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spring/summer 2013

Spring is here—and as much as we can appreciate bold color, we know it’s not for everyone. No one understands this better than Rick Owens, the reigning king of avant-garde, neo-ninja streetwear.

We took a trunk-full of his Spring 2013 collection for a test drive through our favorite Seattle neighborhoods, and found out that—despite their somber palette—these pieces are fully warm-weather-compatible. (Think butter-soft lambskin bombers, a feather-weight windbreaker and sweaters in airy Italian wool.)

When the rest of the world is in full bloom, what better way to differentiate yourself than donning all black? (Short of taking Owens’ own advice and shaving off your eyebrows—see rule #1.)


Rick Owens ‘Mollino’ Lambskin Leather Jacket
and ‘Island’ Hooded Merino Wool Sweater


Left: Rick Owens ‘Island’ Crewneck Merino Wool Sweater


Rick Owens ‘Mollino’ Bomber Jacket and Elastic-Waist Drop-Crotch Pants


Rick Owens ‘Sternberg’ Lambskin Leather Bomber Jacket
and ‘Perfecto’ Lambskin Leather Biker Jacket



Rick Owens ‘Perfecto’ Lambskin Leather Biker Jacket,
‘Island’ Merino Wool Cardigan and Elastic-Waist Drop-Crotch Pants

 

SHOP ALL: RICK OWENS | DESIGNER COLLECTIONS

 
 
 

[Photography: Robin Stein. Styling: Ashley Helvey. Model: Gus Drake.]

Watch Burberry’s Spring 2013 runway show LIVE, Monday morning, 9/17 at 11am Eastern (8am Pacific)—right here on Nordstrom.com.

If recent shows are any evidence, Burberry designer Christopher Bailey might include a few killer menswear looks in tomorrow’s womenswear show.

But even if he doesn’t, tune in for the inventive mix of textures, creative subversions on Burberry’s 150-year heritage—and gorgeous models with British accents—that have become the trademarks of Bailey’s shows (like Fall 2012, seen here).

[UPDATE: The show is now live. CLICK HERE to watch it now.]


 

[Photos courtesy of Burberry.]


“Michael Bastian is the epitome of American fashion. It’s how a guy should dress.”
—Tommy Fazio, Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director

Amidst all the head-turning street style and jaw-dropping fashion theatrics inside the women’s shows yesterday, Michael Bastian quietly confirmed his status as master of all things menswear.

True to his signature cutting-edge, vintage-inspired aesthetic, Bastian covered all the bases, from tailored suits to court-ready athletic gear—all the while reaffirming that when it comes to men’s style, the devil is in the details. Clockwise from top left:

1. Two-tone jeans and bengal-stripe sneakers.
2. Lightweight windowpane suiting and streamlined man sandals.
3. Utilitarian extra pockets and Björn Borg grooming.
4. Cut-off shorts (a Bastian mainstay) and belt buckles bearing the models’ names.

Go to GQ.com to see the full collection full-screen.

 

Here are some extra shots our social media guru, Lily, snapped at the show:


Pre-show chaos.


Intent onlookers, front-row.
 
 

Shop current collections: Michael Bastian | Gant by Michael Bastian

[Runway photos courtesy of GQ.com. Behind-the-scenes photos by Lily Wyckoff; see more of her NYFW coverage on Nordstrom's official Instagram.]

It’s been a quite a week—and the final day of shows didn’t disappoint. Our Fashion Director’s favorite moments, below, included Lanvin’s spaceman-chic (what David Bowie’s ‘Major Tom’ would wear on shore leave, per GQ‘s review), Paul Smith’s well-tailored rebel, and Thom Browne’s rocket from Nantucket.

Lanvin
“I love the proportions and new fabric use.”

 

Paul Smith
“A truly bold rock-and-roll statement.”

 

Thom Browne
“A spectacular show, and the clothes are amazing in color and texture. Bold move.”

 

Quotes by Tommy Fazio, Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director.
Shop clothing, shoes and accessories by Paul Smith, and Thom Browne’s perfect shirt, part of our July edition of GQ Selects.

[Photos courtesy of GQ.com.]

“Spectacular display of true artful fashion. Best way to end fashion week—and the clothes rock.”
—Tommy Fazio, Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director

In a typically atypical display, the man who virtually invented the modern slim suit concluded Paris Fashion Week earlier today with a show that was literally out of this world. It began with extraterrestrial-looking platinum pods marching single-file into a neatly manicured courtyard. But once the alien exteriors dropped, the explosion of madras plaid and overgrown critter prints was completely Cape Cod.

Check out exclusive pics by our Men’s Fashion Director, who witnessed the invasion first-hand.

More Thom Browne: See exclusive photos from the designer’s Moncler Gamme Bleu show in Milan, and read what GQ Creative Director Jim Moore has to say about Browne’s impeccable plaid shirt from this month’s edition of GQ Selects.

Yesterday marked the penultimate day of Paris Fashion Week. Here are the highlights, via our show-going Men’s Fashion Director.


Berluti
“Quickly becoming the new luxury brand to watch.” 
 


Hermès
“The house of luxury turns out an outstanding show.” 
 


Dior Homme
“Kris [Van Assche] does a great job at moving things along. A well-considered collection.” 
 


Kenzo
“A visit to the jungle with prints that electrified the morning.” 
 


Maison Martin Margiela
“More metallics today, this time sophisticated and elegant.” 
 
 

Quotes by Tommy Fazio, Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director.
Shop the current men’s collection from Kenzo.

 

[Photos courtesy of Style.com.]

Continued highlights and commentary from our Men’s Fashion Director, who’s witnessing every moment of Paris Fashion Week first-hand.


Balmain
“Personal favorite. Continues to evolve and excite. Modern take on military.”
 


Junya Watanabe
“Englishman in Paris. I would wear it all.”

 

Givenchy
“An artful religious experience.”

 

Balenciaga
“I love this new expression in tailoring.”

 

Viktor & Rolf
“Panama style. Chic and elegant”

 

Quotes by Tommy Fazio, Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director.
Need to catch up? See Tommy’s highlights from Paris Day One and Day Two.

[Photos courtesy of Style.com.]

The second day of men’s shows in Paris was packed with too many insane moments to summarize—but we’ll do our best. Here are the highlights from our Men’s Fashion Director, who caught every minute up-close and in-person.

Dries Van Noten
“An extraordinary collection of the most considered fashion of the season.
Electrified Paris last night.”

 

Louis Vuitton
“An elegant collection that woke up the senses.”

 

Yohji Yamamoto
“Unexpected proportions made this collection a standout.”

 

Rick Owens
“Bold black and white.”

 

Nicole Farhi
“Clean and polished.”

 

Kolor
“Smart new look this season.”

 

3.1 Phillip Lim
“Easy summer clothes.”

 

Quotes by Tommy Fazio, Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director.
In case you missed it, check out Tommy’s runway highlights from Paris Day One, plus exclusive iPhone shots from his favorite show so far.

 

[Photos courtesy of Style.com.]

Our Men’s Fashion Director is calling it the best show of the season. Dries Van Noten just finished, and here are Tommy’s favorite pics, texted direct from Paris.

Our Men’s Team’s grueling European journey continues, heading from Milan to show-packed days in Paris. Below are our Men’s Fashion Director’s favorite looks from the first day in the City of Light. “Shorts ruled the Paris runways on day one,” he emailed at odd hours (Paris is nine hours ahead of us here on the West Coast). His other highlight? The bold, abstractly aquatic-themed statement by Mugler.

Hardy Amies

Raf Simons 

Mugler

 

In case you missed it, catch up on Milan Men’s Fashion Week with runway picks and behind-the-scenes photos by Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director Tommy Fazio.

 

[Photos courtesy of Style.com.]