This week is the 10th Annual Bellevue Fashion Week! As one of the Northwest’s biggest events they offer fashion-forward, contemporary and luxury experiences, with everything from exciting runway shows to chic parties. Andrea and I decided to kick off the week with the fourth annual Independent Designer Runway Show where eight unique up-and-coming local designers square off in a runway showdown. This show brings attention to the Northwest’s fashion scene and focuses on the growth of independent fashion in the region. As a finale to a 6-month long mentorship program by industry insiders, the designers get to showcase their one-of-a-kind collections, compete for a $5000 cash prize and get their collection displayed at Bellevue Square.
The show was held at the fancy Hyatt Hotel in downtown Bellevue, where the night starts with swanky drinks and appetizers and the opportunity to preview the designers collections and learn more about them. It’s also fun to see all the other guests and what everyone is wearing. (And they say the northwest doesn’t have fashion…they clearly have never been to Bellevue!) The winning designer was Phuong Minh Nguyen with her label, Dream Dresses by P.M.N., a collection of custom wedding dresses that are unique and cater to both a classic bride and one who is looking for more color with bright reds and yellows gracing her collection. I even found a dress I would love to wear at my wedding!
The night was a blast and it was an experience that neither of us had experienced before — but now we will definitely be making it a yearly tradition to attend! If you are around this weekend and in the Bellevue area there are still Bellevue Fashion Week events and parties going on. Check out the website here!
(Please excuse the photo quality, all photos were taken on an iPhone!)
Which look is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!