Good morning! I’m spending this (sunny) day sitting on the judging panel for our annual Seamless in Seattle competition, and I can’t wait to see what our 12 finalists have brought for show and tell. Follow me on Twitter for the inside scoop (and some great fashion) today.
Ed Marquand’s new gift and paper shop, Paper Hammer (downtown, 1400 Second Ave.; 206.682.3820; paper-hammer.com), is the realization of a dream project built over the past six years. Also the owner of Marquand Books in the same building (both an art book publisher and old-school book bindery), Marquand is leading the charge to reinvigorate Tieton. Open since last December, Paper Hammer functions as his urban laboratory for Tieton-made paper products, which are lovingly arranged in a stark, white, gallery-like setting.
Former Suede Salon owner Amy Quackenbush has moved to Fremont, where she opened Adele (Fremont, 4224A Fremont Ave. N; 206.522.5245; adelesalon.com), a boutique salon, in February. With a Paris-meets–Palm Desert vibe, accented by refurbished chandeliers and bright splashes of aqua, the new digs have Quackenbush back behind the chair, taming tresses with her signature Diamond Treatment (starts at $70), a precision cut followed by a top-secret conditioning glaze. ...
Wow, remember back in February when there was one, maybe two, fun shopping events in a week? Now my head is spinning so fast from all the happenings I can barely keep track of them all (like, hey Thaw was last night and it was just a boatload of fun!). So, let’s run down the list:
Drum roll please: Below are our top 12 finalists for the 2011 Seamless in Seattle competition! These talented designers will make their runway debut at the first ever Seamless in Seattle fashion show, which is just over a month away now on Wednesday, June 8th. Expect a fashion-filled evening of great runway looks, a special surprise design challenge, plus the 2011 winners will be revealed live on stage. Get your tickets now!
Hey Seattle, someone has validated your bad habit: Fashion guru Tim Gunn says it’s okay to wear jeans to work. Well, sometimes. This weekend, Gunn will explain why (plus give other great tips on how to work your denim) at a Lucky Brand denim fashion show in center court at Bellevue Square (Saturday starting at 1 p.m.; more info here). Shoppers can soak in Gunn’s tips while watching a fashion show (featuring real people!), then head up to Lucky to snag their own pair and meet the man himself.
If you’re a Project Runway fan, you’ll love Seamless in Seattle. We’re combing the city for the best up-and-coming fashion designers hungry to change the face of local fashion. This year, we’re offering the winners big prizes like a feature in the September 2011 Seattle magazine.
It's time for round two of the 2011 Seamless in Seattle contest!
Entry Category: Student Designer, studying at the New York Fashion Academy
Designer Name: Casey Sagisi
Line: C. Vincent Stitch
Branding Statement/ Bio info:
I am a custom clothier who believes in the power of the perfect fit, the statement of exquisite design, and the longevity of local craftsmanship.
Local salons are taking Portlandia’s “Put a Bird on It” mantra to heart (or rather, to hair) with a new, hippie-chic twist on the clip-on extension: feather extensions. Made from rooster feathers, the extensions come in many colors, range in size from subtle to Big Bird, and take about ten minutes to attach, using a cold-fusion clamping system that doesn’t damage hair (prices start around $20–$35). The feathers last up to eight weeks and are both washable and heat-styling tolerant—all the better to combat flyaways. Get a bird’s-eye view of this tress trend at the following salons.
WHY WE LOVE HIS LOOK: Fashion stylist Alvin Stillwell is paid to make starlets such as Ashley Tisdale and Jamie Alexander shine, but his personal style grabs its own spotlight—a look that’s comfy yet cultured, a sun-drenched beach boy meets twee Alfalfa. His longtime Northwest style staples, which include form-fitting designer blazers in unexpected plaids and whites, and his oh-so Seattle chunky specs, have been infused with a Pacific Coast beach vibe (the longtime Rainier Beach resident now splits his time between L.A. and Seattle for work).