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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.

Recap: Seven The Salon Fashion Show During Bellevue Collection Fashion Week

Taylor Corson modeling hair by stylist, Joseph Anthony (photo credit: Stacey Mertes)

Taylor Corson modeling hair by stylist, Joseph Anthony (photo credit: Stacey Mertes)

Illuminessence, the Seven the Salon-hosted fashion show of hair, was held at the Hyatt Regency on the last night of Bellevue Collection’s Fashion Week. The Bellevue Collection and the Kemper Freeman family raised nearly $85,000 for The Moyer Foundation and Bellevue LifeSpring during their 9th annual Fashion Week at The Bellevue Collection’s stylish fall fashion runway shows. The hair show, was…um, hair raising, to say the least. I arrived early to weave through the perfectly-coifed crowd and pedestaled models donning intricate hairstyles that delighted the eyes and gave you a peek at what you might see in the evening’s show.

Perfectly coiffed hair (photo credit: Stacey Mertes)

Perfectly coiffed hair (photo credit: Stacey Mertes)

Once seated in front of the runway, models were seated at all four corners of the runway with not-so-impressive hair, while stylists began creating their masterpieces as we watched as if Michelangelo was busily carving a sculpture. After a brief light show and introduction reminding us that our hair is not a fixture but an accessory that can change and grow as our fashion does, models appeared with glamourous hairdos that emphasized texture and height. The outrageous outfits of tulle complimented the intricate designs on their heads.

Models show off the extreme tease (photo credit: Stacey Mertes)

Models show off the extreme tease (photo credit: Stacey Mertes)

Model shows fun colored and teased hair (photo credit: Stacey Mertes)

Model shows fun colored and teased hair (photo credit: Stacey Mertes)

 

Then the men paraded out, some with shirts, some without, and donned everything from the asymmetrical short cut to the long wavy locks of Fabio. Then began the techno funk as more women entranced us with mullets, unusually colored and teased hair (probably more appropo for Seattle weather.) I particularly liked the ponytail with graffiti written on its tail.

Annika Krol from Poulsbo models soft braids on one side and full waves on the other (photo credit: Stacey Mertes)

Annika Krol from Poulsbo models soft braids on one side and full waves on the other (photo credit: Stacey Mertes)

Annika showing waves on one side and soft braids on the other (photo credit: Stacey Mertes)

Annika showing waves on one side and soft braids on the other (photo credit: Stacey Mertes)

 

While most of these hair styles could not be worn out daily, they most certainly could be seen on a special night out or in moderation on the runway of life, the sidewalk. It certainly gave you pause as to what you can do with hair and how creative you can be with just the hair on your head. A runway show like this gives you permission to try something new and possibly outrageous or perhaps just outside your comfort zone to make a statement and change up your signature style if even for just an evening.

All models parade at the end of the show...love that graffiti pony tail (photo credit: Stacey Mertes)

All models parade at the end of the show…love that graffiti pony tail (photo credit: Stacey Mertes)

The mission of Bellevue LifeSpring is to foster stability and self-sufficiency for Bellevue’s children and their families through programs that feed, clothe and educate. Bellevue LifeSpring has been a longtime partner of The Bellevue Collection. The Kemper Freeman family supports our Thrift Shop, located in Bellevue Square, by only charging $1 per year in rent. Last year, Bellevue LifeSpring provided over 80,000 meals to children living in poverty. The organization also provides back-to-school clothing, educational scholarships and emergency services to 3,600+ children and their families that they serve in Bellevue. The Moyer Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide comfort, hope and healing to children affected by loss and family addiction. Founded in 2000 by World Series champion pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen, The Foundation created and supports two signature programs. Camp Erin® is the nation’s largest network of free bereavement camps for grieving children and teens ages 6 – 17. Camp Mariposa® is a free, first-of-its-kind program for children ages 9-12 impacted by a family member’s addiction.

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