SLIDESHOW: Down the runway, after the runway, and all about the runway from Nordstrom’s July 21 Designer Preview benefit for Seattle Art Museum. Here, Lanvin. We loved the wide brim hats and tone-on-tone taupes.

Once a year, Nordstrom brings partial collections from top designers around the world to Seattle, and sends them down the runway so that shoppers and Seattle Art Museum supporters (ticket sales benefit a specific exhibit; this year, Gauguin and Polynesia: An Elusive Paradise, on view February 2012) can whet their appetites on the coming season. It’s like New York or Paris fashion week distilled into one evening.

This year’s show was last Thursday. We all cruised out to Pier 91 and filed into the pavilion, first for drinks, then for the show itself, and then for a sort of pop-up shop in which the runway pieces are tried on, coveted, and sometimes pre-ordered.

Nearly $150,000 was raised for SAM; our slideshow gets you on the runway and in the crowd.