Spring is here and days are full of sunshine and rain. One way to dress for that kind of crazy weather variance is to combine thin waterproof jackets, loose pants and high-tops. With your jacket on or off and you’re ready for anything.
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.
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No one likes Rick Owens. If you’re into Rick Owens, you love Rick Owens. And some people who love the American-turned-Parisian designer basically live and breathe the brand.
Fans outside the Rick Owens show in the designer’s current-season looks; all crowd images by Jessa Carter
Come Fashion Week, those people make for the best kind of circus—costumes, paparazzi, paparazzi for the paparazzi, and curious onlookers who might have no idea what’s actually going on. And then, of course, Anna and Giovanna. We got thoroughly caught up in the devotees and their amazing style on Thursday afternoon before the runway presentation at Palais de Tokyo, and then we entered the show to find the most extraordinary thing: pastel feathers and gentle, sloping accents of color.
What to make of a collection named for an extinct species of elephant-like mammals called mastodons? When it’s rendered in royal, candy-colored greens and lush, decadent materials like crushed velvet and angora, we’re tempted to believe that Rick Owens sees us as earth warriors of the most valiant kind.
The California-born, Paris-based designer has been talking about climate change of late, and he gave his menswear presentation the same Stone Age-esque name, allotting cargo pants, puffy coats and beautifully twisted forms to both shows. In the Vogue.com review of the men’s version, he’s quoted as saying, “Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.”
Not to be glib or anything, but if this is what we’ll be wearing should the end of humanity draw near, it looks like a pretty incredible party.
Both Rick Owens’s and Ann Demeulemeester’s runway feats gave ample reason for pause yesterday. Owens’s show marched women wearing other women in the basement of the Palais de Tokyo. For Demeulemeester, art director Sébastien Meunier utilized choker-topped leather harnesses to push his languid looks in a sadomasochistic direction. Alber Elbaz of Lanvin played with the ever-rich topic of sexuality and androgyny. Yet, in spite of body politics, each collection offered a surprisingly accessible selection of wardrobe staples.
In every collection, Owens distorts silhouettes and by extension physical form. In this spring 2016 lineup, a lens of female resilience governed that distortion. Gymnasts, interspersed with models, carried the physical weight of another body—much like the weight women bear as nurturers, in Owens’s mind. The clothing itself maintained his signature sculptural quality, like beautifully shaped folds transforming short dresses or a supple mix of organza, canvas and leather tinged with metallics. Short architectural dresses aside, other key winners included tonal bombers, sleeveless dusters and crinkled anoraks.
Shop: current season Rick Owens
Moments before the lights dimmed inside the catacombs of the Palais de Tokyo, Nordstrom designer apparel executive Jennifer Wheeler turned to me and said, “I wonder what he’s going to do this time?” with a looking-forward-to-it grin.
Rick Owens has always been known for dark, minimally extravagant and architectural pieces that have the power to transform a wardrobe. What he’s becoming more and more known for, are runway shows that include all manner of body politics, performance art and conceptual ideas about modern life. (I would hyperlink something here, but I’m afraid some of it is #NSFW.)
There’s nothing in this post that will get you in trouble, but if someone’s looking over your shoulder right now, prepare for the fact that things are going to get weird—and then you’re going to see a really earthy, beautifully sculptural spring collection.
Ooh la la! Aimee Song seriously heated up the street-style scene today. This slim, sexy knit dress is a dream on her, especially with that California glow. I would wear this outfit in a second, if I thought I could look half as amazing as Aimee! Lace-up stilettos amp up the sex appeal even further. A subtle touch of makeup and minimal jewelry keep this look modern and chic.
Highlights from yesterday’s shows: four distinctly different takes on retro styling from Carven, Nina Ricci, Lanvin and Rick Owens.
The swingin’ ’60s designs at Carven were inspired by speed, from racing graphics to road stripes, and the results are deliciously wearable. Figure-flattering A-line shifts and boxy car coats race into the new century fueled by python details and Japanese-inspired prints that play to our decade’s obsession with fun mashups.
A mod meditation on Speed Racer—with a luxe, 21st-century twist.
The romance of the 1940s is alive and well at Nina Ricci. A parade of pretty shift dresses, elegant jackets and beautifully draped separates evoke the freshness of springtime and the optimism of new beginnings. Shell pinks, egg yolk yellows, baby blues and earthy browns highlight tactile, touchable fabrics that will feel like an absolute dream against the skin.
With this collection, Alber Elbaz celebrates the women he loves. Simple silhouettes and forgiving fabrics are elegantly draped, then brought to the next level with dramatic accessories like python belts and sculptural statement necklaces. The jacket is an important piece this season, with boxy, bold shoulders and rich details.
Inspired by Bauhaus architecture and the Ballets Russes, Rick Owens presents one of his loveliest collections to date. Flights of tulle escape from the sides of strict shift silhouettes, like ballerinas sneaking out of a Walter Gropius girls’ school. Textures are ethereal with charmingly uneven or unfinished hemlines, and counterbalanced by an earthy, restrained palette.
The mastermind of tribal futurism, Rick Owens flexed his technical prowess and served up sculpted silhouettes, impeccable tailoring with an urban edge for fall 2014.
Stomp in spring and check out our Rick Owens review.