Seattle has long struggled as a challenger in the fashion ring, but this year we finally upgraded to contender status. Our fleeced and frumpy reputation was KO’d by a growing number of fashion-focused events (Seattle Art Museum’s Remix runway shows, we’re talking about you), a brand-new citywide shopping week out (see page 103) and countless runway shows—more and more of which are showcasing creative, local talent. Circling the ring for their own shot at glory, a record 38 designers entered our third annual Seamless in Seattle contest.
Super, Model The "CURVES AHEAD" plus-size photo shoot in January’s issue of V magazine was an eye opener in more ways than one. There was no pandering on the slick, well-styled pages or in the sidebar on “How to dress 10 lbs. thinner!” Instead, on display: models in feminine, fashion-forward clothes, kohl eyeliner, red lips, windblown hair and, yes, unapologetic belly rolls, full thighs and plump, sumptuous arms. Could it be? Is what is regarded as “beautiful” becoming a little more inclusive?
The Mile High Club Once reserved for crunchy hippies and backyard gardening, the most banal of shoes has been reinvented by Karl Lagerfeld into a luxe, 6-inch wooden marvel. Debuting at his spring 2010 Chanel runway show, the new sky-high clog has since left behind its rustic roots, as easy slip-on styles crop up all over town.
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Needle + Thread needleplusthread.com tweet: @kammartin Hosiery designer by day, North Seattleite Kam Martin stealthily peruses the markets and shopping districts for Seattleites with style, her expert eye trained for savvy Northwest bikers and fashion-forward hipsters, snapping quirky local trends like white-Keds-wearing dudes and the Buddy Holly-esque spectacle craze.
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To wit, there isn’t a cookie-cutter Seattle style. Some (regrettably) rock the socks ’n’ flops with their fleece, while others prefer the gritty polish of chicly layered scarves, leather jackets and knee-high boots. Though more apt to pound the pavement (or perhaps climb a mountain) than walk a red carpet, the 20 Seattleites on the following pages represent the epitome of local style, with day-to-day looks packing creative, personality-infused details.
Seattle Signature Styles The 20 Seattleites on the following pages represent the epitome of local style, with day-to-day looks packing creative, personality-infused details. These style emblems embrace a larger trend: The “rules” of fashion need not apply. The Best Local Fashion Bloggers Snapping street style and talking eco-chic, our favorite local fashion bloggers are on the pulse of Seattle style.
At the Inform Interiors store in the Denny Triangle, there are nose prints on the window. But not in front of the cowhide recliner, or the angular Bellini chairs. The lustful smudges are reserved for the spot where passers-by can ogle an ovoid ice princess of a bathtub called the Agape Spoon XL. At $15,236, the Spoon XL costs as much as an economy car, but it won’t take you anywhere—except wherever your mind wanders while you’re soaking in it, up to your nose.
This waterfront neighborhood is most often associated with summer strolls, but don’t let the colder months keep you away. December brings the magical Pathway of Lights, a luminaria-lit holiday walk around the lake (12/11; 4:30–7:30 p.m.). And with a recent influx of new restaurants and shops, you may want to plan your next daycation on Green Lake’s welcoming shores.
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Why we love his look: Ian MacNeil is always the life of the party. As chair of multiple galas around town (often sharing the honor with wife Laura), the Montlake-based business executive (he owns Lachselian Holdings, an aviation leasing firm) is always clad in preppy, boldly colored suits. “I like to dress appropriate to the occasion, but take it to the nth degree,” says MacNeil, who recently launched SoDo-based Glass Vodka distillery.
Plucking fallen pine needles out of the carpet is cause for Grinch-style grumbling, so we’ve asked Santa for nontraditional, creative wreaths that don’t shed like pets. Try these crafty DIY garlands (made from recycled fabric, plush paper and art supplies) that celebrate the season in chic, clean style.
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