To kick off their seventh annual Fashion Week, Kemper Freeman and The Bellevue Collection launched the Independent Designer Runway Show in Bellevue on Wednesday, September 26. Distinguished panel members Bruce Pflaumer, Vivian Miller-Rahl, Rebecca Luke, and Laura Cassidy along with Sarah Butler and Cynarah Ellawala worked since June to help prep the eight local designers who made it to the final round. The four-month process provided feedback, mentorship, real-world perspective, and industry knowledge to the designers and culminated in this chic fashion showcase with a donated fashion fund of $5,000 for the winner.