In the Name of Charity: Bellevue Club Fashion Show 2011
Posted: Oct 26 2011
Last week, I had the privilege of attending my first event for Built for Man (BFM) as their newest Web Editor in Chief. The entire BFM tribe of stylists, PR people, and interns descended upon the heavily attended and well-appointed Bellevue Club annual Fashion Show benefitting Overlake Hospital. The evening’s show featured ready to wear designs for spring and fall from many local designers including BFM, Seattle’s famed David Lawrence, ADICORA Swimwear by Niveen Heaton, and La Bijou whose carefully chosen troupes of models strutted down the runway all in the name of charity.
Amidst the high-energy crowd were eager execs, entrepreneurs, savvy shoppers, and lofty social climbers ready to gaze upon what people are wearing now and what they will be wearing in the coming seasons. Less formal than its counterpart fashion shows and events, the Bellevue Club’s annual show has the ability to inspire the fashion focused attendees to find pieces that are wearable and attainable now.
The surprising buzz of the night was the presence of men and their newfound interest in style expression. This fall, I have traveled the nation extensively this season and men from Seattle to Dallas are again waking up to the idea of actually taking the time to present themselves in the best way they possibly can. The heightened awareness of their appearance is giving the ladies stiff competition as men seek a more polished and sophisticated everyday style. The creation of individual style has many steps but the most vital may be the acquiring of essential pieces. Built for Man showcased their line’s array of drawstring pants, hand knitted Masks, classic dress shirts and the luxurious Baby Alpaca signature pieces that BFM has become known for. Any one of these pieces would begin the creation of a timeless wardrobe and the crowd agreed. Not only was dapper producer and co-host Eduardo Kwaham donning a BFM signature dress shirt, I answered countless questions about the line after the run and I would consider this show a success.
Proceeds from the night’s events benefitted Overlake Hospital Medical Center's Ensuring Excellence Fund.
Contributed by K. Rodriguez