Blake Nordstrom, Nordstrom co-president; and his wife, Molly Nordstrom

Blake Nordstrom, Nordstrom co-president; and his wife, Molly Nordstrom

John Nordstrom, retired director; and his wife, Sally B. Nordstrom

John Nordstrom, retired director; and his wife, Sally B. Nordstrom

Brandy Nordstrom; and her husband, Pete Nordstrom, Nordstrom co-president

Brandy Nordstrom; and her husband, Pete Nordstrom, Nordstrom co-president

Sam Nordstrom; Erik Nordstrom, Nordstrom co-president; and his wife, Julie Nordstrom

Sam Nordstrom; Erik Nordstrom, Nordstrom co-president; and his wife, Julie Nordstrom

Anne Gittinger, Nordstrom co-owner/shareholder; and her daughter, Susan Dunn

Anne Gittinger, Nordstrom co-owner/shareholder; and her daughter, Susan Dunn

Tom Wells; his partner, Chris Wanlass, Nordstrom Pacific Centre store manager; and Karen McKibbin, Nordstrom Canada president

Tom Wells; his partner, Chris Wanlass, Nordstrom Pacific Centre store manager; and Karen McKibbin, Nordstrom Canada president

Arden Krystal, Provincial Health Services Authority COO and EVP; Teri Nicholas, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation CEO; and Leslie Arnold, Provincial Child Health VP and BCCHF director

Arden Krystal, Provincial Health Services Authority COO and EVP; Teri Nicholas, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation CEO; and Leslie Arnold, Provincial Child Health VP and BCCHF director

David Podmore, Concert Properties Ltd. chairman and CEO and BCCHF chair; and his wife, Janice Podmore

David Podmore, Concert Properties Ltd. chairman and CEO and BCCHF chair; and his wife, Janice Podmore

Coco Rocha, model and Nordstrom Vancouver “We Like Your Style” campaign ambassador

Coco Rocha, model and Nordstrom Vancouver “We Like Your Style” campaign ambassador

Hamid Eshghi, Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation president & director; and his wife, Arya Eshghi

Hamid Eshghi, Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation president & director; and his wife, Arya Eshghi

Dennis Gocer, The Collective You creative director; and Jackie Kai Ellis, Beaucoup Bakery & Cafe owner and Nordstrom campaign ambassador

Dennis Gocer, The Collective You creative director; and Jackie Kai Ellis, Beaucoup Bakery & Cafe owner and Nordstrom campaign ambassador

Gala co-chairs Judy Leung, Westbank senior executive; and Jill Krop, Global BC news director

Gala co-chairs Judy Leung, Westbank senior executive; and Jill Krop, Global BC news director

Shay Merritt, JillianHarris.com managing editor; and Jillian Harris, Love It or List It Vancouver host, interior decorator and gala co-chair

Shay Merritt, JillianHarris.com managing editor; and Jillian Harris, Love It or List It Vancouver host, interior decorator and gala co-chair

Blake Nordstrom, Nordstrom co-president, speaks to the media

Blake Nordstrom, Nordstrom co-president, speaks to the media

Isabelle Diamond, BCCHF board member and Order of BC recipient; and Teri Nicholas, BCCHF CEO

Isabelle Diamond, BCCHF board member and Order of BC recipient; and Teri Nicholas, BCCHF CEO

Dr. Jan Christilaw, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Care Foundation president;  Tamara Taggart, CTV News at 6 co-anchor; and Laurie Clarke, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Care Foundation CEO

Dr. Jan Christilaw, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Care Foundation president; Tamara Taggart, CTV News at 6 co-anchor; and Laurie Clarke, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Care Foundation CEO

Jill Krop, gala co-chair; Judy Leung, gala co-chair; Jamie Nordstrom; Blake Nordstrom; David Podmore; Teri Nicholas; Erik Nordstrom; Leslie Arnold; Pete Nordstrom; Arden Krystal; and Chris Wanlass

Jill Krop, gala co-chair; Judy Leung, gala co-chair; Jamie Nordstrom; Blake Nordstrom; David Podmore; Teri Nicholas; Erik Nordstrom; Leslie Arnold; Pete Nordstrom; Arden Krystal; and Chris Wanlass

Zachary Quinto, actor who plays Spock in the Star Trek films; and Sofia Boutella, actress.  Both are in town filming Star Trek Beyond

Zachary Quinto, actor who plays Spock in the Star Trek films; and Sofia Boutella, actress. Both are in town filming Star Trek Beyond

Pete Nordstrom; and Karolina Kurkova, model

Pete Nordstrom; and Karolina Kurkova, model

Hamish Bowles, Vogue European editor-at-large; Olivia Kim, Nordstrom director of creative projects; Lisa Love, Vogue and Teen Vogue West Coast director; Camilla Belle, actress; Peter Nordstrom; and Karolina Kurkova

Hamish Bowles, Vogue European editor-at-large; Olivia Kim, Nordstrom director of creative projects; Lisa Love, Vogue and Teen Vogue West Coast director; Camilla Belle, actress; Peter Nordstrom; and Karolina Kurkova

Pete Nordstrom; and Amber Valletta

Pete Nordstrom; and Amber Valletta

Teddy Charles, hairstylist; and Amber Valletta, model

Teddy Charles, hairstylist; and Amber Valletta, model

The fashion show at Robson Square

The fashion show at Robson Square

Nordstrom Pacific Centre store manager Chris Wanlass addresses the crowd

Nordstrom Pacific Centre store manager Chris Wanlass addresses the crowd

Camilla Belle, Karolina Kurkova, artist James Conran and his wife, Coco Rocha, Teddy Charles, Zachary Quinto and Sofia Boutella watch the fashion show

Camilla Belle, Karolina Kurkova, artist James Conran and his wife, Coco Rocha, Teddy Charles, Zachary Quinto and Sofia Boutella watch the fashion show

Local businessman/philanthropist Jimmy Pattison and his wife, Mary, were spotted in the front row

Local businessman/philanthropist Jimmy Pattison and his wife, Mary, were spotted in the front row

Jimmy Pattison, Jim Pattison Group CEO/chairman and sole owner; Mary Pattison, his wife of 60 years; and Paul Duchart, Canada Wide Media photographer

Jimmy Pattison, Jim Pattison Group CEO/chairman and sole owner; Mary Pattison, his wife of 60 years; and Paul Duchart, Canada Wide Media photographer

Gary Segal, Kingswood Capital Corp. VP; and his wife, Nanci Segal

Gary Segal, Kingswood Capital Corp. VP; and his wife, Nanci Segal

Robert Menard; and Jacqui Cohen, Army & Navy president and local philanthropist

Robert Menard; and Jacqui Cohen, Army & Navy president and local philanthropist

Brian Jessel, Brian Jessel BMW owner; and Babita Kumari, real estate agent

Brian Jessel, Brian Jessel BMW owner; and Babita Kumari, real estate agent

Coleen Christie, CTV News anchor, joins Gloria Macarenko from CBC

Coleen Christie, CTV News anchor, joins Gloria Macarenko from CBC

Nordstrom Pacific Centre opening gala

Nordstrom Pacific Centre opening gala

Nordstrom Pacific Centre opening gala

Nordstrom Pacific Centre opening gala

Sean Jones from Toronto performed for the crowd at Nordstrom

Sean Jones from Toronto performed for the crowd at Nordstrom

Jamie Nordstrom, Full Line Stores president; Blake Nordstrom, Nordstrom co-president; Erik Nordstrom, Nordstrom co-president; Kathleen Bartels, VAG director; Bruce Munro Wright, VAG board of trustees chair; Pete Nordstrom, Nordstrom co-president; and Chri

Jamie Nordstrom, Full Line Stores president; Blake Nordstrom, Nordstrom co-president; Erik Nordstrom, Nordstrom co-president; Kathleen Bartels, VAG director; Bruce Munro Wright, VAG board of trustees chair; Pete Nordstrom, Nordstrom co-president; and Chri

Jamie Nordstrom, Full Line Stores president; Blake Nordstrom, Nordstrom co-president; Erik Nordstrom, Nordstrom co-president; Pete Nordstrom, Nordstrom co-president; and Chris Wanlass, Nordstrom Pacific Centre store manager

Jamie Nordstrom, Full Line Stores president; Blake Nordstrom, Nordstrom co-president; Erik Nordstrom, Nordstrom co-president; Pete Nordstrom, Nordstrom co-president; and Chris Wanlass, Nordstrom Pacific Centre store manager

Susie Wall, style expert; and Sarah Bancroft, Vitamin Daily founder

Susie Wall, style expert; and Sarah Bancroft, Vitamin Daily founder

Natasha Sarai; and her husband, Jason Sarai, Style by Sarai CEO and gala co-chair

Natasha Sarai; and her husband, Jason Sarai, Style by Sarai CEO and gala co-chair

Lillian Hum, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation VP; and Leslie Diamond, philanthropist and co-founder of the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre at VGH

Lillian Hum, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation VP; and Leslie Diamond, philanthropist and co-founder of the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre at VGH

The sold-out Nordstrom Pacific Centre grand opening gala and fashion show attracted more than 2,500 guests and raised over $420,000 for local charities to celebrate the launch of the 230,000-square-foot flagship store

Nordstrom Pacific Centre Grand Opening Gala & Fashion Show
Vancouver Art Gallery/Nordstrom Pacific Centre
September 16, 2015

More than 2,500 guests attended the sold-out fashion show and grand opening of the new 230,000-square-foot Nordstrom flagship store at Pacific Centre. A red carpet was rolled out as VIPs, celebrities and fourth-generation Nordstrom family members did interviews and posed for paparazzi upon entering the cocktail reception at the VAG. Stars included supermodels Coco Rocha, Karolina Kurkova, Amber Valletta, Star Trek's Zachary Quinto and actress Camilla Belle.
 
The party continued in a transformed and tented Robson Square, which became a high-end-fashion runway as 38 models showcased 85 looks from top designers. Following the fashion show, the party moved across the street to Nordstrom Pacific Centre where models posed as mannequins, Sean Jones rocked the dance floor, DJ Leanne played upstairs, and food and drinks flowed freely.  A gorgeous bistro overlooks Robson Square on the third floor while there is a permanent bar in the second-floor women's clothing section open year-round for weary shoppers.

Kathleen S. Bartels, Jillian Harris, Jill Krop, Judy Leung, Jason Sarai and Tamara Taggart were co-chairs for the gala which raised $420,000 for local charity organizations including BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Care Foundation, Covenant House Vancouver and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Nordstrom is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 304 stores in 38 states, including 118 full-line stores in the United States and Canada; 178 Nordstrom Racks; two Jeffrey boutiques; and one clearance store plus online shopping through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook.