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When Seattle Is New York

Or Paris, or Milan, …

June 25, 2009

A necklace Calder made for his mother in 1930.

Not too long ago, Nordstrom announced the date of this year’s Designer Preview, their annual summertime preview of select fall collections. This year’s grand event is set to take place on July 22 at the Paramount Theater. As easy as it is to click through online slideshows of the real things in Paris, Milan, and New York these days, there is no substitute for watching the parades live with a couple hundred of the city’s well-heeled.

What’s more, the runway event is held in conjunction with Seattle Art Museum; each year’s proceeds help fund one of SAM’s bold-face shows—this year, ticket holders will support the highly anticipated Alexander Calder exhibit, which opens on October 15. I can’t remember a more apt art/fashion connection from Designer Previews past. There’s something so musical, curve-hugging, and chic in the American sculptor’s softer shapes, and those mobiles have surely inspired many a fabric-draping designer. Likewise his jewelry collections, which no doubt grandfathered the current craze for bold, chunky necklaces ala Marni et al.

To see a handful of photos from last year’s show, visit Pike/Pine’s August 10, 2008 post. Revisiting the cocoon shapes in the first picture, from the YSL chapter, really makes me sad that I’ll have to miss the 2009 event — even though I really can’t wait to use my tickets for the Seattle Chamber Music Society show that falls on the same evening.

For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, click your way to this page on the SAM site.

(Image of the Calder necklace above was borrowed from the Calder Foundation.)

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