Wow, Seattle. You really killed it. The crowd that hit The Nordstrom Designer Preview Runway Show for Fall 2014 on July 24 looked incredible, to say the least. Both men and women pulled out all the stops in show of original style that was as exciting as watching the runway fashion itself. Capturing the well-heeled crowd as they arrived for the show was photojournalist Adam Katz Sinding of the Le 21ème. Originally from Washington State, Sinding documents fashion in motion around the world, in the midst of everyday life and at major events, so his presence was a validation of the city’s fashion scene.
Inside the venue, patrons sipped cocktails while perusing sample racks of designers such as Dries Van Noten, Stella McCartney, Dolce & Gabbana to name a few. For the guys, a converted shipping container cleverly housed the Men’s Shop amongst the racks for women. Shoes, boots, and handbags displayed near dressing rooms showed off fall trends, like opulent details on bags, oversized coats, statement fur and couture sneakers. Both my friend Monica Brown and I were enchanted with the 3.1 Phillip Lim Ryder Fur Satchel, as well as the gorgeous details on jackets, and the reappearance of oxblood in accessories.
The show itself featured twelve “scenes” of designers showcasing trends through the years, from 70s glamour to metallic, pop-art brights paired with neutral pieces, and leather, velvet and sequins. There wasn’t a bad seat in the house to see designer pieces from Lanvin, Akris, Valentino and more kept a fast pace through the winding runway. Many V.I.P.’s were spotted among the guests, including Nordstrom’s Director of Creative Projects Olivia Kim, local salon founder Gene Juarez, and Vogue’s Associate Director of Special Events Cara Crowley. After the show, DJ Javier Peral spun the tunes while dessert was passed and people shopped the looks.
The sold-out event raised more than $190,000 that will benefit the Seattle Art Museum’s exhibit Pop Departures. The exhibition will be on view at SAM Downtown from October 9, 2014 to January 11, 2015. Look for my article coming soon with runway photos and details on the prominent trends and details that will make your fall a little more beautiful.