The Forbidden Fashion Show 2013

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ASOS dress / ALDO heels / Michael Kors watch / Express bracelet

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of enjoying Metropolitan Fashion Week's 6th Annual Forbidden Fashion Show. The stylish 21+ event took place at Russell's Loft and featured intimate designs for both men and women, by some of our local designers. Julius Leano, who designed the men's portion of the show, definitely succeeded in pleasing the ladies in the room with his designs. The chiseled male models didn't hurt either. ;) (I'm sucker for good looking, dark hair.)

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The show was fun and intimate, and I have my good friend Scarlette to thank for that (seen in blue below). She's the president of UW's La Mode: Fashion Club and an absolute sweet heart! I met her back at Metropolitan Fashion Week at the Chihuly Garden (here) and she's been my event buddy ever since! :) I can't wait for the next show! JN

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#Runway2Freedom

Hey loves! Two weeks ago I attended Runway to Freedom (special thanks to Lauren Grinnell), a fashion show in the diamond in the rough of Seattle, at Melrose Market Studios. It was the first time I attended a charity fashion show that brought me to tears. The show, which included an auction at the end, raised money for New Beginnings - Women Against Domestic Violence, which is a Seattle based support group for recovering women and children. 

There was a woman at the end of the show (I wish I could remember her name) , who told her story, of seeing saw her daughter recover from a drug addiction and surviving an abusive relationship, that really just broke my heart. I work in a hospital and I'm constantly encountering patients withdrawing from drug addictions and depression related suicide attempts, and I could only imagine their hardship. To hear about it affects a mom on a such a personal level, and to hear about her daughter being beat, is just wrong. No one should ever have to go through such pain. I'm just so glad that support groups like New Beginnings exist to help people like her make it through the day. xoxo JN

Photos by me, Jennifer Nguyen :) 

Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway

Hey loves! This Wednesday, I was invited to attend Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway. It's a fashion show at Pacific Place to kick off five days of shopping & savings in the downtown Seattle shopping area. 

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This would also be my first opportunity to attend as media (so I got to hang with those guys above).

I was accompanied by my best friend Annie, and we both had a blast walking the red carpet, a goodie bag, and enjoying cocktails in the lounge. (Details on my outfit can be found here).

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Here are some of my favorite looks from all shows: 

NORDSTROM

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SHOP THE RUNWAY

SANDYLEW

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There are definitely a lot of colors I'm really excited for this Fall season, and mustard yellow is one of the few on the top of my list! I'm loving this jacket (bottom right above) by SandyLew. Also, is it just me, or does the model on the bottom left (above), have a striking resemblance to Elizabeth Olsen?

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Also, just as my last experience at Metropolitan Fashion Week, the ladies in the room went wild when the male models hit the stage. Here they're modeling clothes from Barney's New York (left) and Zebra Club (right).

PALA PALA DRESS BOUTIQUE

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Besides the sold-out rows of seating surrounding the runway, there was an astounding number of people watching the show from the balcony of the 2nd to 4th floors of the mall. 

Macy's

Macy's

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Another trend I'm excited for, as the leaves turn yellow and Fall really sets in, is bring back the dark red lip. A lot of the models were sporting that look today.

CLUB MONACO

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SHOP THE RUNWAY 

I hope you all enjoyed this photographic journey with me to #RunwaySEA! It was definitely a new an exciting experience for me, so I am so happy to share it with you guys. Thank you so much for reading! Check out my vlog hereJN