so it’s tough to carve out a spot to capture street style. Elleni and I managed to squeeze into a tiny space among cabs, subway grates and a hot dog cart; how New York of us! I love the long-sleeved mini dress trend, and Elleni’s lacy number is both retro and modern at once. Her dark accessories add some contemporary urban edge to her ’60s-inspired dress.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Platform Sandals | Long-Sleeved Mini Dresses | Oversized Sunglasses

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Topshop Platform Sandal | For Love & Lemons Minidress | Tom Ford Sunglasses

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Street Report: Simple Sherbet

Sometimes it’s simplicity that catches our eye, like the sweet-looking sherbet-y palette of a pink shirtdress and orange pumps.

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Pink & Orange Classic Pumps | Shirtdresses | Cat-Eye Sunglasses

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Charles by Charles David Pump | Halston Heritage Shirtdress | Tom Ford Cat-Eye Sunglasses

Photo: Gorunway.com

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Street Report: Cozy Texture

A fuzzy, textured sweater and puffy, quilted skirt pair up for a style that’s comfy and sleek.

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Textured Sweaters | Cat-Eye Sunglasses | Quilted Skirts

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Trouvé Textured Sweater | Tom Ford Cat-Eye Sunglasses | Topshop Midi Skirt

Photo: Gorunway.com

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Lindsey’s outfit is full of fun details. Her intricately patterned dress is feminine yet contemporary. Her textural coat has sequined and feathered cuffs, which is an unexpected and whimsical touch on a piece with such modern lines. Thigh-high boots are a top shoe trend, as are colorful accent handbags. All in all, I’d say Lindsey has perfected her Fashion Week chic.

xo,
Crystal

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Designer Sunglasses | Black & White Print Dresses | Orange Handbags

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Tom Ford Sunglasses | BOSS HUGO BOSS Dress | Vince Camuto Satchel

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I have a total style crush on these two amazing ladies: Shiona Turini, Fashion Market Director at Cosmopolitan, and Zanna Roberts Rassi, Sr. Editor at Marie Claire. They always look chic, cutting edge and comfortable in their skin. I’d expect nothing less from two industry legends!

Today’s look is a lesson in coordination and summertime chic. Loving the blues, loving the shoes and loving the smiles!

xo,
Crystal

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Mirrored Sunglasses | Cage Sandals | Designer Cat’s-Eye Sunglasses

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Tom Ford ‘Nastasya’ Sunglasses | Chinese Laundry Sandal | Alexander McQueen Sunglasses

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Shearling is having a major fashion moment this season, and I love the modern cut of this jacket. Sleek and chic, this show-goer has struck the perfect balance of texture and print. Her simple palette and statement accessories make this outfit a winter win!

xo, Crystal

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Print Pants | Reed Krakoff Handbags | Coral Lipstick

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Rachel Zoe Silk Pants | Reed Krakoff Boxer Satchel | Yves Saint Laurent ‘Corail Incanescent’ Lipstick

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