Spend an evening with Valerie Steele, fashion historian, author and curator from the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT) this Friday night, July 19m at 7 p.m. Steele will be in town to give a talk on the Japanese fashion influence and “revolution” in the 1980s as part of the SAM Talks series.
On May 2, The Four Seasons Hotel was all about wine and shoes and the women who love both, during the Seattle Children’s Home’s (SCH) third annual Wine, Women & Shoes fundraiser. VIPs got an early-bird Neiman Marcus fashion show preview, and every guest caught up on the latest fashions while shopping in stylish pop-up boutiques and sipping fine wines. The $70,000 raised benefits SCH services, which include mental health and development support for children and their families.
Baby & Co.Owner Jill Donnelly shows no mercy at her annual summer sale, slashing prices by as much as 30 to 70 percent off retail and filling baskets with $25 and $50 scores. babyandco.usBarneys New York
Sure, jeans can be expensive, but finding a pair that fits well is worth its weight in gold. Beyond that, having a good experience while shopping for jeans is priceless. Generally, we’ve found that premium denim runs no less than $100 (even Gap jeans are $70), regardless of where you shop. So if you’re ready to drop some dime, why not choose a place that offers personalized service and complimentary alterations?
There are 10 million cool things to do in Seattle this weekend (Queen Anne sidewalk sale, Ballard SeafoodFest, Sub Pop's Jubilee, West Seattle Summer Fest), including Urban Craft Uprising, an artisan-tastic event at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.
If you have tickets, you're psyched, because Nordstrom's Designer Preview is tonight, which means that Erdem and Dries Van Noten will be gracing the runway, alongside Gucci and Oscar de la Renta. If you didn't get tickets, no worries, we'll have a recap for you, hopefully, tomorrow.
Here's a sneak peek at what's in store:
After a brief absence, Gilt City Seattle is back on the scene with weekly deals and a huge warehouse sale of mythic proportions. On Friday, July 26 at 415 Westlake in South Lake Union, from 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., shoppers will save up to 90 percent off Gilt’s top designer brands, including women’s, men’s and kid’s fashion, as well as home goods and more, while sipping on sparkling wine. All for $5 per ticket. What could be better? *
To be honest, I’m kind of shocked by this news, because the store is so awesome and men’s wear is having a moment right now, but according to a message from Blackbird owner Nicole Miller on Facebook, she is closing her nine year-old brick and mortar store in Seattle on July 31 to focus on her successful wholesale line of incense, beard oil, soap and other products.
From left: “Blossom” from Bellevue-based Adicora ($125, available at adicoraswimwear.com). “Kure” from Ballard’s Drifting Arrows, in lapis ($212, available at driftingarrows.com). A 1950s-style pin-up skirt one-piece and highwaisted bikini, both from Broadview-based Frankie Four, frankiefour.com (both $95, available at Velouria in Ballard, shopvelouria.com).
No matter how often I apply and reapply sunscreen, all that exposure to the blaring sun takes its toll on my skin, reddening it like a lobster. But it's not like I'm going to stay inside on these beautiful days—a girl needs her vitamin D. The reps from my favorite luxe skin care line, Koh Gen Do sent over a timely email extolling the virtues of two new products, perfect for soothing sizzled skin.
It’s looking like a heat wave this week, perfect timing for a Drifting Arrows swimwear trunk show at Madewell! This locally designed bathing suit line, owned by Leah Lawrence, is full of bandeaus and high-waisted bottoms, as well as one-pieces with dramatic (but not overly sexy) neck- and back-lines.
Even though they moved into their Pacific Place digs just a few years ago (from their first location at City Centre), the Seattle Barneys has just undergone a refresh. A Barney's spokesperson tells me that they’ve expanded the leather goods section by 100 percent and combined men’s and women’s ready-to-wear on the second floor so members of both genders can shop together.
This is one of those sales that shoe- and indie designer-loving shoppers wait for: Lambs Ear summer sale. Enjoy 30 percent off some amazing, unique, distinctive and comforable oxfords, sandals, ankle boots and even a moccasin from LD Tuttle, Isabel Marant, Hope and my personal current obsession, Beatrice Valenzuela.
Fashion and lifestyle editor Ali Brownrigg and arts and culture editor Brangien Davis attended Tuesday's press preview of the Future Beauty exhibit at SAM. Herewith, a few of their shots from the magnificent space. Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion starts June 27 and runs through September 8. Read more about it here.