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If you have even a passing interest in men’s style, stop looking at your friends’ struggle meals on Instagram and start following Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director Jorge Valls.

Jorge was front row at the just-wrapped Paris Fashion Week, analyzing designers’ Spring/Summer 2016 creations. We must say, it’s a wild time for men’s style right now. We’re loving designers’ risks and overall confidence.

Here are some of our favorite snapshots from Jorge’s krazy life.

The hits: Supermodel Naomi Campbell murdering Riccardo Tisci’s menswear inches from Valls at the Givenchy show (automatic double tap for gender fluidity on the runway) and Thom Browne’s pop art kimonos hanging in gray space.

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We’re also fans of Jorge’s images from the Lanvin and Officine Generale shows; we’re super into the collection from Y-3 (the adidas/Yohji Yamamoto team-up coming soon to Nordstrom); and the streetwear surrealism of Hood By Air is keeping us up at night.

See Paris Fashion Week through Valls’ eyes below, and then check his Insta for more–he’s got a ton of shots from Milan Fashion Week on there, too.

Follow: Jorge Valls

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mopattern1Gaze into the eye-frying images above and below to see three pre-order pieces we’re feeling from the Moschino Fall 2015 collection. Hit this hyperlink to see everything Moschino we currently have on offer, some of which is 60% off.

If an item says “pre-order” on our site, you can find the estimated ship date by clicking the pre-order button on the product page. The Fall ‘15 Moschino items are all estimated to ship around Oct. 17, but could come earlier.

Shop: Moschino

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Fresh Dressed is the first-ever documentary about the history of hip-hop fashion, out now in theaters all over the U.S. We recommend you see it. You will be entertained and educated, and perhaps inspired to decorate your jacket.

Energy and insights in Fresh Dressed come from music and fashion leaders including Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Dapper Dan, André Leon Talley, Riccardo Tisci and the duo of Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osbourne from Public School.

But the overall product is excellent mostly because it was directed by Sacha Jenkins, a 20-years-deep veteran of journalism with Beat Downego trip and Mass Appeal magazines. Mainstream America remembers his The (White) Rapper Show on VH1Some Pratt Institute students call him their professor.

Now you will know him from his interview with the Nordstrom blogs.

Check our interview with Jenkins and the trailer for Fresh Dressed below. And if you’re already feeling TL;DR, check this audio clip from Jenkins about how hip-hop style relates to freedom:

 

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Our 1980 spring catalog had so many polo shirts. Look at them! And that’s not even the full assortment. The turn of that particular decade was a great time for polos. We couldn’t get enough.

For a laugh, look closer and notice these guys’ pieces of flair: kite string, apple, buoy, soccer ball, frisbee and…dictaphone? We aren’t sure what the yellow-shirted guy is holding.

Anyway: Polos. Now’s a good time of year to be sporting them. We’ve had our eyes on this banded collar Kooples polo that is currently on sale, but you’ll want to do your own picking and choosing.

Shop: polo shirts

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Rhythmedit2Last time our photography/style team Studio N told us what to wear to the beach, they GIF-ed up an animation that inspired us to mix beach gear with our street clothes, and introduced cool brands like Ambsn.

Now they’re at it again. This time their focus is on the Australian/European/American brand Rhythm. It’s a surfing and a lifestyle brand. We’re especially feeling Rhythm’s floral/stone shorts, above. And we’re not mad at all that the name made us re-listen to DJ Quik’s Rhythm-al-ism.

Check the rest of Studio N’s Rhythm-specific editorial images, below.

Photographer: Matthew Sumi
Model: Philip Muscato
Stylist: Grace Erdman & Morgan Dillon
Art director: Eric Bay
Hair & makeup: Tom Pollock

Shop: all swimwear | Rhythm

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How to Wear Jeans by Fit

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How to wear jeans in 2015? It all depends on the fit.

We want you to stay shining, so we must implore you to check our video where we break down the denim fits you need to know about: straight, slim-straight, slim and skinny.

In the video you’ll learn how to consider these shapes, what to wear with them and little styling tips that make a big difference.

We got you.

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The Teva renaissance is upon us and the good news is you don’t have to be all River Wild about it. Not that there’s anything wrong with a more granola look.

But consider Tevas as streetwear and options open up.

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L-R: Laura Lloyd and Jasamine White-Gluz

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Listening to Montreal rock band No Joy gives us visions of a professional snowboarder on a sunny day, flying off a jump, doing something complex and elegant midair.

Not something we necessarily understand. But we’re into it.

We do know that No Joy leaders Laura Lloyd and Jasamine White-Gluz derive their looped and soaring music from guitars and effects pedals. The rest of their new album More Faithful is a mystery to us. We’re cool with that–and highly recommend it as a soundtrack to summer road-tripping, camping, head-banging and zoning out.

We spoke to guitarist Laura Lloyd after a recent concert in Seattle about Tevas, tinnitus, complicated time signatures and chia seeds.

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Last-minute Father’s Day shopping? We thought you might be.

To whittle down the field for you, we’ve been highlighting selected gifts leading up to the day–and our finishing touch is about finishing touches.

Ties are a no-brainer. Great Father’s Day gifts. So are suit components like jackets and shirts. But do not overlook details like cuff links and tie clips.

Because if we may generalize, dads often deprive themselves of simple style components that can take personal presentation to the next level.

Photographer: Barb Penoyar

Stylist: Morgan Dillon

Art Director: Brett Wiseman

Shop: David Donahue ties | David Donahue cuff links | Ted Baker jackets | BOSS shirts | The Tie Bar tie clip | summer suit accessories | all Father’s Day gifts

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Shop: Barbarian bartool | all drinkware | Father’s Day gifts: home & bar

We already got into drinking with dignity. Now let’s go further down that track with a related Father’s Day gift idea.

One bar tool to rule them all. A civilized implement called the Barbarian.

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