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Pharrell Williams wears a lot of hats, so to speak. From zeitgeist-dominating Daft Punk cameos last summer to that controversial Robin Thicke vid to his day-long buzz clip for globally chart-topping single ‘Happy’, you’ve no doubt heard a lot about him lately. Far from an overnight success, Pharrell’s illustrious (verging on insane) résumé as a producer bears repeating; he’s had a hand in hundreds of hits, ranging from Britney Spears to Busta Rhymes to your favorite under-the-radar Watch the Throne track.

Also deserving an honorable mention is his environmental work with Bionic Yarn, an innovative company devoted to upcycling ocean plastic. To kick off a new collaboration with G-Star Raw—a collection of eco-friendly streetwear called RAW for the Oceans—we caught up with Shubhankar Ray of G-Star and Tim Coombs of Bionic.

Keep reading to hear about the intersection of art and science, the importance of the ocean, and what it’s like to collab with Pharrell.

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Our Men’s Shop video team is on-site at Project, Agenda, and Liberty menswear trade shows in Las Vegas this week. By day, they’re documenting the thoughts and deeds of the great men and women behind some of our favorite brands (as well as photographing the best-dressed buyers, bloggers and brand reps, as seen here). By night, who knows what they’re doing. It’s Vegas. As long as they don’t come home with a tiger and missing teeth à la The Hangover, we’re not going to ask.

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L: Marcus Troy and photographer Naskademini. | R: Killer pattern mixing. And strong suede-loafer game, to boot.


L: Quite possibly the perfect pair of chinos. | R: Every man’s shorts and sneakers should look this polished.


L: Erik Joule of Alternative. | R: The dapper men at the Gant booth.

 

Our team also ran into Pharrell Williams—literally. Check out the ‘uncontrollably giddy’ affect he seems to have on every woman he comes in contact with:

For more live updates (and the occasional obscure celeb collision),
follow us on Instagram: @NordstromMen.

 
 

[Street-style photos by Matthew Sumi. Pharrell photos by Melia McGee and David Bishop. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

Congratulations to Thom Browne for taking home top honors in the Menswear category at Monday night’s CFDA Awards.

If you’re curious what that means, the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) puts on what basically translates to the Oscars of the fashion world each year. As for the winner (seen above in a fittingly subversive twist on black tie): After famously reviving the menswear industry’s interest in slim tailoring a few years back, Thom Browne has persistently pushed the boundaries of what constitutes a ‘fashion show’ to the limits of absurdity (note his Punks vs. Jocks and Preps from Space -themed shows as examples) while somehow maintaining a somber atmosphere that implies what’s on view is nothing short of art.

A snapshot of Browne’s Fall ’13 Amish cloaks, pixelated for the business park, popped up in the CFDA’s #cfdaawards Instagram feed—as did hundreds of shots of dapperly dressed designers and drop-dead-gorgeous actresses and models. Here are the highlights:


L: Prepping the red carpet.
R: Michael Bastian, 2011 CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year, with Todd Snyder,
nominated for this year’s Swarovski Award for Menswear.


Legendary supermodel Linda Evangelista with future hall-of-famer Karolina Kurkova.


L: Billy Reid, last year’s CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year.
R: The crowded venue at NYC’s Lincoln Center.


House of Harlow 1960 designer Nicole Richie and Australian model Jessica Hart.


L: The good stuff. | R: Model Frida Gustavsson and BLK DNM designer Johan Lindeberg.


Actress Sofia Vergara. (The new Peg Bundy?)


L: Public School designers Maxwell Osborne and Dao-yi Chow, winners of this year’s
Swarovski Award for rising stars in Menswear.
R: Alexander Wang and friends on the steps outside.


Michael Kors with a model on each arm. Don’t hate the player, hate the game.


L: Mood lighting at the after-party.
R: Womenswear winners Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler
who appear to have a firm grasp on menswear, too.


Actress, award presenter, and Bridesmaid Rose Byrne—getting photo-bombed.


L: CFDA International Award winner Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy with actress Jessica Chastain.
(How hardcore was she in Zero Dark Thirty?)
R: One of our favorites (and definitely the funniest) from the female blogosphere,
Man Repeller Leandra Medine is a certified CFDA superstar.


End on a High Note: In the clip above, an army of male models awkwardly a capellas Daft Punk x Pharrell disco jam ‘Get Lucky,’ all while wearing the Fall ’13 collections by all three CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year nominees—and somehow keeping a straight face.

 

Crashing a black-tie bash of your own sometime soon?
SHOP: TUXEDOS & FORMALWEAR

 
 

[Instagram photos via CFDA.com; click here for individual credits and tons more photos. Video via KCD. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

Electronic-music aficionado or not, you’ve probably caught wind of this mysterious, helmet-clad, hype-generating duo known as Daft Punk as of late. Hedi Slimane of Saint Laurent Paris shot them for the new issue of Dazed & Confused (above)…Our friends at GQ managed to score an in-depth Q&A with the elusive hitmakers…And Spin has posted a virtual smorgasbord of articles, from an oral history of the Frenchmen’s first show on US soil to a retrospective of their 19 savviest samples (highlights range from Barry White to Barry Manilow).

The recent flood of Daft Punk buzz (leading up to the pair’s first new album in eight years, Random Access Memories) started about two months ago with brief snippets debuted during Saturday Night Live and at Coachella—like the one below, featuring Pharrell Williams and ’70s studio legend Nile Rodgers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nu0IrMuCCM

Next came a series of interviews that revealed not only the dream team of collaborators Daft Punk hand-picked for their new project, but also the return to analog equipment and old-school studio techniques they embraced—a bold departure from the electronic movement they helped birth almost two decades ago. (Our favorites are below; watch all eight episodes here.)


Then, yesterday, an official video from Daft Punk depicting “The Robots” in the flesh, unwrapping the first copy of their new record and cueing it up on the turntable in their trusty spaceship:

…That last development happened to coincide with a surprising opportunity to LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE NEW ALBUM FOR FREE.

(Click the link above to visit Daft Punk’s site—then click the album cover to open iTunes, where you can stream the full album and pre-order prior to its May 21 release.)

 
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The Hedi Slimane-designed, sequined dinner jackets Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo wear in the pics abouve (yes, there are humans under there after all) are cool and all—but we tend to favor Daft Punk’s biker phase. Emulate their robo-moto look with one of our favorite leather jackets below—but as far as fully automated cyborg helmets go, you’ll have to look elsewhere.



PS Paul Smith | Field Scout | Dsquared2
Armani Collezioni | Topman | Kenzo

 
 

[Photos by Hedi Slimane for Dazed & Confused. Music videos © Daft Punk, Daft Life Limited under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment. 'The Collaborators' interview series by The Creators Project, a partnership between Intel and Vice. Individuals featured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

Of all the menswear bloggers-slash-stylists-slash-photographers running loose and making moves in NYC these days, Noah Emrich is one of the best. His photos are ridiculously captivating even when the subjects are just his friends on random Brooklyn rooftops. So when he gets a chance to shoot some of the world’s preeminent street-style icons at a high-profile event like the CFDA Awards, the results are inevitably something special.


Shop: Bow Ties | Beanies


Shop: Tuxedos | Pocket Squares

 

[Individuals featured do not endorse Nordstrom or products mentioned. Images ©Noah Emrich]