Fashion Friday: Hooray For New Store Openings

I’m feeling a little retrospective today:  A year ago, I was still scrambling to find one semi-new shop to cover for our monthly Shopping Around column (see our November edition here). Fast-forward to 2010 and three stellar new shops have opened their doors this week alone. Can we all dance a little jig for a moment?

I’ve been stalking AllSaints Spitalfield’s construction site at the corner 5th and Pine for months, and it has been well worth the wait. Flush with two full floors of the London-based design house’s glamour-meets-grunge apparel, over 500 old-school Singer sewing machines decorate the space. Highlights of the neutral toned offerings include cozy, dramatically draped cardigans, impossibly cool kids wear and the perfect beat-up leather walking boot collection.

Across the water, another high-end shop opens in Bellevue Square today. Known for perfectly slouchy cashmere sweaters and creative-cut jackets for both women and men, we heartily welcome Vince to the Northwest.

Local designer Sara Seumae also opens her long-awaited SPUN Collective today on Capitol Hill (1515 14th Ave). I’m having a bit of proud mama syndrome over this since both Sara and several of the lines she carries have been involved in our Seamless in Seattle competition. The eco-conscious boutique carries Sara’s own organic line SPUN, as well as Seamless winners Jesica Milton and Six Degrees. Other locally-based products include Suzanne Park’s Plaid Doctrine line of handbags and cases and Cameron Levin’s funky, cocktail couture wear.

Keeping with the eco-chic concept, Seattle magazine is proud to be partnering with the 3rd annual EcoLavish fashion show next Thursday, featuring local green designers. Yours truly will act as emcee, and the sneak peeks I’ve been privy too have been superb. Tickets are available here.

Hope to see you there, in the meantime, I’m stopping at the three places listed above this weekend to accessorize this little baby on loan from Vian Hunter for the show.