On Saturday July 21, 2018, Fashion District NW presented the Couture and Cars Fashion Show at LeMay—America’s Car Museum in Tacoma.
With my favorite gal pals in tow, the whole evening was the perfect girls night out.
Emceed by the lovely Dr. Juliette Dang, the event highlighted several northwest designers in a fashion showcase that provided a true glimpse of each designer’s talent and artistic expression. Attendees were treated to the visual allure of vintage and modern exotic sportscars as the models walked a runway that weaved throughout the automobiles on display.
First to showcase her designs was Dawnamatrix, a USA-based latex fashion designer specializing in bespoke handcrafted latex fashion and rubber couture. Whether you are a stylist, seasoned fashionista, fetish model, or simply looking for a few pieces of latex rubber clothing to spice-up your wardrobe Dawnamatrix hopes you will find something to delight, inspire, and intrigue you with what they present in their latex clothing shop. Perfect for statement making or self expression, each look was definitely memorable and paired well with the jewelry from ANNXANNXDESIGN. ANNXANNXDESIGN was founded in 2013 by Han-Yin Hsu in Los Angeles, and is currently based out of the greater Seattle area. ANNXANNXDESIGN likes to think of the body as a landscape for jewelry. Their designs are focused on expressing the elegance of this landscape, and exploring the gesture of each element as it rests on the skin.
Following Dawnamatrix was Heidi Fish Swimwear with accessories by Lunaversoul. The fashion world knows Heidi as the award winning designer of chic swimsuits and swimwear featured in many of those dazzling Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues. Her couture designs are always flattering and always fashionable. At Lunaversoul, you will find handmade jewelry that is eclectic and soulful. They believe that all personalities are unique and it’s only natural that each person would want their own special piece of jewelry that allows them to express their own individuality and compliments the style they want to achieve. With vivid colors, rich textures, and clean design, each piece is guaranteed to turn heads while adding that wow factor to your favorite outfit.
Chany Venturini arrived next onto the runway. VENTURINI is the Bainbridge Island, Washington-based label of Maria “Chany” Venturini. She designs eco-conscious couture and finely tailored garments for her clientele. While her work embodies glamour and luxury, her pieces are composed of 80% reclaimed material. Feel good about what you wear to feel good.
The show continued with Designs by THOR – The House of Rose. The House of Rose (THOR) is best known for creating exquisite full suits and jackets for the man or woman that wants to stand out. Unparalleled in fine accents and customization, each Bespoke design by THOR ensemble, is perfected for optimum client fit and individual style with no two suits or jackets alike. Tony Iyke, who currently resides in Portland Oregon, grew up in Nigeria where he learned the profession of design and tailoring from his mentor and mother, Rose, whom he named his fashion label Designs by THOR (The House of Rose). Tony has always had a passion for designing and creating unique hand-crafted pieces that are both classy and distinguished, and last the test of time as such. He prides himself in his attention to detail and customer satisfaction.
Closing out the show was Lisa Marie Couture, paired with stunning jewelry of Namiko Abloom. Lisa Marie is a fashion designer specializing in evening and bridal couture. Her signature style is an embodiment of her belief that fashion is a transformative art, and a deeply personal experience. Namiko of Namiko was born in Aomori, Japan. She studied fashion design and worked as a lace designer for many years in Tokyo. After moving to Seattle in 2001, she began pursuing her passion for jewelry design. Inspired by the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest and it’s strong resemblance to Japan, Namiko found her art’s expression through intricate, handmade jewelry pieces. She continues to explore new avenues of expression in bridal and casual wear through her couture jewelry, headpieces, and accessories.
With a fantastic venue and incredible fashion, this event was a true highlight of northwest style and design. We can’t wait for next year’s show!
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