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.

Eddie Bauer Releases EB Originals Collection

Eddie Bauer Releases EB Originals Collection

The retailer returns to its roots with iconic designs
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Wares from Eddie Bauer's latest collection, releasing today

Seattle-based men's and women's outerwear and apparel retailer Eddie Bauer is going back to its Northwest roots, when Eddie was a guy who ran a sporting goods store on downtown's Seneca Street in 1920. The brand has gone through some transition years, but it’s returning to the brand that outfitted the first American expedition to K2.

On Tuesday, September 27, the retailer is releasing its EB Originals Collection, a line that's inspired by EB's founder and the early, iconic designs from its nearly 100-year-old history.

The first patented down jacket, the 1936 Skyliner, is reincarnated with modern styling. Same for the 1942 Yukon--the top seller for more than 30 years--and the B-9 Parka, which originally kept U.S. airmen warm in -70 temperatures in their uninsulated bombers.

For Northwest street cred, the most striking piece is the limited-edition version of the Skyliner, that's lined with Pendleton wool in eight national park-inspired patterns from Portland's Pendleton Woolen Mills. What's more, it’s reversible, so you can wear your Rainier Pendleton Skyliner in multiple ways. Expect this limited-edition gem on October 18. $400 at eddiebauer.com.