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Nordstrom Cheers on the Athletes of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games

We love fanfare. We excel at cheering. We’re pretty great rooting and hooting and doing the wave. And as Friends of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle this week, July 1–6, we’ll be doing all those things from the stands and the field.

Nordstrom is excited to join the 3,000 athletes competing in 14 team and individual events and their 50,000 fans this week at the Seattle Center and University of Washington. We’ll be there with the delegates from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., clapping in the stands, awarding medals, and assisting at the Young Athletes Festival and the bocce event.

JOIN THE FUN AND GAMES

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Bee Shaffer and Anna Wintour attend the 72nd Annual Tony Awards Culture Film & Television Music

On the 2018 Tony Awards Red Carpet

Streaming (and bingeing) may now be our preferred mode of entertainment consumption, but the continued allure and relevance of the theatre was undeniable during the 72nd Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Comedians, rockers, TV actors, a former member of Parliament and movie stars assumed roles this year in some of Broadway’s most celebrated productions.

Bruce Springsteen netted an award for his sold-out one-man show Springsteen on Broadway, a melding of his memoir and song oeuvre. Tina Fey’s screen-to-stage adaptation of Mean Girls received 12 nominations. The 82-year-old actress and erstwhile British MP Glenda Jackson grandly walked away with the night’s award for Best Leading Actress in a Play (Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women)—this was her fifth Tony nomination and first winHer cast member, the formidable television and movie actress Laurie Metcalf, took the Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Play. Angels in America’s Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield won awards for Best Featured Actor and Best Leading Actor in a Play, respectively. And the cast of Spongebob Squarepants brought down the house with “I’m Not a Loser,” performed by actor Gavin Lee and written by the titans of American alt rock, They Might Be Giants.

SEE THE NIGHT’S LOOKS

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Culture Interviews

In Honor of Pride, We Talk to 5 Former Grand Marshals

When it comes to feel-good parades, it’s hard to beat a present-day Pride procession. From Seattle to Sydney to Stockholm, they’re kaleidoscopic explosions of love, color, glitter and often expertly applied makeup. They’re everything joyful and communal. But they weren’t always lighthearted celebrations of sexual diversity—and as we honor June as LGBTQ Pride month, we feel it’s important to recognize the adversity as well as the positivity.

Beyond the rainbows, floats and festive costumes exists the continuing struggle for tolerance and equal rights for the LGBTQ community—one that has been hallmarked by many events throughout history, but most notably in the U.S. by the Stonewall riots of June 1969 in Greenwich Village in New York City. The riots, precipitated by police raids gone violently awry, were one of the first organized attempts to massively protest the oppression of LGBTQ people. The following year, major cities across the country—from New York to L.A.—commemorated Stonewall with political marches in June, and Pride month was essentially born. Over the decades, Pride marches have evolved into festive parades with floats and cheery regalia, especially in large, accepting cities, but it’s critical to remain mindful of the human-rights movement that has spurred these festivals.

This year we’re spotlighting five inspirational people who’ve served as grand marshals in past parades. As the leader of a parade, the role of grand marshal is as honorable as it sounds. In fact, it’s the highest honor the LGBTQ community can bestow upon an individual—and those chosen are often nominated for their exceptional achievements in the fight for human rights.

MEET THE GRAND MARSHALS

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Culture Music

The 2018 Tony Nominations Are In

Theater buffs, the wait is over—the Tony nominations have been announced. Some highlights: Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants each earned 12 nominations, relative newcomer The Band’s Visit earned 11, and musical mastermind Andrew Lloyd Webber will finally receive a lifetime achievement award.

Once again, Nordstrom is the official Red Carpet sponsor and we’ll be covering the star-studded procession via Facebook Live with the help of our friends at Vogue magazine. In the meantime, peruse the nominees, get your viewing party ready, cast your ballot and tune in on June 10 to watch the final selections at Radio City Music Hall!

So without further ado….

SEE ALL THE NOMINATIONS

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Save The Date: The 2018 Tony Awards Are June 10 (Here’s Some Inspo to Throw a Viewing Party!)

The 72nd Annual Tony Awards® are already in the works and, for the fourth year in a row, Nordstrom is the official Red Carpet sponsor—which means we’ll be bringing you one-of-a-kind live coverage of the star-studded procession on June 10 via Facebook. (Go ahead and enter it in your Reminders app now.)

While the nominations and presenter are still a secret (announcements will be made May 1), we know a rockin’ Tony party starts with plenty of prep. That’s why we’re re-sharing our most crowd-pleasing dip and sip recipes this side of Broadway. So write out your menu, whip up your guest list and keep an eye out for more hot Tony updates. (And if you happen to hit Broadway for a show, take a moment to tour our brand-new Men’s Store NYC, located on the corner of Broadway and West 57th Street. It’s our first full-line men’s store—right in Midtown Manhattan.)

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Vans Girls Skate Clinics Culture Video

Vans Launches Girls’ Skate Clinics and Events for International Women’s Day

Remember the rush of independence that came from getting your driver’s license? Cruising to your friend’s house after school or hitting the drive-through on your lunch break was game-changing. Wheels can be liberating. So can wheelies.

California sneaker company Vans is highlighting the power of skateboarding to change girls’ lives. This March, as part of “This Is Off the Wall,” the company’s campaign featuring international creative communities, Vans is featuring Girls Skate India. The foundation enlists international female skateboarders to teach aspiring boarders how to ollie and flip. Vans partnered to produce a video of skating students in Bangalore meeting with pros Lizzie Armanto and Atita Verghese. On March 8, for International Women’s Day, Vans will also begin hosting more than 100 skateboarding clinics in major cities such as Brooklyn, Chicago, London, St. Petersburg, Shanghai, Bangalore, São Paulo and Mexico City.

LEARN A TRICK OR TWO

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Art Fashion Week Interviews Men’s Fashion Music Style

Death to Tennis’s Theatrical Reintroduction and Fall ’18 Collection, at New York Fashion Week: Men’s

Photos by Mike Chard

Death to Tennis is not a brand Nordstrom sells yet, but one we’re following closely. Specializing for the past five years in classic menswear with urban and modern twists, designers Vincent Oshin and William Watson had only done presentations before (where models stand around in the clothes). They went all out for their first-ever runway show at Pier59 Studios, bringing music and theater, and reintroducing themselves as conceptual artists.

Their show, The Great Style War, used a soundtrack of drums that hit like bombs. First, it was hip-hop remixes played live by Asen James and DJ Prince. Then everyone watched (including famous rappers Joey Badass and Smokepurpp, who smoked a blunt in the front row), as men and women models walked to more frenzied beats, in floral jacquards and a preponderance of utility pockets.

In the third act, lights dimmed and a bandaged bride strode out, followed by the lurch of an almost dead-looking groom. Violinist Jungwon Kim played Bach’s Partita No. 2. The effect was transporting. What was this story of damage and desire?

Backstage, we caught up with Oshin and Watson to ask about the collection and show—which feels like a turning point for the brand.

SHOP: men’s designer

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Punk and Emo Nostalgia, Behind the Scenes at Ovadia & Sons’ Fall ’18 Runway Show

Photo by Mike Chard

At New York Fashion Week: Men’s, one recent development is brands deciding to show collections out in the city, at non-fashion venues. And why not? Designers are always talking about their influences. Sometimes it’s best to take that classic writer’s advice: show, don’t tell.

For Ovadia & Sons’ punk rock–influenced fall 2018 collection, twin brothers Ariel and Shimon Ovadia booked the concert hall Irving Plaza. The venue, a former community center converted to a rock venue in 1978, holds fond memories for Ariel – who designed the collection with his brother Shimon. He saw a ton of shows there in the late ’90s.

The brothers have always been inspired by music and worked it into their designs. Last season, Ariel and I were talking about how their clothes reflected a love of Fabolous mixtapes and Lexus coupes. This season we talked about emo, hardcore and post-hardcore punk.

The soundtrack to the show was the soundtrack to young Ariel’s life: Alkaline Trio, Rancid, Pennywise, and My Chemical Romance—a disaffected, guitar-loving teen’s playlist from 1999. And the clothes were some of Ovadia’s best.

Check out our interview with Ariel Ovadia below and get inside his electric guitar nostalgia.

SHOP: Ovadia & Sons

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Beauty Culture Film & Television

Golden Globes Beauty: Get Greta Gerwig and Mandy Moore’s Looks Using Charlotte Tilbury

Hollywood’s actresses wore black, but that made their beauty bold. Playful shades, shimmer, ruby lips and metallic lids were the preferred accessories to the prevalent noir evening gowns.

All celebrity makeup artists seemed to agree: if the dresses were a blank canvas as to color, then the makeup should celebrate the unique beauty of the stars. Mandy Moore, for instance, wore a crimson lip with her glowing skin and sleek chignon. Greta Gerwig’s rocker-girl metallic eyes matched her stunning choker. We spoke with the two artists who helped to prep these lovely ladies using Charlotte Tilbury products. Here’s what they did.

BEAUTY TIPS FROM THE PROS

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Golden Globes Beauty: Get Susan Sarandon and Laura Dern’s Looks Using Charlotte Tilbury

The leading ladies of Hollywood may have been dressed in black, but their beauty was prismatic. Playful shades, shimmer, ruby lips and metallic lids were the preferred accessories to the prevalent noir evening gowns.

Celebrity makeup artists seemed to agree: if the dresses were a blank canvas as to color, then the makeup should single out the individuality of the star. Susan Sarandon, for instance, wore a crimson lip with her curly pompadour pony. Laura Dern’s shell-like skin sparkled just so with an equally glittery dress. We spoke with the two artists who helped to prep these legendary ladies using Charlotte Tilbury products. Here’s what they did.

BEAUTY TIPS FROM THE PROS

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