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aziz-ansari-master-of-nonePerhaps, like the rest of us, you recently binge-watched Aziz Ansari’s series Master of None on Netflix. If so, maybe you noticed that beyond all its jokes, drama and frank dialogue about dating and race in America, this is also a show about style.

In particular, you can view it as a guide for how to dress unembarrassingly as a city-dwelling person entering one’s 30s. That’s due to the careful work of costume designer Dana Covarrubias.

We spoke with Covarrubias on the phone about the individual styles of the buddy crew at the center of Master of None: Dev (Aziz Ansari), Arnold (Eric Wareheim), Denise (Lena Waithe) and Brian (Kelvin Yu).

Also: how to reconsider your style as you turn the big three-O.

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Read the full interview here

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Every Documentary Now! episode on IFC begins with Helen Mirren’s dead-serious introduction about the educational film you are about to see–and then embarks on a bait-and-switch journey into mockumentary that is consistently weird and hilarious. This is the funny new show you should watch this fall, the brainchild of SNL alumni Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and producer Seth Meyers.

Attention to detail is crucial in this form of comedy, and a good chunk of the program’s perfect pitch comes from costume designer Marylou Lim.

We talked to Lim about dressing Armisen and Hader as they used their fake-documentary style to rip into Grey Gardens, the Vice media network, soft rock icons the Eagles–and other subjects that wouldn’t have occurred to anyone else, like a fictional parade in Iceland dedicated to an exotic notion of Al Capone.

We’re looking forward to more of this inspired joking and more outfits from Lim. Documentary Now! just got picked up for two more seasons on IFC.

Click here for the Q&A

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Preposterous comebacks. Dodging head-butts. Staring down Spike Lee. Those are just a few of the reasons hall-of-famer Reggie Miller earned the nickname “Knick Killer” during the knock-down, drag-out, no-holds-barred NBA Playoff grudge matches known as Knicks vs. Pacers throughout the 1990s. The clip above explains in more detail.

A trash-talker of epic proportions, Miller backed up his foul mouth, somewhat ironically, with a subtle but deadly-accurate shooting touch that was akin to poetry in motion. These days, his menswear game is just as legendary.

Check out Miller’s on-screen style highlights from last year’s postseason below—and tune in tonight at 8:30 Eastern to watch this year’s young and hungry Indiana Pacers (whose elimination of the star-powered NY Knicks last week must have made Miller smile) take on defending champs the Miami Heat in game 1 of the Eastern-Conference Finals.


Miller’s bold but tasteful color combos (and slim, perfectly tied four-in-hand tie knots)
put him in a league of his own amongst sportscasters.


Dark suit, pale-blue shirt, striped tie. When you nail the details, you can keep it simple
and still be the best-dressed guy in the room (even when the room seats 20,000).


When your dress shirt fits perfectly, you look just as sharp sans jacket.
(A smart pattern mix of stripes and dots doesn’t hurt, either.)


Instant visual proof: A khaki-colored suit helps you stand out from the crowd come summer.


Bold stripes bring a sport-inspired element to your suit.


In a sea of blue suits, the one with confident, shoulder-enhancing peak lapels is the clear winner.


You would almost think that Miller and Marv Albert planned this ahead of time—but Reggie’s subtler
suit stripes, sharper fit and nonchalantly puffed pocket square give him the advantage.

 

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And, if you’ve got an NBA-sized physique, shop Big & Tall.

 
 

[Video clip from ‘Winning Time: Reggie Miller Vs. The New York Knicks,’ directed by Dan Klores, part of ESPN Films’ 30 For 30 series. TV captures via the NBA and TNT. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

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Emmy-winning, cult-favorite comedy series Arrested Development returns to airwaves this weekend, after a seven-year hiatus. Fans of the deadpan, intricately scripted, often ad-libbed show—who have been salivating for a next chapter since the show’s untimely 2006 cancellation—are no doubt chomping at the bit to start streaming the 15 new episodes this Sunday, when they’ll become available simultaneously on Netflix.

We asked Laura Oxford, a men’s writer here at Nordstrom.com and our resident expert on high-brow sitcoms (i.e., the kind without a laugh track), to suggest a few classic Arrested clips from the first three seasons. Unfortunately, everything she suggested was wildly inappropriate for a family-friendly site like ours—so you’ll have to settle for the official Arrested Development season 4 trailer instead:

Arrested vets who had lost interest in Netflix’s usual mix of obscure nature shows and appalling horror films (Human Centipede, anyone?) now have an irrefutable reason to renew their subscription. Newbies who want to catch up still have plenty of time—we did the math, and you’ll only need to carve out about 26.5 hours between now and Sunday to stream the first three season’s worth of inside jokes and interwoven story lines.

In related news, Jason Bateman—the barely sane center of Arrested Development’s off-kilter universe—looked damn sharp in last month’s GQ:


Cast & Crew. Our new favorite sweater is a crewneck sweatshirt. It nails a high-low balance that goes as well with a blazer as it does with Vans (and sugar-free Red Bull).


Class Act. You might have noticed polo shirts are getting dressier—to the point that they’re right at home alongside a pocket square and monk-straps.


Knit Wit. Finding the right knit tie for summer is nothing to joke about. Neither is losing your left no-show sock.


How Refreshing. Compared to the comedic chops required to master the spit-take, pulling on a pair of crisp white jeans this summer is a walk in the park.

 
 

[Intro photo by Art Streiber for Entertainment Weekly. Bateman photos by Peggy Sirota for GQ. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

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Mad Men Finale

Mad Men’s fifth season comes to a close this Sunday night at 10/9c. This long-delayed, much-anticipated season has seen Don Draper get a new wife, a (temporary) new work-life balance, and endure 30 whole seconds of a Beatles record before getting up to turn it off and pour another Scotch. Old-school ad man Roger Sterling dropped acid. Pete Campbell finally got punched in the face. And Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce “promoted” its first female partner—while another partner unexpectedly “resigned.”

After all that, there’s no telling what will go down Sunday night. But two things are for sure: Draper’s late-season return to form will continue to put the mere mortals of The Pitch (AMC’s reality-TV version of Mad Men’s ad-agency drama) to shame; and, the clothes will be impeccable, as per usual.

Check back next week for our own full-season style recap. Until then—
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[Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom or products mentioned. Photo courtesy of AMC.]

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