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Market Week: (noun) A series of concurrent menswear trade shows, during which our buyers spend a busy 72 hours hitting the best booths, meeting with dozens of designers and brand reps, and getting a hands-on look at what next season will have in store (literally).

Our video team tagged along to the trade shows in Las Vegas a couple weeks ago. Check out the trends they spotted below, with commentary by our Men’s Fashion Director Jorge Valls—and watch for video interviews with our favorite booth-keepers coming soon.

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[Photos above via @NordstromMen on Instagram. Clockwise from top left:
Johan Lindeberg of BLK DNM; welcome to Project Las Vegas;
Marcus Troy’s ‘Blogger Project’; historical plaids with the good people at Grayers;
Todd Snyder showcasing his Champion collab; spotted in the wild at Stance socks.]

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Trend 1: Nautical Influences. “Breton stripes continue to be big. We’re starting to see maritime pops of color, like bold yellows and reds.” —Jorge Valls, Men’s Fashion Director

[Above: On-deck at Sperry Top-Sider;
a wavy show-goer with eye-catching accessories.]



Trend 2: Indigo Everything. “We saw every shade and shape of denim imaginable: raw, worn, torn, washed, you name it. Denim shirts and jackets. A chambray shirt is great to have—dress it up or down. Blue, in general, is everywhere. Deep indigos look especially good to me right now.” —Jorge Valls, Men’s Fashion Director

[Above: Black (and grey, and blue) denim at BLK DNM;
our denim-clad friend at AG Jeans.]



Trend 3: Tropical Skater. “The combination of floral/Hawaiian prints with skater/surf culture we’re seeing feels fresh, and is incredibly vibrant and colorful. Do one piece of pattern, or mix patterns and stripes together—there’s a version for every guy.” —Jorge Valls, Men’s Fashion Director

[Above: ’90s-inspired hoodies with modern lines;
this guy mixed patterns like a pro.]



Trend 4: Tried and True. “Traditional men’s cues are still important—think heritage and prep. Keep it up-to-date with a modern fit.” —Jorge Valls, Men’s Fashion Director

[Above, clockwise from top left:
Matteo Gottardi of W.R.K.; inspired hosiery at Stance socks;
cream-color shawl-collars at Gant;
the wall of American-made boots at Red Wing.]

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Watch for Market-Week video interviews in mid-September.
In the meantime, check out our street-style report live from the trade-show tents.

 
 

[Photos by Matthew Sumi. Quotes by Jorge Valls, Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director.]

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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.



Obey tank top | Brixton hat | Sub_Urban Riot tank top
O’Neill board shorts | O’Neill tank top | Fossil watch

 

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.)



BLK DNM leather jacket | Pierre Balmain jeans | T by Alexander Wang tank top
Timex watch | Rag & Bone shirt | Converse by John Varvatos sneakers

 
 

[Instagram photos via @thombrowneny, @moncler, and @grungygentleman. Individuals mentioned and pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

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In case you missed our previous post, be sure to check out the curated selection of items Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs of acclaimed style website Street Etiquette hand-picked from the Nordstrom Men’s Shop. Sizes on a few pieces are beginning to run low, so get them while the getting’s good.

Joshua and Travis made their picks in the form of distinctive outfits—of which, a few of our favorites are below. To see how we kicked off our collaboration, rewind to our Street Etiquette at New York Fashion Week coverage.


1. Mixed Media. The guys of Street Etiquette have a particular knack for combining influences. Here, Joshua achieves a rare athletic/punk/sartorial/military vibe.
The North Face Jacket | BLK DNM Jeans | Oliver Sweeney Boots | Insubordinate Lads Leather Tote


2. Gym Dandy. Joshua raises the bar on lifting weights with a high-end tank (by this guy), shorts that actually fit, and the proper electronics to blast your tracks and time your sets.
T by Alexander Wang Tank Top | Beats by Dre Headphones | Adidas Shorts | G-Shock Watch


3. Cozy Camo. Who else could make sweats and activewear look this interesting—let alone this dressed-up? Travis noted that he would finish this one off with Nike Frees.
The North Face Windbreaker | Thom Browne Sweatpants | Nudie T-shirt | Michael Kors Hoodie


4. Short Order. Travis went all Wooster with this shorts-suit—and added his own twist with a pop of color at the wrist and expert-class pattern mixing (plaid suit, dotted shirt).
John Varvatos Star USA Blazer and Shorts | Hugo Boss Shirt | Jack Spade Watch

 

Stay tuned for more collaborations between ourselves and Street Etiquette in the future. Until then—
SHOP: STREET ETIQUETTE PICKS

 
 

[NYFW photos by Street Etiquette and Joshua Woods.]

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Citizens of our native Washington are infamously avid fans of the home team. (Many UW alums roam the floors here at Nordstrom HQ—there’s even a photo floating around our archives of young Nordstrom brothers suited up for the UW hoops team, circa the mid-1980s.)

Hence Seattleites are going crazy lately for the suddenly dominant Seahawks. After several blowout games late in the season, they’re poised to make noise in the playoffs (starting with a wild-card game against the Redskins, this Sunday at 1:30pm PST on Fox).

This comes as a great finish to a season that began with fans (at home and across the country) oddly polarized by stylistic minutiae. After taking over the reigns as official uniform designers for the 2012-13 season, Oregon-based Nike (also responsible for the previously noted swagger of our sister state’s college football program) threatened to radicalize the look of every team in the league—or so imaginative fans conjectured. Ultimately, the only team that received a noticeable change visually was Nike’s closest neighbors to the north, the Seattle Seahawks. It came in the form of subtle but striking pops of chartreuse to symbolize the Great Northwest’s greenery, and small wing-like emblems inspired by Native American art:

 


Nike designers must keep up on their street-style reports, as controlled doses of neon continue to pop up in all walks of menswear (especially shoes—check out additional, bright-soled examples by Walk-Over, 1901, and Cole Haan LunarGrand).

Above: The North Face Hoodie | Merrell Boots | Kenzo Sweater

 

This last photo shows Seattle running back Marshawn ‘Beast Mode’ Lynch introducing the new uni designs a few months ago. As impressive as cool-headed QB (and strong Rookie of the Year candidate) Russell Wilson is—and as fun as it is to watch over-excitable coach Pete Carroll wig out in slo-mo after a killer completion—nothing really tops this self-reflective breakdown of Lynch’s legendary run a few years back against New Orleans. Enjoy:


For this weekend’s full NFL TV schedule, click here.

SHOP: SEAHAWKS GEAR | ALL NFL GEAR

 

 

[Photos courtesy of Seahawks.com. Video courtesy of ESPN.]

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