Who: Fashionistas and friends of the Starkey Hearing Foundation
What: Preview of Fall 2010 American and European designer collections
Where: Nordstrom, Mall of America
When: Thursday, June 24, 2010
Why: We love fashion, we love Nordstrom, we love to mingle, and we’re all about supporting good causes. Sound off—it’s party time.
Last Thursday, I was in my own personal version of nirvana. I wouldn’t consider myself a die-hard fashionista. Yes, I swoon at the site of Chanel, and I have an admitted addiction to shoes, and maybe handbags, okay, and probably cocktail dresses, and I suppose I covet a few too many pairs of Sevens . . . but, really, I don’t have a problem—no matter what my friends and family might say.
But as I wandered through the Nordstrom Preview Party at the Mall of America, sipping champagne and wine with my stylish comrades, I realized that I am not alone in my love of beautiful things. Young 20-somethings looked with admiration at the couture-filled racks, while chic Chanel-clad ladies, such as Lauren Florine and Terry Rasmussen, mixed and mingled with smartly dressed beauties such as MaryJo and Kelly Carlson. I was especially excited to meet Ina Smith, who served as senior editor Melinda Nelson’s inspiration for the spring glamour issue of Mpls.St.Paul Home. Melinda referred to Ina as “an icon of beauty, grace, and humor,” and with Ina’s elegant pearls and blonde curls at Thursday's show, I see how Melinda’s honorary “aunt” earned the title of the most glamorous woman our home editor has ever met.
After an hour and a half of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and shopping the newest looks from Armani, Elizabeth and James, St. John, and more—all proceeds benefitted the Starkey Hearing Foundation—the crowd eagerly took their seats around a u-shaped runway for a sneak peak a the hottest looks for fall. A member from the Starkey Foundation greeted the guests, sharing details from the foundation’s recent work in Mexico, where they helped more than 1,300 children with the gift of hearing. “I hope you never measure your life by the days you lived, but by the smiles you left behind you,” he told the primarily female audience.
After a rousing round of applause, Todd Buntin, Nordstrom store manager, hushed the fervent audience for the start of the show. Looks by Chanel, Stella McCartney, Missoni, Akris, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Lanvin, and Oscar de la Renta flitted across the runway. Fringe and fur were the two most reoccurring themes—and I must admit the fur boots on the Chanel models most certainly left my heart aflutter. If only my pocketbook could allow for such masterpieces. I personally enjoyed the Gucci portion of the show the best—cutouts, leather, and sleek lines made up the 12-piece, primarily black collection.
As the evening came to a close, I circled the floor and bid adieu to my new friends and cohorts in fashion. As for my trusty old friends from the runway—Chanel, Gucci, Stella McCartney, Missoni—I’ll see you in my dreams.