The culmination of Fashion Week at The Bellevue Collection came on Saturday, September 28 with the Vogue Front Row Fashion show, which featured seven distinct categories of this season’s hottest looks. The well-heeled crowd put their best fashionable foot forward, taking this season’s best from the runway to reality. Karen Moyer of The Moyer Foundation, the non-profit benefiting from the evening’s show, gave the opening welcome to the sold-out event. An impeccably dressed Moyer was wearing head-to-toe gorgeous Céline, including a cream chunky knit sweater, cream skirt and grey platform riding booties.
Aykut Ozen of Ozen Company, the winner of the 2013 Independent Designer Runway Show earlier in the week, was acknowledged at the beginning of the evening. One of Ozen’s designs, a shearling jacket, was included in the “Rebel Moves” selection of the show, and was a huge hit with the crowd.
The show began with “Layer It On,” showing cold weather layers while maintaining a slim silhouette underneath with leggings or skinny denim and pants. Capes and ponchos in gorgeous wool were a recurring theme for women, as well as suede boots and military style coats with great details, like toggles. The dimensions on the outerwear have a generous cut, yet the clean lines of the structure means you can keep warm and look chic. Men wore striped or plaid shirts beneath hooded sweaters, topped with wool coats and finished perfectly with scarves. Suede sneakers and shoes add a casually cool vibe. I love this look for men; it is modern, masculine, easy.
“Rebel Moves” models strutted their stuff in a gorgeous display of texture and materials. From fur to leather, shearling to sequins, being the cool girl means you can have lots of fun when getting dressed. Leather ruled, with motorcycle and bomber jackets, leggings and a bustier. Studded details, layered necklaces piled on, printed scarves, fur vests and felt hats showed that it is all in the accessories and details with distinct personality. Oh, and tying a plaid shirt around one’s waist, was a notable styling “accessory” as well. Grunge is back, as displayed by YSL’s Hedi Slimane’s surprising tough-chic Fall 2013 show.
The “Color Wheeling” selections brought out a welcome burst of color, with sapphire blue, burgundy and red being prominent both as the accent color and paired together with winter neutrals. Coated leather pants in luxurious shades of burgundy and bright puffer jackets and wool coats were shown for men and women. Prints paired with pieces of bright color, like the Alexander McQueen jacket, Piamita blouse and Emma Cook skirt from Intermix would brighten anyone’s day.
At-home sophistication was the look for “Parlor Proper”—an array of silky jumpsuits, blazers, blouses, and pants. Gorgeous kimonos, super soft cashmere sweaters and silk tops were paired with one-piece jumpsuits, slouchy silk track pants and a lovely assortment of silk and jersey. The leopard print jumpsuit from bebe showed you don’t have to give up gorgeous style to be comfortable at home.
“Perfect Pairings” featured unlikely couplings between classic pieces—like plaid, herringbone and tall boots—and edgier pieces. This season’s dressy sweatshirts and boxy sweaters were paired with metallic leather skater skirts. Adding neon accents to neutral sweaters and wearing neon accessories, such as Aritzia’s beanie and mittens, keep the look downtown cool. I loved the uneven hemlines of the tops, and the fantastic variety of wicked boots and booties. If ever there were a season to invest in a pair of short booties, this would be it.
“Discreet Chic” and “P.M. Perfected” showed three piece suits, sweeping full length gowns, black and blue color blocking, and evening wear in anything but basic black. Monochromatic looks and metallics lent a refined feel that broadens the choices for chic, out-on-the-town attire. Leather dresses, understated sequin details and clean lines on dresses were lovely, and metallic jackets and tuxedos made menswear vogue, no matter your gender. The selection of party perfect attire has me looking forward to the holiday season all that much more.
Vogue Editor Cara Crowley and Style Expert Lawrence Zarian were also on hand to welcome the audience and give the crowd their stylish take on the Front Row fashion. Proceeds from the Vogue Front Row event raised $61,725 for The Moyer Foundation and $14,200 was raised at Friday’s Posh Party to benefit Bellevue LifeSpring. Kemper Freeman Development Company underwrote the shows so that 100 percent of ticket sales would benefit these two non-profit organizations. The Moyer Foundation supports programs that directly serve critical needs of children in severe distress, and Bellevue LifeSpring fosters stability and self-sufficiency for Bellevue’s children and their families through programs that feed, clothe and educate.
You can shop the looks of all the shows of Fashion Week by following this link: Shop the Show.
Photography by Alexcia DeVasquez.