To paraphrase Yoda: There is no try. Only do. Which we’re taking as inspiration right now as we make executive decisions and wrap our holiday shopping.
First, ask yourself whether your (future) workplace dress code is traditional, business casual or completely casual. Then watch this video, be inspired and nail that interview.
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Well-chosen accessories should complement the rest of what you’re wearing. That’s complement, not compliment, which is basically to comply. The root of complement is complete.
Finishing touches can seem minor but bring everything together and leave lasting impressions. Don’t muck about. Finish strong.
Welcome to Dressed & Questioned, where we create models out of non-models and then make queries about their interesting lives.
Such as: Why would you quit your job playing keyboards for the successful band Portugal. The Man, to begin a passion project which had no guarantee of working out?
We got the answer when we dressed and questioned Ryan Neighbors from Hustle and Drone, the electronic band from Portland, Oregon. Watch the video to hear some Hustle and Drone music and see outfits created by our senior stylist Jodi Taylor.
Notice the layers. Layers of synthesizers. Layers of sweaters.
Keep reading to learn exactly what Neighbors is wearing, which song changed his life, how he records his music–and whether or not Portland is still cheap enough to accommodate fledgling musicians.
Consider carving out some of your existence for this video interview, in which Kanye West–style influencer extraordinaire–speaks candidly with Lou Stoppard from SHOWstudio and British GQ for two hours, mainly about fashion and inspiration.
To pick one of many entry points for future argument, Kanye likens himself in the interview to Michelangelo and says clothes are sculptures:
“Fashion, clothes are sculptures. Wearable art.”
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Which dress shirt fit is right for you: extra-trim, trim, traditional or classic? You’ll get there by first considering how you feel about these components: armhole, chest, sleeve and waist.
Watch our video to see how those details come together to make distinct silhouettes.
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Ayo, what’s this? Beautifully photographed video footage of David Beckham ripping around on a radical Triumph motorcycle? And Harvey Keitel being dramatic and squinty, making foreboding statements while dressed vaguely like Macklemore? We have 17 minutes for that, yes.
This advertisement/short movie titled Outlaw comes to us via Belstaff–makers of, among other things, Beckham’s badass moto jacket. If you are badass enough to click the flick, expect something like Captain EO meets Big Top Pee-wee meets Evel Kneivel.
Inside A$AP Rocky, Kanye West and Joe Fox’s “Jukebox Joints” with Director Shomi Patwary | Listen Up!on September 4, 2015
Images courtesy Shomi Patwary
Music video director and friend of the Nordstrom blogs Shomi Patwary previously brought us behind the scenes with Ty Dolla $ign and Mark Ronson. Now he’s giving us rare glimpses at the creative process of the fashion killa himself, A$AP Rocky.
Patwary directed the video for Rocky’s song “Jukebox Joints” with Joe Fox and Kanye West, a highlight off Rocky’s album At.Long.Last.ASAP. West produced the track, which floats on a sample from an old Smokey Robinson jukebox joint.
Patwary’s video is purplish, smoky and the video and language in the song are perhaps NSFW. Know that and consider turning young kids away from the screen as you watch it.
See exclusive photos from the shoot below, and learn which Spike Lee movie inspired the video’s vertically stretched-out look.
Behind the Scenes of the Mark Ronson and Keyone Starr Video with Director Shomi Patwary | Listen Up!on July 3, 2015
Mark Ronson and Shomi Patwary on the set
The best party nobody went to might’ve been 12 years ago in Norfolk, Virginia, when producers who would change the sound of hip-hop and R&B deejayed to basically nobody.
We’ll let our music video director friend Shomi Patwary tell you about that one.
Long story short, Patwary and British star Mark Ronson go way back, and we now have the video for “I Can’t Lose.” It’s more zesty funk from Ronson–whom we shall never fail to mention without hyperlinking to his and Aaliyah’s classic Hilfiger ad–and bigger-budget moves from Patwary, best known for A$AP Rocky’s “Multiply.”
Check out behind-the-scenes images below from “I Can’t Lose” and an edited transcript of our phone call with Patwary.
We talked about Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal,” Dick Tracy, Blade Runner, the cameo from Waris Ahluwalia–and what happens when the zeitgeist moves post- ‘90s retromania.