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Why is Rob Lowe smiling? Well, he’s 30-plus years into showbiz as a dramatic and comedic actor and nobody’s sick of him yet. He’s got twelve racks sitting pretty on his wrist. And he’s about to throw a perfect spiral.

But besides all that: Rob Lowe is smiling because he’s super stoked on his PROFILE skincare line. Far from a vanity project, PROFILE is a sincere labor of love. And it’s available exclusively at Nordstrom.

Mr. Lowe is literally stoked, as his character Chris Traeger on Parks and Recreation would say. On the phone he was chipper and came off like he had all the time in the world to chat (he did not; he was literally in the middle of filming his new TV show, The Grinder).

Read more below about Lowe’s favorite Chris Traeger line, which XM Radio station he plays while chillaxing in his pool—and why he’s 51 but looks 36.


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Fresh Dressed is the first-ever documentary about the history of hip-hop fashion, out now in theaters all over the U.S. We recommend you see it. You will be entertained and educated, and perhaps inspired to decorate your jacket.

Energy and insights in Fresh Dressed come from music and fashion leaders including Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Dapper Dan, André Leon Talley, Riccardo Tisci and the duo of Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osbourne from Public School.

But the overall product is excellent mostly because it was directed by Sacha Jenkins, a 20-years-deep veteran of journalism with Beat Downego trip and Mass Appeal magazines. Mainstream America remembers his The (White) Rapper Show on VH1Some Pratt Institute students call him their professor.

Now you will know him from his interview with the Nordstrom blogs.

Check our interview with Jenkins and the trailer for Fresh Dressed below. And if you’re already feeling TL;DR, check this audio clip from Jenkins about how hip-hop style relates to freedom:


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Shop: Ray-Bans | Gant shirt | chinos | slip-ons

With the Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy out now, we thought we’d let you know how to shop the Beach Boys’ look from the late 1960s.

This is how the band dressed early in its life–when all the musicians were still pretending to know how to surf*–before they grew out their hair and started wearing robes. Back then it was stripes, chinos and slip-ons. Classic California style.

The sunglasses are our addition. We swore we remembered Wayfarers as part of this ensemble. Google image search does not agree.

*Only drummer Dennis Wilson ever really surfed.

For more about Love & Mercy, check actor Paul Dano on NPR’s Bullseye below:

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If you’re looking for a feel-good winter flick with tons of style and an off-the-charts inspiration value, well, strap yourself into your sweats and get the leftover platter ready now, because you don’t need to look any further.

Advanced Style, the movie based on the fabulously mature women featured in the blog of the same name as well as the ultra charming photographer dedicated to documenting them, is not just a 90-minute endorsement of color-blocking, print-and-pattern mixing and wild accessorizing, it’s an affirmation of life itself.

And check this: we have your exclusive pre-feature cinematic appetizer right here.

Ari Seth Cohen, champion of ageless personal expression, appears here in the second installment of our 5 Ws series.

Image via Advanced Style


The next evolution of our custom-curated Pop-In Shops is now live online and in selected stores. In stark contrast to our previous Pop-In, French Fling, which was a wistful homage to Gainsbourg ballads and Godard films, this one is more like a monstrously cool mash-up of a mad scientist’s laboratory and 1982 sci-fi epic Tron.

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Candy’s great. But once the kids pack it in for the night, take a moment to remember what Halloween is really all about: things that go bump, blah, boo, and ree! ree! ree! in the night.

So pop some corn, scrape together the last few fun-size Twixes, kill the lights, grab a spot on the couch next to the sultry stewardess or Medusa in your life, and pop in one of the horror classics below—chosen as much for their cinematic glory as for their eery and avant-garde poster designs.

Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)—poster by Bill Gold

Children of the Damned (1963)

Christine (1985)—poster by Jakub Erol

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)—poster by Frankfurt Gips Balkind

Videodrome (1983)

The Beast Within (1982)

Poltergeist (1982)

The Shining (1980)—poster by Saul Bass

Beetlejuice (1988)—poster by B.D. Fox Independent


Further Reading (and Watching): For a complete list of ‘The 50 Greatest Horror Movie Posters of All Time,’ visit We found their article via the website of poster artist Midnight Marauder—revisit his top-five horror flicks from last Halloween here.


Vying for the attention of a foxy film buff? In the Seattle vicinity and searching for something to do? Or are you simply a cinema-appreciating citizen of the world, with a thirst for knowledge about the latest, greatest, weirdest developments in moving pictures?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, you should know: The Seattle International Film Festival (aka SIFF)—the largest and most highly attended fest of its kind—is happening now through June 9.

Think film festivals are too artsy-fartsy? Consider this: Alien (yes, that Alien) world-premiered at SIFF in 1979—

Not sure about you, but that’s most definitely our kind of film festival. Planning a special evening tonight (Saturday, May 18)? If your date is the prim and proper type, try ‘Mad Men’ meets ‘I Love Lucy’ in French romcom Populaire:

[Get tickets for Populaire here.]

…If, on the other hand, the object of your affection has a freaky side, treat him or her to a midnight screening of homegrown horror compilation V/H/S/2:

[Get tickets for V/H/S/2 here.]

As if three weeks packed with 447 SIFF films weren’t awesome enough, the festival includes An Evening with Kyle MacLachlan—complete with a Q&A, screening of the ‘Twin Peaks’ pilot, and reception (we hope they serve black coffee and cremated bacon). Check out SIFF’s tribute to one of our generation’s finest, oddest actors below—along with a choice ‘Twin Peaks’ scene:


For info, showtimes, and to purchase tickets,
visit SIFF’s official website.


Do your best to ignore the souped-up Rolls Royces, the gyrating flappers, the sinister-sounding Kanye West / Jay-Z / Frank Ocean beat (which would have been infinitely cooler here if a handful of mediocre action flicks didn’t already use it), the hypnotic visual overload director Baz Luhrmann made famous in 1996’s amped-up Romeo & Juliet remix—and even try to look past Carey Mulligan’s beauty mark, if at all humanly possible.

Instead, feast your eyes on the impeccable menswear Great Gatsby costume designer Catherine Martin created in collaboration with 195-year-old American institution Brooks Brothers. Delving into the brand’s archives, Martin nailed every detail—from straw boater to gold collar pin to powder-pink peak lapel.

Watch a behind-the-scenes mini-documentary on the film’s costume design here, and catch The Great Gatsby in theaters May 10.



…And for more sartorial inspiration for the season ahead,
check out our new Summer Suiting Guide.


[Trailer courtesy of Warner Bros and Village Roadshow Pictures. Still images are captures from the Brooks Brothers video about the film’s costume design. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]


With baseball season now in full swing, we have a vast selection of MLB snapbacks to choose from. We’re fans of these black-on-black numbers, and these Japanese-inscribed guys have their charm, but our current MVP in the headgear department is the American Needle 400 Series—which takes archival cues from the last 100 years of America’s favorite pastime. Here are a few highlights; click any image to shop the full collection:

New York Yankees, 1922  •  Chicago Cubs, 1908 Road Uniform  •  Pittsburgh Pirates, 1949

LA Dodgers, 1958  •  San Francisco Giants, 1972  •  Philadelphia Phillies, 1980

Chicago White Sox, 1931  •  Boston Red Sox, 1975  •  Seattle Mariners, 1977


Beer. Hotdogs. Hats. If, somehow, you still need reasons to get fired up for baseball season, here are a few of our favorite moments in the sport’s storied history:




[Trailers and clips © Universal, Orion, Columbia, Paramount, TriStar, 20th Century Fox, and Gracie Films. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]


With a punk-meets-minimalist aesthetic and impeccable taste in legendary guy movies, the graphic designer known only by the pen name (mouse name?) Midnight Marauder elevates fan art to fine art.

His recent poster prototypes for Alien prequel Prometheus (in theaters today) have been reblogged maniacally across the web—but it’s once you go a click further, to the artist’s own Tumblr, that you get the real payoff: an archive of more than 200 eye-popping homages to films from Kubrick to the Coen Brothers, Woody Allen to Ridley Scott.

You’ll be able to purchase prints soon. In the meantime, the value of Marauder’s digital masterpieces is twofold: They look sharp on your desktop background and, more importantly, provide a visual checklist of classic films you should Netflix immediately.

Bonus Feature: Marauder released this brand-new poster (a so-called “reject” from his 12-piece Prometheus series) about an hour before midnight premiere screenings last night.


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