Gamer Gathering: PAX Prime starts tomorrow at several venues in downtown Seattle. PAX is one of the largest gaming conventions in North America, so be prepared for lots of costumed gaming fans to be out and about this weekend.
Growing up on Mercer Island, fashion illustrator Blair Breitenstein was inspired by artist Ruben Toledo’s campaigns for Nordstrom. “I remember looking at his Christmas shopping bags, and wishing my drawings could someday be printed like that,” Breitenstein says.
Above: Lafayette 148 New York jersey stitch turtleneck in “rock,” $268, shop.nordstrom.com. Schai “Vita” snood in “granite,” $280, Baby & Company (Belltown, 1936 First Ave.; 206.448.4077; schaischai.com). Rings, left to right: Jules Smith solid hammered ring, $39, shopbop.com.
In an age where athleisure has made its way from locker room wear into everyday wardrobes, Shannon and JJ Wilson are reversing this fashionable formula for the better with their luxury apparel line: Kit and Ace. “We wanted to take everything we know about technical fabrications and athletic apparel and apply those things to natural, luxury fabrications in fashion,” JJ Wilson says. The Wilsons know something about apparel endurance: Shannon is married to JJ’s father, Lululemon founder Chip Wilson, and brings more than 15 years of experience to developing technical fabrics.
Racks and racks of beautiful garments lined the polished concrete floors at Pier 91, site of the annual Nordstrom Designer Preview Fashion Show, held on Thursday, July 23. Thirty-five models dressed in pieces from the dreamy fall collections of Christian Dior, Stella McCartney, Valentino and Dries Van Noten, to name a few, strutted their stuff down a runway as guests scribbled notes, snapped photos and took mental notes of which designs were destined for their wardrobes.
This weekend marks Capitol Hill’s 19th Block Party. It also marks my first. My expectations for the event are ranging somewhere between my experience at Warped Tour 10 years ago and my time at actual neighborhood block parties (think: barefoot kids, ping pong tables and coolers full of Keystone light). And naturally, while I’ve been thinking about what the scene will be like this weekend, I’ve also been thinking about what to wear.
Bradley O’Brien held top roles at Sperry Top-Sider, Ralph Lauren, Lands’ End and Old Navy before joining the Tommy Bahama design and product development team last year as its executive vice president, but her fashion history started long before her impressive résumé. “My grandfather worked for Macy’s, and my dad worked at Joseph Magnin and Gucci, so I guess it was multigenerational,” she jokes. “My parents owned two women’s clothing stores in New Jersey. Calvin Klein and all these designers would come for dinner, so I was always surrounded by [fashion]. It was in my blood.”
From pebbly beaches to sandy shores, it doesn’t matter where you throw down your towel—these products have you covered.
Romarin French market basket ($40) from French Girl Organics (by appointment only), Georgetown, 5701 Third Ave. S; 206.948.6495; frenchcuisineandwinetours.com
Linum Home Textiles herringbone striped Turkish pestemal towel ($34), only at Nordstrom, downtown, 500 Pine St.; 206.628.2111; shop.nordstrom.com.
The Makers is a new column on Seattlemag.com that explores different Seattle creatives and their crafts. These artists live to design, connect and create.
Anthropologie is the Mecca of vintage-boho charm. Its two floors brim with everything from printed silk blouses to overstuffed retro armchairs--all intertwined with fanciful displays and artistic creations, turning each shopping trip into a Wonderland-like escape (complete with hand-painted ceramic teacups).
We all know sometimes Dad can use a little help in the dapper department. The struggle is real prying those patterned ties and Seinfeld-inspired denim from the clutches of his closet, but we’ve rounded up the following menswear items to help seamlessly update your Dad’s wardrobe this Father’s Day.
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No two pieces of Madeleine Pope’s jewelry, including this asymmetrical brass necklace, $160, are alike. Each item from the designer’s Cosmic Twin jewelry company is handmade at the Pratt Fine Arts Center in the Central District. cosmictwin.com
Running aficionados will now be able to shop Seattle-based Oiselle’s athletic apparel on foot with the opening of the brand’s first-ever flagship store later this month. Founder and ceo Sally Bergesen created the women’s activewear line in 2007 to address what she felt was a lack of design-driven apparel in the athletic market. “In the running industry, most apparel is made by running shoe companies [who often] don't care much for apparel. It's not how they make their money,” Bergesen says.