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As a 4-year Leukemia survivor, Stacey Mertes is heavily involved in fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the American Diabetes Association. Her 7-year-old son, Logan, is a recently diagnosed Type 1 diabetic, but keeps Stacey on her toes with his own active fundraising endeavors such as the Columbia Tower climb (for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society), WaMu stair climb (for Cystic Fibrosis), and several triathlons and other stair climbs around the city. Originally from a suburb of Chicago, Stacey has lived in many of the local neighborhoods (including spending 11 years next to the Pike Place Market), since graduating from the University of Washington. She finally settled down in the most diverse zip code in the country, Columbia City, where she enjoys walks to the many restaurants, farmers market, and art events nearby. Her favorite hobby of late is finding the most fun “free” things to do around Seattle with her son. She loves movies, plays, visiting the Pacific Science Center and other museums, and finding those geocaching adventures.

Interview With Vogue Magazine’s Cara Crowley And Lawrence Zarian On Fashion In Seattle

Cara Crowley and Lawrence Zarian in Bellevue during Fashion Week (photo credit: Stacey Mertes)

Cara Crowley and Lawrence Zarian in Bellevue during Fashion Week (Photo Credit: Stacey Mertes)

If you’re a fan of fashion, then you’ve most likely heard of these two fashion experts: Cara Crowley, the Market Stylist for Vogue, and Lawrence Zarian, host, television personality, style expert and author, and most notably, the style expert for Live with Kelly and Michael, and red carpet interviews for Entertainment Tonight. Both were in town this past week for Bellevue Fashion Week and sat down to discuss the latest trends in fashion.

Model donning a dress from Intermix (photo credit: Stacey Mertes)

Model donning a dress from Intermix (Photo Credit: Stacey Mertes)

They began by bringing out four models wearing a variety of fashionable looks this Fall. The first model wore a black and white geometric dress from Intermix paired with the must-have-in-every-closet, tall, black boot. As all the models represented, the trend in makeup is minimalist except for the bright, red lip.

The next model came out in bold, rich colors of burgundy and orange by Marc by Marc Jacobs and bright shoes from Top Shop. The look is super comfortable but chic with stretch leather and boyfriend jacket. The hair that the models donned, ever popular in New York now, is the low ponytail and again with the sharp lip.

Apparently the ‘90s are back. Lawrence Zarian advises that if you are going to give a nod to the ‘80s or ‘90s, then go all out. The model wore a rock-n-roll look with layering from wonderful pieces from the ‘90s. She wore flannel, very popular this Fall – Tartan to be exact – with the must-have-in-every-closet leather jacket. The jacket was also studded, another trend this Fall. The layered jewelry in the ensemble secured it as a modern ‘90s look.

Model working the '90s look (photo credit: Stacey Mertes)

Model working the ’90s look (Photo Credit: Stacey Mertes)

And not to forget the men, the final model was dressed in layers of gray sweater, long-sleeve button-down shirt, light blue coat, and navy pants (navy is the new black this Fall), with a wrapped loose scarf.

Model wearing a Fall look for men (photo credit: Stacey Mertes)

Model wearing a Fall look for men (Photo Credit: Stacey Mertes)

Zarian emphasizes that clothes don’t have to match, but you must carry the attitude with your fashion to make any fashion work. And to always emphasize the face. If people are noticing your clothes before your face, then you are doing something wrong.

When asked what her perception of Seattle style was, Crowley said, “You guys really rock your style … I noticed the other day on my run, that people are layering and working the fashionable street style that you see in New York as well.”

Crowley’s advice about parts of your wardrobe that are not in style – “Hold on to your good pieces, because everything comes back in style at some point.”

Both Zarian and Crowley agree that the key pieces to have this Fall are the leather bomber jacket in any color and bold colors – burgundy is very in right now – either in a shirt, a skirt, or as simple as a lip. The pointed toe is making its way back in the limelight and anything layered and textured will keep you trendy. For men, no socks with suits, colored cords, dark denim, vests, and sweaters with blocks of color. They hinted that the two piece khaki suit will be very in this coming Spring and Summer.

Model wearing Marc by Marc Jacobs and shoes by Top Shop (photo credit: Stacey Mertes)

Model wearing Marc by Marc Jacobs and shoes by Top Shop (Photo Credit: Stacey Mertes)

The most important rule they said was to find a style that works for you and go with that. You may add some trendy pieces or color with your style, but keep with what makes you look good and feel sexy. Zarian admits that if he tries something on and it doesn’t make him feel sexy, then he just doesn’t wear it.

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