Design Wunderkind Corban Harper

This local 22-year-old women’s wear designer is on a roll.
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Designer Corban Harper isn’t just on a roll, he is steamrolling: Since graduating from the International Academy of Design and Technology in Tukwila last February, the 22-year-old women’s wear designer has quickly become the de rigueur attraction at local fashion shows, thanks to his graceful, feminine gowns and polished ready-to-wear. But the winner of Project Red Dress and of Metropolitan Fashion Week’s Best Emerging Designer award is also a thoughtful, cerebral artist.

“Fine art is my muse, from the palette to the shapes; women’s wear translates within these parameters so beautifully,” he says. Soft lines abound in a larger-than-life velvet ball gown, or a flowing cream blouse mixed with a harder-edged high-waisted crop pant. Harper pushes the boundaries of shape, creating new silhouette proportions with abstractly placed pockets, gowns nipped close to the knee for a mermaid effect and impeccable draping that has caught the interest of many a savvy dresser.

 

Eddie Bauer Releases EB Originals Collection

Eddie Bauer Releases EB Originals Collection

The retailer returns to its roots with iconic designs
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Wares from Eddie Bauer's latest collection, releasing today

Seattle-based men's and women's outerwear and apparel retailer Eddie Bauer is going back to its Northwest roots, when Eddie was a guy who ran a sporting goods store on downtown's Seneca Street in 1920. The brand has gone through some transition years, but it’s returning to the brand that outfitted the first American expedition to K2.

On Tuesday, September 27, the retailer is releasing its EB Originals Collection, a line that's inspired by EB's founder and the early, iconic designs from its nearly 100-year-old history.

The first patented down jacket, the 1936 Skyliner, is reincarnated with modern styling. Same for the 1942 Yukon--the top seller for more than 30 years--and the B-9 Parka, which originally kept U.S. airmen warm in -70 temperatures in their uninsulated bombers.

For Northwest street cred, the most striking piece is the limited-edition version of the Skyliner, that's lined with Pendleton wool in eight national park-inspired patterns from Portland's Pendleton Woolen Mills. What's more, it’s reversible, so you can wear your Rainier Pendleton Skyliner in multiple ways. Expect this limited-edition gem on October 18. $400 at eddiebauer.com.