Friday, March 8, 2013

Nordstrom Designer Preview Spring 2013

Last week, I was fortunate enough to attend the Nordstrom Designer Preview for Spring 2013. It was, as usual, a fun and fabulous time with over 400 guests in attendance. The event took place at the Wyland Center in the Del Mar Fairgrounds and helped raise $83,000 for the San Diego Opera

But enough of those details - let's get to what's important here - the clothes!

In past years, I was wowed by the likes of Jason Wu and Oscar De La Renta - and these designers continue to impress, but it was Dolce & Gabbana that completely swept me off my feet this year. Here are some of my favorite outfits from the fashion show this year (photo credit: June Bayha).

I love this black and white striped dress, it's full skirt, and the mid-calf length. I'm pretty sure it'd be terrible on shorty-McShorterson me, but I love the look:

Dolce & Gabbana White and Black Brocade Striped Dress (I can't find it online anywhere, but here's a shorter, cap-sleeved version), Miss Sicily Leather Shopper, Prada Wicker Sandal

I loved these two outfits below - and how perfect are the red-and-white stripes paired with the floral skirt?

Left: Dolce & Gabbana Multi-Stripe Dress and Prada Wicker Sandal; Right: Dolce & Gabbana Striped Three-Quarter Sleeve Jacket, Floral Print Linen Skirt, and Prada Wicker Sandal

I'm not entirely sure I know why, but I love the crazy print (featuring a painting of Spanish Conquistadors?) on this D&G skirt:

After all the color and flamboyance of Dolce & Gabbana (which I adored the way I adore chocolates and sweets), Lanvin's offerings was like a cool drink of water. I love the sophisticated, minimalist styles:

While my style tends to be not aligned with Donna Karan's aesthetic, I still appreciate the graceful, flowing lines of her designs. I always imagine that her clothes are what you might wear while on a very chic safari. Or while sojourning in a desert. You know, that sort of thing. 

I love the fun, wearable quality of Jason Wu's designs. I actually bought a pale pink leather motorcycle jacket during last year's Anniversary Sale, so I think I'm going to have to recreate the outfit on the left. Too cute!

 Is there anything more perfect in terms of feminine details than these Oscar de la Renta dresses?

Pucci was surprisingly...not full of loud prints and patterns. There were audible gasps when that red column dress on the left appeared on the runway.

Far and Center Left: Emilio Pucci High Neck-Low Back Gown; Center Right: Elisse Stretch Silk Dress and YSL Tribute Sandal; Right: Mesh Sleeve Dress

Here are some of the pretty dresses I perused after the fashion show. A girl can dream, can't she?:

In the meantime, here's what I wore. Also, thanks to my friend June Bayha who not only kept me company, but who took all the pictures for me.

Thanks to Nordstrom for the invitation! And thanks to all of you for stopping by!


  1. SO fun. Those Lanvin outfits are amazing! Now to the real questions...did you get anything fun?!

    1. I didn't! I was good! Oh, those pieces are seriously WAY too dear for me. It's so fun to just be there and see all the prettiness. :D

  2. Oh damn- that black and white stripe D&G is so glamorous with the red bag! Eeps! Actually so many wonderful pieces- how cool that you get to see these shows- so full of inspiration! I always forget that I could just wander into these stores sometimes just to touch and see...(though I would say that the stores hereabouts tend to carry more of the 'safe' pieces unfortunately.

    1. You should wander and see and touch! They're so lovely. Heartbreakingly expensive (some of those things are worth many months' mortgage, depending on where you live) but so fun. If I get invited to another one, and you're in San Diego, you can be my plus one and come with, Sarah!

  3. Wow! So many cool pieces. I love the black and white striped dress and the crazy Spanish conquistador print.

    You look gorgeous as does your friend! What fun it must have been!

    1. Thanks, Jess! It really is fun - I so enjoy going to those events. They're such a feast for the eyes and Nordstrom does everything so well.

  4. So many shorties have the you mentioned you can't wear the black and white striped dress because of the length.longer dresses elongate shorter ladies and the shorter dress you wear,the more midget like you look because your body is divided in half.Don't know why every petite says the same thing but never look themselves in a mirror and check for themselves.

  5. Your dress real beautiful, i love the pink flower beaded on sheer organza!

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