The Nordstrom 2011 Fall Designer Preview brought a taste of New York to the Twin Cities as Minnesotans had the opportunity to see the hottest garments for fall from some of the top American and European designers. Benefiting the Starkey Hearing Foundation, this second annual preview event showcased 11 designer collections. Get all the details on runway looks from designers like Chanel, Valentino and Oscar de la Renta and see what’s on trend this season. Here is part one of this glamorous fashion show.

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chanel credit rhea pappas Designer Collections For Fall 2011    Part 1

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Scene 1: Chanel

Timeless and elegant, Chanel’s fall collection was everything that we have come to know and love about Chanel. Filled will classic tweed jackets, wool dresses and fitted stretch crepe pants, this collection was perfectly accessorized with Chanel’s signature quilted handbags. Gold and black colors accented each other well, from the black and gold tweed fabrics to the gold accessories. Square gold buttons complemented the black tweed coats and the gold broaches and statement necklaces added that little extra something to the dark wool dresses.

michael kors credit rhea pappas Designer Collections For Fall 2011    Part 1

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Scene 2: Michael Kors

Michael Kors knows how to dress a woman’s body. Each piece in his collection had flattering silhouettes and was expertly tailored. Kors mastered the balance of being too conservative versus being too sexy by pairing plunging necklines with tasteful trousers and thigh high slits with modest necklines. Made up of greys, tans, whites and blacks, Kors added an element of surprise when his last garment hit the runway. A bold crimson toga gown was the perfect way to end Michael Kors’s section with a beautiful, effortless, traffic-stopping gown.

marni credit rhea pappas Designer Collections For Fall 2011    Part 1

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Scene 3: Marni

Marni’s collection began with a black and mint geometric-print coat and the prints kept coming. Gorgeous printed dresses and skirts were both unique and tasteful. In addition to prints, a mix of navy and black made up the main color scheme of this collection. A long tailored navy coat with a front fur panel ending Marni’s section and was one of Marni’s most notable garments. Each outfit was accessorized with chunky ribbon necklaces and grey leather gloves.

gucci credit rhea pappas Designer Collections For Fall 2011    Part 1

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Scene 4: Gucci

Every garment in Gucci’s collection was sleek, sophisticated and screamed high fashion. The collection began with a deep blue double-breasted belted coat that was followed by an equally stylish black wool double-breasted belted coat with leather trim. Both coats were beautifully tailored and chic. Even the polka dots in Gucci’s collection were sophisticated, from the mini-dot black and white chiffon dress to the small dot sheer blouse with a tie-neck scarf. The two-standout pieces in this collection were the bright magenta long-sleeved chiffon shirtdress and the stunning, flowy red long-sleeved chiffon dress that ended Gucci’s segment. Dramatic teal, crimson, plum and grey fur scarves, fedoras, wide brimmed hats and sexy sunglasses accessorized each look.

missoni credit rhea pappas Designer Collections For Fall 2011    Part 1

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Scene 5: Missoni

V-neck wool alpaca sweaters and tunics is what this collection was all about. With a bohemian feel to it, Missoni’s garments looked comfortable and easy to wear. Oversized cardigans and collared sweaters were something that we didn’t see in other collections at the preview, so it was a nice change for people who prefer a more casual daytime look. Each outfit was accessorized with wool caps, moccasins and big square sunglasses that added to the casual-chic vibe of the collection.

Next week for part two we’ll feature designers such as Valention, Marc Jacobs and Lavin.

Nicole Crosbie loves fashion and shopping, she has lived in Minnesota her whole life and loves finding new places to shop, eat and explore in the Twin Cities. She has degrees in public relations and psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.


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