Canvas Event Space in Seattle recently hosted Chance Fashion’s 8th Annual Artist of the Year Awards. What’s Up NW was proud to be a media sponsor of the evening’s event, showcasing the local Seattle fashion industry.
Chance is a non-profit dedicated to providing resources and opportunities to fashion artists of all levels. With nearly eight years of monthly fashion shows, this event has showcased a broad variety of talent from nearly every genre of fashion. Chance has also produced events outside Portland, San Francisco, and Hawaii, and has brought in designers to showcase from Texas and Florida. Chance is supported by Fashion District NW, Tatoosh Distillery & Spirits, Alphabet Vodka, Tiffany Talent Agency and What’s Up NW.
Russ Garwood and Dr. Juliet Dang hosted the evening showcasing Seattle’s local glamour while DJ Martini and MeltonWax seamlessly spinned the red carpet runway tunes. I must say, I caught some of their dancing skills throughout the evening, and they have impeccable moves!
Awards were also handed out throughout the evening.
Designer of the Year: TRASH by Tony
Photographer of the Year: Tony Leonhardt
Hair Stylist of the Year: Rose Shirley
Makeup Artist of the Year: Crystal Buhl
Women’s Wear Model of the Year: Destiny King
Menswear Model of the Year: Sandeep Saksham
Behind the Scenes MVP: Bob Tomazic
Winning at Life Award: Jessica Kilpatrick
Heavy Lifter Award: Steve Jensen
Most Versatile Player: Irene Adler
Promoter of the Year: Tasha Le
Commitment Award: Alyssa Leggett-Edwards
Breakout Artist of the Year: Jessica Rice
Breakout Volunteer of the Year: Anthony Starr
Community Outreach Award: Lisa Vian Hunter
Most Improved Talent: Sade Boger
The runway featured designs by:
Nox is a fashion line founded by Avi Hart in Seattle in 2017. Nox specializes in dark fashion featuring unique textiles, dramatic silhouettes and figure-flattering tailoring.
Mensonique by Lisa Mensonides offers custom designs, alterations, and sewing classes. Lisa has been sewing for 20+ years; her passion for creating started at an early age and she specializes in wedding dress alterations.
E’mit Couture is a custom fashion, out-of-the-box thinking, made to order men’s and women’s wear line.
Based out of Seattle, MEKA specializes in Aleut Inspired and Ready-To-Wear for Women.
Petals Fashion Group
Petals Fashion Group is your one stop shop for Indian attire.
Based in Olympia, WA, Moon Flower by Megan Yeager, is wearable art with one-of-a-kind and ready-to-wear handmade fashion.
Wai Wear is cosplay for any occasion. Amanda Wai Sloan’s love of cosplay led her to start experimenting with different looks and ensembles, cobbling together elements from a broad spectrum of themes and characters to reinvent the familiar in her own remarkable spirit. Amanda’s heart for other people led her to explore designing her own jaw-dropping costuming to showcase unique bodies and personalities as a beautiful package.
Find Your Inner Fashion
Find Your Inner Fashion creates custom, handmade, crochet and sewn fashion designs. They want customers to find their inner fashion, not only in the clothes that they design but also in the everyday people who wear them. Custom clothing is all the rage with many people wanting to wear their own unique designs out in public – creating custom t-shirts Houston is an attractive way of doing this meaning you can get your ideas made and delivered with relative ease.
BubbleGunk by Hildi, is an eclectic collection of fashion and physical manifestation. Each piece of BubbleGunk is unique, whether it by lovely and delicate or rough and flamboyant. Hildi draws her inspiration from life, music, and the very materials she utilizes. BubbleGunk is about the process, and the direction of each piece is forever influenced by her mood, environment, or the unpredictable hunt for materials. BubbleGunk is about coloring outside the lines. It does not conform to predetermined logic. BubbleGunk is self-determination, and is finding its own space in the universe of art and fashion.
MAC Fashion House
MAC Fashion House is Seattle’s freshest couture fashion house! The company’s stylsh and savvy founder, Carlisia Minnis, designs and produces all of her styles under the Mac Fashion label. Mac Fashion looks have appeared in magazines, runway shows, night clubs, and celebrity after parties for artists like Erykah Badu and Maxwell.
TRASH by Tony
TRASH by Tony is a clothing line of Dresses and other clothing made out of recyclable materials, as well as fabrics and re-altered clothing!
Atelier Sovanny, the brainchild of founder/designer Sovanny Van, is a women’s couture bridal and special occasion brand based in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. In addition to offering local custom-made and couture garments, we offer services for rental and styling of traditional Cambodian weddings; alterations and tailoring of off the rack garments; and sustainably conscious limited edition women’s ready to wear apparel and accessories.
Jersey Virago is a Seattle-based clothing company specializing in swimwear. Jersey Virago offers a variety of swimwear styles, creative cover-ups, and accessories. Every item is made by designer Meagan Kruz, right here in Seattle.