Nordstrom Designer Preview

Our Designer Preview Runway Show

Last Thursday night marked our 27th annual Designer Preview event in Seattle. We host runway shows in numerous cities across the country, previewing the hottest looks from the fall designer collections before they hit stores. Check out a few of our favorites below.

Taking bets on which Hollywood starlet will sport this Lanvin dress first. Katy Perry, perhaps?

It’d be impossible NOT to feel like French royalty in this perfectly cut Lanvin frock. Bisous!

Jason Wu goes utilitarian-chic. Check out the lace embroidery!

Dolce & Gabbana brought the color this year—not to mention enormous (and incredible) gold cupid earrings.

Siiiigh. This silk Marni flower dress gives us heart palpitations.

And only Marni knows how to make seemingly geriatric flats into high-fashion works of art.

Okay, so maybe Dolce & Gabbana wasn’t the only design house bringing the color. Hello, Missoni!

It’s a rare dress that looks best from the back. Missoni nails it.

Feeling chilly? Michael Kors just arrived to warm you up with a furry hood and…short sleeves? Hey, it’s cute!

Classic glamour. That’s Kors for you. Proves the Project Runway judge really does know his stuff.

Can we stop and talk about how awesome this Dries Van Noten print is? The image says “vintage kung fu” while the cut says “modern couture.” Not a likely combination, but total perfection here.

Dries Van Noten also takes the cake in eveningwear. The Long Black Dress—is that a thing? You heard it here first.

Time to delve into the wonderful world of Marc Jacobs shoes. Sparkly pilgrim buckles, anyone?

We tried to focus on the clothes, but couldn’t stop looking down. Bravo on the footwear, Mr. Jacobs.

Hats off to Donna Karan for breaking out the glitter and gloves. Always a fail-safe combo.

Business up top, party on the bottom. Thank you, Donna Karan.

It’s a dead heat for coolest embroidery between Jason Wu (shown in the first image) and Stella McCartney (above). Which is your fave?

McCartney also kills it in the lace department. So polished!

Let’s get down-to-Earth with a seriously wearable Nina Ricci sweater. Talk about adorable. But wait…

Surprise! Back buttons! So clever.

Erdem steals the stage with a sexy black suit, perfectly paired with patent leather pumps.

Speaking of sexy and black, this Akris jacket caused quite the stir. Blouse optional.

And now, for the finale look …

Oscar de la Renta, naturally. The man practically invented grandeur. Can’t imagine ending the show any other way.

Hope you liked our fall preview! Stay tuned for scene shots of our seriously stylish attendees.


Gregg Andrews: VIP Designer Preview Access

Fashion lovers across the country have been flocking to our runways at the Nordstrom Designer Preview as we showcase what we’re loving for fall from our Designer Collections.

Photos by Michael Naiman, Bryce Covey and Vivian Hsu for Team Photogenic © 2011.

Also a benefit for local charitable causes and organizations, the event may have its biggest fan in Nordstrom Fashion Director, Gregg Andrews—one of the many behind the preview’s success. We caught up with Andrews to talk about his favorite trends on the runway and the one piece every woman needs in her wardrobe this fall.

What do you love most about the Designer Preview?
Showing our customers amazing designer pieces straight from the runways of the world’s biggest fashion capitals. It’s always an exciting event, and I love to hear the ‘ooos’ and ‘ahhs’ coming from the audience when something spectacular comes down the runway.

What’s the most common reaction you hear after the show?
“Wow! It’s like being in New York, Paris or Milan.”

There’s a renewed excitement about fashion and all the possibilities that a new season brings. People can’t wait to go to our on-sight boutique and get an up-close look at the clothes. They want to touch the beautiful fabrics and see the exquisite craftsmanship…and shop!

What were your favorite trends at the Designer Preview?
The retro feminine trend that takes inspiration from the 1940s, ‘60s and ‘70s looked very sophisticated. Silhouettes were soft and fluid—the longer hemlines, the wide-leg trousers, the beautiful blouses. Not to mention capes and the look of fur adding a touch of drama. Gucci really captured the decadent feel of the ‘70s in a very chic and elegant way.

A trend toward minimalism showed the new direction of fashion. It was about the purity of designs that focus on the construction and shape of a garment. An angular sheath dress, a jacket with zip or concealed closures or sleek pants all prove the beauty of simplicity. The Michael Kors Fall Collection had timeless pieces with clean architectural lines and luxurious touches of leather and cashmere.

What are you most excited about for fall?
There’s a huge emphasis on sportswear for fall, which allows women to create their own unique looks reflecting their personal style. Our customer is very fashion savvy. She gets her inspiration from the runway, then mixes designers, high/low and the new with the old. The pieces this fall allow her to express herself and build a beautiful, functional wardrobe.

If a woman invested in just one great piece for fall, what should it be?
A skirt or dress with a longer hemline—anywhere from just below the knee to mid-calf or maxi. Wear it with some great platform heels or killer boots, and you’ve got a hot fall look straight off the runway.

Can’t get enough of the Fall 2011 runways? Watch highlights narrated by Jeffrey Kalinsky, Nordstrom EVP of Designer Merchandising, with even more commentary on the season’s most important trends.