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A Month of Fall ’18 Fashion Weeks with Men’s Designer Buyer Bijon Javadzadeh

Bijon in the front, fellow Nordstrom buyer Tulio Salcedo in the back; photo by Thig Gishuru.

Fashion Week has become a spectator sport both IRL and online. But its original purpose was to show clothes to retail buyers. And that’s still the case.

Our buyers sit front row at shows, and more importantly, visit showrooms to see and feel the products up close. That’s where they make big decisions and place orders, choosing what we’ll sell in months ahead (for this season’s fashion weeks, that would be for the fall and winter of 2018).

With the European fashion weeks just finished and only New York to go, our men’s designer buyer Bijon Javadzadeh has already seen all the clothes and made his orders. He spent January in Europe, and last week previewed the men’s collections showing in New York Fashion Week, even though NYFW:M officially starts today.

We caught up with him to get his impressions after three weeks of showroom appointments—and to hear his view of the future of fashion.

SHOP: men’s designer

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Inside Balenciaga FW17 with Nordstrom Men’s Designer Buyer Dan Drewes

Legendary Spanish luxury house Balenciaga is experiencing new life under the creative direction of Demna Gvasalia, who took the reins in 2015. He brought his singular aesthetic, a kind of warped normcore luxury, and it’s a hit. Our current offering is already a favorite of celebrities like A$AP Rocky.

Previously known for his controversial, logo-riffing brand Vetements, Gvasalia operates in the designer world but seems skeptical of it, even opposed to it. He’s interesting to watch as a consumer and a cultural spectator.

For more insight, we turn to our men’s designer buyer Dan Drewes to explain what Gvasalia is up to in fashion, and take us through our current Balenciaga selection.

Please note: we sell men’s Balenciaga shoes online, but men’s Balenciaga clothing is sold in-store only. Shop Balenciaga in person in our Seattle, Vancouver and Aventura locations, and in Toronto at Yorkdale Shopping Centre. You’ll also be able to find Balenciaga at Nordstrom in Manhattan once our first men’s-only store opens there in spring 2018.

SHOP: Balenciaga online

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Our Designer VPs on Their Favorite Paris Fashion Week Moments

Tricia Smith and Jennifer Wheeler enter the stylish back bar at Daroco looking like they just came off the beach in Saint-Tropez. Well, except that they’re in ankle boots and turtlenecks, trench coats and long sleeves.

The attitude, though—it’s pure relaxed satisfaction. Contented fulfillment. It’s a mood that isn’t necessarily native to this part of Paris Fashion Week. We’re on the tail end of the week and at this stage of the game, buyers and editors tend to be exhausted, a little cranky, and sort of overwhelmed by all the schedule-packed days they’ve just made it through.

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First two images by Jessa Carter

But this time has been different. “It’s just been such a consistently good season,” says Tricia, our executive vice president of women’s and designer apparel. And even more than that, she tells me that the entire industry seems to have banded together in a united front. There’s a feeling of camaraderie in the shows and in the streets.

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“It’s like everyone really wants to hold each other up,” agrees Jennifer, vice president of women’s designer apparel. From more white bandanas to all kinds of great color, this is how it went down and these are the moments that mattered most.

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Shop the Shoes: 2016 Festival Edition

This festival season, we were shoegazing even when the music wasn’t. In the process, we collected images of some of the coolest footwear from Coachella and Governors Ball. It’s a thing we like to do.

Click on a pair to shop these showstoppers or similar styles right now.

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Photos by Kristin Yamada

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Paris Fashion Week: A Day in the Life of our Fashion Director Jeffrey Kalinsky and Company

If someone made a reality show about Nordstrom Fashion Director Jeffrey Kalinsky with David Rubenstein and Oskar Moguel, the crew from his own NYC/Atlanta namesake shop, you would totally watch it. First of all, the characters are on point; there’s the fashion industry’s favorite transplanted Southerner, the chic seasoned New Yorker and the young Cali-born new guard. They’re each an entire walk-in closet of industry wisdom and killer taste, and as a unit (here’s the surefire primetime draw), their lives are pretty fabulous.

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On a single day in Paris I joined them as they went from the Chanel show to the Balenciaga showroom to the Valentino show to a Carven appointment, and then to the Lanvin showroom and the Kenzo runway show. I think I probably missed something in there; it was all I could do to keep up.

These are just a few highlights—complete with audio clips and lots of images.

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Last Looks: Yesterday’s Runways at Balenciaga, Céline, Akris and Givenchy

Phoebe Philo runs a well-oiled fashion house at Céline, continually creating pieces that are beautiful in their simplicity and blend tasteful wearability with innovative silhouettes.

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Philo delivered yet again Sunday, giving us a seasonless collection of kick-flare pants, lengthy tunics and leather toppers in soft ivory, beige, black and ochre. Oversized, strong-collared men’s shirts over ultra-wide-leg pants took the once trendy pajama dressing to the streets in a less sleepy-eyed way by working with stiffer fabrics and bigger proportions. Ruched, crinkled and knotted satin frocks were worn over flowing wide-leg trousers, while oblong crystal belts linked like chains were featured on a number of fit-and-flare midis. The label’s beloved bags were tied around waists (like a fanny pack, but so much better) or wrapped around wrists. 

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Get the Look: Paris Fashion Week Street Style at Balenciaga and Céline

PFW4quadGimlet-eyed Kristin Yamada is busy snapping street-style starlets during Fashion Week. Here are her photos to inspire you for next season (or this one) and some wardrobe picks to help you get the look.

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Paris Fashion Week: Vetements Just Wants Everyone to Be Together—in Hoodies, Ruffles and Denim

The scene on Thursday night outside an Episcopal church on upscale Avenue George V was cinematic; artists and the proletariat, the extravagantly dressed and the elegantly gifted, all in the moonlight of Paris—just waiting to see what SPACE brand Vetements had to show them for Fall 2016.

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All Vetements street scene images by Nordstrom street style photographer Kristin Yamada

We need to put people back together,” Guram Gvasalia told us in the audio clip you’ll find later in this post. Guram’s brother is the celebrated designer Demna Gvasalia, the creative director at Vetements and also the newly appointed designer at Balenciaga (he shows his first collection for the house on Sunday, March 6). Together with an extended family of friends, the brothers created what is arguably the most important brand in fashion right now.

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We spent two hours in the Vetements showroom with SPACE curator Olivia Kim and her team a few days after the runway presentation, which was when Guram made the aforementioned remark—a reference to the immediacy of their runway presentations (keep reading for video), but also an allusion to their general approach. They want what’s now, what’s real, what’s tangible and knowable and honest—and they want that for you, too. 

The fact that a bonafide movement has sprung up around Vetements, and that their collections often sell out on pre-order, is evidence that they are bringing people into a sort of circle of believers—believers in the future and in fashion, and believers in an anti-future and an anti-fashion.

SEE OUR SPECIAL VETEMENTS STREET SCENE IMAGES AND GO BEHIND THE SCENES

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Last Looks: Balenciaga and Loewe

It was an upbeat going-away show for Alexander Wang Friday night as he bid farewell to Balenciaga in his signature vivacious fashion.

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Wang, who was brought on to the French fashion house for his notable sporty-chic designs, bid adieu with a collection of white boudoir-inspired streetwear, a surprisingly feminine twist compared to his moody NYFW show. Steering away from the French line’s signature innovative design style, Wang experimented instead with simple silk satins, linens and cottons sans overdone modern structure and avec classic silhouettes.

Gauzy, transparent shift dresses with built-in bralettes and plenty of ruche and ruffle made their way around the Grecian bathhouse-inspired runway, topped off with a ubiquitous fringe bag, hip-slung satin pack or lace tote to match the models’ slippers. Amidst the designer’s newfound stylistic rebirth it was comforting to spot some of his more staple street-chic pieces. A racerback top, some striped palazzo pants and a few boxy outerwear pieces were there to counter the romanticism and remind us all that his departure marks more of a new beginning than a mournful end.

Shop: current season Alexander Wang

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Trend Recap: Paris Fashion Week Top 10

Designers in Paris tend to march to their own very distinct beat, and the shows there always deliver a beautifully diverse array of trends. There were, however, certain key looks, items and ideas that emerged over the course of all four of this season’s fashion weeks and reached their apex in the French capital.

Among our Top 10: A mood of romantic, gothic Victorian; a nostalgic ’70s feeling; and a clean-edged retro-future idea that recalls the ’60s but is brought up to date with modern fabrications. Fur and layered texture continue in importance and a tailored coat, sleek bag and fitted boot will all be must-haves come fall. High-shine leather and precious dimensional embellishments in unexpected forms keep the look sleek, modern and feminine. Enjoy!

1. ’70S NOSTALGIA

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2. GOTHIC ROMANCE

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3. RETRO FUTURE

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