Back in the day, I owned a small online boutique that I stocked with apparel, accessories and art from small indie businesses from the Pacific Northwest. One of my fave finds was Portland jeweler (artist? genius?), Stephanie Simek, whose false eyelash and real quail’s egg necklaces were some of my inventory.
It’s always a thrill to stumble upon a new local designer who sets my Spidey sense off and Lu. by Jenny Fort has done it. Her Line No. 1 collection, currently looking for funding on Kickstarter is a two of my favorite things: chic and unique. Silhouettes are nontraditional, unless drop crotch MC Hammer pants are your standard, and will fit a range of personal styles and body shapes.
Like Halley’s Comet, a sample sale from esteemed local designer (and an Editor's Choice from our September issue) Carole McClellan doesn’t come around very often, so when it does, you should know about it and attend it. Especially if you’re a fan of McClellan’s masterful use of vintage fur, repurposed leather and rock and roll vibe.
Hobnob with footwear giant Steven Madden on Saturday, October 12 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Bell Square Nordstrom, along with TV personality and brand ambassador Julissa Bermudez (106 & Park, Empire Girls). Madden will be taking photos with shoppers and signing complimentary tee shirts and tote bags. There will be a surprise guest DJ, a chance to win a pair of Steven Madden shoes and a special gift with a Steven Madden purchase.
Michael Cepress is on roll. A successful Kickstarter campaign made his men’s and women’s ready to wear collections a reality, he orchestrated a successful runway show and the recent launch of his online store has taken his clothing to the masses.
Nordstrom is launching a new concept this week, a pop-in, rather than a pop-up, I suppose—an series of themed shops at only eight stores, including the downtown flagship.
The first pop-in, which opened October 10, is French Fling, a curated selection of French-inspired goods, from clothing to accessories for both men and women, including items from Rodarte, Repetto, A.P.C. and Kenzo.
The Nordstrom Men’s Shop and GQ Fall 2013 Runway Show, benefiting the Detlef Schrempf Foundation at the recent Fashion Week at The Bellevue Collection, was all about accessible fashion, and of course, the models. Several local male celebrities, including Steve Hauschka of the Seattle Seahawks, Michael Gspurning and Andy Rose of the Seattle Sounders, Brian and J.P.
Paychi Guh, our current fave cashmere line, is the star of the show at W Seattle's Wear Wednesday, tomorrow, October 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. Join designer Karen Guh as she shows off her entire fall collection and indulge in this dreamy textile. Don't hesitate to drape yourself in her sweaters and scarves—it's all to delicious not to. Guh will also have samples and swatches of her next collection, something that we're hotly anticipating.
Seattle-based women’s eyewear company Rivet & Sway takes its specs out for a spin starting today with Specs on Wheels, a pop-up shop fitted onto a snazzy, orange and white tricycle that artfully displays its chic and colorful frames. Through the end of November, the three-wheeled shop will be on hand at North Seattle’s Caruh Salon & Spa on Wednesday through Sunday (6217 Roosevelt Way NE Ste.
LA-based skincare company, Orogold, has recently opened at Bellevue Square, bringing the beautifying benefits of gold with it. Each product in the brand’s line contains flecks of 24K gold, called nano-gold, which means they are super small, but in some cases still visible to the naked eye, suspended in lotion, serums and creams. Prices range from $168 to $600, with the priciest product topping out at $1,500.
On Saturday evening, the Seattle style set turned out to mark the conclusion of Fashion Week at The Bellevue Collection with Front Row Fashion presented by Vogue, raising a total of $60,000 to benefit the Moyer Foundation, a non-profit supporting children in distress. The beloved Bellevue bash is easily the best bet for viewing the autumn arsenal stocked in the Bellevue Collection’s most stylish stores.
Tiffany originally released the Atlas collection in 1995 to much acclaim. The line, inspired by the mythic Greek god who carries the globe on his back, incorporates Roman numerals in its modern design and is chic and timeless. This summer, the brand re-released the Atlas collection, updating its iconic look, while retaining everything that has made it so cool since its release nearly 20 years ago.
Menswear is having a moment. Dudes are donning blazers, ties, chinos, wing tips and even cravats these days, and are really embracing a more formal approach to dressing. It’s nice. We like it and want to encourage it.