Photos by Jami Davis
Well fashion week may be over and done with for this year, but the influence and ideas that came from this season’s must have looks are alive and kicking. Thanks to my friends at 425magazine, I had the extraordinary opportunity to catch a glimpse of what’s hot this fall in terms of clothing, hair and make-up. The Posh Party Beauty and Trend show marked day 3 of Bellevue Fashion Week, and just like the day 1 and 2, it did not disappoint.
The show started with lovely make-up artists from Stila and Smashbox who gave guests insider tips and tricks for this season’s make-up trends. According to these talented artists, a good foundation that gives your face an “instagram appearance” is key to this season’s look, as is the smoky eye, classic cat’s eye and deep Bordeaux lip. Both Stila and Smashbox have the products to help you create this flawless fall look…you only need to head to the Cosmetics Counter at Macy’s to find them.
Once the Beauty portion of the party concluded it was time to begin the Trends show- and who do you think would be a better person to start it off than the Seattle Sounders‘ own, Eddie Johnson! Stepping out in a Sounder’s jersey, Eddie quickly changed into a dapper blazer and bowtie (much to the crowd’s delight) and introduced two of his other very fetching teammates, Doug Herrick and Josh Ford, both of whom were also wearing this season’s cutting styles. After the Sounders had their moment on the runway, it was the models’ turn to strut down the catwalk, revealing the coveted looks for this season. On men, the trends are changing up a bit; shorter hem lengths, mixed prints (including animal print), leather and fur are all the rage for men this season. The monochromatic trend is in this year for men and women, and models could be seen sporting head to toe looks in cobalt blue, magenta pink, canary yellow, deep maroon and fire-engine red. Lace is huge this season, especially in women’s casual and eveningwear; to offset the feminine and almost young quality that lace tends to bring, many of the looks were paired with leather to encourage an edgy vibe (leather boots, jackets, accessories, etc.).
Suiting is in (was it ever out?) and is not relegated to one style this season- casual suits, power suits, Chanel-style jackets with skirts, suits in plaid, tweed or twill- they all looked polished and sophisticated when paired with the proper shoes and accessories. Many of the suits on the runway also featured another big trend, mixing prints; perhaps one of my favorite trends right now, mixing prints is an interesting experiment with not only prints and patterns, but textures as well. There were stripes paired with animal prints, tweeds paired with plaid, even different animal prints were paired together. I know the idea of these prints collectively sounds like madness, but all of the outfits were cohesive because they had similar color story. In fact one of my favorite looks was a male model wearing a subtle brown tweed suit, a plaid dress shirt and a printed tie- it sounds like pattern overload, but man did he rock it! Don’t be afraid to rock it too!
If I could have a second favorite in terms of trends it would be the New Look, commonly referred to as the Dior Look. A throwback to the 20’s and 30’s, the New/Dior Look is ultra feminine and a bit seductive. Though the silhouette differed from model to model there was a general boudoir theme among the New Look collection: negligee inspired dresses, fur collars and cuffs, silk printed robes, felted low-brim hats and raised platform Mary Jane heels all had a very vintage, Great Gatsby vibe. Keeping in theme with the 1920’s, the models also wore loose messy curls and deep Boudreaux lips (so pretty!); a couple of the girls even had fur muffs and full-length gloves. This is definitely a look I am excited to try, especially since vintage pieces seems to be such a crucial element to the trend (time for some consignment shopping maybe?).
All in all, the Posh Party was a huge success and I left feeling inspired and reenergized by the beauty tips and stylish trends shown on the catwalk. You don’t have to travel far to experience great fashion, because fashion is found in the risk takers, trendsetters and rule breakers of any great city.
I’m ready to break some rules….are you?