What a busy few weeks it has been! Work is keeping me going non-stop, but I’m glad I at least had the weekend to spend with my family in New Orleans (even though those long flights can certainly take the life right out of me). After arriving back home on Tuesday night, I had to quickly jump back into my work routine and preparing to attend some fun fashion events, including the Gustavo Couture Fashion Show at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel last night.
I was still suffering from a terrible bout of jet lag so my decision-making skills weren’t on point when I decided not to wear the black and white Calvin Klein dress that I packed from my closet the night before and chose to wear my denim tights, a basic gray tank and my Christian Siriano heels (even though the dress code was “formal soiree”). I felt totally under-dressed walking into the venue, but I didn’t let that stop me from enjoying the beautiful pieces coming down the runway from my front row seat.
The show opened with two fabulous collections from Charity Titalii and Vissette Boutique. Charity’s collection featured florals inspired by her Pacific Island heritage and Vissette Boutique’s show featured beautiful, flowy dresses from local designers that definitely had me reaching for my debit card.
Charity Titalii Collection
After a brief intermission where I sipped a much-needed glass of Cabernet and mingled with some of the other guests, it was time for Gustavo’s collection, which included headpieces from Azula By Design.
The fashion show was also a fundraiser to assist the Congolese Refugee women living in the Seattle / Washington State Area who are survivors of trauma, torture, and sexual violence. Funding contributes to covering rental expenses while completing ELS, driving lessons, & becoming independent. The “Congolese Integration Network” is supported by the Seattle Foundation. More info available at https://www.facebook.com/TheSeattleFoundation/.
Overall, the show was fantastic and I’d highly recommend supporting Gustavo for his technical brilliance and eye for design.
Gustavo Apiti Couture
Gustave is a talented tailor and designer who creates a variety of custom craft pieces ranging from evening gowns to tailored suits. Having graduated with Bachelors in Fashion Apparel & Design, he has worked with some of the top fashion houses from South Africa, including JJ SCHOEMAN BOUTIQUE, & STRANGERLOVE. After establishing himself in Johannesburg, he traveled to the states began working for Luly Yang Couture in Seattle, WA. At the end of 2014, he began working on his U.S. debut as an independent designer, and is thrilled to be launching July 21st in the Cirrus Room at the fabulous Sheraton Hotel! Visit https://www.facebook.com/gustavo.apiti.couture/ for more information.