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.

 

New Skincare Company, 3B, Delivers Beauty by the Boxful

New Skincare Company, 3B, Delivers Beauty by the Boxful

A Seattle-based skin care company brings beauty breakthroughs to your door
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Goodies from a 3B beauty box

Ke Chen, cofounder of 3B (Beauty Beyond Borders), says skin care in Asia is approached the same way the French think about food. “It’s an art form,” she says. Chen, whose Seattle-based subscription beauty box company launched last year, says this “art form” can include a 10-step cleansing ritual and feature innovative, exotic ingredients like bee venom and snail mucus to soothe and repair skin.

 

Chen has found that obtaining these elite Asian skin care products stateside takes time and research, which is why she’s offering them via a home subscription service ($15/month), which delivers a collection of Korean, Taiwanese and Japanese skin care samples, such as the Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion from Taiwan and Leaders’ 7 Wonders Amazonian Acai Anti-Pollution Mask from South Korea. When subscribers find a product they can’t live without, they can shop for the full-size product on 3B’s website (the3bbox.com).

Local and national focus groups of bloggers, YouTubers and beauty influencers help Chen keep up on Asian skin care trends and determine what ends up in the boxes. You could say that 3B has skin in this game.