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
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:
Left and Center: Lanvin V-Neck Blouse, Asymmetrical Wrap Skirt, 'Happy' Quilted Bag, and Grosgrain Bow Pump; Right: Lanvin Sleeveless Vest with Contrast Lapel, V-neck blouse, Gabardine Pants, and Satin Bow Belt
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.
Left: Donna Karan Envelope Jacket, Jersey and Crepe Dress, and Prada Wedge Sandal; Right: Ruffled Linen Blend Cozy, Ruffled Linen Blend Tank, Pintuck Linen Blend Skirt, and Prada Wedge Sandal
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!
Left: Jason Wu Leather Motorcycle Jacket, Pointelle Knit Pullover, Tiered Leather Skirt, and Studded Strap Sandal; Right: Jason Wu Stripe Crochet Sweater, Nappa Leather Pencil Skirt, 'Jourdan' Leather Crossbody Bag, and 'Peggy' Sandal
Left and Center: Oscar de la Renta Embroidered Tulle Dress; Right: Oscar de la Renta Guipere Lace Blouse, High Waist Tie-Front Skirt, and Gladia Cage Sandal
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?:
Left: Stella McCartney Floral Front Dress; Center: Celine Dot Print Dress; Right: Oscar de la Renta Embroidered Tulle Dress
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.
My outfit: Alice + Olivia 'Lorena' Dress, J. Crew Jackie Cardigan, J. Crew Bubble Necklace, Sole Society Wedge Pump
Thanks to Nordstrom for the invitation! And thanks to all of you for stopping by!