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.

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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. Continue reading

BCBGMAXAZRIA Launches Into Suns with Longtime Collaborator ClearVision Optical

Premier fashion brand BCBGMAXAZRIA and eyewear industry leader ClearVision (www.cvoptical.com/OurBrands/BCBG) announce their collaboration on a new collection of BCBGMAXAZRIA sunwear. The long standing, harmonious relationship between the two companies led to the development of the fashion forward sunwear collection, an expansion that provides a new, non-optical distribution channel including BCBGMAXAZRIA retail locations, department stores, sunglass specialty stores, and other specialty retail locations. ClearVision (www.cvoptical.com) has been BCBGMAXAZRIA’s licensing partner for eyewear and sunwear for the optical category since 2005, designing products sold exclusively by eye care professionals and optical retailers.

BCBGMAXAZRIA is the premier lifestyle collection for today’s modern woman. Reconciling creativity with accessibility and desirability with wearability and occupies a unique position in American fashion, offering sophisticated, confident designs that take consumers from work to weekend in style. The company’s various products are sold in over 1,000 points of sale worldwide. The collection is also showcased in in-store shops in top department stores across the globe, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, the UK’s Harvey Nichols and Harrods, Spain’s Corte Ingles, and Palacio de Hierro in Mexico.

“We’re very excited to launch the new sunglass collection and extend our design partnership with ClearVision,” says Lubov Azria, Chief Creative Officer of BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP. “ClearVision has been a great partner in conveying our message through eyewear, and we respect their expertise and willingness to push this sunwear collection to the next level. Together we have created a chic, sleek, and wearable collection that lets today’s modern woman feel beautiful and good about herself.”

The 2014 sunwear collection is a fusion of global influences with an “indie rock” edge and includes over 40 styles, featuring iconic branding with distinctive silhouettes. Using elevated materials, unexpected color combinations and unique lens treatments adds a dynamic twist to the collection. Additional designs include architectural details fused with vintage inspired elements, translucent color glamor gels and a spin on classics with new proportions. You will also find directional metal finishes and bold color treatments to compliment your BCBGMAXAZRIA looks.

Founded in 1949, ClearVision Optical is an award-winning leader in the optical industry, designing and distributing eyewear and sunwear for top brands, such as BCBGMAXAZRIA, Cole Haan, Ellen Tracy, IZOD, Marc Ecko Cut & Sew, Ocean Pacific, and Jessica McClintock. ClearVision’s in-house brands include ClearVision Collection, Junction City, Digit, and Dilli Dalli pediatric eyewear.

Our years of experience working with BCBGMAXAZRIA’s creative team has given us a great understanding of the brand’s DNA, pivotal in creating a collection that speaks to the BCBGMAXAZRIA consumer,” says Peter Friedfeld, ClearVision executive vice president. “This understanding, combined with our expertise in designing quality eyewear and suns, has allowed us to create an exciting collection that is glamorous, well-fitting, and sophisticated.”

The 2014 BCBGMAXAZRIA sunwear collection is expected to retail for $79 – $149.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Announces Preliminary Schedule for the new York Spring/Summer 2014 Collections

Summer may be almost over, but the fashion industry is kicking into high gear as the 2014 Spring/Summer New York Fashion Shows are just a few weeks away from their debut. Mercedes-Benz Fashion (New York) Week draws hundreds of thousands of fashion fans to New York City, and today IMG Fashion, owners and producers ofMercedes-Benz-Fashion-Week_06 the Event, announced the preliminary line up of designers who will take center-stage at Lincoln Center, September 5-12, 2013.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week truly embodies the global scale of the fashion industry and highlights the limitless boundaries of design. A leader in the global fashion event circuit; Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York has the highest number of international designers who choose to make this Event the home for their Collection debuts,” says Christina Neault, Executive Producer, IMG Fashion Events and Properties. “As well, with three fashion schools and numerous emerging designers presenting alongside their established colleagues, Lincoln Center is the place to discover the next rising star.”

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York is internationally recognized as the world’s stage to premier the latest744px-mercedes-benz_logo_svg developments in cutting-edge fashion to the global fashion industry,” said Stephanie Zimmer, Manager of Brand Experience Marketing for Mercedes-Benz USA. “The excitement is building in anticipation of what will hit the runways from both the well-known designers and emerging talent showing this season.”

Over 100,000 guests, journalists, buyers and members of the industry make Lincoln Center become the heartbeat of the city for the 8 days of shows and events. Title sponsor Mercedes-Benz is joined by DHL, American Express®, Maybelline New York, TRESemmé, Samsung, Reel Code, Style Network, WGSN, Beck’s Sapphire, The New York Times, as well as Women’s Wear Daily and Getty Images.

September 5th

  • 9AM NICHOLAS K at STUDIO
  • 10AM BCBGMAXAZRIA at THEATRE
  • 11AMR ICHARD CHAI at STAGE
  • 1PM SUPIMA at STUDIO
  • 2PM TADASHI SHOJI at STAGE
  • 2:30-3:30PMC ANDELA at BOX
  • 3PM DESIGUAL at THEATRE
  • 5PM MARISSA WEBB at STUDIO Continue reading