Fall fashions abound at Renton's C'est la Vie

Clothing boutique, C'est La Vie at The Landing in Renton, was the site of fashions, stories and socializing Thursday night as women turned out for a fashion show to benefit the Domestic Abuse Women's Network or DAWN.

More than 80 people attended the event and more than $1,300 was raised for the non-profit agency.Women of all ages strutted their stuff on a makeshift runway in the middle of the shop, modeling the latest in fall fashions.

Shop owner Colleen Bowman gave styling tips and insight, while attendees took notes, sipped on beverages and enjoyed munchies.

"I think it turned out great," said Bowman. "The weather couldn't have been better, the number of people that showed. I mean, we had a complete full house. It's great."

Bowman was not only pleased with the attendance, but also with the outpouring of support she received from local vendors and restaurants in The Landing. She called it both "fabulous" and "emotional.

"It was the second year for the event and it brought out locals and celebrities alike. King County Council member Julia Patterson came to the event from her home in Seatac.

"I came out tonight because I'm interested in supporting DAWN and because I love clothes," said Patterson. "And so, both of those things are something that speak to my heart and I could combine the two."

Evening Magazine's Meeghan Black is a big patron and supporter of the shop. She explained to the crowd how Bowman has transformed her look for her nightly TV show.

DAWN representative Gabriela Sawrey called the event a success as well."It seems like it's been fun," she said."People are having a good time and we had a lot of new people this year."

DAWN gets a lot of support from third party fundraisers like the C'est la Vie fashion show. Bowman said she'l, host an event at her Renton shop as long as people want to come, give and help out.

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