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.
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.
Good hoodie or best hoodie? That’s where our heads are at right now with this sleek, technologically enhanced number by Reigning Champ. We’re loving the soft terry body and wind-resistant stretch nylon arms. Functional and fashion forward. Perfect marriage.
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.
How to find your ideal fall jean jacket? The estimable Jake Woolf at GQ has styling tips for you which we 100% endorse. Such as buy a slightly smaller size than might be your first instinct. And consider jean jackets needn’t exist in a denim-only universe.
Anyway, whether this classic garment is part of your repertoire or something you’re thinking about for the first time, read Woolf’s piece here–he’s one of the menswear writers you should be reading now.
Music video director and friend of the Nordstrom blogs Shomi Patwary previously brought us behind the scenes with Ty Dolla $ign and Mark Ronson. Now he’s giving us rare glimpses at the creative process of the fashion killa himself, A$AP Rocky.
Patwary directed the video for Rocky’s song “Jukebox Joints” with Joe Fox and Kanye West, a highlight off Rocky’s album At.Long.Last.ASAP. West produced the track, which floats on a sample from an old Smokey Robinson jukebox joint.
Patwary’s video is purplish, smoky and the video and language in the song are perhaps NSFW. Know that and consider turning young kids away from the screen as you watch it.
See exclusive photos from the shoot below, and learn which Spike Lee movie inspired the video’s vertically stretched-out look.
Ready for a shot of ’90s hip-hop culture–aka one of the key retro influences in today’s menswear? Check the early rap journalism of Dao-Yi Chow, now half of the design team with Maxwell Osborne of the CFDA award-winning brand Public School.
We warned you and now it’s here: Street Report, our collection of slammin’ fall styles in the category of streetwear—or athleisure, if you will.
You know, the clothes we wear now: the jogger pants, the bomber jackets, the sneakers, the Timbs. Styling concepts that revolve around layering. Silhouettes that look not like a V (for you sharp suiters out there), but more like you.
Check out our Street Report video lookbook, shot at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, below.