FACE, one of Seattle’s best fashion shows, and philanthropic events, is happening this Saturday, November 17 at Batch 206 Distillery. Since 2007, FACE, which stands for Fashion, Auction, Compassion, Event, has raised funds for the Seattle chapter of the Sunflower Children, an organization that financially supports impoverished children around the world.
Calling all designers! King 5's Evening Magazine, with partners Neiman Marcus, 425 Magazine, The Shops at The Bravern, IADT Seattle, Brandbuddee.com, Red Door Spas, TCM Models and David Lawrence, are looking for designer contestants for The Look, a new televised fashion reality show set to air February 18th through 25th, 2013 on channel five.
Admittedly Nordstrom Rack had totally fallen off my radar as a shopping option prior to the new Downtown location opening earlier this year. The old location was just so creepy to shop in that it made the merchandise, however good, less appealing to me.
Leather is on-trend big time this fall and Bellevue Collection's Independent Designer Showcase and EMP's Worn to Be Wild have reminded us that one of our most prolific and talented Seattle designers, Carole McClellan, has been using leather (and fur) for years, designing stage clothing for many of our homegrown rockers (Heart, Chris Cornell, etc
Shoppers can count on Essenza in Fremont for exquisite jewelry, refined kids’ stuff and candles, perfume and skincare from the finest lines, including Diptyque, Fresh and now, Kahina Giving Beauty, an organic argan oil-based luxury skincare company that helps protect and support the community from which it originates, the Berber women who run the argan oil co-ops in Morocco.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, join Julie Gralow, MD, director of WE-CAN—the Women’s Empowerment Cancer Advocacy Network, a collaboration with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, UW Medicine and Fred Hutch—and Elizabeth Roberts (formerly Wraphabillement) at Canopy Blue on Thursday, October 28 from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a Holiday Trunk Show.
Ballard’s not the only place to find Scandinavian style with a Pacific Northwest nod. Splendid Avenue, a charming web shop owned by Swedes Monika and Ewa (they prefer to keep things on a first name basis), stocked with fine quality Northern European goods, for home and body, provides shoppers with high style and a classic edge.
Select the perfect memo with Bainbridge Island–based Grain Design’s word-search-style Utility Card. The letterpress card, which is printed on tree-free cotton fiber paper, has more than 100 messages hidden in its lettered grid, ranging from classics such as “Happy Holidays” and “Thank You” to quirkier declarations such as “Smitten” and “Werq Queen.” Never fear, puzzle-phobes: The card comes complete with a cheat sheet.
$21.50 for set of five at graindesign.com.
Though not their official job title—that would be co-owner—Hana Ryan Wilson and Jason Parker of Craft & Culture (craftandculture.com) could very well slap “liaison” onto their business cards: The duo created their e-shop last January expressly to connect top-tier designer talent to the masses (Etsy.com on steroids, if you will).
For any style maven who’s tried to make Blackbird boutique’s edgy, urban menswear work for her, Belltown-based designer Jennifer Charkow is a godsend. Her new Stone Crow Designs women’s wear line combines the drama of Alexander McQueen with the showstopping edginess of Rick Owens.
“I want to take the avant-garde or over-the-top and make it understandable,” says the 34-year-old Charkow. “I use it as a starting-off point. It’s [about] maintaining the idea and then making it work within your real-life designs.”
The Ruby Room is an excellent organization, run by West Seattleite Nyla Bitterman, that has been giving away free formal dresses to girls in need for 10 years, making prom a possibility for many of them. In 2012 the organization provided dresses to over 500 teens, and sponsored their first scholarship to a low-income fashion student at Seattle Central Community College.