Lo and behold nestled in GQ‘s list we found two of our own all-weather favorites by Thom Browne and Nike–both perfect for pretty much all levels of social interaction, from casual lounging to looking completely presentable and styled out.
Bulky sweats are what we’re wearing right now, in heavy cottons and wools. But that soon shall change.
With spring upcoming, we’re not just looking for cool designs but also sorting by material when we shop, thinking about how to keep rocking that carrot-ish silhouette and perhaps switch up the fabric to be a little lighter in the near future.
If you’ve caught much Fashion Week coverage, either on this site or elsewhere, you’ve likely realized: The collections that visionary designers send down runways are in fact NOT explicit instructions on how they’d like to see you—the average, intelligent, style-aware male—dress yourself come next season.
What these spectacles of immaculately crafted clothing-as-art do provide, if approached with an open mind, is a window into the extreme end of a designer’s current mindset. The best among them translate their inner vision into a performative presentation that makes you think—and no one puts on a more thought-provoking show than Thom Browne.
While previous Thom Browne productions (and they truly are that, with models not just walking, but often enacting odd tasks in surreal environments) have tackled aspects of Americana—preps, punks, astronauts—his most recent, Spring 2014, unveiled in Paris yesterday, is the first to hoist a patriotic color palette of red, white and blue. There were even stars and bars imprinted on the train of an elaborate officer’s coat (left) and the midriff of the red jacket at right.
To be fair, conventionally anti-menswear motifs like sleeveless coats, doily-trimmed socks, and, well, skirts, may have suggested a subversive satire on nationalism. Browne himself left his message open-ended as always, though—so we’re going to take it as all the more reason to go all-American for Independence Day this Thursday. Shop our favorites below, and more options here: Americana.
Clearly an expert multi-tasker, Browne also designs womenswear—as well as Moncler Gamme Bleu, an experimental, sport-inspired men’s line for down-jacket innovators Moncler. Recent collections have delved deep into the sartorial treasure troves of fencing, Indy racing and the Highland Games. Spring ’14, presented in Milan recently, took a fresh look at the traditional British game of cricket.
While a lot of critics (read: internet trolls) have been hung up on the black lips (perhaps a riff on cricketers’ predilection for zinc cream; definitely a classic TB move to confound audiences and contrast the otherwise clean-cut aesthetic)…we’re more focused on the crisp mix of whites.
Around the office, our men’s team has already been favoring white-on-white everything lately—and Browne’s blown-out dissertation on the subject pretty much solidifies it as a go-to way of getting dressed, both this summer and next. To do it right, mix tones, textures and fabrications as Browne does above. (And skip the lipstick.)
There’s no rest for the weary when it comes to Fashion Week (which, between London, Milan and Paris becomes more like Fashion Month). After some stellar shows in London last week (like Burberry and Rag & Bone), this past weekend was packed with heavy hitters in Milan. Check out videos of some of the best Spring/Summer 2014 shows below. [Above: Neil Barrett, via Bruce Pask’s Instagram.]
Congratulations to Thom Browne for taking home top honors in the Menswear category at Monday night’s CFDA Awards.
If you’re curious what that means, the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) puts on what basically translates to the Oscars of the fashion world each year. As for the winner (seen above in a fittingly subversive twist on black tie): After famously reviving the menswear industry’s interest in slim tailoring a few years back, Thom Browne has persistently pushed the boundaries of what constitutes a ‘fashion show’ to the limits of absurdity (note his Punks vs. Jocks and Preps from Space -themed shows as examples) while somehow maintaining a somber atmosphere that implies what’s on view is nothing short of art.
A snapshot of Browne’s Fall ’13 Amish cloaks, pixelated for the business park, popped up in the CFDA’s #cfdaawards Instagram feed—as did hundreds of shots of dapperly dressed designers and drop-dead-gorgeous actresses and models. Here are the highlights:
L: Prepping the red carpet.
R: Michael Bastian, 2011 CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year, with Todd Snyder,
nominated for this year’s Swarovski Award for Menswear.
Legendary supermodel Linda Evangelista with future hall-of-famer Karolina Kurkova.
L: Billy Reid, last year’s CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year.
R: The crowded venue at NYC’s Lincoln Center.
L: Public School designers Maxwell Osborne and Dao-yi Chow, winners of this year’s
Swarovski Award for rising stars in Menswear.
R: Alexander Wang and friends on the steps outside.
Michael Kors with a model on each arm. Don’t hate the player, hate the game.
L: Mood lighting at the after-party.
R: Womenswear winners Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler…
who appear to have a firm grasp on menswear, too.
Actress, award presenter, and BridesmaidRose Byrne—getting photo-bombed.
L: CFDA International Award winner Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy with actress Jessica Chastain.
(How hardcore was she in Zero Dark Thirty?)
R: One of our favorites (and definitely the funniest) from the female blogosphere, Man Repeller Leandra Medine is a certified CFDA superstar.
End on a High Note: In the clip above, an army of male models awkwardly a capellas Daft Punk x Pharrell disco jam ‘Get Lucky,’ all while wearing the Fall ’13 collections by all three CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year nominees—and somehow keeping a straight face.
The Met Gala is a high-profile party in NYC that marks the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual fashion-related exhibit at the Costume Institute.
It also produces a red-carpet spectacle that, whereas other red carpets engender class and decorum, encourages celebrities to dress and act as zany as possible.
The theme of this year’s Met exhibit is Punk: Chaos to Couture (check out coverage on our women’s blog). The first favorable outcome of this auspicious motif was a series of fashion films from event sponsor Vogue. Dubbed Punk Stories, they included British model-of-the-moment Cara Delevingne displaying her patented mix of good humor and bad attitude (above) and Ukrainian-Canadian bombshell Daria Werbowy, barely recognizable (but still stunning) in a bleached buzz-cut and various other punk-inspired transformations (below).
Then, there’s the wild red carpet and ensuing after-parties. We’re no fashion police when it comes to womenswear—but we know what we like. Here are the ladies (and a couple men) we thought went the most “punk rock” at Monday night’s Met Gala:
Nicole Richie spray-painted her coif grey for the night (and rocked some high-end Topshop).
Alexa Chung wasn’t afraid to push Gerard Butler around.
Kelly Osbourne, Cara Delevingne, Rita Ora—you guys look great, but Miley Cyrus, of all people, was the one who hit the punk-rock nail on the head.
We’re not sure about the blue faux-hawk, but Zachary Quinto’s eyebrow game, as usual, was on-point.
Rooney Mara’s attire for the evening wasn’t overtly punk—but if her anti-establishment Girl with the Dragon Tattoo character is permanently burned into your brain, like it is ours, you’ll agree that she’d look pretty tough even in a bathrobe and bunny slippers.
Kanye West performed, in his now-signature punk-inspired Givenchy gear.
Anne Hathaway went bleach-blonde, reportedly just for the night. For a girl-next-door type like her, that’s punk-rock enough to fit the theme in our book.
And then, there was the part where Jennifer Lawrence photo-bombed Sarah Jessica Parker. But Lawrence acts crazy even at the Oscars and on live TV, so “punking” SJP is par for the course. (Note Marion Cotillard and Lena Dunham cracking up in the background.)
[Photos and videos via Vogue.com, except for Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence via NYmag.com. Still photos by Pablo Frisk, except Cyrus and co. by Taylor Jewell, Kanye West by Kevin Tachman, Hathaway by Larry Busacca. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]
“At this point it’s no secret that GQ loves Thom Browne shirts, especially this fall’s exploded plaid patterns that we’ve shown in every color. This white version, for example, makes a quieter statement because of its neutral, tonal color combination, but the rounded collar still gives it plenty of personality.
“We love that Thom takes the woodsy, casual heritage of a plaid shirt but does it as a dress shirt in his famous oxford cloth. It’s a little heavier, and so it marries up well with all those heavyweight fabrics for fall.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
Each month, the editors of GQ, in collaboration with Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director Tommy Fazio and the Men’s Shop, will select key items from the pages of GQ to feature right here on Nordstrom.com.
It’s been a quite a week—and the final day of shows didn’t disappoint. Our Fashion Director’s favorite moments, below, included Lanvin’s spaceman-chic (what David Bowie’s ‘Major Tom’ would wear on shore leave, per GQ‘s review), Paul Smith’s well-tailored rebel, and Thom Browne’s rocket from Nantucket.
Lanvin “I love the proportions and new fabric use.”
Paul Smith “A truly bold rock-and-roll statement.”
Thom Browne “A spectacular show, and the clothes are amazing in color and texture. Bold move.”
“Spectacular display of true artful fashion. Best way to end fashion week—and the clothes rock.” —Tommy Fazio, Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director
In a typically atypical display, the man who virtually invented the modern slim suit concluded Paris Fashion Week earlier today with a show that was literally out of this world. It began with extraterrestrial-looking platinum pods marching single-file into a neatly manicured courtyard. But once the alien exteriors dropped, the explosion of madras plaid and overgrown critter prints was completely Cape Cod.
Check out exclusive pics by our Men’s Fashion Director, who witnessed the invasion first-hand.
Milan Fashion Week rolls on, with more picture-perfect visions of Spring 2013. Our man on the street, Men’s Fashion Director Tommy Fazio, sent home his favorite iPhone snaps from the second day of shows.
“Prada steps out in sporty chic.”
“Moncler Gamme Bleu. Thom Browne does it again. That was a show.”
Photos and quotes by Tommy Fazio, Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director.
Check back soon for more from Milan and Spring 2013.
In the meantime, shop Prada.
“The dress shirt of the season. You’re getting that perfect Thom Browne fit and a shirt from him that, at this point, is a great American classic. I think once a guy takes the leap and puts on a Thom Browne shirt, he is pretty much hooked. Thom changes up his patterns every season, and I love that he went for a big, loud plaid this time around. While the pattern might seem intense, the shirt’s classic silhouette remains restrained so it works whether dressed up with a business suit and tie or untucked with a pair of shorts.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
Each month for the next six months, the editors of GQ, in collaboration with Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director Tommy Fazio and the Men’s Shop, will select key items from the pages of GQ to feature right here on Nordstrom.com.