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.
It’s the era of the high/low collaboration in fashion (Neiman Marcus and Target’s upcoming Holiday collection being the ultimate in incongruity) and Nordstrom has entered the fray this week as Topshop, one of Britain’s most beloved trendy high street retailers, set up shop in 14 of their stores throughout the country and online.
Seattle magazine's 2nd annual Seamless in Seattle fashion show was proof that Seattle has style! The five Seamless in Seattle award-winning designers presented their chic, sophisticated and totally wearable collections to 350 guests, picturesquely set underneath the glowing cars at the Seattle Art Museum.
Top row, left to right: “Fremont Bridge” brass-etched and oxidized cuff with triangle design, by Portland-based Betsy & Iya ($72, available at Retail Therapy on Capitol Hill or betsyandiya.myshopify.com).
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.