Slideshow: Couture & Cars

Models of all shapes and sizes strutted alongside a row of iconic, classic cars at Lemay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma June 28. From elegant dresses to men’s mesh underwear, the Chance Fashion Show highlighted the work of six designers.

Chance is an interactive networking organization that produces monthly fashion shows to provide designers, models and photographers with the opportunity to showcase their creativity. It supplies a platform for fashion artists, giving them a “chance” to be showcased in a competitive fashion industry, hence the name of the organization. The Chance Fashion Show began five years ago in Seattle by Active Entertainment. Some of the featured artists might be big names soon and some already are:

Chelsea Mack Designs by Chelsea Mack dazzled the runway with floor length gowns and costume-inspired dresses. The edgy and dramatic clothing line is made sweet with sparkles and tulle to create a fashion forward look.

Created with the curvy woman in mind, Poppy & Bloom by Olga Szwed brings a feminine, all-American look to the runway. Floral prints and a-line designs embody a sweet and charming touch. The line offers casual and formal looks.

Karen Ashley Fashion by Karen Langley made its first ever appearance at LeMay and its debut was nothing short of ‘wow.’ A sophisticated and versatile line of clothing, Karen Ashley Fashion uses block patterns, sharp grays and classic blacks to create a high-end look.

A clothing line for the modern man, Juleano Men by Julius Leano took the crowd by surprise with its new underwear line. A combination of tighty-whities and mesh tops made for a very Zoolander-esque look. Undergarments come in blue, yellow, green, red, purple and black.

Vivid Haiku by Yahwea Meroe was unique in that its inspiration lies in Seattle’s famous gum wall. With beads, lace, and plenty of tulle stuck on different pieces of clothing, the line certainly embodies pieces of gum – but in a cute and stylish way. Every design that hit the runway came in natural nude hues, creating a delicate and feminine vibe.

Shimmering fabric floated down the runway in floor and knee length dresses by Julie Danforth Design. Timeless yet modern, Danforth’s line is elegant, smart and fit for American royalty.

The next Chance Fashion Show will be held on July 12 in Seattle. Learn more here or visit the official Facebook page.

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