Alicia Czerwiec: Most Artistic Line

FROM THE PRINT EDITION |
 
 

The line: Czerwiec unconventionally combines print, color and texture to create a strong sense of personality and promote a lifestyle anchored in creativity. “I want to…push the boundaries of using basic materials in an interesting way—like the use of strips and remnants of knit jersey to create braided medallions as appliqués for coats and outerwear,” says the Nordstrom fit and product specialist, who hand-stitched many elements of her collection

Creative spark: The Lake City-based designer’s multicultural focus lends an artistic depth to her print-laden designs, which include intricate coats, evening gowns and mixed separates. “I definitely design for a creative and artistic person, someone who wants to make a statement with her clothes,” says the 24-year-old, who attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles for her schooling. “For this collection, I was really inspired by a past trip to Lyon, France. I witnessed such historical beauty in the architecture and sculpture, and was inspired by the immense detail, texture and layers of buildings, parks, cathedrals and art.”

Mission statement: “I want to push people to value materials that may have been discarded as too small or not the right color and find a way to use them to reduce our waste and promote a higher yield ratio for garments.”

Biggest fashion faux pas: “I had a model in a show in Palm Desert Fashion Week and, unfortunately, was unable to be there to represent my collection. I noticed later in the photos that one of my looks had the pants worn backwards. They were wide-leg pants that could have easily been mistaken for front of back. It wasn’t noticeable on the runway, but I had a little chuckle to myself about it.”

Least favorite fashion trend: “My least favorite fashion trend would have to be animal prints. It’s more of a personal taste, but I’m never very fond of them. I love, however, almost every other type of intricate print.”

Line: Alicia Czerwiec Design

Find it: aliciaczerwiec@gmail.com or the Alicia Czerwiec Fashion Facebook page

Clothing pictured (From left to right): Long cotton print coat with contrasting stripe lapels; oversized Melton wool vest with hand-beaded, jersey knit braid and cotton French knot appliques. Czerwiec wears her own designs, a button-up silk blouse with placed print and wool gabardine pants with an asymmetrical reverse appliqué; shoes, belt and accessories are her own. Double-layered, hand-appliquéd wool gabardine coat with hand-embroidered decorative topstitch and asymmetrical collar layered over a teal silk charmeuse tank.


Score Edgy Cotton Basics at Downtown's Do The Extraordinary

Score Edgy Cotton Basics at Downtown's Do The Extraordinary

Downtown apparel and accessories shop DTE offers a little something extra
| FROM THE PRINT EDITION |
 
 
An in-store vault opens to reveal secret speakeasy, Blind Tiger

The newest retail outpost from fashion collaborators Justin Kercher and former Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander is offering downtown shoppers the opportunity to “Do The Extraordinary.” Taking over the 6,000-square-foot space on Sixth Avenue and Olive Way that previously housed European Antiques, Do The Extraordinary (DTE) opened last fall and is a lifestyle boutique for men and women offering locally designed, handmade, ready-to-wear clothing and accessories for the fashion-forward Seattleite. The brand’s edgy cotton basics come in black, white and various shades of gray, and include muscle T-shirts and sporty sweats for men, and tunics and dresses for women.

“DTE is really about the customers and creating an experience,” Kercher says. The space combines influences of the Seattle outdoors with urban design. Blow-torched sequoia tree tables and painted antlers flank vintage couches and hand-poured cement floors. Hidden behind the cash register area, speakeasy Blind Tiger, designed by Kercher and his family, is set up for private events and intimate concerts featuring local bands and DJs. DTE’s fall lineup includes several album release parties as well as a fall/winter fashion show.

The store’s upcoming events will “take [the retail experience] to another level,” says Kercher. Downtown, 1810 Sixth Ave.; dotheextraordinary.com