Runway Review

I know, I know. It’s a little hard to imagine, but designers have been hard at work designing fall collections. And even though it’s hot, hot, and more hot in the forecast, I thought it would still be worth a look to see what’s coming down the pike.

Last week, Nordstrom hosted their third annual Designer Preview, which is an event that not only shows off all the hot designer fall looks, but also raises money for the very deserving PACER Center, whose calling is to “enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.” The PACER Center is also the National Bullying Prevention Center. Two hundred people helped to raise more than $20,000 for the organization.

Spokesman John Bailey told me crowd favorites were a Lanvin red trench coat, jackets from Dries Van Noten, outerwear from Marni, and gowns from Oscar de la Renta, plus Prada’s collection launched “on the runway” from this event.

The full lineup included Akris, Donna Karan, Dries Van Noten, Gucci, Lanvin, Marni, Michael Kors and Pologeorgis for Michael Kors, Missoni, Oscar de la Renta, Prada, St. John, and Valentino.

So without further ado, check out a few of the fabulous fall styles and start making your wish list!

Love the orange! Still going strong into fall. By Akris.

Mixing patterns still evident. This fuels my obsession with all things coats. By Dries Van Noten.

More peplum silhouettes for fall. And dark greens.

I, too, was dazzled by the red Lanvin trench coat.

Lanvin’s update on schoolgirl style. Love the full skirt.

I’m still spotting some Mad Men style with this sheath. I think of mint as a spring/summer color, but I love how this transitions into fall.

Can’t deny the power of a red dress, especially this one by Michael Kors.

Green evening stunner by Oscar de la Renta.

Full skirts and watercolor prints are still enjoying their time in the sun. (Or fall leaves, as it were.)

Prada menswear-inspired overcoat. Love.

This little bit of flapper style is edging its way into popular culture. Expect this to get bigger, I think. By St. John.

Absolutely love everything about this Valentino dress and styling.

Capes! Slim-cut pants! Cool, sophisticated black and white. This look is perfection. By Valentino.

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