Radio City Music Hall reverberated with the talent, energy and humor of Broadway last night, during the 71st Annual Tony Awards®. Not only did the stars turn up to fete their peers, but they showed up to showcase their love for the stage and dramatic arts as a national treasure.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend attend the 2017 Tony Awards; photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions
Host Kevin Spacey began the evening with a homage to the show nominees that included cameo appearances by Stephen Colbert and Whoopi Goldberg. The House of Cards star, himself a Tony-award winner (for Best Featured Actor in a Play in 1991’s Lost in Yonkers), assumed several personas throughout the night, including President Bill Clinton and television host Johnny Carson.
If there was one big winner this year, it was the musical Dear Evan Hansen, which claimed six of the evening’s awards, including those for best book, best featured actress, best actor and best musical. Its young star Ben Platt, just 23 years old, gave the night’s most moving speech in which he said, “To all young people watching at home, don’t waste any time trying to be like anybody else because the things that make you strange are the things that make you powerful.” That message of individuality applied equally to the spirited fashion adopted by those in attendance.
Rappers joining forces with fashion brands: a tale as old as time? Well, it’s definitely a going concern. The fusion between the two is in full effect at the moment.
Perhaps you’ve heard: A$AP Rocky’s new song “RAF” repeatedly references Raf Simons, the legendary Belgian designer. Simons is named in each verse by Rocky and his guest stars Quavo, Lil Uzi Vert and Frank Ocean. You can listen to the song on episode 006 of blonded RADIO, Ocean’s show on Apple Music / beats 1—or enjoy one of the YouTube rips available at the moment. Check out our adidas by Raf Simons collection below.
And since we’re on the topic of Frank Ocean …
Once again Nordstrom is a proud sponsor of the year’s celebration of the theatre. And we can’t wait to mingle on the red carpet with the biggest names on Broadway.
Jalene Goodwin and Daveed Diggs at the 2016 Tony Awards
With no Hamilton nods to dominate the nominations (last year the musical had 16!), this year we’re seeing a roster of returning talent and some fresh, new names. From the Divine Miss M in a revival of Hello, Dolly! to David Malloy’s groundbreaking adaptation of Tolstoy, the musical Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, we’re ready to raise the curtain on this year’s awards season.
To prepare you, here’s who got recognized for another exceptional year of theatre, both on stage and behind the scenes.
Lauren Eggertsen is an associate editor at Who What Wear. As a huge fan of trending items, under-the-radar brands and timeless basics, trying to predict what her favorite celebrities will wear to awards shows is one of her favorite pastimes. Find out what she hopes to see her favorite actresses wear on the red carpet this year at the Tony Awards.
The 2017 Tony Awards are right around the corner, and we’re sure to see some big personalities walk the red carpet with that Broadway-bred confidence and pride. As a fashion editor, one of the many odd things I like to do in my spare time is try to guess what some of my favorite actresses will show up wearing on the red carpet. Naturally, this year is no different, except for the fact that I’m sharing my guesses with you here.
Based on their personal style, past red carpet attire and my personal favorite items on the market at this moment, I assigned a trend and a specific dress to each of the Tony-nominated actresses below. From the unconventional (hello, jumpsuits and two-piece gowns) to embroidered florals, sheer details and timeless classics, take a moment to look at the formalwear trends that are making loud statements in the world of fashion right now.
And, of course, feel free to venture a few guesses of your own. (Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until showtime on June 11 to actually see how right or wrong we are.)
We get this question all the time: Can I wear my golf clothes after I’m done golfing? The answer is yes. Golf apparel can indeed be liberated from the course.
All it takes is a little mixing and matching. There are no hard rules, although we don’t recommend rocking head-to-toe golf gear in the real world. Blend in one or two pieces at a time, however, and you’ll be good.
To show how you might approach this mix, we called on the photography skills of Nordstrom Senior Content Producer Thig Gishuru, who in turn called on Cole DeLeon for modeling. They’re friends who share a second life: Thig is Cole’s older brother in the Seattle rap world, Thig being in the group the Physics, Cole in Brothers from Another. So this shoot had a little of that energy.
We caught up with Cole afterward to talk about hanging out with your heroes, dressing differently as you get older—and the joy of golf even when you’re awful.
As Nordstrom’s footwear design director, Kim House oversees the styles that brands like Halogen®, Caslon®, Treasure & Bond and BP. put forward for feet. In her off-time, Kim is a singer and bassist in the band Fotoform, which she describes cheekily as a “pointy shoegaze” outfit.
“Shoegaze came out of Britain in the late ’80s, early ’90s,” Kim explains, when we meet up in the band’s practice space in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. “Bands like Lush, Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine were characterized by a wall of guitars, lots of effects, with ethereal vocals on top.” It’s Kim’s heavenly voice that floats like soft gauze on top of twin guitars, bass and drums. “‘Pointy shoegaze’ was a nod to some of the early ’80s dark stuff we were inspired by—and that time and that scene. People wore a lot of pointy shoes at that time.” But it’s also a nod to Kim’s day job, one that thankfully provides an outlet for her visual inspirations, like the Fotoform avant-garde photography movement, from which the band takes its name.
The singer and music producer serves as creative director for NikeWomen’s latest spring campaign, “Do You Believe in More?,” which shows a host of athletes cavorting in ancient urban ruins. Filmed in Mexico City, the video, directed by and starring FKA twigs, is also set to a new song by the artist. In it she explores “modern movement,” or in her words, “any genre of sport without boundaries.” The writhing and leaping bodies in her work seem to unify sport with the spiritual in a quest for improvement.
Twigs cast each of the athletes who star in the campaign. Included are the fencer Miles Chamley-Watson; her krumping classmate and yoga pro Paleta CalmQuality; classical violinist and fellow krumper Saskia Horton; karate champion Jay Kirton and others. You can read about them all in Twigs’ own words in addition to her thoughts on “Sport and Expression,” an essay on the pleasures of preparation, both athletic and creative.
Read her thoughts, but see this work. Even amid this world-class cast, the pop singer can’t help but stand out as a force both physical and emotional.
Is there any amount of cozy that’s too cozy? When the weather gets cold, the answer is no. With athleisure feeling less like a trend these days and more like a paradigm shift, designers are putting comfort at the forefront of their fashion. It’s all the better for stacking clothes and taking coziness to the max. Try stepping out of the house wearing fuzzy socks—fuzzy shoes, even—and two jackets at the same time: a middle layering piece and an overcoat. Then you shall know the true meaning of cozy. Be inspired by these looks and layer up.
Our model here is Tay Sean, rapper and producer extraordinaire. If you don’t know him, his new album, Leavings, is outstanding experimental hip-hop. Dressing-wise, he has a unique style, so we met with him ahead of time in the store so he could help choose clothes from our men’s and men’s designer departments. His reaction:
“I didn’t realize Nordstrom had so much cool stuff.”
Check out our cozy looks below and our interview with Tay Sean about his music and personal style.
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