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Fall Fashion Preview

By Keegan Prosser on August 10, 2012 – No Comment

Christy Wallace and Colette Courtion

By Rose Dennis

Those with the foresight to attend the 27th annual Nordstrom Designer Preview fashion show July 12 were treated to the fall collections from the runways in Paris, New York and Milan.

All the top designers were on display, including Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Dries Van Noten, Erdem, Gucci, Jason Wu, Lanvin, Marc Jacobs, Marni, Michael Kors, Missoni, Nini Ricci, Akris, Oscar de la Renta, Stella McCartney and Valentino.

The event benefited Seattle Art Museum Supporters (SAMS), raising $350,000 for the upcoming exhibit “Elles: Women Artists From The Centre Pompidou, Paris.” The exhibit will be on view starting Oct. 11.

SAMS was created 27 years ago by Sally B. Nordstrom to create a fundraising event to broaden patronage for the Seattle Art Museum. To date, $5.1 million has been raised. This year’s chairs were Sandra Allen and Shelley Buurman, under the leadership of SAMS President Colette Courtion.

The fall looks presented were fresh takes on practicality and chic. I loved the ultra-feminine retro looks from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60’s: shapely dresses that emphasized the waist; curvaceous dresses and skirts; bright colors; digital prints; leather and fur; statement handbags; bold jackets; and the many mixed patterns, textures and prints.

Fashion is an artistic expression, as is oil on a canvas. Nordstrom showcased a beautiful canvas, where fashion aficionados, including me, cannot wait to select the winning pieces needed to update our fall wardrobes.

Rose Dennis writes about events in Bellevue and the Greater Seattle area. She lives in Bellevue.

Photos: Vivian Hsu Bryce Covey, Youa Kong Hoang Nguyen
for TPNW (c) 2012.