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.
We're huge fans of makeup artist Suresh's style: sleek, soft and modern. His GlossLUXE lipglosses are a mainstay in our makeup bag, and his newish line of lipsticks, flecked with crushed diamonds, rubies, amethysts and yellow garnets, are our newest obsession.
Last week was Fashion Week at the Bellevue Collection, and as always, the shows were well attended, well produced and gave the area’s best-dressed glitterati a chance to bring out their bling, don their Louboutins and get a good look at fall trends through the lens of Vogue magazine and Bellevue Collection retailers.
Our sister magazine, Seattle Bride, is producing its first-ever Urban Unveiled on 10.11.12, having acquired the boutique wedding show from dynamic duo True Colors Events earlier this year. Typically, the words "wedding show" don't exactly convey images of opulence, glamour and celebration, but we assure you that Urban Unveiled is not your typical wedding show.
The big news in local fashion right now is Fashion Week at The Bellevue Collection. From September 26 through 30, downtown Bellevue, with Lincoln Square, Bellevue Place and Bellevue Square at its locus, will be abuzz with reliably well-produced runway shows and fun beauty and trend events, both free and ticketed.
College-bound: “If only I had been in college in the 1950s,” says Matthew Parker. “I could have been the prepster poster child.” Alas, the West Seattle–based event planner and designer (his résumé includes everything from gala décor to Skillet Counter’s logo design) missed the style moment by fifty years, but has channeled the same spirit into his collegiate-esque ensembles of cuffed chinos, nerd-tastic eyeglass frames, seersucker jackets and boat shoes.
Challenge the chill with your own built-in heater, courtesy of West Seattle–based Toast’s heated long underwear tops and pants. Created by outdoor sports enthusiast Julia Aiken and her hubby, Andy, the moisture-wicking Polartec garments warm up frosty types with hidden air-activated heat packets in core areas, including the lower back, neck and waistband.
$75–$95 at toast-clothes.com.
Tina Witherspoon didn’t intend to become a clothing designer; she just wanted to organize her closet. Looking for a creative outlet back in 2006 (she had dabbled in acting, costume design and rocking out in bands), Witherspoon pulled her sewing machine out of mothballs and started fixing garments that didn’t fit right.
Last week marked the official 175th anniversary of Tiffany & Co., a landmark the iconic American company has marked by resetting the 128.54-carat, 135 year-old Tiffany yellow diamond in a platinum setting with 481 white diamonds totaling over 120 carats — just a little bauble.
With celebrity clients like Michelle Obama, Diane Sawyer and Jennifer Garner, Rachel Roy has established herself as the thinking woman’s clothing designer. Her collections are savvy, smart, wearable and touch on sexy rather than scream it. Perhaps best known for her apparel, Roy also does shoes. She’ll be at the Downtown Nordstrom store on Thursday, September 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to promote her Fall 2012 collections.