You saw the party pics, and now here's what you've been waiting for - runway pics from the 2012 Nordstrom Designer Preview!
Designers are taking two spring/summer trends - peplum & mixed prints - right into fall/winter. In addition to layering, there was a lot of mixing patterns and fabrics to breathe new life into classic shapes. Tweed, wool, shearling and other fall/winter staples were accompanied by lamé, silk, bouclé and brocade. Blazers and sportcoats took a more masculine feel with oversized, boxy shapes and very structured lines. These pieces were balanced out with midi & long feminine dresses in silk, satin, lace & chiffon. Though dark colors are standard for fall & winter, these collections show me that charcoal, forest green, navy and bright jewel tones (like Stella McCartney's show-stopping Egyptian blue!) rule this particular season.
What you see below are my top ten. I was drawn to a lot of the unique shapes along with unexpected fabrics and detailing. Stella was an obvious favorite, but it really was hard to choose from all of the collections. Enjoy!
Gucci / velvet brocade strapless peplum dress & python clutch
Donna Karan / Charcoal wool cut-away coat, tissue jersey sleeveless bodysuit blouse & charcoal wool slim-cut trousers
Erdem / Pink & black lace/duchesse embroidered 'Ariel' dress
Lanvin / Green compact wool ruffle-front coat
Jason Wu / Charcoal & camel wool/flannel cropped coat with raglan sleeves; black/nude embroidered lace tee; black bi-stretch wool gabardine pants with side-lace detail; boudreaux 'Daphne' satchel
Oscar de la Renta / Black sequined dress with sheer sleeves and carwash skirt
Akris / Bottle green wool/leather 'Doyle' jacket, wool sleeveless jacket & wool trousers
Stella McCartney / Navy/ivory two-tone cady racerback gown
Stella McCartney / Egyptian blue wool twill one-button blazer, wool twill straight-leg pants & black faux-fur 'Falabella' small tote
Stella McCartney / Blue lace embroidered long-sleeved dress
Thanks again Nordstrom & Vivian at Team Photogenic!