Bellevue Collection Fashion Week Goes Virtual

It’s been a hard year for the fashion world.

Even fashion industry icon Sarah Ruston — the former vice president of global buying for Net-a-Porter and owner of roughly 500 pairs of heels — told Vogue she’s shedding layers of her designer-studded closet as a way of adapting to a more casual aesthetic brought on by COVID-19.

Few of us are dashing around the city. How many of us are actually wearing our sheath dresses, let alone our stilettos? But history has also shown us that in times of great hardship, like World War I and World War II, fashion snapped back with a high-frill vengeance. It’s hard not to crave a little glamour when we’re mostly stuck at home in slippers.

Queue Fashion Week at The Bellevue Collection, which kicked off with its virtual Posh Party Trend Show last Friday, followed by The Collective luxury runway show on Saturday. And it did not disappoint.

The choreographed runway show dripped with beautiful styling that showcased fall trends, including modern Victorian, plaid, gothic glam, equestrian, collegiate classics, animal print, suits, and outerwear.

Vivian Hsu Photography

In particular, we’re excited about modern takes on Victorian era fashion from the 1830s to the 1890s, respectively. The fashion of that era was bold and ostentatious with tiers of ruffles, voluptuous sleeves, and drapey silhouettes. Today, we’re seeing the styles emerge in subtle ways — no crinoline skirts of petticoats — but we are seeing a fullness in the architecture of sleeves, corset-like belts, and dresses and skirts with a breezy fit.

Vivian Hsu Photography

The styling for collegiate classics was intriguing as well. Think Paris-chic, with square scarves tied around the neck, plenty of mixed plaids, slimming blazers, and sneakers dolled up with sheer socks. Oh, and don’t forget the beret!

During The Collective Runway Show, we were glued to Bohemian looks from Johnny Was, which felt like a sun-kissed vacation to Asia or perhaps the Middle East. Tory Burch was another head-turner. The designer’s fall capsule capitalized on exaggerated, fine-point collars; plaid pussy bows; and mega-watt prints in all varieties. Eileen Fisher had plenty of casual ensembles that are perfect for right now — oversized cardigans, luxe athleisurewear, and cozy dresses that are easy to layer.

If you didn’t get to see the show, you can still join in on some of the fun online with the option to shop the runway in The Bellevue Collection’s show gallery. As always, Bellevue Collection donated 100 percent of the show proceeds to Bellevue LifeSpring, a nonprofit that serves children in need.

We hope this offers some inspiration. Even if you are taking meetings from the comfort of your home office, we encourage you to get creative with your fashion. The mood-boosting power of a curated outfit is amazing. And we’re placing bets that we’ll all be dying to get dressed up once we get the chance.

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