Each year, Seattle magazine combs the city for emerging designers hungry to change the local fashion landscape. In this year’s fourth annual smackdown, we saw a wild array of fresh designs that go well beyond day-to-day attire, from fanciful lingerie and sweet maternity clothes to collections made for the active Seattleite—hip dance wear, sportswear and bike wear.
From a pool of 28 designers, a septuplet of talented women emerged victorious. From Japanese-streetwear-inspired fashion to innovative men’s suits (made from Gore-Tex!), these burgeoning clothiers combine form, function and all-out fun for high-fashion attire that stays true to its distinctive Northwest roots.
Click the names of each designer below to learn more about their work (and sneak a peek at the pieces that earned them their respective prizes!)
Kate Burt (Best Everyday Wear)
Emily Riordan-Roache (Best Northwest-Inspired)
Malia Peoples (Most Playful Attire)
Banchong Douangphrachanh (Most Innovative Menswear)
Kathy Sabin-mensah (Best Evening Wear)
Angela Allen (Best Reinterpretation of the "Little Black Dress")
Bri Seeley (Best Coat)