“Canvas of Style” at the Bellevue Collection

Claire Reiner
Posted on April 30, 2015, 9:00 am
3 mins

Congratulations are in order for the Bellevue Collections recent fashion show, Canvas of Style, held on April 25. The event raised $10,000 for the BE a Smart Girl program for the Boys & Girls Club of Bellevue. While fashion is often viewed as a superficial and consumer driven industry, events such as this one speak to the power of fashion as a tool of empowerment for young women. “BE a Smart Girl is a comprehensive programming strategy for female members that addresses three program areas: academic success, leadership and health.”

Image courtesy of the Bellevue Collection and "BE a Smart Girl."

Image courtesy of the Bellevue Collection and “BE a Smart Girl.”

A crowd of eager fashionistas watched the trends come to life on the runway where art inspired colors met spring’s hottest styles. (See link to selected Spring Canvas of Style Runway photos). Top trends were Denim Luxe, modern, tailored denim suitable for evening and workplace; In The 70s Mood, the free spirited vibe of the 1970s via inspired silhouettes and accessories; Leading Lady, with tailored design elements and soft feminine features; Bold Blooms, with bold, bright florals in large-scale graphic blooms with soft fabrics and ultra femme colors; Prep Chic, a modern twist on country club classics highlighting gingham prints, polos and cardigans; Bohemian Spirit, a fresh take on modern Bohemia with a rich color pallet, throwback prints and dreamy fabrics with a free-spirited nature; Global Travel, rich with khaki tones in trench coats and travel-easy linens paired with exotic accessories; and White Out, featuring a range of white hues, from bone to cream to ecru. An added trend of fitness apparel was a hit on the runway.

Adding to the festivities of the morning, ticket holders enjoyed chic breakfast bites upon arrival at Bellevue Square and each left with a one-of-a-kind swag bag and a $10 Bellevue Collection Gift Certificate.

The funds raised will go to the Club’s program which provides access to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum through partners such as GIRLSTART; group discussions about positive choices and healthy relationships, targeted athletics just for girls, one-to-one academic tutoring, and mentoring with adult female role models and career exploration.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue currently serve over 11,000 members and their families, providing a safe, fun place that encourages kids to choose healthy lifestyles, get involved with their communities and achieve academic success.  By inspiring our youth to make constructive life choices, we strive to help them realize their full potential. Michele Heffron, Director of Development, mheffron@bgcbellvue.orgwww.bgcbellevue.org.


Claire Reiner
Claire Reiner is a writer, artist and recent graduate from the University of Washington’s School of Art with a major in Art History. She is interested in recent art movements and subcultures (1950s, 60s, 70s) and how they have shaped present perceptions and practices of art. She grew up in Southern California and moved to Seattle in 2010. She is quite influenced by the unique geography of both places and enjoys hiking and exploring the Pacific Northwest. Reiner covers visual art exhibits in Seattle and seeks to contribute to a profound and positive artistic community, as well as encourage people to come out and experience art moments for themselves. Reiner is also the Executive Assistant for VanguardSeattle and handles any press related needs.