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Arguably the best-dressed band signed to Seattle record label Sub Pop, California rock group Dum Dum Girls plays a particular style of music that could be described as bubblegum deadpan. Their music follows the example set by The Ramones and The Jesus and Mary Chain, and perhaps above all, Richard Gottehrer—their producer, and the songwriter responsible for retro-rebellious classics like “My Boyfriend’s Back.” Below, the all-girl quartet’s frontwoman, Dee Dee, test-drives some Topshop and answers a few questions:

MEN’S SHOP DAILY: Is it true that Dum Dum Girls were partly named after the Vaselines song “Dum Dum”? Is that your favorite act signed to Sub Pop (besides your own)?

DEE DEE: “Yes, indeed true on both accounts—although Nirvana, Dead Moon, Beach House, Male Bonding, and David Cross are also favorites.”

MSD: What attracted you to working with producer Richard Gottehrer? Can you give an example of something he did in the studio that you felt changed your sound for the better?

DEE DEE: “I recorded the entire first album (I Will Be) myself, and it would’ve sounded like my first EPs and 7-inches without his initial ‘intervention.’ Aside from all the obvious reasons he’s a good match for me, I most value his lifelong enthusiasm. I don’t believe there’s a jaded bone in his body, which is saying a lot, considering how long and varied his career in the music business has been.”

MSD: How strict is the wearing-all-black part of being a member of the Dum Dum Girls? If someone wears blue jeans, do you kick them out?

DEE DEE: “It’s a non-issue at this point. And for my band, it doesn’t have to be anything more than an on-stage aesthetic. One hour of darkness.”


Nordstrom Men’s Shop was proud to co-sponsor Sub Pop’s 25th-anniversary Silver Jubilee celebration. Watch for more Sub Pop posts coming soon—and catch up on Silver Jubilee Street Style and our Q&A with King Tuff.


[Text and interview by Andrew Matson. Andrew writes about music and culture for publications including The Seattle Times, NPR, and The Stranger—follow him on Twitter here. Photos by Robin Stein—see more of Robin's work here. Styling by Ashley Helvey and Margaret McMillan Jones. Videos © Sub Pop and Dum Dum Girls.]

We’re still recovering from the awesomeness that was Sub Pop’s Silver Jubilee music festival last Saturday—and, we’ll continue to roll out exclusive interviews, photos and favorite Sub Pop playlists as we celebrate the legendary Seattle record label’s 25th birthday for the remainder of the month.

Today, we present for your enjoyment a throng of street-style photos, captured both in the wild of the crowds as well as in our own mobile photo set—sponsored in part by our friends at Topman and Topshop.

L: Hair and makeup artist Kaija Mistral Towner.
R: Hi, How Are You.

Wilfred Comer, son of our Men’s Shop creative strategy director Andy Comer, rocking a perfect white OCBD.

L: Architect/sculptor Suzanne Stefan and Nordstrom stylist Ashley Helvey.
R: This show-goer looks a little like Sally Draper—in the best possible way.

Monster Children magazine editor Jason Crombie…and friends.

L: What would summer in Seattle be without Rainier Beer?
R: Hana Ryan Wilson of Seattle’s Craft & Culture…and photo bomber.

The crowd (and food-truck scene) in Seattle’s Georgetown ‘hood at sunset. That’s the former Rainier Beer brewery (now used as studio space) on the right.

L: An amazing day-glo x leopard look in the crowd.
R: Sailor stripes at Father John Misty.

Matt Korvette with stylists Margaret McMillan Jones and Danny Mankin.

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The candid photos from here up are by Men’s Shop creative director Strath Shepard—who bravely wandered the festival grounds pink and sunscreen-less, camera in-hand.

Below, our friend and extremely talented photographer Robin Stein ran an all-day photo booth where Nordstrom friends old and new alike could cruise through, don some Topman or Topshop gear if they so chose, and go blue-steel for an impromptu #streetstyle session:

Monster Children magazine editor Jason Crombie (L) with surfer Warren Smith.

Our senior women’s features writer, Mary O’Regan.
[Wearing Topshop: Sheer Panel Romper | Mixed Chain Collar Necklace]

L: The family that rocks together, rolls together. (Cool pink socks, young sir ma’am! Sorry for the oversight, kind reader.)
R: Sub Pop digital communications manager (and Bob Seger fan) Sam Sawyer, and Nordstrom social media manager (and taco connoisseur—proof here and here) Lily Wyckoff.

Matt Korvette of Sub Pop punk band Pissed Jeans.
[Wearing Topman 'Darren' Woven Shirt.]

L: Topshop Lace Trim Jumpsuit & Studded Clutch.
R: Topshop ‘Mini Roller’ Hat

Nordstrom stylist and site merchandiser Danny Mankin.
[Wearing Topman: 'Duke' Print Woven Shirt | 'Palmer' Trousers]

L: Photographer and Nordstrom trend forecaster Jessica Carter.
[Wearing Topshop Circle Cutout Crop Shirt]
R: Topshop High Neck Romper | ‘Wylde’ Faux Leather Biker Jacket | ‘Cord & Stone’ Necklace

Aaron Dunford from Nordstrom Men’s Marketing—looking kind of Trainspotting with the buzz cut, dark shades and Topman ‘Teddy’ Tip Polo.

L: Beards and boots—summer edition.
R: Sub Pop x Topshop x Tie Dye.
[Wearing Topshop 'Wylde' Faux Leather Biker Jacket, cape-style like a boss.]

Rolling Stones and Ray-Ban Clubmasters—can’t argue with the classics.

Your friendly neighborhood Men’s Shop Daily editor, Justin Abbott.
[Wearing Topman: 'Kyle' Denim Shirt | 'Dollar Sign' Print T-shirt | 'Dexter' Skinny Fit Stretch Jeans]

L: Topshop Body-Con Dress & ‘Stud & Tube’ Collar Necklace
R: Nordstrom social media pro Lara Bain. Aviator game strong.

Topshop hat: $24. Cat tattoo: $200. This photo: priceless.




[Candid photos by Strath Shepard. Portraits by Robin Stein. Men's styling by Danny Mankin. Women's styling by Ashley Helvey and Margaret Jones. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

What you’ve just watched is models (from left) Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn and Rosie Tapner doing their best to entertain themselves (and the rest of us) while they wait around to walk the Topshop runway at London Fashion Week a few days ago.

They happen to be doing their own version of a slightly obnoxious internet fad—the details and origin of which are not really of concern. You can watch more examples here, but trust us: The British bombshells’ rendition above is the only one worth your 30 seconds on a busy Thursday like today.

If you do have more than half a minute to spare, try Topshop’s YouTube channel, where you can delight in said models’ fetching English accents—or check out the photo-shoot bloopers we posted last week, for further depictions of beautiful women acting irresistibly absurd.



[Video courtesy of Topshop on YouTube, via Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]