Arts& Entertainment: September is fashion month at London Couture

// London Couture takes the local fashion world by storm

September is the hottest month for fashion worldwide. London Couture, a renowned vintage couture house in downtown Tacoma, is at the forefront of everything in the local fashion world this season. The whirl of fashion festivities that birth during the heat of the conclusion of summer makes September one of the more essential times of the year for fashion. London Couture has taken September by storm with all events fabulous and glamorous.

As fashion pioneers of Tacoma, London Couture started off this season with a bang with the first ever Fashion’s Night Out party in Tacoma. Fashion’s Night Out takes place all over the world and country to celebrate the kick-off of New York Fashion Week in retail stores all over the country and this year London Couture was one of them.

Fashion’s Night Out took place on Sept. 6 and the doors of London Couture opened spilling out the glitz and glamour. The night was a celebration of international Fashion’s Night Out as well as a unique tribute to fashion legend Betsey Johnson.

From the pedestaled models adorned head to toe Johnson designs to the colorful yummy “mock-tail” bar, every aspect of London Couture’s Fashion’s Night Out had Johnson written all over it. Shoppers were able to experience a truly unique shopping escapade with London Couture’s expert stylist to help them browse through the newly released and exclusive designer pieces by names like BCBG, Dior, Chanel and of course Johnson.

One of the more extravagant surprises of the night was the unveiling of the breathtaking, never before seen and one-of-a-kind Johnson collection of unfinished dresses and tops that London Couture purchased from Johnson’s own personal showroom in New York. These pieces were finished by London Couture, which then released the one-of-a-kind collaborative fashions. This impeccable collection was the cherry on top of one of the more fabulous events to ever grace the great city of Tacoma.

After a fabulous kick-off to a busy September of fashion, London Couture continues to bring amazing evenings of fashion to Tacoma. On Sept. 22, London Couture will be one of 40 local retailers and businesses at Shop ‘til You Drop. This event is taking place from 1-6 p.m. and is an opportunity to shop in a Parisian market themed Opera Alley at booths representing the best shops in Tacoma. This is sure to be a great way to spend your Saturday shopping local.

STRUTT FOR A MUTT

To end the month will be London Couture’s most anticipated event of the year, the third annual Strutt for a Mutt fashion show fundraiser on Sept. 29. Strutt for a Mutt it is a fashion show that London Couture hosts each year and features the latest in women’s and dog styles strutting down the runway before your eyes. This year, London Couture has teamed up with the Humane Society of Tacoma & Pierce County to give hope to the homeless dogs and cats within our community. With special MC Shannel from the television show “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” the goal is to raise more than $15,000 this year to support the Humane Society of Tacoma & Pierce County. It is the best way to celebrate local fashion and raise money to help our furry friends find wonderful homes. With this in mind, London Couture will be offering an amazing opportunity for any of the dogs or cats seen in the show to be adopted right there. Representatives from the Humane Society will be present to help you through adopting your own fabulous pet(s) seeking a home that night. This evening, filled with sparkling fashion, gorgeous models, glitz, glamour and adoptable pooches, will begin with an exclusive VIP pre-party at 6:30 p.m. and general admission seating at 7 p.m. in Tacoma’s historic Opera Alley.

In addition to the fashion show, there will be photo-ops, live auctions, raffle prizes, refreshments and hors d’oeuvres provided by AmeRAWcan Bistro throughout the evening. Thanks to a few local businesses, handmade and hand-decorated dog/cat beds will also be auctioned off. For tickets and more information on Strutt for a Mutt 2012, visit www.struttforamutt.com or call London Couture at (253) 327-1961. This is the ultimate London Couture event of the year and you will absolutely not want to miss it.

As a finale for the most happening month of fashion be sure to check out Tacoma Art Museum’s Bridal Bash on Sept. 30, where brides to be will be able to find London Couture’s bridal collections as well many other local wedding companies. September is on fire for fashion worldwide and London Couture has yet again succeeded in bringing national fashion to Tacoma. So make sure to attend a London Couture event because they will keep you coming back time and time again to see what sort of fashion magic they can brew up this time. From Strutt for a Mutt to Fashion’s Night Out Party, London Couture is a pivotal player in the local fashion scene and brings flavor and glamour to everything they are involved in. Visit http://www.lcvintage.com to stay current on everything London Couture.

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