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“Hey hey, my my. CAMOUFLAGE will never die.” If designer Mark McNairy’s Twitter declaration didn’t make his opinion clear enough, the T-shirt he shut down his show with last year (on the chest of rapper Pusha T of Clipse and Kanye West’s GOOD Music fame, no less) could not have provided much louder an encore.

Curious why his position on the pattern is so resolute, we asked McNairy, “Why will camo never die?” He replied simply (and in all caps): “BECAUSE, UNFORTUNATELY, WAR WILL NEVER DIE.” Keep reading to see McNairy’s top-five camo icons of all time, culled from decades of menswear’s form-meets-function lineage.

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If accentuating the talented Adam’s apples of men like Michael Fassbender, Bryan Cranston, Paul Rudd and Jake Gyllenhaal on the cover of GQ is any indication of success in the neckwear industry, Chicago brand The Tie Bar (and its stylish neckties, tie clips and pocket squares, which start at a whopping $15) isn’t doing half bad.

Keep reading for 5 shirt-and-tie combos compiled by Jaime Fernandez, our Men’s Furnishings Buyer.

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Welcome to part two of Austin City Limits as seen through the analog lens of acclaimed music blog Gorilla vs. Bear—presented by Topman and Nordstrom Men’s Shop.

Catch up on GvsB’s Polaroids from part one here; and see their Instagram coverage of Austin City Limits 2013 at @NordstromMen.

[Pictured above: HAIM]


Killer camo. More ACL street style on our Instagram: @NordstromMen.


San Antonio Spur/sandwich enthusiast Matt Bonner | Festival veteran


Dj Sober


ACL pirate | The big screen


Gorilla vs. Bear photographer Faith Silva



Autre Ne Veut


The crowd at Grimes

 

Hand-selected by Gorilla vs. Bear—
a few favorite songs by bands mentioned above:


 

 
 

[Photos by Gorilla vs. Bear and Faith Silva—using film from The Impossible Project.]

Here’s a recap of the latest from our NYC correspondents Street Etiquette, via their Fashion-Week Instagram journal exclusively for @NordstromMen. Stay tuned for more visuals from their recent New York Fashion Week endeavors in the days to come.

[Above: Street Etiquette's Joshua Kissi wears a camo shirt by Hugo Boss,
black coated jeans, and loafers by Sperry Top-Sider.]


L: Leather weather with @NateBui.
R: Raw denim sighting at the G-Star Raw presentation.


L: Stylish reads—perusing the official photo book outside Street Etiquette’s Slumflower exhibit.
R: Taking in the shows. Pictured: global design project Concept Korea.


L: Street-style tones with artist and Street Etiquette collaborator Cleon Grey.
R: Jazz and prep at NYC’s Lincoln Center.


Taking a break from the hectic Fashion Week schedule to enjoy the NYC city view.

 

FOR MORE STREET ETIQUETTE:
Read our Q&A
See their official Spring ’14 NYFW photos, pt. 1

From multi-functional footwear to workwear staples, our GQ Spring Trend Report series has covered a lot of ground thus far. Today’s installment takes a 180 from last week’s soft, sun-washed colors to focus instead on a look with rugged military roots: disruptive pattern material—more commonly known as Camo.

Below, GQ Creative Director Jim Moore and Deputy Editor Michael Hainey offer tips on incorporating small doses of this powerful pattern into your wardrobe:

Take their advice to heart as you check out our camouflaged favorites below, and browse additional options here: MORE CAMO
[Note, the camo jacket up top is by Rag & Bone, and will be available for pre-order starting mid-May.]


Scotch & Soda Jacket | WeSC Tank Top | Vanguard Shirt


Diesel Backpack | Obey Five-Panel Hat | New Balance 884 Running Shoe


Splendid Mills Jeans | Scotch & Soda Chinos | Dockers ‘Alpha Khaki’ Chinos


Bill Adler 1981 Reversible Belt | Ivy Prepster Pocket Square | Jack Spade Travel Kit

 

Look for new GQ Spring Trend Report videos in the weeks to come—
and shop all eight of our GQ-approved trends, from cotton suits to camo, here:
GQ SPRING TREND REPORT

Celebrating 10 years raising funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS- and LGBTQ-related causes, Jeffrey Fashion Cares held its annual runway show and silent auction in NYC Tuesday night.

The evening brought out supportive celebs, the industry’s most in-demand models, and killer clothes from some of our favorite menswear designers—and most importantly, raised over $800,000 for an amazing cause. Jeffrey Kalinsky (the event’s founder as well as Nordstrom’s EVP of women’s designer—he’s pictured above in a pale-blue button-down and tie) had this to say: “I live for the day when there will be a cure for AIDS and equality for every man and woman in this country. Tonight is about gay rights, and in a greater context, human rights.”

Congrats to Jeffrey and everyone involved, and here’s to breaking a million at Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2014. Scroll down for a look backstage and on the runway—and pop over to our women’s blog, The Thread, for more.


Emmy Rossum, star of Showtime’s Shameless (as well as an enthusiast of opera and hotdogs), hosted the event.


Model Tip #1: Barring the opera and the Oscars, a leather jacket and T-shirt are usually all you need for a night out.


Model Tip #2: Lounge around in Lanvin and Valentino like it ain’t no thing (left).
Model Tip #3: Grow hair like this guy (right—easier said than done).


Model Tip #4: Rad eyebrows are a sign of virility. Thou shalt not tweeze.


The Lineup. Highlights included Jil Sander, Burberry, Dries Van Noten, and Givenchy.


Runway finale. Get psyched for bold colors and camo for spring/summer ’13.

 
 

[Photos by Patrick McMullan—except first group photo and runway lineup photo by Kevin Tachman. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Adidas’s camo-infused college basketball uni’s made major waves a few weeks ago, as six decked-out teams (Kansas, Baylor, UCLA, Louisville, Notre Dame and Cincinnati) prepped for the post-season. (Read an article about the controversial jerseys—with insights from GQ Editor Will Welch and Jeff Halmos of Shipley & Halmos, among others—here.)

Most teams ditched the loud kits (or at least calmed them down) once March Madness commenced last week. But whether you’re on the court, at the gym, or just kicking back with your flat-screen to watch Sweet Sixteen games play out today and tomorrow, you can show your own true colors with the Adidas ‘Edge Camo’ shorts below. (Click images to shop.)


Two of the original six camo-clad teams remain in the tournament. Watch them both tomorrow (Friday, March 29): Louisville faces Oregon (a school that’s used to making headlines for its style endeavors) at 7:15pm (ET) on CBS, while Kansas takes on Michigan at 7:37pm (ET) on TBS. With odds for both games extremely close, you might need to set up two TVs in your living room—or at least fire up that ‘PIP’ function on your remote.

SHOP: ADIDAS | ALL ACTIVE & OUTDOOR

Seattle gets a bad rap, style-wise. Maybe certain Seattleites re-purpose their outdoor gear too liberally—but it’s a different story within the several-block radius that contains our corporate headquarters and flagship store here in Downtown Seattle.

To prove our point, we’re going to start snapping well-dressed guys we spot around the office. First up is Danny, an online merchandising specialist who’s responsible, among about a million other things, for coordinating GQ Selects each month.

We had to bug Danny for a few photos yesterday due to his keen ability to nail multiple trends at a time and make it look like no big deal. Check him out: shawl-collar sweater, rugged boots, cargo pants, touch of camo. Take a closer look at the details, and shop similar items using the links below:


Tie-Tuck. Gives your office gear a subtle military touch—and keeps your tie out of your lunch.


Streamlined Cargo. Chinos with utilitarian pockets are officially back—
but they’re far from the crazy-baggy ones you remember from ’98.


Serious Socks. Rugged boots require them. Pulling them over your pant cuff
(a favorite fall trick among stylists lately) is entirely optional.

 

Get Danny’s Look:
Shawl-Collar Sweaters | Button-Down Shirts | The Tie Bar Camo Tie
Cargo Pants | Anonymous Ism Socks | Wolverine Boots

Jay-Z has won 14 Grammy Awards, written a book, put a ring on Beyoncé, and has now successfully relocated the Nets (the NBA team he owns a partial stake in) from New Jersey to his hometown of Brooklyn.

If you can accomplish any of the above, or a reasonable equivalent, we’ll be the first to buy you a drink. But one way you can be like Jay right here and now is to rock the same Baldwin camo trousers he’s been spotted wearing all over the world (as reported by GQ.com).

Watch the Nets defend their new home turf against the Boston Celtics tonight at 8pm EST on TNT. 

But first, on a related note, here’s another camouflage collage from our research file. (See the previous one here.)



Photos, clockwise from top: Courtesy of Noah Emrich | Obey T-Shirt |
Courtesy of Le Blog de Betty | Herschel Supply Co. Backpack



Photos, clockwise from top: By Tommy Ton, courtesy of GQ.com |
A highly collectible (as in, 200 bucks on eBay) camo figurine based on the work of street artist Futura for British musical outfit Unkle, via | Brixton Ball Cap |
Gwen Stefani of No Doubt, who’s been a rock star for 20 years and counting
(photo by T Maidana/Fame Pictures, via Us Weekly)




Photos, from top: Travis Gumbs, courtesy of Street Etiquette |
Mimetico (Camouflage) by Alighiero Boetti, 1966, via MoMA.org | Courtesy of Disarming Darling
A spread from camo historian Hardy Blechman’s 944-page book, DPM: Disruptive Pattern Material
 

SHOP CAMOUFLAGE in The Rail Department,
and check out previous blog posts on the subject:
Camouflage Collage #1 | The Natural Evolution of Camo
 
 

[Jay-Z pictures, from top, courtesy of Jay-Z's Life + Times and GQ.com. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom or products shown. If your work appears here and you would like it credited differently or removed, please contact us using the 'Email the Editor' link at right.]

September 27, 2012

Camo File: Part 1

Researching the origin and influence of DPM (Disruptive Pattern Material) turned up more interesting results than we had space for last time. Get some inspiration below, and SHOP CAMOUFLAGE in The Rail Department for ‘disruptive’ jackets, pants, accessories and more.


Kane & Unke Jacket | via Nickel Cobalt


(L): Maharishi founder and DPM expert Hardy Blechman [source]
(R): The 944-page compendium of Blechman’s research on the subject [source]


Dries Van Noten | The Notorious B.I.G.


Andy Warhol | Topshop at Nordstrom


Milan Vukmirovic, via | The Rail by Public Opinion Thermal


Ivy Prepster Bow Tie | Pattern mixing, via


A little goes a long way, via | Topshop Sweater