Do you ever wish your city was a leader in the fashion industry like New York? I have often lamented at how behind the game Seattle was, but I think we are getting closer and closer to at being a player in the game. Now we just need to get our residents to stop wearing denim to formal events….. :(.
In my last Weekending post, I mentioned that I had the opportunity to cover a local fashion show. I’m so excited to bring you some of what I saw, but more importantly I’m excited to talk about how my city is promoting fashion from the inside out.
Seattle Fashion Show by Chance Fashion
Chance Fashion is a non-profit organization that holds monthly fashion shows that showcase talent of all levels. Designers, photographers, and models all have a “chance” at displaying their best work, along with building connections and giving the fashion industry a boost in Seattle! There is even a chance to shop some of the looks you see at the show, which further promotes supporting Seattle fashion and Chance.
They hold a fashion show once a month (always the 2nd Saturday of the month),and this month’s theme was custom luxury and evening gowns. I thought it was a perfect way to kick off the upcoming holiday season! Glitz, glamour, rich colors and fabrics, and creative looks to get you thinking about formal affairs that might be in the works. Even if you don’t get the chance to rock an evening gown this year, just thinking about wearing one puts a smile on your face right?!
The MC’s were lovely. This is sometimes the part of fashion shows that can annoy me, but I thought Russ and Juliet walked that line of energetic and over board brilliantly. I couldn’t take my eyes off her dress either! It was by GG Connections, and it was like Dorothy’s ruby slippers came to life in the most magical way possible. I was dreaming of wearing that beauty all.night.long.
The show opened with this Cambodian-American couture fashion line. The colors were stunning, and the material was decadent. The yellow dress in my cover photo for this post was my favorite from this designer. All of the gowns seemed to drape perfectly and scream high quality. The model above looked so much like Cassandra from The Bachelor and Bachelor Pad (not that I’d know, right?) that I immediately got on Twitter after the show to confirm. I don’t think it was her…but I’m keeping the dream alive!
Senior stylist Cassandra McClure brought her LaDyRoCk Collection that blends ” Gothic style dresses with a rock star touch”. Of all the lines, these dresses were the most versatile, and you didn’t have to see yourself at a black tie event to wear them. It was a tremendously fun collection, and I knew the moment I laid eyes on the shoes that I was in for a treat with Norma’s Boutique.
Wedding Gowns by Porsche Nikia
Porsche Nikia calls this collection ” A Modern Fairytale”, and you can see from the colored lace peeking out from underneath the first dress (love!) pictured that she blends modern details with classic looks. “Timeless looks with a contemporary twist”. Indeed Porsche! I know I was transported :).
Trash by Tony Oliver
What’s not to love about taking your trash and turning into fashion treasure? Literally. Tony Oliver created this line using trash bags! This was my favorite collection to watch of the night. From the music to the ingenious styles and colors, this line left me shaking my head at how talented some people are. Repurposing at its best.
Mac Fashion House
Mac Fashion House was from Designer Carlisia Minnis’ Anniversary show. I loved the detail of this line, and more than that I loved the color and how she presented it. Color by color, the dresses were presented in groups. The shade of brown was stunning, and who can normally say that about brown?
Bay area Designer Debbie Nghiem knows how to fashion. As each piece came out I found myself wanting to wear them all. The fabric draped beautifully, the colors were rich, and her looks were super creative yet wearable. That last white number pictured got my heart racing and brain working overtime on how I could make it mine:). SO stunning!
Speaking of making it mine, during one of the intermissions there was a live auction for some of the clothes. I actually don’t think I’ve ever been in any kind of live auction so that was a new and fun experience. The proceeds went back to Chance, so again, supporting Seattle fashion and your personal closet at the same time!
My first event for Chance Fashion was a lot of fun, and I wish they were around years ago when I was trying to dive into the world of modeling. I have no doubt Seattle will continue to fight to be a player on the worldwide catwalk.
How does your city stack up with its fashion, and how is it supported? Are their opportunities to see work from your local designers or lesser known lines?