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Fashion Week is a myth. Well, maybe more like a misnomer. While the seasonal proceedings in each global metropolis (New York, London, Milan, Paris) last approximately seven days, the cumulative tour spans more like a month.

Which is to say that Nordstrom’s traveling trend spotter, Crystal Nicodemus, is practically a decathlete. Amidst days on end spent fighting jet lag and jogging between the venues of every major women’s runway show, she still scores shot after killer shot of the world’s best dressed.

Keep reading for additional highlights from Crystal’s social anthropology of the female of the species in London and Milan (as observed on our sister blog, The Thread)—blue-haired mermaids, stiletto-clad cyclists and all.

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Few things call to mind the fleeting nature of summer quite like the sudden arrival of fall designer collections. Yesterday, the weather officially turned warm here at our Seattle HQ; today, we’re staring down buffalo plaid shirts, Fair Isle sweaters and leather jackets from brands like The Kooples.

The Paris-based label tapped Grammy-winning directors Fred&Nick to set the tone for the coming season. The resulting short film, titled Today, Tonight, is inspired by London’s fabled Ace Cafe—a 24-hour hole-in-the-wall where rival motorcyclists in the 1950s and ’60s congregated to fight over girls, hear jukebox tunes that radio stations wouldn’t play, swill tea with milk and sugar, and settle disputes on the road in 100-mph races.

Check out the teaser clip above, then keep reading to watch the full-length version, update your Fall wardrobe for day and night—and see how The Kooples can help you find your soul mate.

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See London Collections: Men through the masterful photographic lens of Joshua Woods. Click through for the full gallery, and stay tuned for more from Milan and Paris, coming soon.

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For our latest collaboration with renowned men’s life and style blog Street Etiquette, we partnered with Topman to send SE founders Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs from New York City to England to explore the British brand’s roots. Now presenting our third installment of Travel Etiquette: London.

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For our latest collaboration with renowned men’s life and style blog Street Etiquette, we partnered with Topman to send SE founders Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs from NYC to England to explore the British brand’s roots. Presenting our second installment of Travel Etiquette: London.

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For our latest collaboration with renowned men’s life and style blog Street Etiquette, we partnered with Topman to send SE founders Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs from NYC to England to explore the British brand’s roots. Presenting Travel Etiquette: London.

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Having knocked the collective socks off the menswear industry last week (no small feat when most of whom are still clutching at summer sockless-ness) with his impeccable vision of Spring ’14 (look toward the bottom of this post), what do you think Iowa-born designer Todd Snyder immediately did? A) Sleep for 50 consecutive hours; B) Go to Disney World; C) Cross the pond for a little R&R—and of course, more work.

If you guessed C, treat yourself to an extra Guinness on this glorious Wednesday. While the self-professed workaholic’s shot of Europe’s finest shearling, above, first caught our eye (and got us jazzed for Fall) this morning, the pics below kept us scrolling. Check out the view from Snyder’s Paris hotel, the designer’s favorite London hat shop, an epic victory in the form of actor Justin Theroux rocking Todd Snyder + Champion on the cover of GQ, and much more—all on Todd Snyder’s official Instagram feed.


…And while those Autumn tones match our current mood to a T, a pop of color is always welcome:

 

FOR MORE TODD SNYDER:
- Shop Todd’s fall collection
- Read our exclusive Q&A
- Get Todd’s tips on office decorum

The Clash. Kate Moss. The 6-year-old near the bottom of this post. Brits have always had a way with style, as history and the photos here prove. Precisely who does it better is hard to say; review last week’s post on NYC street style, compare to the batch below (shot by our own Crystal Nicodemus on her recent trip to London Fashion Week), and judge for yourself.



For more models, on- and off-duty, check out The Thread.


shop: boots | jeans | lightweight jackets


shop: overcoats |baseball caps | sneakersshaving



shop: sportcoats | ties | dress shirts | scarves | socks | briefcases | wingtips



shop (clockwise from top left): monk straps | chinos | blazers | varsity jackets
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Coordinating with your sig other takes courage. These two succeed where countless celeb couples have failed.
shop his look: t-shirts | beanies | lightweight jackets


Even the kids in England are sharp dressers. [shop kids' clothes]


…The same kid, ten years later?
shop: leather jackets | t-shirts | bracelets

 

 

[Photos by Crystal Nicodemus. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

In case you missed it this morning (we can’t blame you—it streamed live online at noon London time, which is 4am where we are), here’s the very latest from our favorite British import, Topman.

Consider these slightly exaggerated looks as the Topman team’s living, breathing mood board; more an artful expression of where the brand is headed for Autumn/Winter 2013 than a literal preview of the pieces we’ll have in store. Basic translation: Expect an Alpine-explorer vibe influencing rugged outerwear, textured sweaters, next-gen rucksacks, and relaxed trousers signaling a break from all skinny jeans all the time. Also conspicuous: Topman’s signature prints giving way to head-to-toe monochrome—which, in a way, is even more striking. A few favorite looks:


You’ll have to wait the better part of a year to see how these ideas trickle down to the collection we carry online and in selected Nordstrom stores–but for the time being, check out past Topman posts and browse the current collection:

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Here’s the second installment of street-style pics our photographer sent home from London Fashion Week. (In case you missed it, check out Part 1.)












 

[Photos by Crystal Nicodemus.]