Are you into #hashtag quote-unquote “fashion”? Maybe not. But are you on-board with attractive members of the fairer sex displaying creativity and good taste via uniquely expressive and eye-catching clothing choices? If you answered “No”…Well, that’s probably not possible.
Seen here are our latest favorite images from our sister blog, The Thread—where New York Fashion Week is currently in full swing. Head on over for tons more street style, celeb spottings, backstage antics, and runway reports. And don’t say we never did you any favors.
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[Above: One of our Nordstrom Beauty Spot guest bloggers, nail artist Madeline Poole—
a certified hit on our Tumblr page, thanks in no small part to a devastating
girl-next-door combo of red nails x white Chucks.]
Jessica Paré, aka Megan Draper (yes, that Megan Draper) from Mad Men, front row at Jason Wu.
And below: In our opinion, the cream of the street-style crop—so far—by our own roving photographer, Crystal Nicodemus. There’s a school of thought out there that such assertive “fashion” is capable of physically repelling men. We are not repelled. Keep trying, women of Fashion Week—we insist.
[Street style by Crystal Nicodemus; Jessica Paré photographed by Mary O'Regan.]
A few tongue-in-cheek photos from Michael Bastian’s own Instagram account sum up the designer’s message for Spring 2014 quite nicely. In stark contrast to the upstate New York native’s prior collection (as discussed in our Q&A here), which traversed ominous backwoods in the rural Northeast, his new offering, unveiled recently at New York Fashion Week, conjures jaunty vibes of a booze-fueled bender on the French Riviera.
Despite the disparate visions for fall and spring, a common thread in Bastian’s work is attention to detail. This time, instead of stacking layers of gothic black and hunting gear (in the mode of fall’s The Crow goes to Cabela’s), Bastian piled pattern upon smirking pattern. Pineapples on plaid on leopard? No problem for Bastian’s European vacationer. While the rest of us might not take it to the same extreme—Bastian’s been quoted as calling it “print abuse”—we can all benefit from introducing a tasteful pop of pattern or two into the mix next spring.
Check out our favorite looks and key takeaways from Michael Bastian Spring ’14 below.
Jacket Required. Bastian’s dinner-ready gents were all business from the waist up—and ready to work on their tans below the belt. Wild pattern mixes notwithstanding, we’ll take this as evidence that the sportcoat-with-shorts look is still going strong. Just make sure they’re trim-fitting and above the knee.
Sweater Weather. For the top deck, the beach and winding your way back to the chateau after a night on the town—sweaters are a midweight spring staple. Bastian’s classic crewneck returns every season in a new motif, this time referencing extreme leisure (full-body backgammon) and the thrill of the hunt (abstract animal print).
Beach-Ready. The collection’s most casual offerings ranged from an utterly eclectic beachcomber (center) to athletic-inspired gear mixed with tailored shorts and trousers—the latter being our favorite for shifting nonchalantly from cruising the boardwalk to grabbing a coffee or cocktail with the French girl you just met.
SHOP THE CURRENT COLLECTION: MICHAEL BASTIAN
And see the full Spring ’14 runway at Style.com.
[Instagram photos via @mbastiannyc and @bastiangirl on Instagram. Runway photos by Marcus Tondo, via Style.com.]
After a busy couple weeks partnering with our friends at Street Etiquette, we’re finally catching up on care packages from our own street-style sharpshooter, Ms. Crystal Nicodemus.
The arctic forecast at New York Fashion Week earlier this month didn’t stop Crystal from snagging her usual assortment of menswear inspiration, from natty tailoring to avant-garde goth. If anything, the rough weather was an excuse for New York’s finest to break out their best outerwear and creative layering techniques. Click the smaller images to enlarge—and watch for more street style from Crystal coming soon.
shop: overcoats | sunglasses | gloves | camo pants | sneakers
shop: sportcoats | bags | dress shirts | pants | wingtips
shop: all black everything | boots
shop: gloves | briefcases | oxfords
shop: sportcoats | tie clips | hair care
shop: scarves | sweaters
shop: bags | parkas
shop: boots | beanies
Those feet look familiar.
Photographing photographers has become an art unto itself.
Here’s one of our favorites: Mr. Karl-Edwin Guerre.
Print-mixing. Pops of color. Produce [click to enlarge her pear sweater, far right].
For more women’s street style, head over to The Thread.
[Photos by Crystal Nicodemus.]
Take a century-old, Yale-bred campus shop (J. Press), put those hundred years of heritage in the hands of two young masters of the modern menswear movement (Shimon and Ariel Ovadia of Ovadia & Sons)—and the result is an immaculate, if at times off-beat, experiment in Americana. It’s called J. Press York Street, and it’s coming soon to the Nordstrom Men’s Shop. (More on that later.)
In the meantime, we’re lucky enough to have some exclusive images by one of our favorite photographers, Evan Tetreault, from the J. Press York Street Fall 2013 presentation he attended during New York Fashion Week. Check out Evan’s work below—and a few of our favorite looks from the collection below that.
Our favorite looks—from left:
1. Beanie + repp tie + sweats. The definition of high/low.
2. Tech-parka over pinstripes. Very Maine meets Wall Street.
3. Had it with V-necks? Replace it with a rugby shirt. [Click all images to enlarge.]
More favorite looks—from left:
4. We’re into olive-green everything lately—a great neutral for pants and, obviously, sportcoats.
5. Pretty much the perfect toggle coat.
6. What to wear chopping wood when the fire dies. Or when your girlfriend forgot to take the trash out. Or under your suit next winter if you live in Michigan.
[Close-up photos by Evan Tetreault; view his Portfolio and follow him on Tumblr. Full outfit shots via GQ.com.]