9 Not-So-Serious Sweaters

The forecast is getting ominous, but our favorite fall sweaters are quite the opposite.

Our snapshot of witty sweaters is all about not taking yourself too seriously. The weather might have its teeth bared, but you can still have a good time out there.

Shop Editor’s Picks:

Natty Animalia: French Connection ‘Landscape’ Crewneck | Maison Kitsuné Intarsia Fox Head Crewneck | Michael Bastian ‘Monster’ Crewneck

Good Natured: Comme des Garçons ‘Play’ Wool V-Neck | The Kooples Skull Crewneck | Ted Baker London ‘Kenn’ Leopard Spot Sweater

Arty Abstraction: PS Paul Smith Camo Crewneck | Burberry Brit ‘Orbain’ Crewneck | KENZO Zigzag Crewneck

SHOP ALL: Sweaters


Yesterday marked the grand opening of our French Fling Pop-In Shop—a curated selection of eclectic and often exclusive French-themed goods from Rodarte, Kitsuné, A.P.C. and many more. We celebrated here in Seattle by throwing a packed soirée with free PBR, a crêpe truck, and vintage-surf-tinged tunes by amazing pop-punk band La Sera.

At both the in-store shop and the after-party, our friends documented the stylish debauchery via le Instagram. The photos below are our favorites collected from hashtag #NordstromPOP.

[Above: exclusive Saint James Breton-stripe T-shirt.
Photo by @brillapalooza.]

[Photos by @donovanonavan and @nordstromsea.]

[Photos by @artofwore and @espionsecret.]

[Photos by @nordstromchi and @saob79.
Shop: Proenza Schouler backpack.]

[Photos by @stylematrix and @donovanonavan
Shop: Surrealism in Paris book.]

[Photos by @brennaericson and @galendriver.]

[Photos by @carlystarr and @nordstromchi.
Shop: Kenzo sweatshirt.]

[Photos by @brianpaquette and @nordstrom.]

[L: Nordstrom party-people. It was hard to find a shot without lewd gestures.
R: The aftermath—VIP wristband and forgotten free-crêpe token.
Photos by @donovanonavan and @dandrewes.]

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A few more Editor’s Picks from the French Fling Pop-In Shop. (See our previous picks here.)

L-R: A.P.C. hoodie | Cuisse de Grenouille belt | Kitsuné T-shirt | Cuisse de Grenouille knit tie
Cuisse de Grenouille polka-dot flannel shirt


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Finally, to end your workweek on the right note, a few favorite songs
from our after-party house band La Sera:


Fries. Toast. Kissing. Brigitte Bardot. Champagne. Tiny bulldogs. Plastic Bertrand. Even though the latter (above) rose to international stardom for lip-syncing another guy’s work (the original Milli Vanilli?), the song he made famous is still damn catchy—and one more excuse to raise a glass to all things French.

The above influences and countless more are the raison d’être behind French Fling, our first in a series of Pop-In Shops. Curated by Olivia Kim, Nordstrom’s Director of Creative Projects (and former Creative Director at Opening Ceremony), each Pop-In will feature a collection of goods, including limited-edition and exclusive items, that rally around a specific theme.

This month, said theme is the home of Kenzo sweatshirts, A.P.C. candles—and even a snapback that can parlez-vous français. Next month—who knows? Shop a few of our favorites below, and look for more from our Pop-In Shops coming soon.

Kenzo Paris sweatshirt | A.P.C. candle | New Era cap | Saint James T-shirt | Hedi Slimane book



Rarefied Air: Kenzo Fall 2013

Whereas Kenzo’s spring ’13 show was rooted in the brand’s 1970 ‘jungle’ origin story—replete with a monkey-screech soundtrack, safari-pocketed silhouettes, parkour performers, and acidic shades of blood orange and papaya—the new collection has its head in the clouds. Designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim call it The Jungle in the Sky, and say they were inspired by visions of stratospheric deities while gazing out airplane windows during their frequent sojourns between Paris and New York. The show took place earlier this month in Florence, Italy (where Kenzo was a special guest at menswear tradeshow Pitti Uomo)—but its creativity and visual impact were so inherent that we’ve been eager to report on it ever since. Our favorite standout trends:

Touch the Sky. An ethereal color palette transcended the ruddy earth tones and army greens Kenzo’s previous season. While later looks in the new collection veered into menacing red and deep-space navy, these oddly innocuous shades of powder-blue—along with jet pack-like backpacks and belts mimicking safety harnesses—set the tone for the show’s lofty theme.

Use Your Illusion. Color and shape were used to create double-take-inducing modifications in the human form. From left: a shirt that sliced the torso diagonally, sleeves that ghosted out the wearer’s arms, and a sweater that conveyed supernatural strength. (While we might not recommend the latter for, say, an average day at the office, it is a poignant reminder of the power of tailoring.)

Powerful Prints. While leopards and tigers have ruled past Kenzo collections, the new prints look skyward—from buoyant cumulus clouds on a ruggedly oversized coat, to a menacing storm that translates as intangible camo (right). The primary-color stripes (center) are a tougher read: An abstracted sunset horizon? An homage to a pilot’s badges of honor? Check out the full-on flight suit for a closer look.


…And view the complete Fall/Winter 2013 slideshow at


[Behind-the-scenes photos via KenzoParis_HQ on Instagram. Individual looks shot by Marcus Tondo, via]


Yesterday marked the penultimate day of Paris Fashion Week. Here are the highlights, via our show-going Men’s Fashion Director.

“Quickly becoming the new luxury brand to watch.” 

“The house of luxury turns out an outstanding show.” 

Dior Homme
“Kris [Van Assche] does a great job at moving things along. A well-considered collection.” 

“A visit to the jungle with prints that electrified the morning.” 

Maison Martin Margiela
“More metallics today, this time sophisticated and elegant.” 

Quotes by Tommy Fazio, Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director.
Shop the current men’s collection from Kenzo.


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