In past years, The Bellevue Collection Independent Designer Runway Show (IDRS) has often been the debut for up-and-coming designers in a major public venue. They spend months being mentored on how to create a cohesive line that can be both a creative and commercial success. This process took them from the idea stage to a fully-realized collection.
This year, Fashion Week At The Bellevue Collection took a fresh approach to IDRS. All of the competing designers have established their labels, but are ready for the next steps as artists and business owners. Quite a few were veterans of the IDRS competition. They included IDRS 2017 winner, Poppyseed.
The competition’s grand prize was $2,000 and featured editorial coverage in Seattle Met Magazine, courtesy of the Kemper Freeman Family and The Bellevue Collection. In past years, the winner of the Fan Favorite poll was different than the grand prize winner, but this year it was unanimous. Cute Like Mad was named the fan favorite and winner of the IDRS 2018.
The IDRS featured designers for 2018:
Devonation by Devon Yan
Lourdes é Eva by Nora Suárez
Cute Like Mad by Jeanette Svensk Li
Poppyseed by Rebekah Adams
Valentina & Valentia by Milena Natanov
Deyonte’ Weather Collection by Deyonte’ Weather
Chany Venturini by Maria Venturini
IDRS 2018 Highlights
As usual, the show did not disappoint. The collections featured fresh pops of color from Lourdes é Eva, chic wedding looks from Devon Yan, sleek style from Cute Like Mad, and flowing movement from Valentina & Valentia. Beautiful dresses, bold fabrics in inspiring silhouettes and pattern, texture and dimension in design made each collection stand on its own.
Founded by The Kemper Freeman family, Fashion Week at The Bellevue Collection also serves as a important fundraising time for two local non-profit organizations. Special Olympics Washington and Bellevue LifeSpring each receive 100 percent of ticket sales from two runway events held Sept. 21 and 22. The two events, Posh Party Trend Show and The Collective Runway Show, raised more than $50,000 each for the charities’ missions—a grand total of $106K. Do good, look good. Another great year of Fashion Week at The Bellevue Collection is in the books!
Photography by Jed Asher Sarmiento