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;

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.

The Best Local Socks to Buy Now

The Best Local Socks to Buy Now

This city has a thing for socks. From top toe protection to no-slip all-stars, we’ve found the best bets for restocking your sock drawer

(From left to right)

1.  Sock It to Me
This Portland-based company has the corner on the whimsical-sock market. Go for the women’s Shakespeare-themed “Taming of the Shoe” or the men’s Multi Player gaming sock for a silly but sophisticated fashion statement. $11.50–$12,

2.  Darn Tough
The name says it all. Based in Vermont and manufactured exclusively in the U.S., these mid-calf, micro crew hike/trek socks are sure to keep your tootsies dry and happy on a hike. The fun colors will make you even happier to take off your boots at the end of the day. $20, available at

3.  Peony and Moss
Founded by Seattle local Eva Spitzer, Peony and Moss brings the pretty with these high-quality cotton socks. We like the Scandinavian pattern knee high, but the thigh high works well with the high-booted crowd. $30–$32,

4.  Mod Socks
Bellingham’s Mod Socks pays serious homage to its Northwest roots with its “Bigfoot Loves Washington,” a women’s knee sock, and the “Bear Necessities” crew sock for men. $10,

5.  Strideline
This Seattle-based company took the city by storm with its skyline lacrosse sock. Now it has come up with a new digital ink technology that brings photo-realism and hometown pride to your feet. Get the new skyline, Husky Stadium or the Sounders sock just in time for soccer season. $16–$18,

6.  Balega
The unique left/right construction and deeper heel pocket of these crew socks make them a favorite in local specialty running shops, such as Super Jock ’n Jill. Balega’s ultralight quarter sock, $13, has been called the sheerest, lightest sock on the market and has garnered lots of hard-core running fans. Available at Fleet Feet Sports Seattle, Capitol Hill, 911 E Pine St.; 206.329.1466;