Spring Fashion: The Forecast

Fashion braves the elements with a Northwest mix of high style and quintessential outerwear.

A blend of couture and bike messenger gear paves the way for a new look, sans Lycra bodysuit, but with the same fierce attitude. Jil Sander sleeveless nylon vest with cashmere lining, $1,840, Neiman Marcus. Patagonia black pullover polyester nano-puff jacket, $159, REI, layered over Marni “Maglia Dolcevita” beaded turtleneck cashmere knit sweater with crushed velvet front panel, $1,325, Neiman Marcus, and Luly Yang “Onyx” strapless leather cocktail dress with embellished circle cut-out detailing, $1,200, Luly Yang Couture. Pearl Izumi Select three-quarter-length thermal fleece bike knickers, $80, Pearl Izumi Select Gel gloves, $35, and Giro "Section" matte gold bike helmet, $19.83, all from REI. Linus bike from Dutch Bike Co.

Whether ascending Pike/Pine or climbing the social ladder, trade up the fleece-and-jeans ensemble for its sleek, sophisticated cousin of cashmere, fur-lined boots and belted layers. Nau alloy stripe- patterned recycled polyester blazer with down fill, $215, layered over Marmot “Precip” grass green nylon rain jacket, $99, both from REI. Giorgio Armani blue and green watercolor pattern cashmere knit vest, $1,125, and 3.1 Phillip Lim blue flat-front skinny trouser pant, $275, both from Neiman Marcus. Nordstrom BP brand “Search” lace-up brown leather booties with shearling lining, $139.95, Nordstrom. Hitchcock “Bug Off” gold chain link necklace with recycled object pendants, $250, Nube Green. Oakley Eyepatch 2 blue and clear plastic sunglasses, $100, and Nathan “Trail Mix” waist pack, $45, both from REI. 

The Deadliest Catch goes debonair: Wade in deep with Filson’s waxed chaps, easygoing layers and feathery accessories perfect for snaring fish (or fishermen). Akris Punto sand-colored cotton button-up blouse with belt, $595, Neiman Marcus. REI Sahari nylon blend patterned shirt, $42.50, and Royal Robbins three-ply nylon backcountry shorts, $50, both from REI. Filson waxed tin cotton cloth chaps paired with straps of same material, $70, and layered over Chanel “Bottes” knee-high riding boots, $1,500, Neiman Marcus. Brunello Cucinelli leather necklace with feather trim (detail opposite), $215, also from Neiman Marcus. Two Aireheart by Sydney crystal beaded lariat necklaces, $325 each, Butch Blum.


Arm yourself with a chic rain cloak and cap to challenge the dreary drizzle in cheery pops of persimmon, goldenrod and teal. Wraphabillement “Le Sportif” turmeric cloak-style Schoeller C_Change fabric rain coat, $745, line available at Nordstrom or Wraphabillement. Prada “Cotone Microrib” striped cotton shirt with Peter Pan collar, $495, Eric Javits patent crocodile rain hat, $175, and Theodora & Callum linen viscose ikat print head scarf, $175, all from Neiman Marcus.

Tackle the concrete jungle with laidback cool in a designer knit dress and nylon slicker that channels both Punky B. and funky. Nikita “Anat” burgundy/coral/gray-paneled nylon slicker, $94, Snowboard Connection. Maison Martin Margiela MM6 dark gray cowl-neck sheath viscose rayon dress layered over same style MM6 dress in light gray, $195 each, both from Butch Blum. REI ribbed polypropylene/rubber/cotton belt, $19.50, REI. Nike 6.0 “Braata” red and black leather sneakers, $70, and Volcom “Mixer” adjustable gray wool hat, $23, both from Snowboard Connection. Snocon Pike Place Market skateboard provided by Snowboard Connection.


Butch Blum: Downtown, 1408 5th Ave.; 206.622.5760; butchblum.com

Filson: SoDo, 1555 4th Ave. S; 206.622.3147; filson.com

Luly Yang Couture: Downtown, 1218 4th Ave.; 206.623.8200; lulyyang.com

Neiman Marcus: The Bravern in Bellevue, 11111 NE 8th St.; 425.452.3300; neimanmarcus.com

Nordstrom: Multiple locations, including downtown, 500 Pine St.; 206.628.2111; nordstrom.com

Nube Green: Capitol Hill, 921 E Pine St.; 206.402.4515; nubegreen.com

REI: Multiple locations, including South Lake Union, 222 Yale Ave. N; 206.223.1944; rei.com

Snowboard Connection: South Lake Union, 263 Yale Ave. N; 206.467.8545; snowboard-connection.com

Wraphabillement: Madison Park, 3121 E. Madison, Suite 206A; wraphabillement.com  


REI; Snowboard Connection: See contact info above.

Dutch Bike Co.: Ballard, 4741 Ballard Ave. NW; 206.789.1678; dutchbikeseattle.com 


Styled on set by Shannon Hopkins and Lily Karsten

Stylist’s assistant: Greg Simons; Photographer’s assistants: Noah Forbes; Cameron Karsten

Hair and makeup: Renee Majour/Celestine; Model: Vanessa Horn/TCM 


See these and other looks on the runway at The Forecast fashion show on March 14 at Benaroya Hall, as Seattle magazine marries high style with outerwear to create a unique blend of Seattle style: chic, fashion forward and best of all, weatherproof. For tickets and more information, visit seattlemag.com/the-forecast.


2016 Cookbook Gift Guide

2016 Cookbook Gift Guide

Three essential local culinary guides for holiday gift giving

COOKBOOK OF THE YEAR: Chef John Sundstrom is one of the Pacific Northwest’s culinary icons, winner of the James Beard Award for best Northwest chef in 2007 and a semifinalist for outstanding chef in 2014. His latest cookbook, Lark: Cooking Wild in the Northwest (Sasquatch, $30), published in August, is an updated version of 2013’s self-published Lark: Cooking Against the Grain. But, in addition to the rustic Northwest takes on French-themed classics that put the consistently great First Hill restaurant on the map—bacon-wrapped quail, mustard-roasted chicken, silky Meyer lemon parfaits—the new paperback version includes a chapter on Sundstrom’s favorite everyday staples: recipes for pasta, ricotta, vinaigrettes, breads, syrups and pickles. To some, the cover, with its haunting image, looks more like the cover of a book by Bainbridge Island author David Guterson than that of a cookbook. But the contents? One word: essential. 

: Fancy yourself a baker? Big Food Big Love: Down-Home Southern Cooking Full of Heart from Seattle’s Wandering Goose (Sasquatch, $25) will send you running for your mixer. The new cookbook by North Carolina native and Capitol Hill restaurateur Heather Earnhardt features 130 recipes, including ones offering up the secrets to her towering layer cakes, like the top-selling Brownstone Front Cake; brunch favorites worthy of those long weekend lines, including the famed corned beef brisket bubble and squeak; and comforting dinner favorites, such as Loaded Chicken Pot Pie and Smoky Meat Collards. Did we mention Earnhardt shares all 10 of her biscuit recipes? Now that’s Southern hospitality.  

: In The Canon Cocktail Book: Recipes from the Award-Winning Bar (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28), owner-bartender Jamie Boudreau spills the beans on what has made First Hill’s Canon: Whiskey and Bitters Emporium one of the world’s 50 best bars, according to Drinks International magazine (it consistently makes Esquire’s lists as well). Instead of clamoring for one of the bar’s coveted 32 seats, tuck into Boudreau’s 352-page book which features all of Canon’s signature cocktails, from the stenciled Banksy Sour (with Peychaud’s bitters) to the smoky Khaleesi cocktail. Boudreau reveals his “golden ratio” cocktail philosophy and promises you won’t need his $1 million whiskey collection or a trace of liquid nitrogen to wow your friends.