I recently went on a four-day press trip to Vancouver Island, B.C. My non-adventurous, inappropriate footwear-wearing self was schlepping through forests, tagging along on a salmon-fishing excursion, touring hotels, tasting tea-infused cocktails and meeting and greeting with just about anyone who had a fascinating story to tell. It was grand.
Can you feel it? This hopeful season always carries with it a sense of renewal and expansiveness. Throw open your curtains, sweep away the dust bunnies and spruce up your decor with cheerful home accents that celebrate the revival going on outdoors. 1. Seattle’s Gnosis Picture Archive offers a multitude of reproduction natural history and scientific illustrations, including this 19th-century British bird eggs print, $10. etsy.com/shop/GnosisPictureArchive
Usually I’m letting you know that Wear Wednesday at W Seattle is featuring some fabulous designer, but this time I’m letting you know that I’m participating in it. On Wednesday, March 18, the style editors of the region’s glossy mags and lifestyle websites will be showcasing our favorite trends for spring. We’ll each have a rolling rack filled with what we’re feeling for the season, all available at local shops.
“Italians, both men and women, are thought to be the most fashionable and impeccable dressers in the world, but what I admire is the work and knowledge behind the beauty, ” says Issaquah-based accessories designer Mun Hui Yi. After spending 14 years in Florence, Italy, working for Valentino, Hugo Boss and Benetton, she returned to the Seattle area in 2012 armed with European style inspiration and a commitment to artisanal craftsmanship.
A good handbag is one of life’s small blessings. Find one that suits your style, holds all of your essentials and is made well, and you’re set for life. If supporting a local designer is also part of your agenda, Fremont-based Alice Noon (alicenoon.com) is the line for you.
After 17 years spent dressing legions of tiny tykes in clothing so beautiful that adults coveted the same styles in their size, Flora & Henri’s Jane Hedreen is having some grown-up time. In addition to the kids’ clothes that put her on the map, Hedreen has launched Flora Femme, a small but growing women’s line. The new capsule collection is anchored by a boatneck cable sweater ($395), hand knit in Nepal in a soft cashmere blend, and includes two easy-wearing skirts in claret and denim (from $142), with T-shirts coming in late spring–early fall and a parka on tap for fall.
Nerd alert. Confession: I love reality TV. Fashion reality shows are my favorite, natch, but home and product design ones come a close second. Remember Bravo’s 2007 decor show, Top Design, hosted by Todd Oldham with Jonathan Adler, Kelly Wearstler and Margaret Russell as judges? Loved it. And who can forget Philippe Starck’s 2009 British reality series Design For Life meant to save British design? Did you see it?
In our bi-monthly Seattlemag.com column, Knute Berger--who writes regularly for Seattle Magazine and Crosscut.com and is a frequent pundit on KUOW--takes an in-depth look at some of the highly topical and sometimes polarizing issues in our city. Last year saw the blossoming of the Lumbersexual, the urban hipster guy who dresses like Paul Bunyan. Seattle, Portland and Brooklyn are where the style has taken root.
Seattle’s oldest neighborhood has seen boom times and busts over its 162-year history. It’s experienced prospectors and panhandlers, full occupancy and devastating vacancies. It is home to an arts crowd and a homeless community that coexist in a tenuous relationship. And these days, with a recent influx of notable restaurants, it is one of the most buzzed-about and desirable neighborhoods—and suddenly the place to set up shop.
If you’re lucky enough to be jetting off to a tropical isle this month, whip your wardrobe into shape with something from Pua, a line of beach-worthy dresses, skirts and tops by Ballard’s Shala Sullivan Daniel, owner of former Queen Anne boutique La Femme.
CURRICULUM VITAEFor Capitol Hill’s Robin Held, there are no boundaries when it comes to sartorial self-expression. “I like convertible clothing,” says the creative strategist and cultural entrepreneur who has held prominent positions at Henry Art Gallery, Frye Art Museum and Reel Grrls. “I have skirts that make great tops.” When she travels, Held packs just enough pieces for one or two complete outfits and uses her imagination to combine them to create 10 different looks. “I’m not interested in idiot-proof clothing. I like the freedom to change things around.”