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If you’ve caught much Fashion Week coverage, either on this site or elsewhere, you’ve likely realized: The collections that visionary designers send down runways are in fact NOT explicit instructions on how they’d like to see you—the average, intelligent, style-aware male—dress yourself come next season.

What these spectacles of immaculately crafted clothing-as-art do provide, if approached with an open mind, is a window into  the extreme end of a designer’s current mindset. The best among them translate their inner vision into a performative presentation that makes you think—and no one puts on a more thought-provoking show than Thom Browne.

While previous Thom Browne productions (and they truly are that, with models not just walking, but often enacting odd tasks in surreal environments) have tackled aspects of Americana—preps, punks, astronauts—his most recent, Spring 2014, unveiled in Paris yesterday, is the first to hoist a patriotic color palette of red, white and blue. There were even stars and bars imprinted on the train of an elaborate officer’s coat (left) and the midriff of the red jacket at right.

To be fair, conventionally anti-menswear motifs like sleeveless coats, doily-trimmed socks, and, well, skirts, may have suggested a subversive satire on nationalism. Browne himself left his message open-ended as always, though—so we’re going to take it as all the more reason to go all-American for Independence Day this Thursday. Shop our favorites below, and more options here: Americana.



Obey tank top | Brixton hat | Sub_Urban Riot tank top
O’Neill board shorts | O’Neill tank top | Fossil watch

 

Clearly an expert multi-tasker, Browne also designs womenswear—as well as Moncler Gamme Bleu, an experimental, sport-inspired men’s line for down-jacket innovators Moncler. Recent collections have delved deep into the sartorial treasure troves of fencing, Indy racing and the Highland Games. Spring ’14, presented in Milan recently, took a fresh look at the traditional British game of cricket.

While a lot of critics (read: internet trolls) have been hung up on the black lips (perhaps a riff on cricketers’ predilection for zinc cream; definitely a classic TB move to confound audiences and contrast the otherwise clean-cut aesthetic)…we’re more focused on the crisp mix of whites.

Around the office, our men’s team has already been favoring white-on-white everything lately—and Browne’s blown-out dissertation on the subject pretty much solidifies it as a go-to way of getting dressed, both this summer and next. To do it right, mix tones, textures and fabrications as Browne does above. (And skip the lipstick.)



BLK DNM leather jacket | Pierre Balmain jeans | T by Alexander Wang tank top
Timex watch | Rag & Bone shirt | Converse by John Varvatos sneakers

 
 

[Instagram photos via @thombrowneny, @moncler, and @grungygentleman. Individuals mentioned and pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

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.
Shop the current collection: Dolce&Gabbana


Jil Sander. 
Shop the current collection: Jil Sander


John Varvatos. 
Shop the current collection: John Varvatos


Neil Barrett. 
Neil Barrett is available at selected stores.
Call a Designer Specialist at 1.877.543.7463 for more information.


Versace. 
Shop the current collection: Versace


Prada. 
Shop Prada shoes, accessories and fragrance for men: Prada


Gucci. 
Shop Gucci shoes, accessories and fragrance for men: Gucci


Moncler Gamme Bleu. 
[Designed by Thom Browne]

Highlights from our @NordstromMen Instagram feed, as captured by Street Etiquette’s Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs during New York Fashion Week.

Of note: Jean-Michel Basquiat’s final painting (from the show Josh and Travis took in at NYC’s Gagosian Gallery), master street photographer Tommy Ton in leopard, and the cinematic presentations of Moncler and J. Press York Street (designed by Ovadia & Sons)—the latter of which lands soon at the Nordstrom Men’s Shop.







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for more from NYFW by Travis & Josh of Street Etiquette.

Day 2 of New York Fashion Week was a wash on account of snow—but our intrepid NYFW correspondents, Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs of Street Etiquette, were back at it the following day. Check out their gear, photos, and favorite show below—and in case you missed it over the weekend, catch up on Day 1 of their NYFW Photo Journal.

From Joshua: Moncler’s presentation was by far one of my favorite I’ve seen during this Fashion Week—and maybe ever, to be perfectly honest. It was a true experience to those who attended. We were greeted with glasses of white wine and finger foods. The show’s combination of daunting musical renditions and amazing light fixtures made it one to remember!”




Inspired by Joshua’s Look:
Utility Jackets | Scarves | White Jeans | Wingtip Boots | Bracelets
[Shop Joshua's Florsheim boots and Marshall Artist jacket.]



Highlights from Joshua’s favorite show of the day: Moncler.







Inspired by Travis’ Look:
Trenches & Overcoats | Beanies | Sweaters | Pants
[Shop Travis' Zanerobe sweatpants.]
 

[Photos by Street Etiquette and Joshua Woods.]

Founded in 1952 by French outdoorsman and entrepreneur René Ramillon, Moncler celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. The brand’s origin is rooted in pure utility: Legend has it that Ramillon created Moncler’s first down jackets in order to keep his employees warm (the company was located in Monestier-de-Clermont—for which the name ‘Moncler’ serves as an abbreviation—an Alpine town near Grenoble, France).

Soon, after patenting his down production process, Ramillon and co. set about collaborating with the world’s leading mountaineers on life-threateningly frigid missions: Moncler provided equipment for the first successful ascent of both K2 (by Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni in 1954) and Makalu (by Lionel Terray and Jean Couzy, 1955). In 1964, along with Terray, the brand organized the first ascent of Mt. Huntington in Alaska.

From these rugged roots, Moncler down jackets became a stylish status symbol in subsequent decades. Today, the brand embraces the dualistic nature of its heritage—continuing to manufacture down-filled outerwear to expedition specs, while also partnering with leading designers to create avant-garde, sport-inspired fashion statements. Watch this interview with Thom Browne, who designs Moncler’s experimental Gamme Bleu collection, for a taste of the latter—and delve deeper into Moncler’s history below.


Adventurers in the Himalayas, 1962.
[First Image]: Renowned French explorer Lionel Terray, who played a key role in consulting on Moncler’s high-performance designs, in Alaska, 1964.




Scenes from the first successful ascent to the summit of K2, July 1954, for which Moncler provided the equipment. Note the ‘stockroom’—who needs a refrigerator?


Terray in Alaska, 1964. If you look closely, his tent is proudly labeled ‘Moncler.’


Villard-de-Lans, France, 1964. Near Grenoble, where Moncler outfitted the French National Team for the 1968 Winter Olympics.


French National Ski Team, 1966.


Expedition notes from the Moncler archive. Anyone read Italian?


A vintage Moncler ad from the 1970s.


Ski instructors at L’Alpe d’Huez ski resort in the French Alps, 1970.


An ad from the ’80s. Powder’s great on the moon this time of year.




Assorted Moncler ads from the 1950s and early ’60s.
 
 



Moncler Today. A few of our favorites:
Mixed-Media Bomber | ‘Tib’ Down Vest | ‘Hubert’ Fur-Lined Parka
‘Montserrat’ Down Parka | ‘Zin’ Bomber | ‘Montgenevre’ Down & Feather Jacket

SHOP ALL MONCLER

For more winter-ready gear, check out our Snow Shop.
 
 

[All images courtesy of Moncler. Vintage imagery via Vogue Italia; product still-lifes via Moncler.com. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]



A couple weeks ago, we introduced our Fall Boot Guide  with examples of the tough-but-refined Wingtip Boot.

Today, we’d like to focus on a class of Rugged Boots that fully embraces masculine military and workwear influences—but still can (and should) be worn in a dressy way.

Just look at how handsomely they anchor a plaid tie and tweed vest in the images above. Add a bleached-out jean jacket and you’re ready for anything, from drinks with the guys to lunch with a new client. It’s called contrast, sirs—and it’s the key to a cool outfit.

Here are 6 of our favorite Rugged Boots (in addition to the Frye ‘Logger’ Boot above)—but be sure to shop our full selection here.

Rugged Boots (Top, L-R): Rag & Bone | Dsquared2 | G-Star Raw
(Bottom, L-R): Sorel | UGG Australia | Moncler

 

 Browse all 5 boot categories
(Weather-Ready, Wingtip, Chukka, Vintage, and Rugged):

SHOP ALL BOOTS


Milan Fashion Week rolls on, with more picture-perfect visions of Spring 2013. Our man on the street, Men’s Fashion Director Tommy Fazio, sent home his favorite iPhone snaps from the second day of shows.

“Prada steps out in sporty chic.”

 

“Moncler Gamme Bleu. Thom Browne does it again. That was a show.”

 

Photos and quotes by Tommy Fazio, Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director.

Check back soon for more from Milan and Spring 2013.
In the meantime, shop Prada.