On a recent trip to Puerto Rico, I was flipping through the pages of Delta Airlines Sky magazine, and discovered a one-page ad for an event in Seattle called “Third Annual Downtown Seattle Rocks The Runway” that was happening on Saturday, September 20th, 2014.
Having a passion for fashion and a former Fashionista who has attended her fair share of fashion shows from LA to NY, I decided to buy tickets for this event. I was also curious about the fashion scene in Seattle being a recent transplant to Washington. On the website, I found that they had 3 levels of tickets: General Admission for $50.00; VIP Admission for $125.00; and VVIP Admission (yes that is 2 v’s) with exclusive backstage access and an after-party. I opted for the general admission because I didn’t want to pay more for something that may not be worth it.
It was worth it after all. At least for the general admission price of $50.00. Upon entering the Paramount Theatre (a Seattle historical landmark), my guest and I were greeted with a video cameraman capturing our arrival à la red carpet style; there were servers walking around and handing out hors d’oeuvres; a photographer who took photos of guests against the backdrop of the name of the event and its sponsors; and lastly the theater hall where the fashion runway event was to take place. This was the perfect venue with cathedral-style high ceilings lavished in opulent gold tones, designed from the 1920s Art Deco era. There was a nice buffet of delicious hors d’oeuvres and sandwiches, a dessert table filled with cupcakes, open bar that served wine, local beer, and cocktails, and last but not least, every fashion event-goers’ favorite thing: SWAG! Gift bags on every seat filled with Aveda sample products, a cosmetic bag, and random postcards and coupons for one’s stylish needs.
Guests rocked the event with fall-color cocktail dresses, suits and ties. Although, you could tell that some of these guys were dragged by their girlfriends, as this was a predominantly female-attended event. The fashion show itself displayed fall’s latest looks that appeared to be a throw-back to 90s casual grunge look, but much “cleaner” if you will, with flannel, hooded jackets and knit woven caps; as well as the minimal and monochromatic look of that decade with a more streamlined design for outerwear with subdued colors (Oska, Club Monaco). Other styles included a bit of punk rock (Finerie CoLab), camping (Columbia) and business attire (Mario’s, SuitSupply). However, orange and red were abound on many of the clothing lines, including hair color. A couple of male and female models with red hair dominated the runway that night. Orange indeed, is the new black. Speaking of models, I noticed they had a variety of heights and sizes of various ethnicities. A definite plus for this Asian Fashionista!
When one thinks of the fashion capitals in the world (New York, London, Paris, etc.), Seattle does not come to mind. And it may be a while before it makes it into that category. Nonetheless, I was very pleased with the “Rocks The Runway” fashion event, and feel we are on our way! Styless in Seattle? I think not.
Seattle is celebrating Style Week from September 20-27 where you can get deals from selected retailers. For more information please check out http://www.downtownseattle.com/runway/ and http://www.downtownseattle.com/assets/2014/09/style-week-bag-insert-5×7-web.pdf
Mariquita de Mira, MFA in Arts Leadership 2015 / Associate Vice-Chair of Marketing & Communication, GSC
[I moved to Washington from California a little over a year ago and slowly but surely discovering Seattle. Through DISCOVER SEATTLE blog, I will be sharing my adventures of places to eat, the nightlife, and other events that I have attended or feel will be a cool event to attend to that I will share on GSC Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and World Press. I look forward to meeting you all at our GSC events. Cheers!]