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Designer Preview Review 2015: The Night in Images, Obsessions, It Girls and More

Although our first and foremost wish is to make terrific people unreasonably happy (isn’t that what fashion is for, after all?), we consider it a nice bit of icing on the cake when we can knock the designer shoes off the industry elite. Our annual Designer Preview provides a golden opportunity for all that, so immediately after last Thursday’s big event, we circulated the crowd and chatted with thrilled shoppers and visiting dignitaries alike to see how we’d done.

“I’ve been coming for years and this was the best show I’ve seen. The clothes are all so fresh and the energy is really high,” said Seattle flagship regular Lisa Goodman. “I think it’s important for people to see the collections in action like this!”

Valentino

And then, from Refinery29 style editor Annie Georgia Greenberg: “When you see the shows in New York and Paris, the seasons you’re looking at are so far away, but this is really cool because you can go ‘I want that now,’ and right after the show you can actually have it. All that and beignets and sailboats, too? This is how Fashion Week should be!”

And that almost sums it up—almost. See more images from the runway show, and the before and after, and get some insight from bloggers, editors and fashion lovers after the jump and on our Designer Preview hub.

BACKSTAGE

Dries Van Noten

(Available in selected stores; call a Designer Specialist at 1.877.543.7463.)

Dior

Givenchy

Stella McCartney

THE CROWD

Paula Goldstein, Caroline Issa and Annie Georgia Greenberg

Nordstrom executives Jennifer Wheeler and Tricia Smith with Caroline Issa of the Nordstrom Signature and Caroline Issa collection and Mary Alice Malone from the super-exciting new-to-Nordstrom line Malone Souliers

Three of Instagram’s greatest hits: Cara Loren, Wendy Nguyen and Blair Eadie

Sanda Belaire from our Seattle flagship (find out more about that black and white moto jacket!) with designer fashion collector Tamara Musser and her daughter before the show

THE RUNWAY

Valentino

Lanvin

See the official post-show wrap-up on our Designer Preview page

Shop: Nordstrom Designer Fashion Brands

—Laura Cassidy

(Images by Laura Cassidy, Mona Lee and Bobby Kelly)