Who: Fashionistas and friends of the Starkey Hearing Foundation
What: An exclusive preview of the Fall 2011 collections from American and European Designers
When: Thursday, June 23, 2011
Where: Nordstrom, Mall of America
Why: To check out the latest fashions from renowned designers and a benefit for the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
When there’s a chance to see a designer runway show, mingle with fashionistas, and raise money for a foundation that helps children, who am I to pass it up?
I was beyond excited to attend the annual Nordstrom Fall Designer Preview—especially because it was organized by one of the lovely ladies who graced the cover of our July issue (on newsstands now!). Landyn Hutchinson, co-chair of the event and wife of Minnesota Viking Steve Hutchinson, greeted us with her beaming smile and bubbly personality in a gorgeous cobalt blue, floor-length gown. After chatting it up with Landyn, we made our way around the second floor womenswear department, which had been transformed into a venue for the cocktail reception.
We ran in to John Bailey, Nordstrom’s senior public relations specialist, who let us in on the background of the show. Nordstrom does previews in five different cities, and the TC is lucky enough to be a stop on the tour. The really cool part? All of the proceeds for the event benefit the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Starkey delivers more than 50,000 hearing aids each year through 100 hearing missions, giving children around the world the gift of hearing.
After chatting it up with other partygoers—including Sara Rogers, Mall of America trend specialist, and Lori Barghini of Lori & Julia on myTalk107.1—it was time to head over for the runway show. When excited attendees took their seats, Landyn and Nordstrom store manager Todd Buntin took to the catwalk to preface the runway show. Hutchinson got involved with Starkey about five years ago and talked a little about why the foundation is important to her.
“When a child can hear their mother say, ‘I love you,’ that’s a really special thing,” she said.
After a brief introduction, it was time for the show to begin! Chanel kicked it off right, sending tweed, jersey, and wool down the runway. A few standouts for me were the collections from Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs, and Lanvin. Gucci was my favorite—it featured gorgeous coats, feathered fedoras, lots of colored furs, and pretty chiffon dresses.
When the models made their final stroll down the catwalk, I was left quite satisfied . . . and ready to place an order, of course! Ladies made their way out of the runway area and over to place orders for the glamorous designer looks of fall.
The night was a huge success! Bailey tells me there were 200 people in attendance and $19,000 was raised for the Starkey Hearing Foundation. What a chic way to raise money for a great cause!