A similar version of this article by Angela Cabotaje first appeared in the 2013 Bellevue Visitor Guide
Photo Courtesy of The Bellevue Collection
From flaunt-it luxury brands to starlet-studded runway shows to bargain-hunting paradises, Bellevue is a fashion mecca. Here’s how to shop this style destination, season by season.
Get a front row view of spring styles at The Bellevue Collection’s spring fashion show. Photo by Team Photogenic.
Emerge from hibernation to shop fresh-from-the-dress-form designs. The Bellevue Collection is a saving grace for those wanting to maximize their time with 250-plus stores inside three skybridge-connected hubs: Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square, and Bellevue Place. In April watch the latest styles strut down the catwalk during an exclusive spring fashion show and mini-runway events, then shop your favorite looks at department stores and boutiques including Coach, Kate Spade, and Michael Kors. Or discover what’s hot this season in home fashion by visiting the displays located throughout Bellevue Square.
Soak up the sunshine outside with some shopping in Old Bellevue. This Main Street district features leafy trees and vintage lampposts, making it perfect for a picturesque promenade and a detour (or five) into its number of charming shops. Browse the casually luxe offerings from La Ree Boutique, check out local label Jarbo, and discover plenty of jewelry and home décor finds. When the heat picks up, hightail it to The Shops at The Bravern—a European-inspired shopping village that invites strolls through its lushly landscaped property and beckons guests inside to Neiman Marcus and high-end designer showrooms.
Fast-forward to fall when it’s all about Fall Fashion Week, which draws flocks of high-heeled fashionistas to The Bellevue Collection. Enjoy a host of trunk shows, special sales, beauty parties, and—of course—the Vogue-sponsored Front Row Fashion Show and the Independent Designer Runway Show. Get ready for the rainy days ahead at Crossroads Shopping Center by stocking up on indoor entertainment options from kid-approved stores like Half Price Books, Crossroads Toys, and Uncle’s Games.
The Shops at The Bravern dressed up for the winter holidays. Photo Courtesy of The Shops at The Bravern.
Counter the chill with some fashion fa la la. Luxury brands—Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Gucci, and Jimmy Choo, to name a few—are at The Bravern, while the budget-friendly Nordstrom Rack is a discount destination for designer duds in Factoria. Avoid the Valentine’s Day doghouse with a sparkly surprise from The Bellevue Collection’s Tiffany & Co or Gordon James Fine Diamonds in Old Bellevue.