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.
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!
Could someone just start taking over my blog? Where did the week go? I always have a thousand and one things going in my brain but to get them on the computer to you in a thoughtful manner seems so hard to do these days. If I could just plug my thoughts into one of your brains for five minutes a day, we would be brilliant!!!!
So, at some point this week, a VERY good friend was adjusting me for a photo and was fussing with my hair to cover my ears. Anyone who spends any time with me, knows hair is not my thing and I would gratefully accept a f/t person to follow me around and keep my crazy tresses in control. But my ears, what? I love my ears. They have been pixy, stick out, ears since the day I was born and they have never once bothered me. There are bits that I dwell on but perhaps nobody even notices those and everyone thinks of me as the stylist with the ears. Who knows?!? But I would be okay with that, those super hero hearing ears have served me well.
Do you have parts that maybe quirky or not “perfect” that you love and accept? Why don’t we all do that with all of our parts? Deep thought for the day that I wanted to share.
Last night I was at the Colette Sol USA launch party to celebrate the fabulous shoe line coming to us from the Netherlands. The gal with the US rights is a massive humanitarian and decided that when these shoes entered North America, that they would do so as a Not for Profit with 100% of net proceeds going to support the end of Human Trafficking and Slavery.
I’ve posted my styling from their Fall/Winter catalog before but they have lots coming for Spring, be sure to check them out here.
Lot’s of good things coming up. Some more editorial shoots, an event or two, and lot’s of Fall Fashion coming your way. In the meantime, I hope you have a fabulous weekend.
For those of you who follow along on Facebook, you know that I was having some assistance with my wardrobe yesterday. Yes, my job is to assist clients with their closets but it is always helpful to have an outside eye to kick my fashion backside as well. I like to play with my looks and introduce something new now and again, and then its perfect for my friend to say “What the heck?? How is this you??” And we have a laugh, I give her some story, and then out it goes.
The plan was to tape the process but we ended up doing a very high speed clean out and in that time, we took out my strictly summer goods and managed to choose 18 pieces that no longer will be with me. 4 went to her, the rest will be finding other new homes. I still need to reorganize and color coordinate but just the act of going through each item was so needed to start the fall fashion.
Besides digging through the closet, one project at the top of the weekend list is the sock drawer. Sandals being put away and colder weather (minus today) requires socks, tights, and leggings layers. Go through your drawers and ditch the holey items, unmatched pairs, and take an inventory of your winter needs.
For the ladies, style can be added with patterned or textured tights/nylons but for many its equally about the warmth factor. For the men, some fun socks can punch up your look. Just a sneak peek of pattern or color popping out from your pant cuff adds a little personality to your outfit.
One final tip, I want to share today is a way to get out of the house faster and still fashionable every morning. This is perfect for the teens in your world as well. If picking an outfit every morning is a burden or stressor, make yourself a Sunday Style rack.
Just like menu planning, take 30 mins every Sunday and put together 5 outfits for the week. Look over your calendar to know what looks are needed (client meetings, school field trip chaperone, etc) and make 5 or 6 (an extra option is always good) complete looks, shoes and accessories included for a quick, early morning grab once the week starts.
If a closet consult is on your fall to do list, drop me a line. Let’s get your autumn off to a stylish start.
Although we still have 21 calendar days left in the summer season, my summer officially ended today. Kids back to school, laundry piles looming and officially back to business. The summer flew by as it was filled with all kinds of fun, adventure, concerts, travel, family and friends. Sad to see it over but excited for fall. I always enjoy this time of year.
Near the top of my list of to do’s is the wardrobe change over. Shorts and such will make their way into bins and sweaters will be brought out. I don’t follow the notion though, that white can no longer be seen this time of year. The lightweight cotton yes, but a great pair of white jeans or a blazer, keep them in rotation for now. Have a favorite sleeveless top you love to wear? Wear it under a jacket or cardi. Have fun with layering this time of year.
For the non-Faceback followers, yesterday the September issue of Atlas Magazine came out and a fab team and I had 11 pages of Editorial published in there. Kind of excited.
Check it out here starting on page 135.
Also, a recent look book I styled for a new to North America shoe line, just came out. These shoes are handmade and a portion of their proceeds go to assist in fighting human trafficking. To see the entire look book and learn more about them, visit them here.
To all of you starting your fall routine today, I wish you a happy day.