Photos by Melissa Levin
Sunday evening marked the last night of Bellevue Fashion Week– a spectacular week filled with designer runway shows, posh after parties, trend shows, fashion forecasts and beauty tutorials. It was a week where people all across the state of Washington (and possible beyond) could come together in one place and be inspired by fall fashion.
But style is not just limited to clothing. Style incorporates everything from your nail color to your makeup to your hair. And according to SEVEN the salon, “hair is the most important thing that you wear.”
MEMOIR was the name of SEVEN’s runway show and memorable it definitely was. After a extended cocktail hour complete with champagne, dark chocolate, and models exhibiting Cirque du Soleil hairstyles, guests were lead into the lowly lite showroom, where the runway and the SEVEN logo glowed white against the black lights. Packed with hair stylists, make-up artists and general hair enthusiasts, the anticipation and excitement in the air was infectious. As a rhythmic indie beat echoed out over the speakers, models clothed in all black began to strut down the runway sporting classic looks like easy loose curls, blown-out waves, straight and sleek, and back-combed with lots of body. The next “collection” to hit the cat walk was entitled “Memoirs of a Revolutionary Spirit,” which highlighted daring looks like fire red spiral curls, long fringe bangs, electric blue pixie cuts and burgundy ombres. Perhaps the most interesting look from the Revolutionary collection was one model whose hair stood straight back off of her head, creating an almost explosive effect (especially because it looked like the tips of her hair were singed gray). “Memoirs of a Renaissance Man” showcased different men’s hairstyles, some of them classic like the pompadour and gelled back look, while others were a bit unconventional like a subtle Mohawk. By far the most interesting portion of the evening was found in the “Memoirs of an Architect,” which featured bright colors and choppy architectural right angles; one model had her head completely shaved except for a square patch of hot pink bangs. While I am fairly certain that particular look isn’t going to catch on any time soon, I thoroughly enjoyed getting the chance to see such a creative hair show. If what I saw on the runway was any indication, SEVEN truly believes that hair is an art form not to be taken for granted. SEVEN’S Memoirs was a fantastic culmination of Bellevue Fashion Week and wonderful start to the fall season.
I feel so inspired I might even go get some hot pink bangs!