We buy All Access tickets to get goodies such as front row seats or valet parking (one year we lost our car! It was a nightmare so valet parking was an awesome perk.) The Bellevue Collection and various partners get together to put on a benefit fashion show, announcing the beginning of Fall/Winter Fashion. The benefit was for the Moyer Foundation! What a deal! We get to have a girl's night out, an incredible fashion show, and help out children.
Neiman Marcus at The Bravern. It's an hour plus drive to Bellevue from where we live. Since this is the only Neiman Marcus in Washington state, I was going to take advantage of our drive to refill my Meteorites compact and get a Fresh Soy Cleanser. We also stopped at one of my favorite cupcake bakeries, Trophy Cupcakes for a before fashion show treat. Check out the lemon cupcake! It was a delicious way to start the adventure.
Hyatt Regency was our host for the second year running. A beautiful hotel with gorgeous modern sculptures and a lush interior, it is the perfect backdrop for Fashion Week. Complimentary valet parking was included on the ticket price this year. I was excited to take advantage of this deal because of our SNAFU last year. We entered right into this room from the side street where the friendly valets took my Miata.
|Anne Vincent, Vogue|
|From Nordstrom - Fur|
Some of the name brands/designers work featured in the show were Haute Hippie, Joie, Diane Von Furstenberg, Rachel Roy Rachel. I liked the Kate Spade jeweled cardigan. My picture (in the slide show) makes it look yellow but it's a lovely bright pistachio. Another favorite item was actually the tights, especially the orange ones. They added a great punch of color to the outfits. Unfortunately, the accessories weren't listed but there were some fantastic shoes, handbags, headbands, and jewelry. I loved the rhinestone ball necklace featured with a few outfits but couldn't get a clear picture of it (seriously that is the story of my life.). The menswear was to drool for with suits by Boss Hugo Boss. The models themselves made nice eye candy too! I loved everything from Banana Republic (as per my usual modus operandi).
Each guest received a swag bag with great items such as OPI nail polish, a cosmetics bag from the Bellevue Collection, samples from Sephora (who donated make-up stylists for the show), Obadiah Salon (hair stylists), and other assorted delights. Plus there were plenty of coupons, gift cards, and shopping treats to encourage a whirlwind of shopping madness in the mall afterwards. I took advantage of the Banana Republic coupon to buy a cardigan. Inside the mall, after the show, the models posed on picture frame stands to get a closer look at the clothes. You will see a picture of this at the end of my slide show. But the best part besides the shopping was the dessert spread and free goodies from some of the participating stores such as Crabtree and Evelyn where we scored a little gift bag of samples. The dessert spread in the mall consisted of the most delicious shortbread thumbprint cookies with fruit (one was mango and I don't know what the other was) sprinkled with sugared rose petals. I could have eaten about a dozen of these but restrained myself to trying the two flavors. In addition to these goodies, Z'Tejas and PinkaBella offered samples upstairs. There were more samples along the way such as Cinnabon but we didn't make it to those.
Check out my next post for the slide show of my pics. I am struggling with a soundtrack for the movie of the Fashion Show so today it's basically an add your own soundtrack moment. Have a fashionable day! And enjoy!
|My Favorite Kate Spade in the Sweater Girls Theme|