Shifting Gear: Fall 2017 Designer Collections Featured at Season Shift

Posted on August 08, 2017, 10:06 am
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Despite the high temperatures and smog in the Pacific Northwest, autumn is just on the horizon. Nordstrom helped fashion lovers get in the mood (and beat the heat) with their cool, immersive event, Season Shift at Block 41, a renovated 1927 ice warehouse. More than 250 guests attended, including fine jewelry designer Jemma Wynne, whose pieces can be found in SPACE at Nordstrom.

Three categories were presented in small shoppable sections and on lives models: Modern, Romantic and Avant-garde. The 63 looks presented highlighted Nordstrom’s top picks for fall based on continuing trends on the latest runway shows, including Calvin Klein, Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana, Dries Van Noten, Fendi, Givenchy, Marques Almeida, Monse, Roksanda, Shrimps, Simone Rocha, Stella McCartney, Valentino and more.

Models positioned in small vignettes mirrored the fashion they wore. Some made flower arrangements while wearing dark florals. Others perused fashion magazines while showing off key runway looks, like pearl embellished coats and bags and draped silhouettes. It wasn’t just the models that were entertaining and the height of style; one of the highlights of the evening was a sensational performance by the Chicago-based, hip-hop ballerinas, The Hiplet.

The Hiplet performs at Nordstrom’s Season Shift. Photo by Vivian Hsu Photography.

The fashion showed that metallics are still strong, both in handbags and footwear, with the Fendi Marie Antoinette Chelsea Bootie and its cheeky built-in athletic sock reigning supreme. Pops of sapphire blue, marigold and emerald green were seen both in accessories and in full pieces. Fall’s classic lush colors of deep green, burnt orange and aubergine played well with the tweeds and plaids.

Gucci continues to hold a strong embroidery game with fierce tigers, winding snakes and beautiful florals popping off its double G print backgrounds. YSL enticed with pearls and studs, sequins and crystals. The opulence spilled into the textiles with oversized rufffles, mixed prints and plaids, and was completed with details like multiple buckles, pleats and oversized buttons.

The originality on display at Season Shift gives one a fresh feel for fall no matter what your personal style may be. From romantic florals dresses to avant-garde denim, there is much to look forward to as the temperatures cool. See these looks in stores and at and see more photos from the event below. All photography by Vivian Hsu Photography.

Lisa Cole is the fashion and style writer for Vanguard Seattle, and her work includes covering fashion news and events, runway shows and boutiques. She has her own fashion and lifestyle blog,, and is a member of Independent Fashion Bloggers and Fashion Group International.