Bellevue, Washington (PRWEB) June 29, 2012
After careful review, a panel of local fashion leaders selected six local apparel designers and two handbag designers to participate in the first ever Independent Designer Runway Show on Sept. 26th during this year’s Fashion Week at The Bellevue Collection 2012. Over the next few months, the designers will go through a process of mentorship from the panel with the end result of each designer presenting a six to eight look collection on the runway.
One of the selected designers will receive a prize package that includes Fashion Funds to help build their business and a special display in Bellevue Square during the month of October. All selected participants will contribute a look for the Sept. 6th Fashion’s Night Out event at The Bellevue Collection as well as receive exposure in advertising and promotions for the new fashion runway show at Fashion Week 2012.
“The experience of meeting all of these amazing local designers confirms for all of us that the region has a wealth of creative talent,” says Jennifer Leavitt of The Bellevue Collection. “This new show will be an incredible addition to the events at Fashion Week at The Bellevue Collection 2012 and something that we hope the community will embrace as we work to support and advance the local fashion industry.”
“I think it will be the strongest creative/indie show that [has] hit Seattle with your resources… and organization,” Carole McClellan, one of the selected designers. “The panel opened my mind up about my product, which is really going to affect what I show in September.”
September 26, 2012 the selected designer will join Seattle-area NBC’s Season One Fashion Star contestants Lisa Vian Hunter of Vian Hunter House of Fashion, and Lizzie Parker along with her partner Nicolas Bowes of Los Angeles, also a Fashion Star contestant, on the runway!
Tickets for ALL runway events go on sale today. For tickets and more information on this event and all Fashion Week 2012 events, go to http://www.bellevuecollection.com/fashionweek.
About The Bellevue Collection
Located in the heart of Bellevue, Washington, The Bellevue Collection, owned by Kemper Development Company, includes Bellevue Square a super-regional upscale shopping center, Bellevue Place, a mixed-use property featuring the Hyatt Regency Bellevue and small boutiques and Lincoln Square anchored by the Lincoln Square Cinemas, restaurants, home furnishings and The Westin Bellevue hotel. With a distinctive collection of 250 of the finest shops, 23 sit-down restaurants, a 16-screen premier cinema, 1,000 luxury hotel rooms and 10,000 free retail parking spaces, all in one location. The Bellevue Collection is shopping, dining and nightlife and entertainment experience unlike any other in the region. It is located on Bellevue Way between NE 4th and NE 10th Streets in downtown Bellevue, just across Lake Washington from Seattle.
About Fashion Group Seattle
The Fashion Group International is a global, non-profit, professional organization with 5000 members in the fashion industry including apparel, accessories, beauty and home. The FGI mission is to be the pre-eminent authority on the business of fashion and design and to help its members become more effective in their careers. To do this, FGI provides insights on major trends in person, online and in print; access to business professionals and a gateway to the influence fashion plays in the marketplace.
Femfessionals in Seattle is the 27th national chapter. They support women in businesses and host regular connection events, pink collar workshops and around town socials for diverse groups of professional women looking to make strategic connections to strengthen their business and social circle. A Femfessional is a savvy business woman characterized as positive, open-minded, driven, professional, ambitious and desirous of forming strong strategic connections with similar minded professional women to benefit each other personally and professionally and to benefit their community. Not only is she motivated to succeed, she is passionate about the success of others around her. A Femfessional is giving of herself and more than willing to help when she is needed. She wants to make an impact in the world, starting with the betterment of her City, and grow as a business professional and a woman. She is quite remarkable!