Strictly speaking, Bellevue Collection's Fashion Week, September 26 through 30 isn't the same sort of beast as the recent fashion weeks in New York and Paris. Anna, for example, is not due to show up. And that's okay.
Where the internal shows debut collections half a year before their arrival in stores—pretty frustrating for those who fall hard and aren't good at waiting—Bellevue's is more or less about what's in stores right now—and what should be in your closet. (Stay with me for one key exception.)
The week of events, which happen in and around Bellevue Collection's Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square, includes key runway shows and lots of little satellite affairs centered on makeup, trends, expert guests, and, well, the art of the party.
For a full schedule of Fashion Week happenings, consult Bellevue Collection's calendar (which is also the best place for securing tickets for pay events). For a hot list of the big shows, keep reading.
Wednesday, September 26 at 6:30 at the Hyatt Regency
Okay, what I said before about Bellevue's week-o-fashion being a bit different than recent ones in New York and beyond? The exception is this one. This is our version of Soho lofts, Lincoln Center, and Jardin des Tuileries.
The Independent Designer Runway Show puts ten top designers through pretty rigorous paces and then sends them out on the runway to show what Seattle-made style is all about. I can tell you first hand that the prep has been real; I've had the pleasure of serving on the panel that advises, revises, cautions, pushes, challenges, and applauds local makers such as Carole McClellan, Jessica Park for Ampersand as Apostrophe, Kate Mensah, Masha Osaniau, and Patricia Raskin's Anne Sylvain as they ready their fall and spring looks (some are showing current season, some are previewing next). You've seen it on TV but until you spend three months watching designers tack and tape and conceptualize, you don't know what a difficult game fashion really is. But this crew is mastering it, and the show is going to be fantastic.
Bookended with collections by Lizzie Parker and Lisa Hunter of Vian Hunter, the two local notables who submitted to reality TV in the name of making a name for themselves on Fashion Star, the show will turn you on to great talent that's right under your nose. Expect all the production zing and dramatic theater of the Vogue show (see below), and more hometown heroes than you can shake a stick at.
The video here will help you understand the work that went into making it an Anna-worthy event.
Who knows, maybe she will show up.
Nordstrom Fall Fashion Show
Thursday, September 27 at 7 at the Hyatt Regency
Check out all the best looks straight from your favorite local megabrand. Emerging and designer brands will be shown. Proceeds from the show benefit the Detlef Schrempf Foundation.
Vogue's Front Row Fashion Runway
Saturday, September 29 at 6:15 at the Hyatt Regency
Imagine if Vogue magazine made a local version of a fall fashion spread, and then brought it to life on the runway. That's essentially what happens here; reps from the mag (okay, again, not Anna) send the hottest fall looks out and break down the how's and why's so that the pieces, the mood, the colors, and the shapes make sense in your world. 100 percent of ticket sales from this event fund the Moyer Foundation.
Saturday, September 29 at 1 at Bellevue Square
TV host Lawerence Zarian joins Anne Vincent of Vogue (Anne? Anna?) to break down the season's looks. For some people, style needs to be scholastic. Others just appreciate a scholarly word.
Muse by Seven Creative
Sunday, September 30 at 7 at the Hyatt Regency
Okay, you know what to wear, now how will you wear your hair? Some of the city's top stylists from Seven Salon put new cuts, colors, and styles on the runway.