Nordstrom is getting in on South Korea’s hyper pop- and trend-driven fashion and beauty culture with its latest Pop-In concept by the store’s vice president of creative projects, Olivia Kim. KPop-In@Nordstrom, as the new thematic temporary spaces are called, opens Jan. 6 with a concept dedicated to the cult Korean eyewear company Gentle Monster. It’s the first of three successive four-week-long KPop concepts that will roll out with Nordstrom, with a curated Korean beauty space opening in February and a Korean fashion space opening in March.
“Obviously I’m Korean, so I’m die-hard about all things Korean,” said Kim. “I’ve always known that Korean fashion is a really quick and trend-focused thing — you can’t be Korean and not know that. If you’re in fashion, it’s really hard to ignore the buzz, energy and youthfulness surrounding Seoul Fashion Week.” Bringing KPop’s color energy to the store in early January, a tricky time at retail when many consumers are hit with postholiday blues (and bills), was a big part of the plan. Kim wanted to kick off with Gentle Monster, a relatively small brand that has become a favorite of Korean celebrities in what she describes as a very “cool, organic and underground way,” in large part because of its incredibly creative and engaging store installations. (January is also a good month for sunglasses sales).
The first retrospective of Dior in the U.S. has landed at the Denver Art Museum — and though the exhibition is a continuation of the 70th-anniversary display that bowed in Paris in 2017, “Christian Dior, Couturier du Rêve,” the DAM show offers an entirely new look at the legacy of the house, and its relationship to the world, writes @leighen .
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Norwegian musician Anna of the North (a.k.a. Anna Lotterud ) has had a rapid rise in the U.S., thanks to her song “Lovers” which was included in this summer’s Netflix hit “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.” Next up, a show at Terminal 5. “I’ve never actually done promo or anything in the U.S. before so it’ll be interesting to see,” she tells @leighen . “Because of the Internet I’ve always had American listeners but never been here [playing music].” 📸: @jilliansollazzo #wwdeye