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Have Yourself a Very Topshop Holiday: How the Models Celebrate the Season (and What They’ll Wear)

Are you planning what you’ll pack for the holidays? Arranging festive outfits in your head? Coordinating which shoes will look cute with your dresses and keep you upright on an icy sidewalk?

We know you are. But you might want to save suitcase space for a few items from Topshop’s Holiday Collection. Glittering cocktail dresses, cool boyfriend jeans, slouchy sweaters, sexy minis, ruffled blouses and shiny booties can all play a part in your occasion dressing. (Put that list in your luggage and you’re almost set—just don’t forget undies and socks!)

Topshop holiday

To further inspire your preparations, Topshop spoke with its cast of international models about how they celebrate, what they wear and which movies they watch. Hear how Lottie Moss, Stella Maxwell, Marjan Jonkman and other lovelies kick back with their fam.


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Nordstrom Toronto: Model Ash Foo on Dressing Up in Her Grandparents’ Things and Gluten-Free Waffles

To celebrate the opening of our new store at CF Toronto Eaton Centre—it opens today!—we’ve been talking to some of the city’s model residents while photographing them on the streets—and sometimes rooftops—of their stunning metro.

Model Ash Foo

Model Ash Foo has walked in her share of Fashion Week runways (Naeem Khan, Vivienne Westwood, Lela Rose, Milly and more) and appeared in a number of international Vogue issues. But she’s most at home in Toronto, where her family resides. We caught up with the model behind the scenes of our shoot to celebrate the new Toronto store. She told us about her most-prized fashion possessions and the waffles she’s craving now in her hometown.


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Nordstrom Toronto: Model Natasha Ramkay on Toronto’s Best Eats

To celebrate the opening of our new store at CF Toronto Eaton Centre (September 16), we’ve been talking to some of the city’s model residents while photographing them on the streets—and sometimes rooftops—of their stunning metro.

Occasionally, it’s not too difficult to pinpoint someone’s passion. With model Natasha Ramkay, her love of healthy and delicious eats surfaces as fast as you can make instant oatmeal. So it took us just about as long to hit her up for some of her hometown’s best meals and treats.

Natasha Ramkay

Here is what the Torontonian told us about where to score tacos and more.


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Nordstrom Toronto: Model Kirsten Owen on Toronto’s Hot Spots & Her Daughter’s Outfits

To celebrate the opening of our new store at Toronto Eaton Centre (September 16), we’ve been talking to some of the city’s model residents while photographing them on the streets—and sometimes rooftops—of their stunning metro.

Behind the scenes of our Toronto store opening shoot with model Kirsten Owen

With her sharp features, porcelain skin and direct stare, Kirsten Owen was a favorite face for many minimalist and avant-garde designers in the ’90s. She helmed Jil Sander’s campaign in 1990, looking like a severe Greta Garbo. She strolled the runway with her baby bump cradled in a creation by Yohji Yamamoto in ’92. Encircled by barbed wire, she walked in a young Alexander McQueen’s show in ’96. And, after several years away from the industry, she closed KENZO’s 2006 show and was the face of Givenchy’s 2008 campaign. Her classic good looks and mutability have made her a model to span generations.

We caught up with her behind the scenes of our Toronto shoot to learn about her favorite haunts in the city and what she’s wearing now.


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Nordstrom Toronto: Model Shivani Persad Tells Us Where to Go Out in the City, Plus Our 360º Video

To celebrate the opening of our new store at Toronto Eaton Centre, we’ve been talking to some of the city’s residents while photographing them on the streets—and sometimes rooftops—of their stunning metro.

First up is all-around lovely lady, model and blogger Shivani Persad. This woman proves that true beauty isn’t just skin deep. On her blog, LIVE SHIV NOW, Shivani discusses the nuances of the modeling industry, diversity issues in entertainment and fashion, her personal struggle with anxiety, her travel reflections and, of course, fashion. All of these dimensions also made her the perfect subject of our new 360º video. You can watch that below, see behind-the-scenes images from our shoot and read Shivani’s tips for dressing up and going out in Toronto.

Shivani Persad on set in Toronto


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Top Male Models, “Girls” Star Andrew Rannells and More Go All Out for Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2016

Never pose with a supermodel,” quipped Jeffrey Kalinsky on Instagram a few days before Monday night’s big event.

Of course, our VP/designer fashion director was mugging with hunky model Eian Scully when he posted it—they were in rehearsals for the 13th annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares fundraiser at Manhattan’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, during which all manner of hotties in the best current-season fashion would help drum up support for ACRIA, the Hetrick-Martin Institute and Lambda Legal—three leaders in the field of LGBT advocacy, tirelessly fighting for progress and benefits for the community.

Jeffrey_kalinsky_male_modelsNordstrom’s Jeffrey Kalinsky (middle), breaking his self-imposed rules
(All images courtesy Jeffrey Fashion Cares)

Jeffrey_kalinsky_david_dressing_gucciJeffrey New York’s David Rubenstein (right), seemingly A-OK sharing a frame with a
shirtless model in Gucci pajama pants

We’ve got the post-show photo download breaking down who wore what (and who didn’t wear much) on the runway, and how fashion favorites like model Lily Donaldson and designer Thom Browne made it an epic and meaningful night.


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New York Fashion Week: Otherworldly Model Tiana Tolstoi Loves New York

Born in Egypt to a family who traces its heritage to Korea, Serbia and Russia, and then raised and schooled in Paris, on-the-rise model Tiana Tolstoi is the very definition of cultured and worldly—which is why I was taken by surprise when her eyes got wide and wild as she exclaimed, “But I love New York!”

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All images by Michael Yuri Chard

I’m not sure she’ll stay settled down for too long (though at the end of this post you’ll hear her talk about one very good reason to do so for the time being); she all but belongs to the world. Witness this Vogue Italia spread and this cover for Vogue China.

Still, as we walked around SoHo taking pictures, she listed her three reasons for loving the heck out of this town.


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Kazakhstan’s Pizza-Eating, Skydiving Top Model: Alyona Subbotina

By all accounts—say, Givenchy’s—Alyona Subbotina is an incredibly cool-looking girl. Beautiful, yes, but more importantly, cool. But one of the first things she says to me after my photog friend Mike and I sit down with her in a SoHo pizza joint is, “The real me is something more aggressive.” She tells me how she used to have bleached-out eyebrows and says she’d love to have messier, shorter hair, but I won’t find out what she really means about being aggressive until she’s more than halfway through her piled-high veggie slice.


All images by Michael Yuri Chard

See, Alyona was a member of her country’s Olympic volleyball team and had her eyes on the 2008 Beijing games when she was spotted in Kazakhstan by a modeling scout. Fast-forward to now—with pause points starring Helmut Lang, ACNE, Fendi and Armani. She loves fashion, and she loves the industry, and you only have to talk to her for, well, about as long as it takes to eat half a slice, to know that she’s got her head on straight about it.

“We have a perfect job. We get good pay to work just one or two days and I’m not in some factory somewhere. I respect my clients and I am happy to be who they want—to be what the market wants. But I see it as … how do you call it? A circus.”

And ladies and gentlemen, Alyona is an expert practitioner of the best circus-coping stress reliever out there.



Go Behind the Scenes on a SPACE Photo Shoot

It happened in Brooklyn, smack-dab in the middle of the last New York Fashion Week: some of the best spring looks from SPACE designers, selected and styled to throw it all back to the teenage years, when we thought we knew everything—and we probably did.


All behind-the-scenes images by Jessa Carter; this look by Etienne Deroeux

You see, it’s like this: The more designers we talked to over the normal course of interviewing our favorite brands and visiting them at various Fashion Week events, the more we heard about how the post-adolescent, pre-adult era was a time of creative growth and innovation. They told us it was a time that seeded and cemented big and small ideas about what it meant to connect and create, and we wanted to explore that.

The resulting photo editorial—shot by Max Farago, styled by Delphine Danhier, starring on-the-rise Spanish model Steffy Argelich and posted in our SPACE shop today with quotes from the Marques’Almeida creative heads as well as other top designers—is not about looking like a teenager, and it isn’t really about thinking like one either. It’s about remembering the freedom to feel, and respecting the power to believe—in yourself, in your friends, and in the world around you.


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Paris Fashion Week S/S 2016: Midwestern Models of the Moment in Chloé’s Grand Palais

Imagine it: you spend your whole life on a sheep farm in West Branch, Iowa, and then one day you meet Jeff and Mary Clarke of Mother Model Management, who scoop you up and take you to Paris. The next thing you know you’re helping Chloé creative director Clare Waight Keller telegraph the dream of an ultra-elegant and super-sporty bohemian.

Chloe_HAZELAll runway photos: InDigital

That’s Hazel Crew’s story, as I heard it from the Clarkes themselves while we sat waiting for one of Paris Fashion Week’s biggest shows to begin. The Clarkes, who’ve made a 20-year career out of finding gorgeous talent in the heartland, were there that morning to see model-on-the-rise Grace Hartzel as well; they discovered her at a Cheesecake Factory.

Find out more about the Clarkes’ Midwestern Chloé muses—and see the colored pleats, girly gym pants and obsession-worthy handbags they wore for the spring collection.

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