Trending styles, sophisticated career wear and elegant evening attire, along with fashion forward salon services are coming to Mount Vernon and La Conner during Skagit Fashion Week, March 10-14.

The Mount Vernon Downtown Association has joined with the Museum of Northwest Art and Friendship House to introduce the first multi-day fashion showcase in Skagit County, according to Cathy Stevens with the MVDA.

Focus on fashion is taking a step forward from the lone fundraising event it once was. The annual En Vogue fashion show to benefit Friendship House has grown into several days of activities sponsored by this new partnership of organizations.

Janey Dodge with Pavé jewelry and design said she and many of the other merchants are excited about the event.

“It’s always fun to partner with other merchants, and it’s a great tie in with the other local fashion events being held this week,” she said. “What a great way for the community to come together!

Skagit Fashion week begins Tuesday evening, March 10, with First & Fashion from the Mount Vernon Downtown Association. From 5-7 p.m., boutique clothing and salon venues along South First Street will pair up to showcase their products and services on live models in their establishments.

First & Fashion participating businesses include Skagit Running Co. partnering with Hair & Body Mechanix, Bare Boutique, House of Style, Trumpeter Public House, Empire Ale House, The Porterhouse, Cinderella’s Secret partnering with Genesis Salon & Spa and Northwest Hair Academy, Embellish partnering with Per Dona Salon, and The Loft Salon & Boutique.

An After Party will happen from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Front Gallery, 420 Myrtle St., Mount Vernon. Admission is free.

On Thursday evening, the En Vogue Runway Show and Benefit Auction will feature stylish repurposed garments created by local designers out of secondhand materials. Their transformations will be unveiled on the runway, then auctioned off to the highest bidder during the live auction emceed by Kristen Keltz.

Raffle tickets, the unveiling of the Juror’s Choice Award, and other fun surprises await. A cash bar and hors’ d’oeuvres will be provided. Proceeds from this event support crucial community programs. Attendees at both the En Vogue show and MoNA Style on Saturday can vote for their favorite designer to receive the People’s Choice Award.

This gala event strives to combine a fun night out with the satisfaction of supporting a great cause. Doors open at 6 p.m. in McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Tickets cost $35 for general admission, $60 for the VIP event. Visit www.mcintyrehall.org.

On Friday, dress your best and enjoy live music by the Bards of Keypoint during Anelia’s Fashion Night from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Anelia’s Kitchen & Stage, 513 S. First St., La Conner. Voting and prizes for best dressed will immediately follow the show. Admission is free.

Two fashion events are happening on Saturday at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner.

In the first, MoNA Style showcases wearable art with jewelry, clothing and accessories available for purchase from the designers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the museum, 121 S. First St. Admission is free.

Artists’ creations will be modeled during Lunch in Style, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at participating restaurants including Anelia’s, La Conner Brewing Co., Nell Thorn Waterfront Bistro & Bar, and Seeds, A Bistro & Bar.

Another Skagit Fashion Week social event, the After Party will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, also at the museum, featuring select En Vogue designs, music, photo booth and other activities. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres while the winner of the People’s Choice Award is announced and event supporters are acknowledged. Tickets cost $30 at the door or $25 in advance at monamuseum.org.

If you go

Tickets for En Vogue: mcintyrehall.org

Tickets for MoNA After Party: monamuseum.org

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