Nordstrom Fall 2013 Designer Preview

Last week, art lovers and collectors of fashion met on the runway at the 28th Fall 2013 Nordstrom Designer Preview, presented by Nordstrom in partnership with the Seattle Art Museum Supporters (SAMS), a group of Seattle-area women who work to expand the support of the museum through fundraising and other efforts. Lawren Howell, Vogue’s West Coast fashion editor, hosted the stylishly charged event held at the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91. Seattleites were treated to an edited selection of take-your-breath-away fall fashions from New York, London, Milan and Paris.


A Posh Prelude: As our 600+ guests entered the industrial-chic runway space, they were greeted with a preshow presentation featuring new looks from the likes of MARC JACOBS, Marni, Neil Barrett* and Proenza Schouler*.

Global Style: Over 100 looks were strutted down the runway, all from 15 of our most covetable brands—Christian Dior*, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Michael Kors, Stella McCartney, Azzedine Alaïa*, Missoni, Valentino, Donna Karan, Givenchy*, Jason Wu, Dries Van Noten*, Erdem, Lanvin, and Oscar de la Renta.

*We offer Neil Barrett, Proenza Schouler, Azzedine Alaïa, Givenchy and Dries Van Noten ready-to-wear apparel in selected stores. For assistance, please contact a Designer Specialist at 1.877.543.7463.

Conscience Shopping: After the show, guests had the opportunity to shop the looks right off the runway at our onsite designer boutique. The evening’s proceeds were donated to the Seattle Art Museum in support of the exhibit Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion, on display through September 8.

Fashionable Minds: Nordstrom’s Jennifer Wheeler, VP of Women’s Designer Apparel, and Olivia Kim, Director of Creative Projects, spotted talking trends.

“Statement coats are an essential fall trend, as seen at Dries van Noten,” says Wheeler, referring to the essential and wearable runway themes seen during the night. “The mix of masculine and feminine gave this season a fresh and modern refinement, in particular at Christian Dior with the houndstooth fabrics in feminine shapes. Also take note of the classic shapes from the ‘50s and ‘60s as seen in a new and fresh way at Valentino.”

Trend Note: Woven Wonders. From Christian Dior to Oscar de la Renta to Lanvin, elaborate patterns will shake up your wardrobe this season. Shop for your bold side with our Jacquard trend picks.

Trend Note: The Rules of Red. Make an empowering statement with ruby-red hues, as seen above on the runways of Stella McCartney, Dolce&Gabbana and Donna Karan, with some help from our Bright Red designer picks for fall.

Excited for fall yet? Check out our Designer Study Guide for the cheat sheet to fall’s most coveted trends, colors, prints and shapes.

Live Chat with a Designer Specialist or a Stylist or contact at 1.877.543.7463 for product availability and store locations.

Qianna Smith
Photos by Kent Worthington