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Inside Bellevue Fashion Week: Jenn Charkow

The Designer: Jenn Charkow

The Brand: Stone Crow Designs

The Look: Eco-Conscious – Modern – Goth

The clothing Jenn Charkow creates from eco-friendly materials is anything but crunchy. Edgy, modern and darkly beautiful, these knits beg to be lived in and loved.

The Inspiration:
Charkow’s sources of inspiration include famous fashion designers like Tom Ford, Helmut Lang, Vivienne Westwood, Narciso Rodriguez, Ann Demeulemeester, Rick Owens, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, Garth Pugh and Iris Van Herpen as well as costume designers like Colleen Atwood and Eiko Ishioka.

Behind the Design:

“I was always aware of fashion ever since I was very young. My mom had W magazine and other fashion magazines laying around the house. She was and still is very fashionable.

As I grew up I was the kid that never seemed to find what they were looking for. So at the ripe old age of 12, I started to take sewing classes at my local Ben Franklin's fabric store. My sewing teacher Shirley was awesome. I learned so much and I still have my black hooded velvet cape amongst all my other sewing projects.

All the while I was consuming fashion shows and learning all I could about the history of fashion. Then in high school I was tasked with designing the costumes for ‘Midsummer Nights Dream’ for my English class. After that I was hooked! Designing just was it for me. It has been ever since.”

Fashion Advice:

On Trends

Charkow appreciates that “some large brands/stores are educating their customers on the value of being eco-conscious.” Though she doesn’t like the environmental implications of fast fashion, she acknowledges the efforts of companies like H&M that are “leading the way for the rest of the large brands to be more aware of what they are doing – not only to the environment but their impact on the human side of the fashion industry.”

On Being Fashionable

She doesn’t have any hard rules, but Charkow likes that knits feel effortlessly beautiful and can easily be dressed up or down.

Jenn Charkow and six other independent designers will show off their designs at Fashion Week at The Bellevue Collection, the Northwest’s leading runway show venue. Fashion forward, contemporary and luxury shoppers will enjoy an extraordinary experience replete with exclusive runway shows, trend reports and demonstrations, chic parties and irresistible shopping. Learn more and buy your tickets at fashionweekbellevue.com.

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