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Fashion sets the stage for fall

By Keegan Prosser on September 7, 2012 – No Comment

By Rose Dennis

For the first time, six local and emerging apparel designers and two handbag designers, selected by a panel of fashion experts, will present a six- to eight-piece capsule collection on the runway at this year’s Bellevue Collection Fashion Week.

The Independent Designer Runway Show is a great opportunity for emerging designers to broaden their brand, as their designs are not represented in any of the retail stores at The Bellevue Collection. The winner will receive a package that includes fashion funds, and the opportunity to display their designs at the Bellevue Collection for the entire month of October.

The eight who will compete are: Anne Sylvain by Patricia Raskin; Ampersand As Apostrophe by Jessica Park; Bd Homme by Banchong Douangphrachanh; Built For Man by Francisco Hernandez; Carole McClellan by Carole McClellan; Kreati-ka by Kathy Sabin-Mensah; Masha Osoianu Design by Masha Osoianu; and Olga Szwed by Olga Szwed.

McClellan, known in Seattle for her avant-garde leather and fur designs, will show her sustainable luxe glam for men and women with her signature Rock ‘n Roll styling. She uses re-purposed, restyled vintage estate furs, washable fish-skin (a waste product turned into an exotic texture), waterproof Pittards gloving leather and French stretch leather.

Local designers Lisa Vian Hunter of Vian Hunter House of Fashion, and Lizzie Parker, along with her partner Nicolas Bowes of Los Angeles, who were all contestant’s on NBC’s “Fashion Star,” will also be showing their collections on the runway.

The Bellevue Collection is partnering with the Seattle Chapter of Fashion Group International (, which is a global, non-profit, professional organization of 5000 members in the fashion industry.

The Nordstrom Fall Runway Show will take place at The Bellevue Hyatt on Thursday, Sept. 27. Guests will lounge in a party atmosphere while being enticed with some favorite fashion indulgences, including a shoe, handbag, and accessory boutique, all filled with this season’s must haves.

Guests also will have the opportunity to make their eyes “stand out” by visiting the cosmetic Lash Bar.

Contemporary looks for both men and women that will be shown include Diane von Furstenberg, Haute Hippie, Rag & Bone, Hugo Boss, Elizabeth and James, Vince, Halston Heritage, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Robert Rodriguez, and Milly.

Each year the fashion event benefits the Detlef Schrempf Foundation, which has selected the Bellevue Youth Theatre Foundation ( as this year’s beneficiary.

Vogue Magazine will present Front Row Fashion on Saturday, Sept. 29. The Fall 2012 looks will be selected from the Bellevue Collection retailers with a fashion presentation seen straight from the pages of the world’s leading fashion magazine.

A few of the key trends to watch for include:

  • Color and Pattern Blocking – two to three bold colors, prints or patterns, all worn together.
  • Borrowing from the Boys – menswear influences made just for her.
  • Fur Embellishment – bright colors; long and short vests; shrug and bolero toppers.
  • Statement Silhouettes – ‘40s feminine shapes, hourglass curves, peplum dresses.
  • Luxe Brocade – sleek velvet with jeweled colored brocades, accented with a luxury flat ballerina loafer.

All proceeds from ticket sales from Front Row Fashion benefit The Moyer Foundation (, which empowers children in distress by providing education and support – helping them to live healthy and inspired lives.

The three ticketed events will take place at The Bellevue Hyatt. For more information and to purchase tickets for the Bellevue Fashion Week visit

Rose Dennis is a Greater Seattle style icon. Singled out by numerous publications, such as Seattle Magazine, she’s been crowned as Seattle’s Best Dressed, a Signature Style Uptown Girl and as a reigning tastemaker.