Hey, player: Are you ready for a super-emotional listening experience?
Hopefully your answer is YES, in which case please allow us to present the soundtrack for our new Pop-In Shop: Heartbreakers II, a showcase of evolving menswear curated by our VP of Creative Projects, Olivia Kim. It’s the monthlong sequel to our first menswear Pop-In from 2014.
We asked designers and creative directors from Heartbreakers II brands to provide songs for a broken heart and songs for a heartbreaker. Every designer came correct.
Here’s the thing about A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector, produced by Phil “Wall of Sound” Spector back in 1963. Some holiday music has a seasonal expiration date. This is different. It’s slammin’ R&B oldies for all 365 days of the calendar.
Darkness will fall on you this fall and winter, but Thundercat’s bass guitar-led music can help you fight through to the other side. Start with “Them Changes,” a song of pain from this year’s album The Beyond / Where Giants Roam–with an excellent music video dramatizing the struggle.
Our own Mona Lee caught up with Thundercat outside the Crocodile Cafe in Seattle for some good old fashioned street modeling. We appreciate his way of dressing something like a couch potato samurai. Have you ever considereda wintersandalwith abomber jacket? We are, now.
Mona’s a writer at Nordstrom but we think you will agree, extremely nice with a camera.
Welcome to Dressed & Questioned, where we create models out of non-models and then make queries about their interesting lives.
Such as: Why would you quit your job playing keyboards for the successful band Portugal. The Man, to begin a passion project which had no guarantee of working out?
We got the answer when we dressed and questioned Ryan Neighbors from Hustle and Drone, the electronic band from Portland, Oregon. Watch the video to hear some Hustle and Drone music and see outfits created by our senior stylist Jodi Taylor.
Notice the layers. Layers of synthesizers. Layers of sweaters.
Keep reading to learn exactly what Neighbors is wearing, which song changed his life, how he records his music–and whether or not Portland is still cheap enough to accommodate fledgling musicians.
Here we have one way to dress like Mr. OVO, the best fall dresser at the intersection of music & menswear–and the only person alive who can give Reggie Jackson a run for his money with the nickname “Mr. October.” Basically the perfect-for-October outfit we’re endorsing here is about three Ts: topcoat, track pants and Timberlands.
The grid above is a guide. But by all means, do you. Pick whichever long coat, hoodie, tapered pants and work boots fit your fancy. You can’t miss so long as you make sure everything is shades of gray, black, white, off-white or navy–literally any combination. But the Timberlands, we prefer in wheat.
To honor the Canadian-ness of Drake, the sweats and coat above are by Canadian companies. It did occur to us, though, that this Paul Smith coat would also be rock solid in the same outfit.
This is a good outfit with styling moves you should copy this fall: the long t-shirt layered underneath the shorter sweatshirt and jacket; the apparent socklessness; the rolled cuff, high enough to show a full commitment to rolled cuffs and not some lame half-measure.
But enough about the outfit. Let’s focus on the sweatshirt.
Designed by Japanese streetwear legend and DJ Nigo, this is a sweatshirt to listen to. Yes, listen. Because it’s printed with graphics ripped off from ’80s rap, made into adidas logos.
Which ’80s rap logos? Step into the old-school, below.
Nicole Willis hails from New York City, where she grew up singing Burt Bacharach songs and listening to Malcolm X speeches on WWRL AM. Now she pumps throwback soul music out of her longtime home base in Finland with her band The Soul Investigators, peaking in her third decade of recording and performing.
Her new album, Happiness in Every Style, is perfect for fall, something like an audio sweater. The New York Times praises its “even-keeled, simmering grooves.” We concur. The whole album sounds comfortable, perfectly played, completely in the pocket–and enduringly warm from Willis’ alto voice to the analog tape on which it was recorded. For best results, buy the vinyl.
Listen to the uplifting single “One in a Million” below. And below that, check out our interview with Willis about crusty styles, Carole King–and disabusing oneself of the notion of originality.
Let us officially end the season with a ceremonial last blast of “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times).” And while it plays, let’s fondly remember how its steel drums and soulful vocals soundtracked all our parties and BBQs.
It’s fall, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have one last go-round with the song of the summer, right?
It’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.
Why is Rob Lowe smiling? Well, he’s 30-plus years into showbiz as a dramatic and comedic actor and nobody’s sick of him yet. He’s got twelve racks sitting pretty on his wrist. And he’s about to throw a perfect spiral.
But besides all that: Rob Lowe is smiling because he’s super stoked on his PROFILE skincare line. Far from a vanity project, PROFILE is a sincere labor of love. And it’s available exclusively at Nordstrom.
Mr. Lowe is literally stoked, as his character Chris Traeger on Parks and Recreation would say. On the phone he was chipper and came off like he had all the time in the world to chat (he did not; he was literally in the middle of filming his new TV show, The Grinder).
Read more below about Lowe’s favorite Chris Traeger line, which XM Radio station he plays while chillaxing in his pool—and why he’s 51 but looks 36.