Jorge Valls

jorgevallsdetailsOur own Jorge Valls, Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director, was featured in a Details article yesterday about “Retiree Style”–a term which writer Alex Frank connects to the rise of unabashedly comfort-focused menswear.

Click here to read the piece.

To be clear: Jorge definitely has a job and is not retired. He’s actually doing his job in this image, headed into a runway show at Paris Fashion Week. When we see him in the halls today we’re going to remind him not to take the “retiree” tag too seriously.

But to keep it 100, jokiness of the term aside, Jorge’s personal style is a perfect example of what the article is talking about: breezy, sporty and perfectly accessorized, a mixture of designer and everyday items worn with an assuredness that comes with killing it over time. Because like Kanye West says: when you try hard, you die hard.

On a related note, click here to listen to Jorge talk about runway shows and overarching trends at the recent New York Fashion Week: Men’s.

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Our Men’s Fashion Office is wrapping its time in NYC for the inaugural New York Fashion Week: Men’s, heading home after a week of scoping spring/summer 2016 styles.

For #NYFWM, the award on our squad for incurring the most street-style photography goes to Men’s Styling Manager Danny Mankin–which, again, we’re not surprised. And the award for clarity in a hectic situation goes to Men’s Fashion Director Jorge Valls.

Jorge saw two main style thrusts #NYFWM: loose luxury and 1990s-inspired streetwear. You can safely say these will define the clothes you see in retailers next spring, or at least be heavy influences. Here he is talking about both.

#NYFWM: Two Big Ideas

 

Check out Jorge’s take on four different shows during #NYFWM and explanation of the two main types of events here. Check him talking about the economic power of the whole thing here. Fashion can be a baffler, but when Jorge explains it to us, we get it.

–Andrew Matson

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dannynyfwmNordstrom Men’s Styling Manager Danny Mankin

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Our Men’s Fashion Office is all up in the mix at New York Fashion Week: Men’s, and the most photographed member of the team by far is Danny Mankin, Men’s Styling Manager. Which does not surprise us. Everyone’s looking good here, but that excellent fit you see above is pretty much a regular Tuesday for Danny.

Being bombarded with style is exciting but can overwhelm, so to get our minds right, we’ve been enjoying post-show breakdowns with our Men’s Fashion Director Jorge Valls.

Here’s Jorge on the difference between runway shows and designer presentations (#NYFWM has both) and the events & spring/summer 2016 collections by Suit Supply, rag + bone, Todd Snyder and Michael Bastian.

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The first-ever men’s-only New York Fashion Week is upon us–that’s right, first in the history of the world–and we’ll be there July 13-16, blogging hardly. Our modus operandi will be to see shows and presentations, interview designers and writers, soak up the scene–and generally, like Kanye West once endeavored to do, give you the feeling.

So what is #NYFWM anyway? And what’s significant about this inaugural edition? Here’s our own Men’s Fashion Director Jorge Valls, explaining:

 

To build on one of Jorge’s points about the economics of this Fashion Week occurring during this specific time, market time for retail buyers, which gives buyers a chance to see designers’ presentations before they make their spring/summer 2016 buys: A direct customer impact is not guaranteed.

Nonetheless, it is entirely possible that if you peep Jorge’s Instagram feed of snapshots from the front row, you may be seeing into the future of shopping at Nordstrom.

Music by 10.4 Rog

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If you have even a passing interest in men’s style, stop looking at your friends’ struggle meals on Instagram and start following Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director Jorge Valls.

Jorge was front row at the just-wrapped Paris Fashion Week, analyzing designers’ Spring/Summer 2016 creations. We must say, it’s a wild time for men’s style right now. We’re loving designers’ risks and overall confidence.

Here are some of our favorite snapshots from Jorge’s krazy life.

The hits: Supermodel Naomi Campbell murdering Riccardo Tisci’s menswear inches from Valls at the Givenchy show (automatic double tap for gender fluidity on the runway) and Thom Browne’s pop art kimonos hanging in gray space.

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We’re also fans of Jorge’s images from the Lanvin and Officine Generale shows. We’re super feeling the monochrome collection from Y-3 (the adidas/Yohji Yamamoto team-up coming soon to Nordstrom). The streetwear surrealism of Hood By Air is haunting our dreams.

See Paris Fashion Week through Jorge’s eyes below, and then check his Insta for more–he’s got a ton of shots from Milan Fashion Week on there, too.

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Nordstrom Fashion Office Men’s Fashion Director Jorge Valls gives his picks for the best and brightest from the red carpet at last night’s Tony Awards. 

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Street League–our current streetwear collection–is built on a few key silhouettes and a rebellious shift in men’s fashion. What are those silhouettes and how did we get here? We sat with two of our in-house experts and had us a good long think.

Edited convo below with Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director Jorge Valls and Lead Men’s Stylist Danny Mankin.  

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Nordstrom blogs: The jogger pant came to the streets from runways, right? Or did we get here through athletics?

Jorge Valls: From a designer level, Dries Van Noten was one of the first brands that I saw taking a pant silhouette and trying to make it new. I saw them put a cuff on a cotton pant or a wool pant. And drawstrings, too.

Danny Mankin: But there’s definitely an athletic influence.

Jorge: It’s very athletics-inspired, but it’s not what you wear to the gym. It’s athletic that you wear outdoors, on the street. But it’s elevated, an organic evolution. The current generation wears comfortable clothes all the time, so this is their version of dressing up. And the sneaker excitement right now? These are all fashion sneakers. You can work out in these, but they’re fashion.

Danny: I think the evolution of the jogger pant was influenced by the rise of the sneaker. The sneaker was rising so fast, it became a fashion statement. That influenced the gathering of the pant at the ankle.

Jorge: And some goth culture. That comes from Rick Owens, that goth-athletics aspect. He’s a body builder, and a lot of his clothes are built for movement. I would say any body type could wear this, though. It’s very forgiving.

Nordstrom blogs: What about the colors?

Jorge: Right, well, another big part of this look is the graphic element. High contrast. Black and white is perfect to create that. You’ll notice that the clothes tend to be black-and-white or tonal. But the sneaker is where most guys are unafraid to do crazy color and have it be a pop, a statement.

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(Images and captions via Jorge Valls; L: One of the less “exposed” looks from the Rick Owens show, R: Drive-by of the Eiffel Tower–always looks dramatic in black and white.)

First we hit you with that Italian action and now it’s time for the French connection. Paris Men’s Fashion Week snapshots and commentary courtesy Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Office Director Jorge Valls:

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(Images and captions via Jorge Valls; L: Marni finale. Beautiful new takes on traditional menswear ideas. R: Morning walk in Florence. Gorgeous!)

Here’s your chance to visit Florence and Milan for Men’s Fashion Week. (We’re gonna take you via IG, holmes!) Images with commentary are courtesy of Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Office Director Jorge Valls. Florence is above; everything else is Milan.

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Gifted Giver: Jorge Valls

We’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving.

It’s one of our favorite Nordstrom success stories: Men’s Shop Fashion Director Jorge Valls started in the mail room and worked his way into the high-style world of buying and presenting the best looks for our stores and website. Should you assume, however, that his brain is dedicated solely to suits and boots, we’d have to point out that he’s also an expert on French and English lit. For a worldly, classics-influenced take on the art of style and gifting, read on…

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