Clockwise from top: Luly Yang bright chartreuse green silk satin and lambskin suede T-strap sandals with detachable fur pouf shoe clip (available separately for $150), $650 at Luly Yang Couture downtown.
Miz Mooz “Silas” purple leather wedges, $159.95 on Amazon Fashion. Report “Watson” navy patent leather flats with burnt orange tassels, $70 at Report Shoes in The Bellevue Collection.
Kate Spade “Leslie” seafoam green calf leather pumps with ashwood heel, $298 at Kate Spade in Pacific Place.
Clockwise from top left: Coral “Bombshell” zigzag chevron-print clutch with detachable turquoise felt-flower pin, nickel frame, ball clasp and contrasting polka dot-print lining, by Angela Huse of Edmonds-based Angela Kay Designs ($48, available at angelakaydesigns.etsy.com).
During her years working alongside designer Luly Yang, Lina Zeineddine, then 19, kept a personal sketchbook, doodling design ideas during spare moments. In 2011, after fashion classes at the Art Institute, business school, and two and a half years at the downtown couture house (which she left in 2009), the Lebanon-born designer rediscovered that sketchbook and found a golden nugget: a drawing of a luxurious pair of heels edged in Swarovski studs and crafted from fine leather.
Michael Cepress wears many artistic hats: The Capitol Hill-based, 30-something designer is well-known for his dapper and tailored men’s wear designs, a sublime talent he juggles with costume design, teaching fashion courses at the University of Washington and curating fashion exhibitions. Now he’s adding women’s wear designer to his résumé.
We check labels at Nordstrom and covet the first lady’s Jason Wu wear—the pop culture profile of the fashion designer continues to rise. Case in point: For our fifth annual fashion design contest, a record number of 32 hopefuls submitted their designs for a chance to elevate their rising star. After two rounds of judging in which contestants revealed such creations as a dramatic parachute dress and messenger bags crafted from old truck tarps, a septuplet of women rose to the top.
Tangletown-based jewelry artist Moorea Seal first viewed art on a grand scale as an artist’s assistant to Seattle sculptor John Grade, helping to craft his large-scale installations. But in 2010, the Seattle Pacific University graduate began packing big, geometric sculptures into a petite form: jewelry.
Thirty-two local emerging designers submitted their portfolios this summer to be considered for our annual fashion designer competition.
After several intensive rounds of judging and deliberation, five winners (and two runners-up) have emerged (read all about them here).
The line: “I focus on using bold prints, colors and design details to bring a fun twist to dresses that have classic silhouettes,” says the Seattle Central graduate, who adds playful touches with darling bustier tops accented with vintage coral buttons, dainty peplum designs and demure open back accents.
The line: The Capitol Hill-based designer’s line is synonymous with tomboy chic, focused on relaxed separates that pair sand-washed silk charmeuse tops with silk/wool twill bottoms. In addition to the aesthetic appeal, the line’s renegade attitude harks to a historical moment in women’s wear. “Pants at one point were liberating,” Kelly says. “They were about being comfortable and feeling good.”
The line: Formerly a women’s wear and accessories designer at Nordstrom before opening her Frock Shop boutique in 2006, Fairchild lets both the pattern and originating era of the fabric breathe life into her exceedingly wearable skirts and girly yet refined day dresses (often offered for less than $125). “I love the silhouettes and styles of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s; my designs are a mishmash of those eras. I like to take really feminine details from these eras, but then reenvision them; it’s not replication as much as a re-imagining for the modern woman.”
The line: Czerwiec unconventionally combines print, color and texture to create a strong sense of personality and promote a lifestyle anchored in creativity. “I want to…push the boundaries of using basic materials in an interesting way—like the use of strips and remnants of knit jersey to create braided medallions as appliqués for coats and outerwear,” says the Nordstrom fit and product specialist, who hand-stitched many elements of her collection
The line: The Central District-based designer (who works for a Ballard biking pannier company by day) describes her line as “urban cycling clothing for the professional woman,” as seen in garments like a violet pencil skirt that unzips on the sides to give more leg room to pedal. Other thoughtful details: reflective satin fabric on zippers and trims; the charming wool jacket’s mini capelet that protects against the wind; and double-reinforced seat and articulated-knee seaming on twill pants.
The line: The Ballard-based designer, who also holds a master’s degree in urban planning, uses one word to sum up her debut line, “edited.” It’s a well-chosen adjective: Roby’s jackets contain simple yet strong details such as cowl pockets or shoulders, leather collar work to accent her copper wool duster and the dramatically flared tuxedo coat with a nipped waist. “It’s just one word, but that’s very reflective of my approach: simple and polished, making a statement without shouting.”
The line: “I want my line to be timeless, but almost separate from ‘fashion’ per se, which can tend to revolve around trends and seasons,” says Chaney of her creatively crafted scarf frocks with sly peekaboo panels and asymmetrical hemming, cozy crochet sweaters and avant-garde coats made from army surplus wool blankets. “I want to create clothing that women live in and love; a piece that transcends a time frame.”
Mark your fashion datebook, people: On August 29th the five winning designers from our 2012 Seamless in Seattle competition will hit the runway for our second annual Seamless in Seattle Fashion Show.
Here are our lucky winners and their designs (you’ll just have to wait until show time to find out who takes home the awards for the Best Emerging and Best Student Designer):