Seattle’s most fashionable (seriously, we saw Gene Juarez) gathered this weekend for the Bellevue Collection’s first in-person event since 2019: two nights of the mall’s most coveted fall pieces, loads of small hors d’oeuvres, and donations to local Bellevue Lifespring and Dressing charities Up for Seattle success. Marketing VP Jennifer Leavitt says this year’s celebrations amassed $ 75,000, all of which was donated.
In short, Bellevue Fashion Week is an event worth attending, and not just because it’s one of the few times you see a room full of Washingtonians all in disguise. If you missed it this year (or just don’t want to brave the bridges – it’s hard to blame you), here are some of our favorite runway trends, plus some guest tips from local style experts in the audience.
Moto jackets are great this season. This soft faux suede version softens the biker chick a bit (though you can surely spice it up with an all black catwalk-inspired look).
Neutral colors have dominated the PNW fashion scene since the beginning of time. Not this year. Switch things up with a bright and cozy ski wear-inspired buffer that makes the strenuous commute back to work a bit more like lying in bed.
Have you ever tried diving back into work clothes only to swim in an ocean of brightly colored, solid color suits? We’re cool with it.
Bomber jacket but make it the most comfortable in your closet. We dream of this 100% lambskin jacket – look at this rose gold collar! – to wear with everything we own all winter long. Maybe forever.
It’s not for nothing that this coat is called The Only Coat: Made from a high-quality blend of wool and cashmere, which is supposed to withstand temperatures of up to 14 degrees Fahrenheit (God forbid), you hardly ever have to wear anything else, as long as you give in and one Pack the umbrella. We’re obsessed with monochromatic cream styling, but it’s also available in seven other fall-friendly tones.
That’s probably not what you meant when you said you would never wear “hard pants” again, but listen to us: nothing takes you from the office to the cocktail bar like a classic leather skirt. (Afraid of staying warm? She combined the Bellevue collection with the yellow jacket from Baum und Pferdgarten and some knee-high black socks.)
If you love teddy coats, go big – or go high with this double-breasted, ultra-plush version from J.Crew. (Let the records show that salmon pink is neutral.)
Wondering how to wear all those statement collar button-ups that you bought this season? Now is the time to get on the pullover-vest train. Oak and Fort has a lot of them.
This leather thing is NOT a joke. If you’re as serious about it as we are, go for a complete night out look with a faux leather dress that’s all cheesy, cool, and much warmer than anything else you’d wear on Capitol Hill.
Everyone needs a longline coat, if only for that reason, like feeling like you’re in a blanket. Don’t you want to look like an old detective? Navy will keep it in 2021.
Satin midi skirts add a structural interest to an all-time knitted uniform in cold weather. Yes, you can wear them with high boots.
We wouldn’t dream of excluding menswear from this trend – especially now that we know the classic leather jacket is available in this updated silhouette. Wear it over a t-shirt and jeans for an instant change into the chic a motorcycle might have.
Greetings to the 1960s-inspired fall fashion that brings in some key earthy tones this season. Story of My Dress style blogger Lisa Dawn plans to pair this versatile crop jacket with a paisley slip dress and “the perfect fall boots” – “I’m so about sweatpants.” Hear hear.