Let us officially end the season with a ceremonial last blast of “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times).” And while it plays, let’s fondly remember how its steel drums and soulful vocals soundtracked all our parties and BBQs.
It’s fall, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have one last go-round with the song of the summer, right?
Ready for Bella Hadid, Imaan Hamman and mad leapgrogging?
We’re digging into our 1976 activewear catalog for fall outfit inspiration, and what do we see but that rare flower which blooms in fall and spring:
Hoodies and shorts.
Obviously this photo was taken in the gym. (Obviously.) But you don’t have to be working out to finesse this outfit. And you should, because it is great.
The sweatshirt + shorts team-up is for being out and about, a true transition ‘fit, an equal acknowledgement of warmth (the shorts) and cold (the sweatshirt)–and the fact of both temperatures coexisting (the wearing both at the same time).
Perfect for fall. For brunches. For strolls. And for doing pretzel hands with a special friend while leaning back like Fat Joe.
Shop: sweatshirts & sweaters | shorts
Consider yourself alerted to Rob Lowe’s cover story in the new GQ. It’s about reinvention, that most American quality which Lowe has uniquely embodied, and contains such jewels as:
“If you are in a transitional period, a rebuilding period, a fallow period, go to the opposite end of your range. For me, that was comedy.”
This fall, let’s all heed Lowe’s words. Diversify our bonds and remember all that other stuff we’re good at.
Need more Lowe? Check our own interview with the man himself about, among other things, Parks & Recreation, The Grinder and his Nordstrsom-exclusive skincare line PROFILE.
And if you’ll be in/around L.A. October 2, don’t miss the chance to physically, actually, literally meet Rob Lowe at Nordstrom at The Grove, where he’ll be chilling in men’s fragrance on floor one from noon-1 p.m.
Many staples of the modern outfit are shared by men and women. T-shirts, button-downs, trousers and sweaters can be found in similar styles in all of our closets. What makes these specific items universally appealing?
Designer Anthony Thomas Melillo knows: cut and comfort. The founder of ATM, a line of luxury basics like French terry sweatshirts, cashmere sweaters, knit jackets and jersey T-shirts for men and women, has built his design house around these wardrobe workhorses. We spoke with him about making style essentials, dressing elegantly and working at Esquire.
What three items are the linchpins of an elegant woman’s wardrobe? Of a man’s?
Any elegant person needs, before anything else, to have clothing that fits beautifully. We pride ourselves on that. If the clothes are wearing you, it’s not pretty.
An elegant wardrobe has a great trouser, a perfect cashmere sweater that goes everywhere with you and the best tees, of course!
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To commemorate our Pop-In@Nordstrom New Classics collab and Filson‘s imminent new flagship unveiling, we got inside one of the coolest and oldest Northwest brands to tour the production spaces in a rare state of flux.
We also hung out with their highly specialized elite taskforce Filson Restoration Department, or FRD.
We’ll get into the FRD in a moment.
First, A Little History: The original Filson flagship and full-scale production studio (known today as third base at Seattle’s Safeco Field, adjacent in the SoDo area of town) was once the premier stop for prospectors during the Alaska Gold Rush. And though it’s been a few minutes as they say since 1897, that same indomitable spirit definitely lives on within the company’s factories and sustainable manufacturing practices.
Ready for the full Filson? Click through.
Good hoodie or best hoodie? That’s where our heads are at right now with this sleek, technologically enhanced number by Reigning Champ. We’re loving the soft terry body and wind-resistant stretch nylon arms. Functional and fashion forward. Perfect marriage.
The onset of cooler temperatures has us contemplating fall fleeces. We’re especially feeling Canadian designs, probably because we’re amped up about our new flagship store in Vancouver, B.C.
Reigning Champ is based in Vancouver and shares a factory with wings + horns, the Vancouver designer brand which is a worldwide leader in borderline dressed-up fleece.
Check two complete wings + horns looks below.
And hit these links to get your fleece on, Canadian or not. Our whole selection is fresh for fall.
Shop: Reigning Champ | wings + horns | all hoodies | all fleece | all sweaters + sweatshirts
Related: the history of the hoodie
Peep two head-to-toe wings + horns fits
To celebrate our new store in Vancouver, we’ve been catching up with some of our favorite Canadians. One of whom we submitted to a friendly on-camera interrogation.
Cofounder of the closet-obsessed website The Coveteur, creative director, fashion photographer and Torontonian Jake Rosenberg fessed up during a session of our video questionnaire, 5 Ws. Rosenberg shot the other celebrities and personalities we interviewed in anticipation of the Nordstrom Pacific Centre opening. Then we turned the camera on this digital-media maestro.
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It’s not a Public School runway show without a soundtrack by Twin Shadow, aka George Lewis Jr. He’s done them all going back to 2012, becoming an essential piece of the New York City brand along the way.
For the show that just occurred at New York Fashion Week—and which our Senior Writer Laura Cassidy attended and covered excellently—that music takes the form of an original 9-minute dance mix.
Most Twin Shadow music is pop rock. This is a bunch of drums and squeezes of chipmunk soul. It’s a change of pace and it’s great. ’Nuff said.
Shop: Public School
“I don’t want to sound immodest but we’re killing it.”
Did this duo from our 1976 activewear catalog stop at matching suits? No, they followed through with turtlenecks and accessories. Even the handlebar tape on homegirl’s bike matches their rainbow arm bands.
Because fall is about enjoying the transitional weather, for outdoor jaunts–and for aggressively coordinating your outfit with your partner.
Image by David Raccuglia
Why is Rob Lowe smiling? Well, he’s 30-plus years into showbiz as a dramatic and comedic actor and nobody’s sick of him yet. He’s got twelve racks sitting pretty on his wrist. And he’s about to throw a perfect spiral.
But besides all that: Rob Lowe is smiling because he’s super stoked on his PROFILE skincare line. Far from a vanity project, PROFILE is a sincere labor of love. And it’s available exclusively at Nordstrom.
Mr. Lowe is literally stoked, as his character Chris Traeger on Parks and Recreation would say. On the phone he was chipper and came off like he had all the time in the world to chat (he did not; he was literally in the middle of filming his new TV show, The Grinder).
Read more below about Lowe’s favorite Chris Traeger line, which XM Radio station he plays while chillaxing in his pool—and why he’s 51 but looks 36.
Click here for the full Q&A