The easy answer to summer’s impending question is not much at all, but it’s what you do with that little bit that sets the season’s best dressed apart from the rest.
This month’s Pop-In@Nordstrom is all about the deck—the tiled, floatie-strewn, beach-towel-covered poolside deck, that is.
In our dream world, the poolside is a place that mixes Old Hollywood regency with present-day realness and global style. At our poolside lounge, Marilyn Monroe and FKA twigs are BFFs. At the poolside, the sun is always shining, the watermelon is always freshly sliced and the DJ is just about to drop our favorite cut—which is a mash-up of vintage girl group doo-wop and Fresh Prince-era feel-good pop. And in this fantasy, everyone is rocking just the right look.
For the skinny on how to wear the best one-piece bathing suits, killer bikinis and more in 2015 poolside style, dive right in.
Although you wouldn’t figure him to be any older than, oh, say, your favorite older brother, Gilles Assor, U.S. head of the super-chic heritage footwear brand Robert Clergerie, has been around—in the best way. If you’re lucky enough to spend an afternoon hearing about his career in fashion, you’ll get an earful. From Galliano-era Dior to Jean Paul Gaultier’s JPG line (“before streetwear was streetwear”) to Paco Rabanne (“Balmain now is Paco Rabanne back then”) to the first time Birkenstocks were cool (and sanctioned by the Parisian boutique Colette), and from Barbara Bui to Margiela to Marc Jacobs in the era of baby discos at the Palais de Tokyo. Assor’s narrative résumé is just plain killer. If he weren’t so sweet and fun, he’d be pretty darn intimidating.
And as much as he knows about fashion (in case that isn’t clear yet, it’s A LOT), he’s also a pretty good resource for all things Chelsea. He’s lived in New York’s art gallery–studded neighborhood for four years, and the Robert Clergerie showroom, Assor’s “office,” has been in the Chelsea Arts Tower for two.
We were lucky enough to while away a few hours there with this fine Frenchman a few weeks ago. He snuck us up to the showroom’s rooftop event space, The Glasshouses, and pointed out the sites from on high: the seemingly singular one-story building where Donna Karan is said to be hosting her next runway show, the Frying Pan, the condos with drive-in, elevator-up garages (!).
“Realtors around here are now buying the sky,” he said in his spot-on, deadpan way. We left it at that—except for the following download on galleries, cocktails, coffee and, naturally, summer’s best shoes. (And some other stuff too.)
Makeup artists, hair and wardrobe stylists, and to some degree photographers, creative directors, producers and other crew members are in a tricky position: When you’re readying someone else for the public eye, it’s not necessarily your time to shine. But still… When you’re in the business of aesthetics and design, you’re expected to be an expert at looking good. For example, let’s say it’s your job to beautify Christina Aguilera before she performs during the Super Bowl. Yeah, that happened. And Venice Beach-based celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles managed to pull it off with effortless style.
We asked this natural beauty, total pro and mom-of-one to tell us all about being California cool amongst the coolest of the cool in this installment of our brand-new interview series designed to inspire and inform that daily conundrum, What to wear to work?
It’s wedding season! Decoding those invites and deciding on what wedding-guest dress to wear can be a confusing task at times, so we asked Nordstrom buyer Ashley Woodworth to help us out. She breaks it down in terms that are totally easy to understand, and we’ve provided a range of dress ideas to simplify your decision-making process and get you ready to raise a glass of bubbly and toast to a lifetime of love.
Maxi Dresses: My first thought is a beautiful, flowy maxi, either printed or in a great solid pop color.
A Little Lace: Also pretty would be a crochet or cotton lace style (less serious than cocktail lace). I also love the idea of some of the new halter trapeze shapes we’re seeing, still dressy but short and easy for the beach—bonus that those styles look great with wedges or flat sandals in case you want to change shoes after you get off the beach.
Bold Prints: Depending on the location, you could also do a cool tribal-print shift, turquoise or stone jewelry and gladiator sandals. I’m thinking of Mexico here…
And here she is in an exclusive video, plucking the strings at our shoot—and telling us all about her favorite tunes, her grocery store hit list and her on-the-rise career—as a in-demand modeland as a neo-folkie songstress.
…Specifically, this cute little Mad Men-goes-to-Miami two-piece number, which was the recipient of a not-insignificant amount of love this week from The College Prepster, who also dug up some amazing vintage Lilly ads to show how this particular look bridges the old and the (newest of the) new.
And that’s not the only look we’ve got that lands Lilly firmly in the now: think festival-ready rompers for women, throw-on-and-go maxi dresses, body-con styles and more.
How to properly prepare for a weekend-long major music festival? A little yogic self-centering—in the company of some gorgeous models, of course.
Last Friday morning at the Frederick Loewe Estate, Zella hosted a kick-off event with models Cait and Shannon Barker and some of the most popular fit-girl, it-girl bloggers. For your viewing pleasure: this feel-good party report with lots of inspirational images for festival style or your next warrior pose. READ MORE >
You’re familiar with the term “life/work balance,” but what about “work/work balance?” Designer and entrepreneur Felicia Williams didn’t necessarily invent it, but she sure is living it. Check out how she manages to flex style and grace on the Microsoft campus and when she’s out hunting in the world’s coolest bazaars in this brand-new interview series designed to inspire and inform that daily conundrum, What to wear to work?
Indeed: Men are from Mars and women are from Venus—or whatever all that hoopla was about. Bottom line: Dating can be weird. Your outfit doesn’t have to be—unless, of course, that’s the look you’re going for. Our friends at Topshop put this V Day vid together to inspire all kinds of creative solutions. Enjoy!