The problem with New York Fashion Week is that, while glamorous, it's ultimately unattainable. You can't afford the clothes, and even if...

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The problem with New York Fashion Week is that, while glamorous, it’s ultimately unattainable. You can’t afford the clothes, and even if you could, you can’t wear them till next season. Also, New York is far away.

Which is why I’m attracted to the idea of Bellevue Fashion Week, which debuts tonight at Lincoln Square with a Nordstrom runway show and continues through Sept. 23. The first-time event will showcase current trends and fashions, which are conveniently available at The Bellevue Collection, i.e. the stores in Bellevue Square, Bellevue Place and Lincoln Square. Instant gratification — just my style.

“Our fashion week is about what you can find at the Bellevue Collection now, and how to take what you see on the runway and apply it to your lifestyle,” said Jennifer Leavitt, a spokeswoman for the Bellevue Collection properties. “Not everyone’s going to be able to wear skinny-leg jeans, so how do you apply the season’s styles to your body type?”

In other words, it’s a gentler, more accessible fashion week. No having to worry about getting trampled under Anna Wintour’s stilettos.

Some events require tickets or RSVPs; proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Visit for details.

Pamela Sitt: 206-464-2376 or