Best Emerging Designer: Mia Fioravanti
At the core of Seamless in Seattle is the emerging designer category, for someone who is either just launching his or her career (or new label) and
manufactures a collection on a by-piece basis.
The line: Beacon Hill–based Mia Fioravanti creates wearable wardrobe staples that include form-fitting—but forgiving—jersey knit dresses in muted colors (including a most perfect little black one), and more offbeat pieces, including wrap-around, one-pocket canvas skirts that can be layered over leggings or jeans as a statement piece as practical as it is stylish. Her muse: Fioravanti, 56, dresses the woman who cares about style, but isn’t willing to sacrifice too much for it, opting instead for simple, easy pieces that are incredibly versatile. “I want to get dressed once and move through my day until I get ready for bed at night,” says Fioravanti, who often wears her designs, especially the aforementioned utility skirt, which has become her “go-to garment.” Creative Spark: Her father’s family was in the textile business for 100 years, producing billiard cloth, buffalo plaid and other types of woolen goods. Fioravanti learned to sew at age 8, and settled in Seattle 23 years ago after attending art school in Denver. She has been a costume designer, graphic designer and recently retired after teaching for 10 years. Beauty ritual: While her approach to fashion may be minimalist, she loves a bold, red lip. “It puts me in a good mood, and actually gets me going,” she says. Find it: Juniper (Madrona, 3314 E Spring St.; 206.838.7496) and at miafioravanti.com