Seattle has always been a quietly fashionable city, thanks in part to our broad hybrid of cultural influences (Scandinavian, Asian and, most recently, African). Our Wild West rebellious streak means we don’t feel the need to conform to the fashion world at large (we’re much too practical for that), and the innovative thread that inspires our creative brain trust extends to our independent fashion design community, stimulating a groundswell of new talent in recent years. Since 2007, Seattle magazine has supported our small but mighty design scene through Seamless in Seattle, a fashion design contest that boosts the profiles of and possibilities for student and emerging designers. This year, the contest’s sixth, we opened up the competition to accessory designers and established designers to reveal the breadth and depth of talent in this town. At stake: a $2,000 grand cash prize, two Brother sewing machines, courtesy of our generous sponsors Quality Sewing & Vacuum and Brother International, and a feature in these pages. A record-breaking 40 talented designers applied. Read on for the six winners, five finalists, three editor’s picks for well-established local designers who have made a national splash, and a glimpse at the present (and future) state of Seattle style.