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September 22, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Indie spirit: Local designers take the stage this week, but you can wear their clothes now

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By Caitlin King / Special to Sunday Market

Fashion Weeks are taking place in major cities around the world this month — including Bellevue.

The Bellevue Collection holds a series of shows each fall. Highlighting this year’s events is Wednesday evening’s Independent Designer Runway Show, a showcase of Seattle-area designers.

This year’s show, which is also a competition for cash prizes, features a mix of up-and-comers and more-established designers. Whether or not you scored tickets to the event, you can find many of the participants’ looks right now online and at local boutiques. Here’s a sneak peek.

Former Nordstrom designer Brian Cuddy’s CUDDY line is filled with bold prints on classic silhouettes. The digitally printed designs — inspired by abstract geometric artist Genevieve Claisse — and vibrant colors stand out on his new 100-percent-silk Shift Dresses ($148 at cuddystudios.com).

Silvae designer Deborah Roberts is looking to make a bigger impression after already landing retailers such as Glasswing in Capitol Hill and Velouria in Pioneer Square. Her feminine Jacobs Pleated Skirt ($347 at Glasswing), in poly viscose and leather, is an edgy take on the classic midi skirt. And her wool Sabine Wrap Jacket ($547 at Velouria), in gray and cream stripes, is a luxe fall statement coat.

If you’re looking for a chic way to combat Seattle’s wet weather, check out Silvae’s water-resistant, leather-finished-cotton Falkirk Anorak ($672 at silvaeofthewoods.com). It features a flattering cinched waist, asymmetrical hem and generous hood.

Give off a downtown vibe with designer Tina Witherspoon’s BOHO Republic 3-Key Gown ($295 at
bohorepublic.com). The charmeuse dress pairs a boxy fit with sexy high side slits, and is available in a geometric print.

Head to Seattle-based online shop Seneca & Spruce to snag emerging talent Tom Ordonio’s designs. Take on fall’s animal-print trend with The Luxe T Leather Top ($699 at senecaandspruce.com) in a sultry leopard print that’s perfect for a night out on the town.

Top a casual fall look with fair-trade enthusiast Rebekah Adams’ The Jumper’s Vest ($150; made to order via rebekahadams.com). Made of vintage wool with reclaimed cord, nylon and grosgrain ribbon details, this piece adds spice to jeans and a button-down.

Beacon Hill-based designer Mia Fioravanti is known for her functional yet stylish Mill Skirt ($195 at miafioravanti.com). This season, the piece gets a mid-length update ($210) in a luxurious wool that pairs perfectly with booties and a sweater.

April Pride’s signature made-to-order halter dress has already landed her a gig where clients can schedule a fitting at the Four Seasons Seattle. But don’t pass by her No. 1 Wool Suiting Maxi ($995 at aprilpride.com); it’s the same halter top paired with a longer-length skirt.

Go body-con with the fitted Skeleton Mini Dress ($160) by Melanie Trygg of KLAD Apparel. Complete the look with heels and a moto jacket or the Cavalry Wool Jacket ($200, both at kladapparel.com), a wear-everywhere layer that features a draped silk collar and canvas bow-tie back detail.

Kristie Metcalf of Calotype has an effortless Navy Jumpsuit ($320, made to order via calotypedesign.com) made with indigo rayon-blend material for an easy drape. Pair it with heels and an animal-print clutch for a sophisticated and edgy look.

For another take on the jumpsuit, check out the Lu. Jumpsuit N° 1 ($325 at thisislu.us) from designer Jenny Fort. The street-cool design features a dropped crotch and an exposed gold zipper in front.

These 10 designers have received mentoring by a panel of fashion-industry members, and one will be announced as the winner at the end of the runway show. But the real winner may just be Seattle-area fashion fans as the designers expand their collections this fall.

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