Fashion in Seattle: The Collective + Fashion for Conservation Runway Shows
seattle may be practical, but it is also fashionable
Fashion Month is wrapping up and we’re still here…in Seattle…gearing up for the rainy season. Patagonia hoodies and REI raincoats are coming out along with seemingly all fashion-sense. But don’t fret! Seattle is actually more fashion-focused than you may realize. Aside from the numerous clothing brands that have grown out of the area, there are also several annual events for the style-minded Seattleite. Anne Townsend attended a couple fashion shows just last week, so we’re sharing them with you.
fashion week at the bellevue collection
The main event at Fashion Week at the Bellevue Collection was the Collective Show. The show is an annual opportunity for premiere brands within the Bellevue Collection to strut their stuff. Most importantly, 100% of the ticket price benefits local non-profit, Special Olympics Washington.
I was most impressed with Max Mara – give me all the coats. DVF brought it with the usual bold colors and prints. Per my usual take on Ted Baker and Kate Spade, I wasn’t floored with floral patterns detailed with cheap metals like rose gold (can rose gold not be a thing anymore, please?). One jumpsuit hit the mark from Ted Baker but that was about it. The show itself was fun to see but I could’ve done without the purple spotlights and extremely dark lipstick on the female models.
Fashion for Conservation is a non-profit organization that hosts and attends annual fashion events all over the world. Last week’s fundraising event, the Seattle Rainforest Gala 2018, included a sustainably sourced dinner, auction, and runway show. Designers were a mix of local and international, and all proceeds from the event benefited the Hoja Nueva organization that is working to preserve the Peruvian rainforest.
Kalikas Armour (who also presented at LFW) stole the show with his collection’s extravagant sheer and sequined gowns and elaborate headdresses. My second favorite to Luly Yang, though, was Kelly Dawn Riot’s collection of busily printed, well-fitted men’s suits.