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Change of Haute: Seattle’s Fashion Scene Is Undergoing a Sea Change

Our city's fashion scene is morphing, much like the Seattle waterfront. This fall, we're embracing stylish and refreshingly practical looks.

By Andrew Hoge, Hayley Young and Angeline Brunk September 4, 2018


This article originally appeared in the September 2018 issue of Seattle Magazine.

This article appears in print in the September 2018 issue. Click here to subscribe.

Photography by Hayley Young | Creative Direction by Andrew Hoge | Styling by Angeline Brunk

As our city’s skyline reaches new heights, there is a true sense of change; familiar landmarks are undergoing redesign, and we welcome hundreds of new residents from around the world every week. As we rethink the city we love, we’re imagining a new sense of style that embraces fall’s go-to trends: bold animal and plaid prints, sensual red hues, clean lines and technical fabrics for the sartorial Seattleite.

The result? Stylish and refreshingly practical looks that keep pace with our evolving city backdrop.

(Above) On him: Cotton blend green hooded jacket with tapered raglan sleeve, $473, from JBNY. Martin Margiela alpaca and wool blend wide-neck striped sweater in cream, $1,090; and 3×1 Kaihara selvedge slim straight jean in dark wash, $285; both from Marios. “Skamania” scalloped white T-shirt, $24.40, from LumberUnion in Pacific Place. Spalwart “Marathon Trail” low-back gray suede and nappa leather sneaker, $250, from Likelihood.

On her: Patch pocket wool and nylon camel car coat, $750, from Vince at The Bellevue Collection. Striped Marni multicolored knit top with angled patch pocket detail, $790, from Totokaelo. Silk and stretch-georgette wide-leg red drawstring pants by The Row, $850, from Barneys New YorK, seattle in Pacific Place. “Candi” low white leather sneaker with yellow suede detail by Marc Fisher, $71.96, from Nordstrom. “Instax” self-developing film Fuji camera in gold, $149, from Michael Kors at Pacific Place. “Ipanema” 22K gold Dean Davidson hoop earrings, $165, from Nordstrom; and 36-millimeter stainless steel and 18K yellow gold watch by Rolex, $10,400, from Alvin Goldfarb Jeweler.

On her: “Metamorphosis” modal and wool blend butterfly-print scarf in ivory by Alexander McQueen, $465, from Marios. Cropped “Neo-Tech” jacket in gray, $228, from Buki. V-neck white silk monili-cuffed blouse by Brunello Cucinelli, $1,845, from Marios. Silk draped, ruched drawstring leopard-print skirt, $298, from Diane von Furstenberg at The Bellevue Collection. “Obie” white pointed mule by Dolce Vita with python-print kitten heel, $119.95 to $129.95, from Nordstrom. Black leather Henry Beguelin shoulder bag with top stitch detail, $860, from Marios. Black ionized steel and 18K rose gold earrings with champagne diamonds, $4,200, from Turgeon Raine.

On him: Black wool blend Off-White varsity jacket with 3-D detailing, $1,345, from Barneys New YorK, SEATTLE. Square-print, brushed-cotton button-down shirt in coastal blue, $185, from Vince at The Bellevue Collection. “Seleb” mainline cotton blend burgundy chino, $159, from Ted Baker at The Bellevue Collection. “Elonso” low-top leather sneaker by Magnanni in gray, $325; and polarized wayfarer matte black Rag and Bone sunglasses, $255; both from Nordstrom.

Connecting the Spots: If the full master plan for a James Corner Field Operations–designed waterfront park moves forward, Overlook Walk (designed by Miller Hull) will eventually connect the newly improved waterfront with the MarketFront, the new Pike Place Market extension that features vendor space, restaurants and a public deck with spectacular views.

On her: “Comet” cashmere and wool blend, silk-lined coat in cool gray, $1,250, from Luly Yang. “The Softest Holborn” sweater in ivory, $250, from Not Monday. Leather ankle-zip dark palm legging, $995, from Vince at The Bellevue Collection. Sterling silver hand-formed Faris “Lagoon” drop earrings, $268, from Nordstrom.

On him: Ribbed intarsia-knit wool, alpaca and mohair cream and black striped crew neck sweater by Saint Laurent, $950, from Nordstrom. “André” Loro Piana super stonewashed denim shirt, $515, from Marios. Slim-fit wool trouser in black with stitched tuxedo stripe detail by Lanvin, $1,070, from Totokaelo. “Clubmaster Sport” black Briston steel watch, $115, from Likelihood.

A Space For All: When the waterfront is completed, and the Alaskan Way Viaduct becomes a distant memory, it will span 26 blocks and feature a viewing deck that connects to Pike Place Market, a new waterfront plaza for events and performances, and an innovative approach to the shoreline ecosystem that puts sustainable design at the forefront. For more information on Seattle waterfront plans, visit

On him: Wool sport coat by Boglioli in navy and burgundy, $1,245, from Jackstraw. King twill silk burgundy pocket square, $19.50, and trim barrel-cuff white David Donahue dress shirt, $135, both from Nordstrom. “Genesis” slim wool Hugo Boss trouser, $198, from Nordstrom. Leather oxford shoe by Gravati, $625, from Marios. Stainless steel 40-millimeter “Master” ultrathin mechanical watch by Jaeger-LeCoultre, $7,150, and stainless steel gold and blue PVD-coated steel cable bracelet by Alor, $175, both from Alvin Goldfarb Jeweler.

On her: Cashmere cardigan in coal heather, $395, from Not Monday. Peter Cohen crepe triacetate ivory V-neck wrap dress, $975, from Marios. “Harlie” snake print mule with metallic heel by Marc Fisher, $169.95, from Nordstrom. 18K white gold double row pavé diamond studs from Goldfarb Collection, $5,950, and one-of-a-kind 18K white gold diamond drop micro-pavé Goldfarb Collection snake choker with multi-shaped diamonds (3.50 total carat weight), $13,800, both from Alvin Goldfarb Jeweler.

On him: Laser-cut patch pocket pin-striped wool and cotton jacket by Eleventy, $695; and “Hans” collarless oxford shirt enhanced with ripstop construction in olive by Norse Projects, $160; both from Nordstrom. “Greyson” slim-fit charcoal cargo biker pant by Hudson, $275, from Marios. Alden “Grant Last” straight tip suede boot in snuff, $595, from Brick + Mortar. 42-millimeter “Hybrid Manufacture” Frederique Constant automatic movement watch with smartwatch technology, $3,495, from Alvin Goldfarb Jeweler.

On her: Cotton and poly knit turtleneck, flannel and pleated chiffon buffalo check dress in navy and red by Sacai, $1,115, from Barneys New York, seattle. “Exhale” crinkle patent leather red mule by Jeffrey Campbell, $164.95, from Nordstrom. Valextra “Triennale” saffiano leather tote in oyster, $2,975, from Marios. 18K yellow gold and diamond “Crescent” earrings with more than 1 carat in diamonds by New York designer Jade Trau, $4,500, and stacked disk rings (18K rose gold and pavé diamond ring, $4,500; 18K rose gold with black jade and diamond ring, $1,450; 18K rose gold with white jade and diamond ring, $1,450) by Roberto Coin, all from Alvin Goldfarb Jeweler.

Check out our behind the scenes video of the shoot:

Alvin Goldfarb Jeweler, Bellevue, 
305 Bellevue Way NE;

Barneys of New Yorkseattle, Pacific Place, downtown, 
600 Pine St.; 206.622.6300

Brick + Mortar, downtown, 
1210 Fourth Ave.; 206.588.2770

Buki, downtown, 
1826 Sixth Ave.; 206.624.1969

Diane Von Furstenberg, The Bellevue Collection,Bellevue, 
122 Bellevue Square; 425.405.7960,

Jack Straw, downtown, 
1930 First Ave.; 206.462.6236

JNBY, Pacific Place, downtown, 
600 Pine St.; 206.623.0753

Likelihood, Capitol Hill, 
1101 E Union St.; 206.257.0577;

Luly Yang, downtown, 
1218 Fourth Ave.; 206.623.8200

Lumber Union, Pacific Place, downtown, 
600 Pine St.; 855.767.5243,

Marios, downtown, 
1513 Sixth Ave.; 206.223.1461,

Michael Kors, Pacific Place, downtown, 600 Pine St., No. 145; 206.682.4300,

Nordstrom, downtown, 500 Pine St., 206.628.2111; Westfield Southcenter, Tukwila, 100 Southcenter Mall, 206.246.0400; Bellevue Collection, Bellevue, 100 Bellevue Way SE, 425.455.5800; and other

Not Monday, online only,

Ted Baker London, The Bellevue Collection, 
Bellevue, 141 Bellevue Way NE; 425.453.5582,

Totokaelo, Capitol Hill, 1523 Tenth Ave.; 844.868.6523,

Turgeon-Raine Jewelers, downtown, 1407 Fifth Ave.; 206.447.9488,

Vince, The Bellevue Collection, Bellevue, 124 Bellevue Square; 425.456.0304

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