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Photos by Walter Grio. Seattle, WA. Text by Baille Gelwicks.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Nordstrom, in partnership with the Seattle Art Museum Supporters (SAMS), presented the 27th annual Nordstrom Designer Preview on Thursday, July 12th. The fashion show marked an early opportunity for Puget Sound residents to view fall collections from the runways of New York, Milan, and Paris. Designers included Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Dries Van Noten, Erdem, Gucci, Jason Wu, Lanvin, Marc Jacobs, Marni, Michael Kors, Missoni, Nina Ricci, Oscar de la Renta, Stella McCartney, and Valentino.

The fashion runway event was held at Pier 91 and raised over $350,000 for Seattle Art Museum and its upcoming exhibit, Elles: Women Artists From the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Text by Baille Gelwicks.

What better way to see what the Fall 2012 runway had to offer than at the Nordstrom Designer Preview. Blazers worn sans shirt presented a risqué way to do a suit after-hours at AKRIS and STELLA MCCARTNEY. Fur adorned coats at MICHAEL KORS and MISSONI-fur is a great way to update staple pieces in your wardrobe this year. DONNA KARAN made menswear sexy with fedoras, feminine tailoring and a bit of skin. Black and white paved the way for looks reminiscent of deconstructed tuxedo dressing – sleek black dresses as classic as the men’s suit and a wrap gown I can only imagine was inspired by the men’s white shirt. This, quite possibly, is my favorite trend for the fall.

ERDEM, DOLCE & GABBANA, LANVIN, and MARNI all took inspiration from the garden with lively floral prints. GUCCI, NINA RICCI, and ERDEM preferred a nice dose of lace to add a sophisticated sex appeal to their garments. LANVIN kept it classy with elbow length gloves while OSCAR DE LA RENTA kept his gowns vibrant in jewel tones. JASON WU and MISSONI also opted for elbow length gloves – the simplest way to add class and character to an outfit. MISSONI’s classic knits were done in warm fall shades of purple and pumpkin spice. GUCCI used velvet and brocade to up the richness factor. DRIES VAN NOTEN did what he does best by mixing prints. Stripes and florals were in muted tones and mustard, orange, and navy came together with a hint of oriental flair.

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