As a recent transplant from the great Midwest, I didn’t know what to expect from Seattle in terms of fashion. Aside from adding bling to a pair of crocs, it appeared as if Seattleites were on a coffee-induced move to grab a Patagonia fleece and run with it.
With an urge to investigate, I embarked on a fashion weekend to set the overused Pacific Northwest sandal-and-sock wearing stigma to rest once and for all: Seattle Fashion Week and Luly Yang’s spring collection showing.
On Friday night, WaMu Theater opened its doors to kick off day two of Seattle Fashion Week—a three-day runway show featuring both urban retailers such as United Colors of Benetton, Ducati, and Strut Boutique, as well as international collections by Vera Wang and Catalin Botezatu. The evening began with Seattle-based fashion designer Cameron Levin’s provocative collection of cocktail dresses that set the theme for this year’s outings: plumage, ruffles and big hair.
Despite the lack in attendance for the Friday night show, Ducati kept anyone standing near the runway entertained by their collection of leather skin-baring wear that made me wonder whether it would be acceptable to slip on heels the next time I took up motorcycle riding: that, or a bikini. I can’t decide.
To end the evening, Seattle’s Strut Boutique reassured me (after United Colors of Benetton’s line of stripes and pastels, which made me think of a Gap commercial), that the Emerald city was in good shape. Sure, Stut may have taken a bit of an extreme edge by dressing up as human trees and zombie-like figures, but their use of ripped nylons along with moss-lined skirts spoke to every grunge wearing eco-friendly Seattleite.
For a drastic change in venue, Seattle’s premiere hotel, the Fairmont, was hosting local designer Luly Yang’s French Vanilla Lace collection as well as tea party.
If you are unfamiliar with Luly Yang, you’ll be reassured to know that her dresses are crafted with every intention to represent one thing: elegance wrapped with bold statements that hide neither the figure nor the smallest details. With collections such as Strawberry Crème, Caramel, Lavender Glacee, Mocha, and French Vanilla, each piece left everyone hungrily grabbing at beading and layers of fabric. On top of her talent to create timeless art, Luly has mastered mixology: inventing her own delicious cocktail called Absolutely.