Caramel Fashuccino: Nordstrom Opens in Burlington

1207058104Nordstrom, the Starbucks of fashion, opens its second area store today at the Burlington mall. On Wednesday night, the store gave Bostonista a sip of spring trends at its opening gala runway show, which raised $160,000 for Dana Farber Cancer Institute, The Junior League, and The Links.

In a 20-minute show, smooth, sweet, and temperate fashion from mainstays St. John, Missoni, Vince, and Milly were topped with creamy confections from Robert Rodriquez and Nanette Lepore.

1207058091For us, Rodriquez’s dove tiered ruffle dress was the stand out. Flowered, color-burst separates; one-shouldered Egyptian-inspired dresses; and back revealing, flowing silk tops over mini-shorts or wide-leg pants all celebrated spring. Not on the runway but worth snatching up were Alice and Olivia’s ecru knit short sleeved sweater, Tucker’s smocked neckline silk butterfly-printed button-down blouse, Helen Berman of London’s lime green burlap trench and Materia Prima’s hot pink, orange, and zebra-print sling-back sandal.

The male models were met with approving cat calls in their buff-body revealing Versace separates, and Ted Baker, Boss, and Burberry snooty-prepster looks. Nibbling delectable caffeine-charged pastries, at the end, the happy crowd broke into a line dance.

–J. Sybylla Smith