Two huge moments in Nordstrom history just happened today, April 12: One, we opened our first ever Nordstrom store in the fashion capitol of NYC! And two, it’s our first store dedicated entirely to menswear! (Double exclamations!!) You’ll find three floors full of the clothes, accessories and services you need (including a Nike shop, a tech bar, a Levi’s alteration station and more) at 235 West 57th Street in Manhattan, with a full bar overlooking Columbus Circle next to Central Park. Check us out.
“I have a very zen approach,” said Olivia Kim on her way to the Met Gala last night. “What’s meant to fit, work and come together, will.” New goal: May all be as cool-headed and easygoing before big events.
All of fashion—and many bold names from art, design and media—were at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to honor one of the industry’s most brilliant minds: Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons. But that’s our Olivia, taking it all in stride. “The look tonight just feels very me. That’s the best way to explain it.”
“In celebration of our hero Rei Kawakubo, Spy and I are both donning very conceptual thing-a-ma-jigs,” Olivia wrote on Instagram, with a similar image. “Mine is black crinoline tulle and his is clear plexi.”
“I’ve been wearing Comme since I was in high school,” explained our VP of Creative Projects. “So it’s full circle in a sense. When I first started thinking about it, honestly I was thinking, ‘I wear Comme des Garçons almost every day—how can I wear it in a way that feels special enough for the Met Gala?'”
The solution? To go deep with it, and remain abstract about it at the very same time. How very Rei of her.
Rolling around Paris for a week or so with Olivia Kim and SPACE buyer Raul Becerra is kind of like an advanced fashion version of National Lampoon’s European Vacation. Especially the part where the Griswold family circles the Eiffel Tower and Clark (played in our version by Olivia) tries passionately to squeeze all the relevant points of interest into that one lap.
You can’t go to Paris without making your own Griswold joke at some point, but Fashion Week really is about making the most of every moment you get with each and every icon you get near—whether it’s a national monument, Grace Coddington or Simon Jacquemus.
Olivia in the Jacquemus showroom; all images by Jessa Carter unless otherwise noted
On the last day of the fall shows, we look back at ten things that mattered most to us, from Comme des Garçons to Y/Project—complete with theme song and more.
“Friends from the Floor” is a series dedicated to sharing the latest product obsessions of our Nordstrom sales crew.
Holiday shopping: it might be the most wonderful difficult thing in the world. Equal parts super fun and pretty stressful, choosing just the right surprise for your favorite people on the planet can make you a little crazy if you let it—but that’s where we come in.
Designer sales person Felicia Stapleton would love to give you one of these Dior scarves.
Our employees—inside the store and behind the scenes—sort of live for beautiful indulgences and stylish challenges. To inspire your gift giving, we took eight of our Seattle favorites into our designer collections and SPACE shop to show us what they’d love to give and get.
Demna Gvasalia and company do have something to reveal this week though; Vetements Summercamp, a volume of images shot by Corsican photographer Pierre-Ange Carlotti over a long weekend in a northern France chateau temporarily inhabited by the brand’s friends and inner circle (wearing Vetements, of course). Published by Idea Books, it’s a fat, glossy volume with almost zero words—save for the branded text that appears on acid-green long-sleeve T-shirts and tube socks made in collaboration with Reebok.
All images by Jessa Carter
The book was released on Monday afternoon in a courtyard party at Comme des Garçons‘ Trading Museum on Rue du Faubourg St-Honoré. We saw Hari Neff, Lynn Yaeger, Carlotti with an autographing Sharpie (above) and a bunch of really cool-looking Vetements and Comme des Garçons devotees.
Want to see some pictures—from the book, and the event?
Biking to work–a great option for those who are able–sharpens body and mind. You show up to the office feeling like Superman. But what to wear when biking to work? The main idea is to be comfortable on your commute, and then duck into a dark room to switch out your sweaty shirt—and emerge like Clark Kent. Senior Stylist Jodi Taylor helps us consider this transitional gear. (See our first post here.)
Photos by Matthew Sumi
- Bring a backpack with a clean, button-up shirt inside. Whatever you go through on your bike ride—you put on the shirt and it’s like it never happened.
- Anticipate wrinkles in your pants and choose a pair that look good when they’re less than pristine, like dark jeans or lightweight chinos.
- Temperature swings require layers such as jackets, vests and hoodies. Give yourself options. The backpack comes in handy here.
- Comfortable footwear is crucial. When in doubt, grab sneakers. You can also bring a pair of non-bike-friendly shoes in your backpack.
- Wear a helmet: not up for negotiation!
Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo is one of the most formidable figures in fashion. Exacting, elusive and seemingly, well, intimidatingly brilliant, she’s a force. But she’s also known for fostering talent and helping shape vital voices.
What it’s like outside: A surreal tangle of street-style photographers and the people they’re there to capture, those highly select and incredibly adventurous, dedicated, rarified few who actually wear Comme des Garçons Collection.
What it’s like in the front row (where Olivia and Raul were seated, mind you): Anna Dello Russo was there (see her behind her baby-blue phone case?), Grace Coddington was just to the left a bit and next to her, Vogue Italia‘s Franca Sozzani. Also ringside: top fashion photographer Mario Sorrenti. One row back: street-style star and journalist Susie Lau.
But despite the fashion elite, it’s a very small show. Where many Fashion Week shows feel like stadium concerts, a Comme des Garçons Collection presentation feels like an intimate one-act play in an underground theater. Even the photographers’ pit was about one-quarter the size of the pit at a big-name show. In a word, a Comme des Garçons Collection show is incredibly special.