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There’s no rest for the weary when it comes to Fashion Week (which, between London, Milan and Paris becomes more like Fashion Month). After some stellar shows in London last week (like Burberry and Rag & Bone), this past weekend was packed with heavy hitters in Milan. Check out videos of some of the best Spring/Summer 2014 shows below. [Above: Neil Barrett, via Bruce Pask's Instagram.]


Dolce&Gabbana.
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Jil Sander. 
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John Varvatos. 
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Neil Barrett. 
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Versace. 
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Prada. 
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Gucci. 
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Moncler Gamme Bleu. 
[Designed by Thom Browne]

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.]

Our new Spring 2013 Men’s Shop Catalog is out this week, and with it, our handy checklist of 10 Spring Essentials that will keep you ahead of the curve in the warm months to come.

Near the top of said list is a Bold Blazer. The only rule: It should be seasonally lightweight, to keep you looking sharp without breaking a sweat. From there, how you define ‘bold’ is up to you. Check out a few favorites below, ranging from a little bold to a lot. [Shown above, L-R: Jil Sander | Hugo Boss]


1. A New Shade of Blue. Navy is classic any time of year—but we’re seeing lots of options for subtly exploring the frosty end of the spectrum: from rich royal blue, to dusty powder blue, to vivid cyan.
Shown, L-R: John W. Nordstrom | Hugo Boss linen/wool | Hugo Boss cotton


2. Notice a Pattern. Loud, madras-plaid jackets of the ‘go-to-hell’ variety (above center) have been a preppy staple for decades. Calm the concept down with a tone-on-tone plaid (left), or take it a step further with unconventional geometry (like the hexagon print at right).
Shown, L-R: Hugo Boss | John W. Nordstrom | Jil Sander


3. Put It in Neutral. Bold doesn’t have to mean bright. Confident touches like (from left) trim peak lapels, brightened-up tints, and subtle texture can make even go-to neutrals feel new for spring.
Shown, L-R: Dolce&Gabbana | Hugo Boss | Armani Collezioni


4. High Voltage. If you’re all-in with this whole ‘spring’ thing, bold blazers are materializing in electrified neons from a variety of brands—including our own John W. Nordstrom label (center).
Shown, L-R: Dsquared2 | John W. Nordstrom | Jil Sander

 

SHOP MORE: SPRING ESSENTIALS | SPORTCOATS & BLAZERS

Fall ’13 marks minimalist master Jil Sander’s second men’s collection since returning to her eponymous label last season. The new lineup, unveiled over the weekend in Milan, was full of familiar menswear mainstays—double-breasted suits and topcoats, sweaters, bomber jackets—but often contained a subtle, futuristic twist. Be it a pop of primary color amongst the charcoal greys and olive greens, an exploded dose of windowpane and pinstripe, or subtly exaggerated outerwear proportions, Sander delivered wearable classics that are guaranteed to keep forward-thinking gents a step ahead.

SHOP JIL SANDER’S CURRENT COLLECTION

…And check out the full Fall/Winter 2013 slideshow at GQ.com.

 

[Photos courtesy of GQ.com.]

Thanksgiving is next week, and there’s pretty much no better time to wear a sweater: The weather’s finally nice and crisp, the vibe is quasi-dressy but comfortable—and a soft, forgiving knit lets you load up on yams without popping a shirt button.

The festive occasion (coupled with the fact that you’ll be surrounded by friends and family, rather than the judging eyes of strangers) means the time is also ripe to break out something more…obscure. And when it comes to sweater inspiration, Bill Cosby is king. For proof positive, visit The Cosby Sweater Project, an ingenious mix of TV nostalgia and original artwork by Chicago illustrator Kelly Tucker. Here are a few of our favorite recent entries:






To find sweaters with Heathcliff Huxtable levels of swagger, you might need to hop a time machine to 1985 (or at least locate your nearest thrift store). But we have hundreds of modern interpretations, from eye-catching to classic. Here are some ideas to get you prepped for the big day next Thursday:


Fair Isle. This pattern has been quote-unquote “on trend” for a few seasons now—but given that it’s derived from a Scottish island that’s been occupied since the Bronze Age, you can bet it will stick around for centuries to come.
Shown: Topman | Jack Spade | Grayers


Cable Knit. The safest sweater choice for the pattern-phobic among us. Safe need not be boring though, with options of the crewneck, turtleneck, and shawl-collar variety.
Shown: A.P.C. | Michael Kors | Rag & Bone


Subtle Pattern. A middle ground between solid and full-on Fair Isle. (Woodland creatures are cool and all…but this miniature Moby-Dick reference has its tongue planted even more firmly in-cheek.)
Shown: Z Zegna | Jil Sander | Gant by Michael Bastian


Chunky Cardigan. Less dressy than the others, but a clear winner in supreme coziness. The shawl-style collar acts as a built-in scarf, when you need to run out for more firewood (or an extra pie).
Shown: Dale of Norway | Pringle of Scotland | Pendleton Portland Collection
 

Ready to get your Cosby on?
SHOP ALL SWEATERS

…And if you’re up for a second helping of Thanksgiving spirit,
check out these appetizing pants by Bonobos:

 
 

[Artwork by Kelly Tucker, via The Cosby Sweater Project. View more of Tucker's work at i draw pictures. Cosby Show stills courtesy of Carsey-Werner, Viacom and Paramount. Individuals featured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

Tommy Fazio, Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director, sent us a dispatch from the field after day one at Milan Fashion Week. Here’s what caught his eye at yesterday’s shows.

Shine
[L-R: Burberry, Neil Barrett, Versace]

 

Prints
[L-R: Burberry, Ermenegildo Zegna, Neil Barrett]

 

Jil Sander
A first look at the legendary designer’s return to her namesake label.

 

Modern Military
[L-R: Jil Sander, Valentino]

 
 

[Photos courtesy of GQ.com.]