Insta Gratification: Milan & Paris Men’s Shows


One of them is a multilingual Fashion Week veteran who’s lived in Portugal, Belgium and Spain. The other is a first-timer whose hobbies include motorcycles, IPA and minimalist sneakers. They both work here at Nordstrom HQ—and they both had a hell of a time in Europe last month for Fashion Week.

Keep reading to see selected Instagram pics by our colleagues Jorge Valls and Dan Drewes—and read their notes on favorite spring/summer 2015 fashion shows, travel tips and more.


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I. Jorge Valls, Men’s Fashion Director (@jcvalls)

In a nutshell, what does your job consist of?
“I work with our buyers and product development teams on trend direction.”

What was the purpose of your trip to Europe, and how many times have you attended Fashion Week?
“This was my eighth year of going to the runway shows in Europe. I used to go as Nordstrom’s Designer Menswear Buyer, but in my current role, I’m there more to focus on trends, where they are headed, what’s happening in retail and what stylish people are wearing.”

What were you looking forward to before you left?
“Being inspired by all the creative energy around me, seeing exciting new fashion ideas, tasting delicious food, marveling at the beautiful architecture and catching up with old friends and colleagues.”

What was your favorite spring/summer 2015 collection?
“I had three favorite shows: Dries Van Noten for a seriously new take on ‘sexy’ menswear, Junya Watanabe for moving denim and indigo colorations forward, and Officine Generale for showing the perfect way for the modern working man to dress.”

What was your favorite NON-fashion experience during your trip?
“This was the first time in eight years that I’ve made it to the Louvre museum. I stole away for three hours and just got lost in the museum—a truly beautiful way to relax and get inspired.”

What travel tips would you offer to someone heading to Europe—for Fashion Week or otherwise?
“Layers get you through a lot of weather changes. Adapters and battery packs for phones are critical!”


The Louvre | Dries Van Noten


AMI | Gelato


Paris | Prada


Neil Barrett | Survival of the fittest inside the Louvre


Thom Browne | Skirts and Scooters


Dinner in Milan | Missoni


Givenchy | KENZO


Brera after dark | Salvatore Ferragamo

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II. Daniel Drewes, Men’s Designer Buy Planner (@dandrewes)

In a nutshell, what does your job consist of?
“At the most boiled-down level, the buyer picks what items we carry, and I decide how much to buy and which stores it goes to.”

What was the purpose of your trip to Europe, and how many times have you attended Fashion Week?
This was my first Fashion Week! It was fun. I was there to meet with brands, help the buyer build the assortment and get orders back to the brands (often in as little as 48 hours). As a planner, it’s not essential to make it to the actual shows, but anytime I can squeeze them in, it’s great to see the assortment exactly how the designer means to present it. Plus, I love going to them. I only made it to AMI and Dsquared2 this season.”

What were you looking forward to before you left?
“I had never been to Paris, so I was really excited just to see it. I’ve been to a handful of European cities, and it was great to be in one where, everywhere you look, there’s really amazing architecture. I’m also always excited just to be around tons of people who love fashion too. Well-dressed people also seem to love good drinks and good food.”

What was your favorite spring/summer 2015 collection?
“AMI for sure. Even though it was one of the few that I saw, I really liked it, even compared to images of other shows I looked at on Style.com. It had a really fun ’90s high school–movie vibe. It feels like the ’90s are just behind us, but the fashion is coming back already, big time. Oversized proportions, shirts tied around waists, youth rebellion—I’m stoked.”

What was your favorite NON-fashion experience during your trip?
“On our one free day, we visited Colette, a famed Paris boutique that I’ve always checked out from afar. As we were walking to our next destination, we stumbled upon the shop of what is basically the dopest motorcycle helmet maker in the world, Les Ateliers Ruby. I had seen them other places, but it was so cool to see a shop of all their goods, along with a custom bike they had made too.”

What travel tips would you offer to someone heading to Europe—for Fashion Week or otherwise?
“Don’t forget a power converter, and if you do, buy one before you leave the airport. They’re super hard to find around town. (You’re probably not going to stumble upon a Best Buy.) Also, if you’re like me, you wear the same few pairs of pants/jeans and shoes a few times a week. When you’re heading out on a two-week trip, it’s easy to forget that and lay out a pair of pants with every outfit, and pack every pair of shoes you still halfway like. You won’t wear most of them, and they’re not the lightest things to lug around extras of. Pack light in those areas. (And, yes, I lay out outfits; it’s the only way I can avoid overpacking.)”

 
Lanvin | Lay off the lumière générale

 
Couscous at Rick Owens | Have a nice day


Dsquared2 | Italian metro adventures


Architecture at The Kooples | Waiting for the AMI show to start


The Duomo of Milan | KENZO on wheels


A.P.C. vibes | What’s the password?


Motos in Paris | Thom Browne


Mythological tile work | Mandals at Marni


Home again. Milan > Paris > Emerald City.

 

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  • CharlieKa July 28, 2014, 11:32 pm

    Nice post )

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