Feast Your Eyes on Fashion: Seattle to Rock the Runway Again

Fashion show kick-off in the Pacific Place Atrium at 600 Pine Street, followed by four more days of sizzling fashion discounts and prizes at participating Downtown Seattle merchants.

September 18th fashion show kicks off a five-day, city-wide shopping, dining and savings celebration presented by Seattle Met, Pacific Place and the Downtown Seattle Association’s Metropolitan Improvement District.


Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway’s second annual runway show just got exponentially more exciting with the addition of co-emcee LaTrina Bidet, whose sense of humor is as renowned as her sense of style. Bidet will be joining Seattle Met’s own fount-of-fashion-wisdom Laura Cassidy who promises more plaid, leather and spikes in addition to statement outerwear and dark, moody florals trending this fall. Net proceeds from ticket sales will fund Junior League of Seattle and the organization’s programs for child advocacy, childhood nutrition and life skills development for girls in the state’s foster care system among others.

Pacific Place and Seattle Met magazine will present Downtown Seattle’s second annual collaborative charity benefit fashion show in the atrium at Pacific Place. Seattle Met will stage “red carpet” photos for everyone attending the event dressed to impress. Ticket holders also will enjoy cocktail receptions and raffle prizes, while they and the public will get to enjoy special events taking place in and around the stores and restaurants at Pacific Place before and after the runway show. The event is made possible, in part, by event sponsor Metropolitan Improvement District.

The runway show will give 250 seated ticket holders a close-up view of some of Seattle’s finest autumn clothing and accessories, while hundreds more will enjoy unobstructed views from the balconies above for free. The Roche Bobois lounge opens at 6 p.m. for VIP ticket holders on the second floor of Pacific Place, with a cocktail reception featuring fine wines from O Wines, Peroni beer, signature cocktails and appetizers, courtesy of Pacific Place restaurants: Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Il Fornaio, Johnny Rockets, Mexico Cantina y Cocina, Pike Place Chowder and Thai Ginger. General admission ticket holders also will enjoy their own cocktail reception on the second floor of Pacific Place with wine, cocktails and appetizers.

At 7:30 p.m, Downtown Seattle will Rock the Runway with a major fashion show of 40-plus autumn looks from participating downtown retailers, including Nordstrom, Macy’s, Barneys New York, Club Monaco, Momo, Mario’s, sandylew, The Finerie, Columbia Sportswear, Eileen Fisher, GUESS? and emilie SLOAN among others. In addition, Aveda is providing beauty products and Gary Manuel will style the models’ hair for the runway show.

This year’s event is sure to top last year’s inaugural show for at least one sizzling reason – deals! Five days of dining and shopping discounts follow the party beginning Wednesday, September 18th. Guests and visitors will enjoy savings of 10 to 30 percent off and free gifts with purchase at 40 retailers and restaurants including BCBGMAXAZRIA, Coach, Twist and Williams-Sonoma. Seattle Met, Pacific Place, and the Metropolitan Improvement District are extending an open invitation to celebrate the season with the return of the Emerald City’s premier collaborative benefit fashion show.

New this year, Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway kicks off a city-wide, five-day shopping, dining and savings celebration, September 18-22. Downtown Seattle retailers and eateries continue the celebration all weekend with in-store events and specials including sizzling fashion discounts, gifts with purchase and prizes at participating merchants. Currently there are 40 participating retailers and restaurants signed on, with more to come. For details and updated information on all participating retailers and restaurants, go to http://www.seattlemet.com/runway.

Fashion show tickets for General Admission and VIP access are available for $75 and $125 respectively and may be purchased through the event web site, www.seattlemet.com/runway. General Admission ticket holders will receive seated access to the show, swag bags, cocktails and appetizers courtesy of Pacific Place restaurants.VIP ticket holders will receive premier seating for the show, deluxe swag bags, access to the Roche Bobois lounge and reception, and courtesy valet parking. In addition, hundreds more from the public will have the opportunity to witness the fashion show for free from the balconies above.

Runway Show Sponsors includes The Downtown Seattle Association’s Metropolitan Improvement District, Northwest Cadillac Dealers, Proximo Spirits, Roche Bobois, STAR 101.5, O Wines, Peroni, Aveda and Gary Manuel.

Pacific Place is just one of the participants with its ALL FOR FALL event. A new highlight for this year’s promotion is double shopping incentives on September 18th only. Shoppers who collect $300 in same-day receipts from Pacific Place shops and restaurants will receive a Pacific Place $100 gift card, and shoppers who collect $100 in same-day receipts from Pacific Place shops and restaurants will receive a Pacific Place $30 gift card. Customers are limited to one promotional gift card per person per day; receipts must be from one shopper only and cannot be combined from multiple guests to achieve a threshold for the gift with purchase. Other restrictions may apply.

Pacific Place features 50 shops, restaurants and an 11-screen movie theatre at Sixth Avenue and Pine Street in Downtown Seattle. Parking beneath Pacific Place is abundant, well-lighted and secure. For more information, call (206) 405-2655, visit the web site at pacificplaceseattle.com, find Pacific Place Seattle on Facebook and follow on Twitter @Pacific_Place.

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The Metropolitan Improvement District is a service district which provides streetscape cleaning, human services outreach, hospitality and public safety services, marketing to increase pedestrian traffic, advocacy for transportation solutions, as well as research and market analysis for businesses interested in locating Downtown. Founded by the Downtown Seattle Association in 1999, the MID is financed through an assessment on Downtown commercial and residential property owners across 285-square-blocks in Downtown Seattle.

Those partaking in Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway events are encouraged to use the social media hash tag, #RUNWAYSEA.