Wednesday evening at the Bellevue Hyatt, was the kickoff to the Bellevue Collections Fashion week. The first night is a feature of new Independent Designers and a little like project runway in real life. There are judges and the “contestants” were chosen as the creme de la creme of local, new designers. And after a show of ten designers, a runner-up and winner were chosen.
Due to a last second camera malfunction, less embarrassing than a wardrobe version, I had to resort to just a few iPhone wonders.
First up, LU. By Jenny Fort. Modern, clean lined and a tad fashion forward. Both basics and pieces that will stand out but in a quiet way, not brazen.
And they look so comfortable to wear. Everything in her collection is designed and crafted in Seattle.
Check LU out here or here.
Next up, Cuddy by Brian Cuddy.
Brian’s collection held lots of color and his inspiration comes from Jianzhi, a Chinese-style paper cutting from the Han Dynasty. He makes original hand cut pieces of art and then transfers the prints into fabric through digital technology. If adding some bold color through a blouse or dress is up your fashion alley, you can see more here.
Third up on the Runway was Silvae by Deborah Roberts.
After finishing her non-fashion education at UW, a summer spent in Italy inspired Deborah to pursue apparel design so back to school she went. With her pieces, she is inspired by the Pacific Northwest and wants her pieces to be a merge of “feminine silhouettes, organic shapes, and her love of the surreal.” See more of her work here.
Next up was Boho Republic by Tina Witherspoon. Tina is a self taught designer with a studio in Belltown, she is focused on women’s ready to wear. She creates two annual limited run collections that are based on a 70′s vibe made modern. To see more, visit her designs here.
Fifth down the runway, were designs by Fioravanti by Mia Fioravanti. Mia comes from a family with a long history in the woolen business and fashion has been her life long pursuit. She had some really strong looks that were different but totally wearable within the Seattle fashion scene. Other than the fabric, all of Mia’s production happens within a two mile radius of her.
Beacon Hill studio/shop. To see more of Fioravanti, visit them here.
And next we have Calotype by Kristie Metcalf. This isn’t Kristie’s first fashion competition, she was also one of fourteen contestants in Bravo’s show “Styled to Rock”, which was produced by Rihanna. Kristie is based in Seattle but it inspired by Scandinavian design. To see more, check her out here.
Seventh in line down the runway, was KLAD Apparel by Melanie Trygg. One of my friends was perusing this line before the runway show and found many wearable pieces. In talking to Melanie, she encouraged my friend to come to her studio and get measured for a custom version of her favorite pieces and at very reasonable price points.
As a petite and curvy gal, my friend was overjoyed at a made to order piece. To see more of Melanie’s work, head here.
Next up was April Pride by the designer of the same name. With models all outfitted in berets and 80′s style earrings, her dresses were something that could be worn on the regular, comfortable with understated elegance. April has an emphasis on exclusively sourced fabrics, made to order limited edition pieces, as well as a collection of tartan’s for every MacTavish and MaCrae out there.
With a background in architecture, a foray in Interior Design and now in Fashion Design, you can see and learn more about April Pride here.
Ninth in line down the runway was Tom Ordonio, a friends brothers friend. :) His label is only a year old and last year he was named “Best in Show” as part of a local magazine design competition. His use of luxe fabrics such as leather, silk crepe, and wool cashmere create some pretty covetable pieces.
I might have fallen in love with this one. With calf hair and leather….
To learn more about Tom Ordonio, check him out here.
Last but not least, was Rebekah Adams. She is a newcomer to Seattle, having lived all over the States and beyond, who had some wonderful prints and unexpected fabric mixes. Currently making pieces to order, you can see more of her work and details here.
Any standouts to you? A designer you’d love to see more from? Leave your comments and let us know!