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Menswear Icon Nick Wooster on Sneakers, Style and What Every Man Should Have in His Closet

Mr. Nick Wooster has been called an Internet superhero and the “alpha male of American street style.” Some fans even call him Woost God. He’s got upward of half a million followers on Instagram, and photographers hound him at Fashion Week and Pitti Uomo. It’s safe to say he knows a thing or two about style.

Mr. Wooster can also boast (if he were so inclined) 30 years of experience as a fashion director and creative consultant at highbrow retailers around the world. So it’s safe to say he knows a thing or two about luxury.

Which is why his new collaboration with Brooklyn-based sneaker company GREATS is so exciting. From luxurious Italian craftsmanship to Instagram-worthy designs, these bold, playful shoes are made to be enjoyed. We caught up with him between promotional appearances for the Nick Wooster x GREATS collection to ask him a few questions about shoes, style and what every man needs in his closet.

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La Fabrica by Ricardo Bofill Interviews Style

Inside M2Malletier’s Beautiful Brutalist Studio

That fashion is a trade is often downplayed. Most designers of clothing and accessories choose to emphasize the artistry of their work, the conception, creation and display of their wares. That’s understandable and interesting, but so much of the industry involves measuring and cutting, skilled workers, factory floors, machinery and supply chains—not so sexy but absolutely essential.

Art and trade are on full display at the 1,000-square-foot studio of design darlings Marcela Velez and Melissa Losada of M2Malletier. The duo launched their well-received and coveted collection of clearly sexy handbags in Barcelona, where they made a home for themselves in a pre-World War I cement factory that was renovated by Spanish starchitect Ricardo Bofill. The building, called La Fábrica, resembles a brutalist Gothic castle—in other words, it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

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Christian Siriano Interviews Style

Christian Siriano Wants to Dress All Beautiful People—and That Means Everyone

Reality television stars don’t always remain in orbit. Few bachelorettes or survivors continue to dot our stellar system. Usually, they fade quickly after the finale, perhaps turning up for a post-show interview, their sparkle somewhat dimmed.

Not Christian Siriano′s. The onetime reality contestant’s star has burned more brightly, year after year, for over a decade, attracting superstars like Angela Bassett, Lady Gaga, Sarah Jessica Parker and Rihanna to him with the gravitational pull of his evening gowns. Siriano won Project Runway in 2008, the same year he debuted at New York Fashion Week. In 2013, he was admitted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America. For the 2018 Academy Awards, Siriano dressed a record 17 women, celebrities as diverse as Amy Adams, Janelle Monáe, Whoopi Goldberg and Laurie Metcalf. “The Oscars was crazy,” Siriano says. “It was a very busy few weeks. But it was a great, great moment.”

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Morgane Sezalory Interviews Style

Meet Morgane Sézalory, the Founder of Your New Favorite French Label, Sézane

Francophiles and fashion fans, let us introduce you to style savant Morgane Sézalory, the founder of Paris-based clothing label Sézane. (Enchanté.) From humble beginnings as an online vintage-clothing destination, Sézalory’s brand of French boho vibes has made the aesthetic globally accessible—now the world wants to dress in the casually cool Gallic styles she and her team design. To wit, her feminine blouses, day-to-night dresses and sleek pants can sell out within moments of appearing online.

In five years, Sézalory has built an international brand based on her fashion instincts. We spoke with her about getting dressed, going out (as you can imagine, her suggestions are très chic) and working hard in the French capital.

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Brandon Maxwell Spring 2018 campaign with Jourdan Dunn Interviews Style

Brandon Maxwell Knows Women and What They Want to Wear

“I love seeing what women post on their Instagram, how they style it, and how they always seem like they have somewhere to go,” Brandon Maxwell says. “That truly, truly gives me joy.” The designer isn’t exaggerating–his life, almost since childhood, has been dedicated to making women feel beautiful. According to the Brandon Maxwell brand story—basically the designer’s biography—as a boy, Maxwell spent a lot of time at a women’s boutique in Texas where his grandmother worked. There, he got his first taste of styling, which became his career before he launched his eponymous label in 2015.

Being around women—his grandma, his mom, his high school friends before he was styling supermodels and Lady Gaga—has given the fashion designer an uncanny connection with his female clientele and colleagues. “I feel so blessed to work with a team of incredible women who, over that time, grow, evolve and adapt together,” Maxwell says about the group effort behind his successful clothing line. “Seeing our community come together has been an extremely enriching experience that I could have never even imagined when I started the brand.”

Maxwell was recently at our Green Hills store in Nashville, where he took a moment to talk to us about how he makes women feel so great, his mom and his spring collection—which, for the first time, includes denim.

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Becca McCharen-Tran Interviews Style

Chromat Causes a Commotion: Body Inclusivity, Diverse Beauty and Fun on the Runway

Nicki Minaj is playing in the background when Becca McCharen-Tran picks up the phone in her Brooklyn studio. “Can you hear me OK?” she asks. Like the rap queen she’s blasting, the Chromat designer doesn’t usually struggle to get her message across. Both women share outspoken positions on female empowerment as well as a fascination with colorful, form-fitting fashions. For McCharen-Tran, the two combine in her feisty fashion shows, where models storm the runway wearing her body-baring swimwear while showcasing their personalities. Chromat breaks with the usual runway displays, where a homogenous group of models walks carefully comported so as not to distract from the fashion. Instead, McCharen-Tran encourages her diverse group to cavort on the runway, smiling and winking at the audience at will. Her casting reflects this ethos. The calls are open to anyone, really. Any gender, any size, any ethnicity.

“It’s really about what kind of energy you’re bringing to the runway,” McCharen-Tran said. “We’re never filling certain size quotas or anything. It’s really about who shows up to the casting in full power mode and slays the runway.”

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Chriselle Lim in JOA Interviews Style

Fashion Influencer Chriselle Lim on Her Sunshine-Ready Clothing Collab with J.O.A.

Our social media era may be the golden age of fashion icons, and L.A.-based Chriselle Lim is one of the most well-known. Lim shares outfit inspiration, skin-care advice, fitness tips and travel adventures on her YouTube channel and blog, The Chriselle Factor, as well as on Instagram, where she has a million followers. A former stylist, Lim is as comfortable in front of the camera as she is behind it. Recently she’s broadened her resumé to include creative director and co-founder of CINC Studios, her own content production company.

Now Lim is partnering with J.O.A. on a fashion collection for busy, modern women that’s inspired by style icons like Audrey Hepburn and Bianca Jagger. Here, she shares what we’ll all be shopping when it launches March 15 at Nordstrom.

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Tory Burch Interviews Style

Tory Burch on Her Foundation and Redefining Female Ambition

If you could dress in positivity, that outfit might look like something designed by Tory Burch. For 14 years, Burch’s bright prints, modish cuts and preppy tailoring have worked their way into most women’s wardrobes. For good reason: they’re cheerily chic. Faced with the gloom of the season and the doom of the headlines, draping oneself in Burch’s unapologetic glee is unquestionably a better response to the times than hiding under a comforter. So, today, we’re happy to announce a series of Nordstrom pop-up shops dedicated to the world of Tory Burch. Including her David Hicks–inspired pattern play in the spring ’18 collection, her new Sport styles and always adorable accessories, this carved-out space in selected stores will feature the designer’s accomplished aesthetic—let’s call it our new happy place.

In addition to the fashion, these pop-ups also feature products supporting Burch’s foundation, which promotes women entrepreneurs through education and loans. This International Women’s Day (March 8), the Tory Burch Foundation is encouraging women to #EmbraceAmbition. We spoke with the designer about this cause, her own struggles as a woman entrepreneur, and the best advice she received about her business.

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Art Culture Interviews

Illustrator Sanna Annukka Makes Us Feel Merry & Bright

From brilliant birds to mysterious bears, a cast of colorful characters is decking our halls this year, courtesy of the talented illustrator Sanna Annukka. You’ll find her menagerie peeking in between the branches of Christmas trees, waving from coffee mugs and frolicking across shopping bags throughout the holiday season.

Her distinctive style is part homage to midcentury Scandinavian design, part celebration of her Finnish heritage and 100% of the moment. Annukka’s mom is from Finland, and the young artist soaked up Finnish folktales and folk art on summer visits with her grandparents. The influence on her work is undeniable. Our holiday trim is imbued with a certain magic that goes beyond eye-catching colors and retro-chic sensibility.

We asked Annukka a few questions about her personal style, her favorite Finnish word and the meaning of the animals she brought to life for us.

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Francesco Russo’s Shoes That Seduce

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Seduction is powerful. It involves knowing what you want, pursuing it unabashedly and practicing arts (flirtation, innuendo, body language, texting?) with the single-minded focus of obtaining that goal. For shoe designer Francesco Russo, designing follows a similar course. He crafts his sultry shoes for “the ones who seduce rather than being seduced.” (Russo references Carine Roitfeld and Lotta Volkova as contemporary muses.)

One look at Russo’s strongly sensual creations makes clear that the man knows how to beguile. We caught up with Russo to chat about his process from sketch to style, the power of heels and women. And if you’re in Chicago on September 23, you can meet the Italian master of customized leather patina pumps, works of art worthy of Venus herself, at Nordstrom Michigan Avenue.

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