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Cozycomfycool: Cold-Weather Looks


Styling by Morgan Dillon; images by Matthew Sumi

Is there any amount of cozy that’s too cozy? When the weather gets cold, the answer is no. With athleisure feeling less like a trend these days and more like a paradigm shift, designers are putting comfort at the forefront of their fashion. It’s all the better for stacking clothes and taking coziness to the max. Try stepping out of the house wearing fuzzy socks—fuzzy shoes, even—and two jackets at the same time: a middle layering piece and an overcoat. Then you shall know the true meaning of cozy. Be inspired by these looks and layer up.

Our model here is Tay Sean, rapper and producer extraordinaire. If you don’t know him, his new album, Leavings, is outstanding experimental hip-hop. Dressing-wise, he has a unique style, so we met with him ahead of time in the store so he could help choose clothes from our men’s and men’s designer departments. His reaction:

“I didn’t realize Nordstrom had so much cool stuff.”

Check out our cozy looks below and our interview with Tay Sean about his music and personal style.

SHOP: Helmut Lang coat | Public School anorak* | Rick Owens pants | Clarks Wallabees

*available by phone: 1.888.282.6060


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On the Red Carpet at the 2016 Tony Awards with Nordstrom

Although tragedy tinged the 70th annual Tony Awards, nominees, guests and presenters showed undaunted joy and unity during the night’s celebration of art and community, dedicated to the victims in Orlando. Host James Corden opened the show with a musical number that referenced theater’s appeal to kids “of every color, class and race and face and shape and size. To boys and girls and transgenders, too. To every Broadway would-be.”


The night’s host, James Corden, and Julia Carey. Photo: Getty Images for Nordstrom


Jalene Goodwin and Daveed Diggs, who won for Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical, for Hamilton. Photo: Getty Images for Nordstrom

Hamilton won 11 Tony Awards in an expected rout. The musical, based on founding father Alexander Hamilton’s contributions in establishing American democratic politics, was a deserving recipient of praise from presenters Barack and Michelle Obama, Common and Barbra Streisand, who returned to the Tony stage for the first time since 1970. These distinguished appearances and the content of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s sweepingly inventive musical were reminders of the importance of art in American culture, theater’s significance to the LGBT community and the heritage of a country experienced in strife but built on the inclusiveness of its people.


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Behind DKNY’S Spring Collection with Designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne

Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of DKNY

One of the most exciting fashion announcements in recent years was the news that Public School’s streetwise designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne would share the creative director role at DKNY following Donna Karan’s retirement. While amused surprise was the initial public reaction, the industry registered how well-suited Chow and Osborne were to steering DKNY. The two New Yorkers were already critical darlings—winning the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund for their own label, Public School, where they mix streetwear with crisply tailored athletic gear. Even Public School’s palette corresponds with the power colors of DKNY. Anticipation for their spring 2016 debut collection at the helm of the established house quickly followed.

Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of DKNY

Begun in 1989, DKNY is the faster, younger arm of Donna Karan Collection. It favors sportswear, workwear and separates that can be mixed and matched to create a full wardrobe. Its essence is modern—casual but professional. In the ’90s, DKNY dressed models of the moment like Shalom Harlow and Esther Cañadas in what the label referred to as “the official uniform of New York.” With the onset of the current ’90s nostalgia, Opening Ceremony released a capsule DKNY collection in 2013 with Cara Delevingne as its spokesmodel. Insiders knew that Chow and Osborne—with their own celebrity following and New York roots–were the duo to usher in a new heyday for the label.


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Designers Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow Celebrate Their DKNY Fall Collection with Zoe Kravitz and Big Boi

It was a typically downtown affair last night, as DKNY celebrated its fall 2016 collection with a giant rager at Irving Plaza.

The atmosphere at Irving Plaza for DKNY's NYFW party

The atmosphere at Irving Plaza for DKNY’s NYFW party

A live music venue, Irving Plaza wasn’t completely transformed for the event, but they were kind enough to put in lounge-style seating in a makeshift, roped-off VIP area right in front of the stage, where 17-foot-tall models smoked cigarettes, danced to DJ Jus-Ske and awaited a performance by Big Boi.


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Last Looks: Yesterday’s Runways at Marchesa, Michael Kors, DKNY and BOSS

The Downton Abbey influence is in full effect at Marchesa, where this season brought a mesmerizing lineup of Edwardian-inspired gowns.

Marchesa's FW 2016 Collection during NYFW

Images: InDigital

Necklines dripping with jewelry-like beading, layers of tulle rustling with English countryside blooms, gilt embroidery and even a crown or two contributed to the decidedly regal feel of design duo Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig’s fall show. A plunging column dress trimmed in silver fringe and a crimson-embroidered tulle mermaid gown seem especially likely candidates to walk another very important runway: the red carpet.


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New York Fashion Week Last Looks: Yesterday’s Runways at Opening Ceremony, Diane von Furstenberg, Victoria Beckham and Public School

Opening_Ceremony_114_fw16The trends of yesterday have always proved a endless store of inspiration for the savvy designer; those of the future, not so much. Why? To put it simply, it hasn’t happened yet. Perhaps that’s the reason designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon offered such a successful take on fast-forward fashion: they had the tangible art of visual futurist Syd Mead (of Blade Runner fame) to reference. The duo paid tribute quite literally—with the artist’s work printed atop color-blocked sweatshirts and a runway peppered with inflatable hovercrafts designed by Mead himself—while also taking the opportunity to explore more freely the idea of futuristic ready-to-wear, sans cartoonish construction.

SHOP: current season Opening Ceremony


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Our Six Favorite New York Fashion Week Moments from the Spring ’16 Shows

Hear that? It’s the sound of a legion of editors and bloggers stuffing shoes into designer luggage and tucking eye cream into carry-on bags. That’s right: It’s time for New York Fashion Week again. The shows begin February 10; let’s prepare by way of review. (Of course, since spring collections are arriving every day now, you can also review and prepare by shopping!)

Marc Jacobs photo: Jessa Carter for The Thread


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Twin Shadow’s Runway Music for Public School at NYFW | Listen Up!

twinshadowIt’s not a Public School runway show without a soundtrack by Twin Shadow, aka George Lewis Jr. He’s done them all going back to 2012, becoming an essential piece of the New York City brand along the way.

For the show that just occurred at New York Fashion Week—and which our Senior Writer Laura Cassidy attended and covered excellently—that music takes the form of an original 9-minute dance mix.

Most Twin Shadow music is pop rock. This is a bunch of drums and squeezes of chipmunk soul. It’s a change of pace and it’s great. ’Nuff said.

Shop: Public School

–Andrew Matson

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Last Looks: DKNY, Proenza Schouler, Bibhu Mohapatra, Naeem Khan and Michael Kors

An ode to grunge seems to be resonating through the halls, or tents, of New York Fashion Week. Yet, in not-quite-equal measure, an intoxicating backlash of femininity is vying for attention—glamour, it seems, refuses to take a backseat. Thus, Wednesday’s lineup skipped around from gender defying to overtly sexual to all-out decorative feats.


Photos: InDigital

Under the direction of newly minted creative leads Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, the hotly anticipated DKNY show had something to prove. Sticking to what they know best (menswear), the Public School duo teased out the tension between hard and soft. Although they may have veered from the label’s unfussy DNA, they struck gold with deconstructed power suits reinvented as dresses and skirts. Sheer-to-silk fabrications with more fluid drape worked in softer elements. Palette anchored the elemental aesthetic. Save for two cobalt looks, every piece stuck to a black-white dichotomy.

Shop: current season DKNY

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New York Fashion Week S/S 2016: Stylist Kate Lanphear on Public School’s Platonic Boyfriend/Girlfriend Dressing

Starting with co-founders Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne on down to the various creative directors and brand reps, the entire Public School crew goes far above the idea of stylish street cred. It’s more like they’re the ones who issue it. When Chow and Osborne started their women’s collections and brought in Kate Lanphear to execute the styling, it allowed for the perfect feminine touch. The perfectly unkempt white-blonde editor and street-style favorite practically invented the modern streetwear angle on women-in-menswear—you know, the whole so-dressed-down-it’s-dressed-up look that makes torn vintage rock tees and tuxedo pants with high-tops appropriate for fine dining establishments. And fashion shows.

public school_kateAll images by Jessa Carter

In a word, she’s an icon, so we were psyched to get her take on the spring ’16 looks presented on Sunday’s runway.

(Bonus points if you spot the major fashion-industry photobombs in our massive lookbook.)

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