New York Fashion Week: Men’s

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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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Death to Tennis’s Theatrical Reintroduction and Fall ’18 Collection, at New York Fashion Week: Men’s

Photos by Mike Chard

Death to Tennis is not a brand Nordstrom sells yet, but one we’re following closely. Specializing for the past five years in classic menswear with urban and modern twists, designers Vincent Oshin and William Watson had only done presentations before (where models stand around in the clothes). They went all out for their first-ever runway show at Pier59 Studios, bringing music and theater, and reintroducing themselves as conceptual artists.

Their show, The Great Style War, used a soundtrack of drums that hit like bombs. First, it was hip-hop remixes played live by Asen James and DJ Prince. Then everyone watched (including famous rappers Joey Badass and Smokepurpp, who smoked a blunt in the front row), as men and women models walked to more frenzied beats, in floral jacquards and a preponderance of utility pockets.

In the third act, lights dimmed and a bandaged bride strode out, followed by the lurch of an almost dead-looking groom. Violinist Jungwon Kim played Bach’s Partita No. 2. The effect was transporting. What was this story of damage and desire?

Backstage, we caught up with Oshin and Watson to ask about the collection and show—which feels like a turning point for the brand.

SHOP: men’s designer

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Todd Snyder’s Fall ’18 Collection and Post-Athleisure Vision

Photos by Mike Chard

Over the years,  Todd Snyder has become one of the marquee designers at New York Fashion Week: Men’s—a chill, Midwestern guy and a reliable player in both the designer world and in daily-use sportswear. While he doesn’t get much credit for it, he’s also a trendsetter. His long-running collaborations with Champion, for instance, preceded fashion’s fascination with athleisure. So when he speaks on the future of menswear, we listen.

Backstage moments before his Fall ’18 show, in between making last-minute adjustments to models’ outfits and chatting with his friend Hasan Minhaj, Snyder told us that he envisioned athleisure waning. According to Snyder, it’s not that sweats and sneakers are out, period, but at this point we have an issue of saturation. And his idea about how to break that up is for guys to start wearing classic British styles with loose American tailoring.

SHOP: Todd Snyder

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Punk and Emo Nostalgia, Behind the Scenes at Ovadia & Sons’ Fall ’18 Runway Show

Photo by Mike Chard

At New York Fashion Week: Men’s, one recent development is brands deciding to show collections out in the city, at non-fashion venues. And why not? Designers are always talking about their influences. Sometimes it’s best to take that classic writer’s advice: show, don’t tell.

For Ovadia & Sons’ punk rock–influenced fall 2018 collection, twin brothers Ariel and Shimon Ovadia booked the concert hall Irving Plaza. The venue, a former community center converted to a rock venue in 1978, holds fond memories for Ariel – who designed the collection with his brother Shimon. He saw a ton of shows there in the late ’90s.

The brothers have always been inspired by music and worked it into their designs. Last season, Ariel and I were talking about how their clothes reflected a love of Fabolous mixtapes and Lexus coupes. This season we talked about emo, hardcore and post-hardcore punk.

The soundtrack to the show was the soundtrack to young Ariel’s life: Alkaline Trio, Rancid, Pennywise, and My Chemical Romance—a disaffected, guitar-loving teen’s playlist from 1999. And the clothes were some of Ovadia’s best.

Check out our interview with Ariel Ovadia below and get inside his electric guitar nostalgia.

SHOP: Ovadia & Sons

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CFDA CEO Steven Kolb on the Decentralization of New York Fashion Week: Men’s

Before we dive into New York Fashion Week: Men’s—America’s showcase for the future of men’s fashion—we like to pregame with Steven Kolb, CEO of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), which organizes the event. Kolb helps us get the lay of the land. We appreciate him for that, because while the biannual bustle of runway shows and presentations in Manhattan is always inspiring, it’s a lot to take in.

In advance of this season during which designers will show their 2018 fall and winter collections, we talked about how NYFW:M currently exists in a state of flux. Men’s and women’s designers are showing during the same time period (men’s February 5-8, women’s February 8-16). That’s new. But what does it mean? And what does it mean when Kolb says NYFW:M has become “decentralized”?

We also spoke about the evolution of Fashion Week as a spectacle on social media (versus its old purpose as a marketplace for our buyers), and why the CFDA has lately found itself promoting not just fashion designers showing in New York—but New York City itself.

SHOP: Men’s Designer
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Men’s Style Trends with Kelly Oubre, Jr.

If you followed @nordstrommen during New York Fashion Week: Men’s, you know pro basketball player Kelly Oubre, Jr., took over our Insta story for a day. Sitting front row at several shows, he seemed to have the time of his life.

As a company we approach NYFW:M from a business standpoint, looking at future collections and making selections for our stores. But if you’re a fashion enthusiast, Oubre made it clear that it’s also just fun to be there.

Check our brief Q&A below where Oubre basically breaks down how to dress like him. Which you might want to consider at least in part: he’s got great style.

SHOP: men’s designer | men’s trend

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Summer Into Fall: Style Talk with Chyno Miranda

During New York Fashion Week: Men’s, we teamed up with the CFDA for portraits and quick interviews with notable men of style. Here’s Chyno Miranda, the Venezuelan singer riding high on his solo hit “Quédate Conmigo.”

SHOP: men’s designer | men’s trend

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The Big Ideas of NYFW:M, with Buying Director Jorge Valls

Now that New York Fashion Week: Men’s is over, let’s break it down. What was it? What did it all mean?

But first check out these bosses: That’s our men’s buying director Jorge Valls on the left with Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA, the organizer of NYFW:M. Twice a year, these men work together to bring you the future of fashion.

And spring 2018, the season that just showed, was exciting for several reasons—not least of which is that it will hit the floor at the same time as we open our first standalone men’s store in Manhattan.

What will that moment in men’s fashion look like? Here are Jorge’s major takeaways after seeing collections from many of the hottest brands on the planet.

SHOP: men’s designer

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Barena SS 18 Selections and Impromptu Showroom Modeling

Barena is the worn-in Italian brand you should wear if it’s starting to make you self-conscious when teenagers compliment your style. Should you grow up? Yeah.

Have you considered: soft tailoring? In the words of Barena creative director Massimo Pigozzo:

“Soft tailoring is important. It allows you to dress elegantly without being formal and allows you to dress informally without being sporty. There is also tailoring that is not necessarily tight but has a softer edge, for example we also use very stiff fabrics like heavy Melton wool but with super light shapes.”–as told to Jake Gallagher for the blog A Continuous Lean

We visited the Barena showroom with our buyers in New York during NYFW:M—you can see men’s designer buyer Dan Drewes above, selecting our spring/summer 2018 order.

To give you a sense of how Barena hangs, we also shot a few looks on our model friend Mayan Rajendran:

SHOP: men’s designer

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George Heaton talks Represent SS 18, Winston Churchill and British Manufacturing

One of the big retail success stories in recent years is Represent, the British-made brand founded by brothers George and Mike Heaton. Their SS 18 collection at NYFW:M  was a little bit streetwear, a little bit athleisure and very wearable, while conveying a certain toughness in the wearer.

The show had an almost Roman arena quality, with stomping feet coming through the speakers. There was a clear feeling of British strength in the building. We spoke to George after the show about that.

And while it doesn’t relate to anything, really, we just want to throw this out there: George’s watch and necklace contained hypnotizing universes of diamonds. Respect.

SHOP: Represent

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