Alicia Czerwiec: Most Artistic Line


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

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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.

The Best Local Socks to Buy Now

The Best Local Socks to Buy Now

This city has a thing for socks. From top toe protection to no-slip all-stars, we’ve found the best bets for restocking your sock drawer

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1.  Sock It to Me
This Portland-based company has the corner on the whimsical-sock market. Go for the women’s Shakespeare-themed “Taming of the Shoe” or the men’s Multi Player gaming sock for a silly but sophisticated fashion statement. $11.50–$12,

2.  Darn Tough
The name says it all. Based in Vermont and manufactured exclusively in the U.S., these mid-calf, micro crew hike/trek socks are sure to keep your tootsies dry and happy on a hike. The fun colors will make you even happier to take off your boots at the end of the day. $20, available at

3.  Peony and Moss
Founded by Seattle local Eva Spitzer, Peony and Moss brings the pretty with these high-quality cotton socks. We like the Scandinavian pattern knee high, but the thigh high works well with the high-booted crowd. $30–$32,

4.  Mod Socks
Bellingham’s Mod Socks pays serious homage to its Northwest roots with its “Bigfoot Loves Washington,” a women’s knee sock, and the “Bear Necessities” crew sock for men. $10,

5.  Strideline
This Seattle-based company took the city by storm with its skyline lacrosse sock. Now it has come up with a new digital ink technology that brings photo-realism and hometown pride to your feet. Get the new skyline, Husky Stadium or the Sounders sock just in time for soccer season. $16–$18,

6.  Balega
The unique left/right construction and deeper heel pocket of these crew socks make them a favorite in local specialty running shops, such as Super Jock ’n Jill. Balega’s ultralight quarter sock, $13, has been called the sheerest, lightest sock on the market and has garnered lots of hard-core running fans. Available at Fleet Feet Sports Seattle, Capitol Hill, 911 E Pine St.; 206.329.1466;