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.
Ingredients aren’t the only things Jackie Kai Ellis juggles: She’s a multi-hyphenate professional. In addition to owning Vancouver’s Beaucoup Bakery & Café, Ellis leads tours through Paris’s pâtisseries and writes about fashion, design and food for several top Canadian publications.
The École-Gastronomique-Bellouet-Conseil-trained (a mouthful, albeit a delicious one) pastry chef often looks just as delectable as her creations. So, in anticipation of our new Vancouver store (September 18 is just around the corner!), we asked her to dish on the city’s style and best restaurants.
What three words would you use to describe Vancouver style?
Breezy, feminine, purposeful.
What would you do with 24 hours in Vancouver?
Wake up early. Get coffee first. Then take a leisurely hike to Lighthouse Park or around Buntzen Lake with my dog, Polly. Back in the city, I would go to Granville Island for some inspiring flowers and food. It’s not a day without putting on a beautiful dress, so I would meet with good friends for cocktails at West or L’Abattoir, then have some beautiful conversations over dinner at AnnaLena or Farmer’s Apprentice. Finally have a good night’s sleep with Polly beside me.
Spring in Paris attracts the romantics; fall brings back the fashion fanatics. For this final stop during Fashion Month designer Caroline Issa selected a flirty outfit to go with an overtly coquettish clutch. We think it’s the perfect finale to a series of sophisticated looks. (Don’t miss Issa’s picks for New York, London, and Milan.)
To celebrate our newest store opening—September 18 in Vancouver, Canada—we’re showcasing some of our (and your) favorite dishes and recipes that will be coming soon to our 119th store.
Buttery, flaky, silky black cod. In our recipe (as served seasonally at Bar Verde), this fish spends up to two days hanging out in a sweet flavor-layered marinade of miso, sake, mirin and sugar, which caramelizes under the broiler to create a beautiful mahogany-colored finish. To complete the dish, we nestle the filet atop easy, homemade shrimp dumplings, roasted shiitake mushrooms and poached vegetables—all swimming in a ladleful of umami-rich soy broth.
Like wild salmon, but milder and more delicate, black cod (aka sablefish) is high in omega-3 fatty acids and fish oil content, which makes it difficult to overcook. Adding to the virtues of this delicious, easy-to-work-with fish, almost all of the preparation for this recipe can be done up to 2 days in advance for a make-ahead meal that’s impressive enough for entertaining and easy enough for a special weeknight dinner. Salmon, Chilean sea bass and cobia can all be used instead of black cod, but it’s definitely worth seeking out—there’s really no substitute for its unique combination of texture and flavor.
“SPACE is really meant to be a platform to introduce our customers to another aspect of what designer fashion could be, this advanced and emerging designer world.”
A look from the SPACE edit of VETEMENTS for fall ’15
As part of that world, we’re building interviews and erecting behind-the-scenes stories with the talented fashion minds behind our exciting brands. Find out who we’re talking to now, and what they’ve got to say about the French word for “clothing,” the music of the fall collections, and grannies on Instagram.
Everyone knows all the cool girls are really bookworms—what they don’t know is what all the cool bookworms are reading. You will now though; just follow along with this series as Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes Warby Parkerhelps us celebrate the literary life well lived.
This is Swedish-born British illustrator and graphic designer Frida Wannerberger, en rose. When she’s not drawing up deliciously quirky scenes of otherworldly people lounging about in Christopher Kane and Mary Katrantzou, teaching or working on cool stuff for clients like Harper’s Bazaar and A Magazine Curated By, you can find her at her summer house in Sweden delving into stacks of literary masterpieces—a few of which she was kind enough to share with us for this chapter of our Summer Reading Lists.
Amid the white walls and clean lines of his office, Ryan Willms, editor-in-chief of the design magazine Inventory, cuts an equally crisp silhouette. His hair hangs in a sharp fringe just below his angular chin. His nose truly is aquiline. His selection of a white shirt and black pants might be austere if he weren’t so relaxed.
To celebrate the opening of our Vancouver store on September 18, we’ve been exploring the city through the eyes of its fashionable residents. Get a glimpse of what British Columbia’s big city looks like to Willms in the interview below.
Your job takes you all over the world. How does Vancouver stack up?
I always enjoy coming back to Vancouver. The air here is amazing. I try to appreciate these days. Being able to run the seawall or go to the mountains is certainly unique to the city. There are some interesting people and things happening in Vancouver, but you have to hunt them out on your own a little more than in bigger cities.
What three words would you use to describe Vancouver style?
Why should models have all the fun? Each month we’re finding a “real woman”—i.e., of any shape and size—and giving her the model treatment in The Realest. We bring the wardrobe, stylist, photographer and blog editor—she brings her anything-but-one-size-fits-all personality and style—and we all head out on location for an IRL photo shoot. Meet Lori Ramon, a banker-slash-singer and vintage-fashion lover with a stellar smile.
Lori took us on a tour of some beloved places in her Seattle neighborhood, Capitol Hill. Read on to get to know Lori, and see our stylist suggestions for some of our favorite dress silhouettes for fall.
On her style: “Being a Jewish American Princess from Texas, I learned at an early age what it felt like to be an outsider. The fact that my mother was probably also one of the only brazen feminists in our suburban neighborhood probably added to that as well. I do think that my being so ‘different’ from everyone from the start definitely influenced my sense of self and fashion. I discovered that I enjoyed being somewhat unusual. It was freeing to be able to express myself without worrying so much about what others thought. I just try to remember the Golden Rule. Basically that’s all any of us need to do to live in a civilized society, right?
Número tres stop during Spring 2016 Fashion Month is Milan, Italy’s fashion, commercial and economic hub. As with New York and London before, designer Caroline Issa—a street-style guru, too—has selected an outfit that revolves around a handbag chosen for the chic city. And this suede, drawstring borsa is molto bella.
We’ve been rocking with 100%Vancouverdeejays lately, with our new store opening September 18 in that majestic Pacific Northwest metropolis.
One recent set by Vancouver’s Niña Mendoza gave us life (shout out DayShiftSEA, one mile from Nordstrom HQ in Seattle) and we highly recommend her funky, right-now-meets-1983 mix “Love For Free,” promoting her September 10 show with Dâm-Funk. It’s been sustaining us throughout the week.
Stream the mix below and download it here so you don’t kill your data while you’re in the gym. Hit READ MORE for the track list and Vancouver-focused Q&A.