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MARK_RONSON_PICS_0012_Layer 1Mark 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.

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Our 1980 spring catalog had so many polo shirts. Look at them! And that’s not even the full assortment. The turn of that particular decade was a great time for polos. We couldn’t get enough.

For a laugh, look closer and notice these guys’ pieces of flair: kite string, apple, buoy, soccer ball, frisbee and…dictaphone? We aren’t sure what the yellow-shirted guy is holding.

Anyway: Polos. Now’s a good time of year to be sporting them. We’ve had our eyes on this banded collar Kooples polo that is currently on sale, but you’ll want to do your own picking and choosing.

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This summer, we will recreate this 1980 Nordstrom spring catalog cover. Or versions of it.

We will enjoy long walks on the beach in a romantic mode. We will take off our shoes and socks as much as possible. And we will dress like cotton candy, wearing pink shirts and white pants.

Because this preppy/pastel aesthetic was one thing the ‘80s got right.

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Nineteen eighty-one: a good year for pastels and polo shirts. Here we see our spring catalog cover, shot on the beach in Mexico. Looking very 1981. But what’s the deal with that one styling choice…

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Shop: golf apparel | striped polos | chinos | fabric belts

From the 1980 Nordstrom holiday catalog, we present this scene of brotherly togetherness on the golf course. You might not consider golf a team sport, but think about it this way:

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We have a few thoughts about this image from our 1976 Christmas catalog…

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Our favorite aspects of this photo from the 1989 Nordstrom Anniversary catalog, from left to right:

  1. Batman hat
  2. Halo hat
  3. Double jacket
  4. Mr. Plaid
  5. Wide-leg corduroys
  6. King of Pleats

…and the fact that 83% of the young, fashionable men in the image are rolling up their pants, just like in 2015.

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Here we see metallic Nike sneakers in the 1984 Nordstrom holiday catalog. Man, do they rule.

The wrestling shoes? Fire. We’re might start wearing wrestling shoes to the office, now. And they’re called the Hi-Jack, which is super tough.

The Vandal Supreme model in the back? With the ill nylon quilting? From the Air Force 1 design similarities to the fact that they look like a tracksuit, to the name, which connotes graffiti: these shoes are very hip-hop. Suitable for park jams, writing sessions, everything “from break dancing to basketball.”

But it’s really about the ones in front. Nike Snow Waffle. Early high-top/running shoes combo. Too fresh.

Factoid: The Snow Waffle lives on today, in slightly altered form, as the reflective Internationalist.

Shop: Men’s Nike | All Men’s sneakers

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Check out these guys from the 1995 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale catalog, especially the guy on the left in his deep teal fleece. Looks pretty cool, right?

People hate on fleece but they’re tripping. It’s not all the same. You can’t just write off all fleeces. That’s material-ist!

Peruse our collection of fleeces and be real with yourself. Legit freshness abounds. Like, for example, this slammin’ Patagonia pullover.

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Back in the early-/mid-’90s, rappers had a serious taste for Polo gear in bold primary and secondary colors. I mean, witness Raekwon and Ghostface Killah in the video for the Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple.”

‘Lo-ed out!

With that history in mind, we look at this shot from the 1992 Nordstrom holiday catalog and think back fondly on classic street-yacht menswear.

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