On Tuesday night, I attended the aLIVE Fashion Show to benefit the Seattle YWCA Dress for Success program and World Relief Seattle. Held at an airy, modern venue in the Westlake area, it was a fun benefit show for two very worthy non-profits in Seattle: ‘multicultural’, ‘repurposed’ and ’empowering women’ were the themes of the evening and of the fashion sent down the runway. As always, one of my absolute favorite parts of events like these is the people-watching aspect of it all. Some were dressed to the nines, some clearly came straight from work, and some looked positively club-ready:

Trendy gams in the front row.

The show kicked off with a showing of select pieces that YWCA Dress for Success clients have to choose from, and it was a powerful illustration of how dressing the part can give a woman the confidence to put her best foot forward in the workplace. East Pike Vintage followed with a sampling of 1920s through 1940s-era ensembles, and Queen Anne Dispatch showed dresses available at their boutique. Switching gears from vintage chic to groovy minimalism, the show concluded with a combination of looks from C. Mor. Threads, accessorized with headdresses and wraps at Baby & Co. and unconventional jewelry made from items sourced worldwide by Pariscope Studios.

Looks from the YWCA Dress for Success showing.

Dressed up at East Pike Vintage.

Looks from Queen Anne Dispatch.

Funky vintage at C. Mor. Threads.

The final walk.

The aLIVE benefit show is one of the first to kick off a series of late summer events, leading up to Fashion’s Night Out and the Fashion First show in September. Summers in Seattle, although they seem to arrive fashionably late (the weather is just now becoming reliably nice in late July), are full of amazing activities and events, and I am happily filling my calendar with shows, street fairs, concerts, and benefits. See you there!

“There is no better parallel between women and the world of fashion.” -Kiantha Woods, Program Director, Seattle YWCA Dress for Success


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