Ashley Helvey

Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes I.T: We collaborated with Hong Kong fashion collective I.T to bring menswear brands izzue, :CHOCOOLATE and Aape by A BATHING APE to the U.S. for the first time.

When our ace Pop-In Shop photo crew completed their already-ambitious shot list ahead of schedule, did they adjourn to the corner bar for self-congratulatory beers and back-pats? No. Did they snap a selfie and take a nap? No. Did they high-five in slow motion while a building exploded in the background? Probably.

But THEN, they grabbed their gear and headed outside to put in more work. Keep reading to see their full gallery of extra-credit images, shot atop undulating rooftops and on the wrong side of the tracks in SODO (that’s shorthand for ‘south of downtown’), Seattle—and don’t miss your chance to shop rare Hong Kong clothes at Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes I.T, through this weekend only.

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Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes I.T: We collaborated with Hong Kong fashion collective I.T to bring menswear brands izzue, :CHOCOOLATE and Aape by A BATHING APE to the U.S. for the first time.

With looks ranging from best-in-class bomber jackets to preppy cable-knit sweaters to all-camo-everything from a streetwear legend, our latest Olivia Kim-curated Pop-In Shop has something—nay, many things—for menswear fans of every stripe.

To help cut through the euphoria-inducing sartorial overload, we asked stylist Ashley Helvey (a talented artist, tea connoisseur and Giants fan with a deadpan sense of humor) to tell us her favorites. Keep reading for tips from the pro who assembled every I.T outfit in our shop.

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Fall Designer Lookbook Part II

Our study in Fall contrast continues with clean-cut prep, worn-in leather, streamlined stripes, and woodsy plaid from some of our favorite Designer Collections. Photographed at Kubota Garden, a 20-acre sanctum of lush pines nestled amongst the stark pavement of south Seattle. [See part 1 of this series.]



Shipley & Halmos: varsity jacket | long-sleeve t-shirt



Jack Spade: crewneck sweater | flannel shirt





Band of Outsiders: wool-blend blazer | twill jacket



Band of Outsiders: polo shirt | oxford shirt | chinos


Pierre Balmain: leather moto jacket | destroyed jeans


Rag & Bone: canvas/leather jacket | PS Paul Smith: stripe t-shirt



John Varvatos Collection: textured cardigan | Paul Smith Jeans: utility vest

 

[Photography: Kyle Johnson. Styling: Ashley Helvey. Model: Joel Carlson.]

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Yin and yang. Light and shade. Concrete and jungle. Life is a study in contrasts—and your Fall wardrobe should be, too.

To fully meditate on Fall’s dense tweeds, intricate knits, revved-up leather, and sturdy workwear, we took our favorite Designer Collections to Seattle’s historical, 20-acre wooded oasis, Kubota Garden—as well as the surrounding urban sprawl. The conclusion is clear: Fall’s best clothes feel calm, cool and collected, whether you’re in nature’s domain or the wilds of the city.



Missoni: green chest-stripe sweater | grey zigzag sweater (b&w photo)
A.P.C. jeans | Denim jackets (shop similar)



Band of Outsiders: wool cardigan | embroidered-fly shirt | tartan-plaid shirt

  

Gant by Michael Bastian wool cardigan


Rag & Bone field jacket | Band of Outsiders chinos



John Varvatos Collection double-breasted topcoat
PS Paul Smith wool sweater | Band of Outsiders oxford shirt



Pierre Balmain: leather moto jacket | destroyed jeans
Duvetica down jacket 




Band of Outsiders: wool-blend blazer | twill jacket

 
 

[Photography: Kyle Johnson. Styling: Ashley Helvey. Model: Joel Carlson.]

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Arguably the best-dressed band signed to Seattle record label Sub Pop, California rock group Dum Dum Girls plays a particular style of music that could be described as bubblegum deadpan. Their music follows the example set by The Ramones and The Jesus and Mary Chain, and perhaps above all, Richard Gottehrer—their producer, and the songwriter responsible for retro-rebellious classics like “My Boyfriend’s Back.” Below, the all-girl quartet’s frontwoman, Dee Dee, test-drives some Topshop and answers a few questions:

MEN’S SHOP DAILY: Is it true that Dum Dum Girls were partly named after the Vaselines song “Dum Dum”? Is that your favorite act signed to Sub Pop (besides your own)?

DEE DEE: “Yes, indeed true on both accounts—although Nirvana, Dead Moon, Beach House, Male Bonding, and David Cross are also favorites.”

MSD: What attracted you to working with producer Richard Gottehrer? Can you give an example of something he did in the studio that you felt changed your sound for the better?

DEE DEE: “I recorded the entire first album (I Will Be) myself, and it would’ve sounded like my first EPs and 7-inches without his initial ‘intervention.’ Aside from all the obvious reasons he’s a good match for me, I most value his lifelong enthusiasm. I don’t believe there’s a jaded bone in his body, which is saying a lot, considering how long and varied his career in the music business has been.”

MSD: How strict is the wearing-all-black part of being a member of the Dum Dum Girls? If someone wears blue jeans, do you kick them out?

DEE DEE: “It’s a non-issue at this point. And for my band, it doesn’t have to be anything more than an on-stage aesthetic. One hour of darkness.”

 

Nordstrom Men’s Shop was proud to co-sponsor Sub Pop’s 25th-anniversary Silver Jubilee celebration. Watch for more Sub Pop posts coming soon—and catch up on Silver Jubilee Street Style and our Q&A with King Tuff.

 
 

[Text and interview by Andrew Matson. Andrew writes about music and culture for publications including The Seattle Times, NPR, and The Stranger—follow him on Twitter here. Photos by Robin Stein—see more of Robin’s work here. Styling by Ashley Helvey and Margaret McMillan Jones. Videos © Sub Pop and Dum Dum Girls.]

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In a previous post, we discussed how A.P.C. founder Jean Touitou likened his wares to the best steak you ever ate.

So what makes the French clothing brand a cut above? Supple, high-quality fabrics, usually exclusive to A.P.C., for one. The unreal balance between modern lines and timeless taste helps. And perhaps most importantly, the fit. Like a song you swear you’ve heard before, A.P.C.’s sweaters, jackets—even their famously stiff, perfectly cut raw-denim jeans—feel like they were made for you. (Trust us, we nabbed an A.P.C. original of our own over the weekend, and were eyeing several others…all on sale to boot.)

Enjoy these shots of our latest A.P.C. delivery, captured right here in our hometown of Seattle. However, as great as the clothes look, you might have to try them on for yourself to fully understand. Staring at a photo of a perfectly charred filet only takes you so far.




A.P.C. – Denim ShirtStripe T-Shirt | Jeans





A.P.C. – Field Jacket | ‘New Chino’ Pants | Shoes by Eastland (shop similar)


A.P.C. – ‘Knot’ Graphic T-shirt



A.P.C. – Linen ShirtJeans


A.P.C. – Mac Trench Coat




A.P.C. – Sweatshirt | Denim Shirt | Jeans


 
A.P.C. – Zebra Stripe T-shirt | Checked Flannel Shirt
Cotton-Leather Bomber Jacket | ‘Petit New Standard’ Jeans


A.P.C. – Donegal Wool Sweater | Chevron-Stripe Pants

 

[Photography: Robin Stein. Styling: Ashley Helvey. Model: Gus Drake.]

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The Alexander Wang five-step plan for fashion-world domination:
1. Move from San Fran to NYC at age 18 to attend the esteemed Parsons school of design.
2. Drop out.
3. Create a killer debut women’s collection that makes boutique buyers salivate and converts the world’s hippest models, actresses and it-girls into steadfast devotees.
4. Win GQ Designer of the Year 2011, promptly upon your first foray into menswear.
5. Get named creative director of illustrious, 99-year-old fashion house Balenciaga.

That last point is a whole other story, so let’s focus on #4. Wang won over GQ with his T by Alexander Wang line of so-called “basics”—T-shirts, tanks and hoodies that, thanks to their meticulously slouchy “anti-fit” and superior fabrication, are in fact anything but basic.

These days, Wang is punctuating those high-end essentials with streamlined statement items, like the black-on-black cotton/leather shirt-jacket hybrid seen in the photos here. (You could call it a basic in the sense that you’ll wear it every day for years to come. As far as street-cred style points, though—it’s pretty exceptional.)


A few more favorites from the T by Alexander Wang collection (click images to shop each piece):


And, for your viewing pleasure, a sampling of the A-list it-girls and -guys Alexander Wang attracts—featuring A$AP Rocky, Azealia Banks and more:


 
SHOP: T BY ALEXANDER WANG FOR MEN

 
 

[Photography: Robin Stein. Styling: Ashley Helvey. Model: Gus Drake.
See more images from this series in our recent Rick Owens post, and on Nordstrom’s Tumblr page.]

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Spring is here—and as much as we can appreciate bold color, we know it’s not for everyone. No one understands this better than Rick Owens, the reigning king of avant-garde, neo-ninja streetwear.

We took a trunk-full of his Spring 2013 collection for a test drive through our favorite Seattle neighborhoods, and found out that—despite their somber palette—these pieces are fully warm-weather-compatible. (Think butter-soft lambskin bombers, a feather-weight windbreaker and sweaters in airy Italian wool.)

When the rest of the world is in full bloom, what better way to differentiate yourself than donning all black? (Short of taking Owens’ own advice and shaving off your eyebrows—see rule #1.)


Rick Owens ‘Mollino’ Lambskin Leather Jacket
and ‘Island’ Hooded Merino Wool Sweater


Left: Rick Owens ‘Island’ Crewneck Merino Wool Sweater


Rick Owens ‘Mollino’ Bomber Jacket and Elastic-Waist Drop-Crotch Pants


Rick Owens ‘Sternberg’ Lambskin Leather Bomber Jacket
and ‘Perfecto’ Lambskin Leather Biker Jacket



Rick Owens ‘Perfecto’ Lambskin Leather Biker Jacket,
‘Island’ Merino Wool Cardigan and Elastic-Waist Drop-Crotch Pants

 

SHOP ALL: RICK OWENS | DESIGNER COLLECTIONS

 
 
 

[Photography: Robin Stein. Styling: Ashley Helvey. Model: Gus Drake.]

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