I was hit hard by a brutal cold this week, and the best thing to come out of it—aside from a newly found guilty TV pleasure in Nashville—I was able to catch up on The Fashion Fund*, a Hulu.com exclusive reality show that follows 10 finalists in the CFDA/Vogue contest of the same name, where struggling fashion talents vie for a grand prize of $300,000 (and two runner-up prizes of $100,000) to help their
Back in 2010 I was a judge for both the Art Institute of Seattle’s student fashion show and Seattle mag’s Seamless in Seattle emerging designer contest (details for the 2013 Seamless coming soon!) and Kent-based designer Cindy Marlatt was a winner at both of them for her flowing and ethereal creations. Another thing that made her stand out in my mind is that she's a funeral home director as a day job. That’s a creative combo you don’t often hear about.
Seattle has long been a hotbed of airplanes, coffee and technology, and now fragrance may be added to that illustrious list. Last summer, perfumer Christi Meshell created Seattle Sniffs, a community of more than 30 olfactory artisans who use oils in the pursuit of perfumery.
If a slew of late-night holiday parties has left your complexion feeling less than sparkling, you may find salvation in newly launched Harman London skin care. Based in Olympia, Harman London (the name combines founder Ross MacQuarrie’s middle name and hometown) takes a minimalist approach to skin care, with products free of parabens, sulfates and pore-clogging gunk.
I took my six year-old daughter, Ruby, to Seattle Opera’s rendition of Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella) last week and we were both totally blown away by the costumes, which were bright, bold, graphic and totally over the top.
Like looking forward to a little special beauty prezzie in your mailbox every month? Kirkland’s Love True Natural, the American distributor of several popular lines of 100 percent natural German organic beauty products, is launching a monthly True Beauty Box, which delivers just that to customers’ mailboxes on the regular, and completely customized.
Heel heights and toe shapes may go in and out of style, but you can never go wrong with a classic. These Marca oxfords—designed by Fremont resident Cat de Montjoye and her mother, Martha Jimenez, and crafted by artisans in their native Colombia—are a fine example of this timeless yet perfectly on-trend shoe. Construction of supple and durable leather, details such as patterned soles and textured finishes, and a moderately affordable price point set these shoes apart from the pack.
Dana Guyton, curator of virtual vintage shop, Sustalux, is setting up, for the third time no less, at Clementine in West Seattle on Saturday and Sunday, February 2 and 3 in a continuation of a fashion collaboration made in heaven. Sustalux’s throw back style is a perfect foil to Clementine’s modern sensibility, and both retailers will be stocked to the hilt with fun stuff, perfect for your Valentine plans.
Mia Fioravanti showed up on our radar thanks to a tip from Juniper boutique owner Lisa Clinton, whose Madrona shop was the first in town to carry this Beacon Hill designer. “Her designs are so simple and elegant. I was immediately drawn to them,” Clinton says. “The drape and style of her pieces are well thought out, and flattering and comfortable on a range of body types.” The same goes for age, says Fioravanti, who isn’t trying to design for the younger demographic alone.
Seattleite Natalie Russo is taking eyelashes to new heights (one could argue, never before seen heights) with sets of incredibly zany handmade false ones.
The sky is the limit with Russo's Eyelash Jewelry collection: grapefruits, bubble bath accoutrements, unicorns, glow in the dark googly eyes—her designs are a perfect nod to Seattle’s rave and festival culture.
Chances are you’ve heard of the BluePrint juice cleanse. Michael Kors does it. Jason Wu does it. Rachel Roy and Blake Lively do it. Ali Brownrigg does it (ok, just did it) and now, thanks to its recent launch at area Whole Foods, you can do it to. (Although, BluePrint will also deliver directly to your door through the mail if you're not close to a Whole Foods.)
This February, Savvy shoppers will notice a change in the department: a disctinct shift towards more affordable, youthful and completely of-the-moment and on-trend looks. Brands entering the fray include Viva Vena Cava, Leith, Mink Pink and others.