Get Tickets to Seamless in Seattle 2012 Fashion Show

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Thirty-two local emerging designers submitted their portfolios this summer to be considered for our annual fashion designer competition.

After several intensive rounds of judging and deliberation, five winners (and two runners-up) have emerged (read all about them here).

We were inspired by their bold concepts ("I want to give women something beyond clothing; I want to give them power"); by their thoughtful insight ("I design for thinking women; women who go about their lives with purpose looking for a creative solution"). We were blown away by their sewing skills, their ability to merge fashion and function, and even their good humor ("Frankly, I'm a vintage-fabric hog.")

We published individual interviews with each designer in our September issue (on newsstands now).

But if you want to see the designers really strut their stuff, come to the Seamless in Seattle Fashion Show on Wednesday, August 29 at the Seattle Art Museum ($35-$75. 1300 First Ave., 206.654.3100; seattlemag.com/events.

In addition to debuting their complete collections on the runway, our five winning designers will compete live for a chance to display their wares at Neiman Marcus at The Bravern during the Fashion’s Night Out festivities (9/6).

Buy your tickets to Seamless in Seattle now via Brown Paper Tickets.

New Skincare Company, 3B, Delivers Beauty by the Boxful

New Skincare Company, 3B, Delivers Beauty by the Boxful

A Seattle-based skin care company brings beauty breakthroughs to your door
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Goodies from a 3B beauty box

Ke Chen, cofounder of 3B (Beauty Beyond Borders), says skin care in Asia is approached the same way the French think about food. “It’s an art form,” she says. Chen, whose Seattle-based subscription beauty box company launched last year, says this “art form” can include a 10-step cleansing ritual and feature innovative, exotic ingredients like bee venom and snail mucus to soothe and repair skin.

 

Chen has found that obtaining these elite Asian skin care products stateside takes time and research, which is why she’s offering them via a home subscription service ($15/month), which delivers a collection of Korean, Taiwanese and Japanese skin care samples, such as the Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion from Taiwan and Leaders’ 7 Wonders Amazonian Acai Anti-Pollution Mask from South Korea. When subscribers find a product they can’t live without, they can shop for the full-size product on 3B’s website (the3bbox.com).

Local and national focus groups of bloggers, YouTubers and beauty influencers help Chen keep up on Asian skin care trends and determine what ends up in the boxes. You could say that 3B has skin in this game.