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An Amazing August at The Bravern

August is here and there is plenty to do at The Bravern! Sip on the Sparkling Swedish Elixir cocktail at John Howie Steak, say hello to fall fashion at Neiman Marcus with previews and trunk shows of the season’s latest trends and hottest designers, and come see Pacific Northwest designers’ original styles at Seneca & Spruce’s official launch party at David Barton Gym. Also, see below for a very special save the date in honor of The Bravern’s 5th Anniversary, involving fashion shows, live entertainment and more!

Save the Date: Sept. 18 Fall Seasonal Showcase at The Bravern
Join The Bravern for its 5th anniversary celebration September 18, 2014, from 6-9 p.m. The Bravern’s Fall Fashion Showcase will feature two fashion shows from Neiman Marcus (6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.), live mannequins, music, specialty bites and drinks. Come grace the red carpet and experience what the premier shops, restaurants and purveyors have in store. We hope to see you there!

Fashion Magazine Launch Party & Show at David Barton Gym
On Friday, August 15, David Barton Gym will serve as the venue for Seattle fashion magazine Seneca & Spruce’s launch party and fashion show, “Emerge.” The gym will be transformed into a runway, and the show will feature fashions from emerging Pacific Northwest designers, including Carole McClellan, Kate Mensah, Tom Ordonio and Ordinary Garments. Cocktails and light bites will be served before and during the show, and Blue Martini is set to host the after party starting at 10 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. For the fashion-savvy, this is definitely a don’t-miss experience. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, visit

Specialty Sparkling Cocktail at John Howie Steak
This month, John Howie Steak is introducing a specialty happy hour cocktail: the Sparkling Swedish Elixir.  Crafted with Absolut Citron Vodka, simple syrup, grenadine, mint, lemon juice, and club soda, the Sparkling Swedish Elixir offers a refreshing reprieve from the August heat. To make the sipping even sweeter, $1 from every Sparkling Swedish Elixir purchased in August will be donated to the buildOn charity. Its mission is to break the cycle of poverty through service and education. Now that’s a cause worth toasting! For more information and to make reservations, visit

Fall Fashion at Neiman Marcus
Neiman Marcus is the destination for fall’s latest fashions from the industry’s best designers, with events big and small for everything from shoes to beauty products. At The Trend Event, from August 13 to 20, shop all of the season’s hottest trends and receive your choice of Stepahnie Kantis earrings or cufflinks with your regular-priced purchase of $350 or more. Also be sure to check out special presentations from Derek Lam’s 10 Crosby, on August 12, and Giorgio Armani’s Black Label and Armani Collezioni, on August 14, showcasing looks from their Fall/Winter lines. To reserve a seat, call 425.452.3300 ext 2014. Other fashion events this season include trunk shows from Tom Ford, Christian Louboutin and Gianvito Rossi shoes (August 6-9), Akris (August 12) and Rene Caovilla, Jimmy Choo and Saint Laurent shoes (August 20-23). Finally, stock up on cosmetics for the season at the Up Close: Estee Lauder event (August 3-13) and the Guerlain Mega Event (August 14-16). During the Up Close event, receive an exclusive Neiman Marcus tote bag containing deluxe Estee Lauder samples with your Estee Lauder purchase of $75 or more and, during the Mega Event, receive a luxurious set of fine expert makeup brushes, valued at $200, with you Guerlain purchase of $400 or more. For more information, visit

The Spring 2014 Runway Report from Ken Downing

Your Bravern bloggers had the opportunity to dress up for the Spring 2014 Runway Report, curated by none other than the Neiman Marcus fashion director himself, Ken Downing. The style icon shared the hottest spring tips and trends and yes, he’s just as charming as he looks. Mr. Downing also gave us a little pre-fall sneak peek. Trends to watch include:

  • Western-inspired jackets are the new biker jacket (though biker jackets will always be chic!)

  • Low hem lines – don’t be afraid to go past the knee

  • Two-piece ensembles – pair a coat with a matching skirt, or even pants under a dress with the same fabric

  • Knitwear for evenings – slip a knit sweater or sweatshirt over a dress

  • Lots of colorful and/or chunky jewelry – from chin to chest, costume to real deal

  • Dress down evening attire with casual ankle boots

  • Embrace the global traveler within you by wearing feathers in your hair

  • Mix digital prints featuring artistic influence from O’Keefe, Picasso and Pollock

  • Fringe, fringe, fringe!
  • And of course, pair black and white for a timeless duo

Take a look at some of the well-composed ensembles by Ken: 







We’ll never forget some of Ken’s to-the-point words of wisdom, including, “If your significant other tells you that you’re wearing too much jewelry, find a new date!” and “If you’re not going to wear fringe this season, don’t even leave the house!” For a full recap and photos of the Spring 2014 Runway Report, visit our friend Rebecca Klein’s Eastside Fashion blog.

Top Five Pre-Fall Fashion Trends

The sun is shining and summer fashion is in full-swing, but many Pacific Northwest natives look forward to the familiar – the layered looks and cozy compilations that are worn the other ten months of the year. Whether going back to school, back to work, or back to reality, fall marks a fresh start on many of our calendars. To get us in the mood, our friends at Harper’s Bazaar spilled a pre-fall 2013 fashion preview with looks from Alexander McQueen, Versace, Balmain and others.

Here are the top five trends we’ve spotted:

This fall, tops, jackets and blazers will be cropped like crazy. Expect to see dark, dramatic color palettes overlapping with each other.

Bracelets, belts, earrings – you name it – supersize it! Transform a simple ensemble into a bold look with the addition of a chunky necklace, big bangle bracelet or long, dangly earrings.

Button up ladies!The androgynous look is still alive and well. Whether it’s a buttoned collar paired with a sweater or a modest dress neckline, the choice is to cover up!

Can’t choose between lace, mesh and leather? Why try! The more the merrier. Designers are inviting every fabric join the party. 

Here are some of the designers perfecting these looks this fall:

A cropped brown jacket mixed with black and navy color schemes in this Maiyet ensemble:


Belted pant suit and oversized earrings by Balmain:


A conservative neckline completes this floor-length Versace dress: 


This Valentino dress pairs mesh with shiny red leather. 


So, what items are on your list this season? 

Andrea Ward of Seattle Chinese Times featured our very own Holly Zhang of Holly Zhang Pearl Gallery in her column highlighting inspirational Northwest women. Read the full article here. 

Andrea Ward of Seattle Chinese Times featured our very own Holly Zhang of Holly Zhang Pearl Gallery in her column highlighting inspirational Northwest women. Read the full article here

We hope to see you there!

We hope to see you there!

Color Inspiration from lafayette 148

"Since Africa, my sense of color has not been the same after seeing how Mother Nature made grass such a lush green and the sky a sensual blue. I was so overwhelmed that I wanted to bottle it and bring it back home with me instead, I have photographs." - Edward Wilkerson

During the Lafayette 148 New York Event this Saturday at Neiman Marcus, view the latest colorful Spring collection from designer Edward Wilkerson and learn his must-haves of the season, what to pack for any destination and how to look chic at any age.

Spring Beauty

Walking through the Neiman Marcus beauty department just gets me excited about buying new makeup. It’s so fun to try out new colors and products for the first time and rediscover some old favorites as well; there’s just something satisfying about it that never gets old. For all those beauty product lovers out there, don’t miss the Neiman Marcus Beauty Event going on now to receive a fun tote bag full of amazing samples with your $100 cosmetics or fragrance purchase.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and we’re loving these adorable cards at Anthropologie! Perfect to send to your sweetheart this year! Click here for more Valentine’s Day ideas!

National Wear Red Day

In honor of National Wear Red Day, here are a few fun picks to add a pop of color to your normal Friday look! Wear your red to show support and raise awareness for heart disease in women.

Look Great and Feel Great in 2012

So many people set New Year’s resolutions about fitness and diet, but what it really comes down to is we all want to feel better (especially after the excess of the holidays). Part of feeling better is looking better, right? We put together a couple ways you can help yourself feel and look better this year!

If working out is one of your resolutions, head to David Barton Gym. The equipment is great. The atmosphere is awesome (including flattering lighting ladies). The classes will kick your you-know-what. And they have $0 enrollment in January.

If you already have the fitness locked down and are looking for relaxation or rejuvenation (the resolution of taking more time for yourself maybe?), check out Red Door Spa. They have series packages with great savings (example: purchase 10 services, get 2 free). Manicures, pedicures, massage, hair, waxing – you name it, they’ve got you covered.

Hope these tips help you feel better this year. Here’s to a great 2012!