Christine Chaney: Best Emerging Designer

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The line: “I want my line to be timeless, but almost separate from ‘fashion’ per se, which can tend to revolve around trends and seasons,” says Chaney of her creatively crafted scarf frocks with sly peekaboo panels and asymmetrical hemming, cozy crochet sweaters and avant-garde coats made from army surplus wool blankets. “I want to create clothing that women live in and love; a piece that transcends a time frame.”

Creative spark: “I’m inspired by the way fabric moves and how it moves on a woman’s body,” says the Judkins Park-based designer, who started her clothing line in 2008. “I love how garments can shift and change on the form.” The 47-year-old Chaney, who is an architectural designer by day, crochet artist and self-taught designer by night, draws heavily from her architectural background, citing both the physics of construction and recycled fabrics as jumping-off points for her designs. “I use upcycle materials like scarves, not only because I find them beautiful, but because I’m inspired by the idea of rehabbing something for a second use. Even in architecture I’m more into old buildings that are given new life than new construction.”

Her muse: “Somebody once said that the definition of ‘beauty’ is a confident woman. I want to give women something beyond clothing; I want to give them power. With a lot of clothing, there isn’t a lot of mystery left, it can be like a second skin, it’s so tight. There is a sensual nature in my clothing, an obvious nakedness there, that gives you a sexy vibe without baring all.”

Biggest fashion faux pas: “I had this double-breasted, turquoise, fringed leather jacket in the ’80s—and I’m not even done describing it. It also had bat-wing sleeves, a tuxedo waist, and I wore it with these turquoise-silver lamé Hammer-style pants along with turquoise fringed sandals.”

How personal style influences her designs: “I like to layer as few things as possible, but present them powerfully—both in my designs and my own wardrobe. I have a mantra for presentations: I always sport a killer ring, one added piece of interest and then pop on my glasses. Done.”

Line: 3C: christine Chaneyclothing

Find it: Velouria in Ballard (2205 NW Market St.; 206.788.0330; shopvelouria.tripod.com), or christinechaneycreative.com

Clothing from left to right: Cotton/linen/rayon blend bat-wing cowl neck crochet sweater over flapper-style vintage scarf dress. Chaney wears her own design, a parachute-style vintage scarf dress; necklace, skinny jeans and wedges are her own. Surplus army blanket (“SAB”) wool coat with built-in muff, vintage nautical latch and wallet pocket, layered over Peruvian wool crochet vest and parachute-style vintage scarf dress. Crocheted bat-wing silk-wool sweater layered over hand-dyed apron-style vintage scarf dress and crinkled hand-dyed slip dress.

 

Seattle Magazine's 2016 Gift Guide

Seattle Magazine's 2016 Gift Guide

Featuring finds from local stores as special as our favorite holiday songs and sayings, our 2016 gift guide proves December really is the most wonderful time of the year
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The Land of Must-have Toys...

Techy teens can collect the customizable smart bracelets, $69, from Seattle-based start-up Gemio, which light up when a friend, also wearing a band, is nearby. Available for preorder at gogemio.com

Take Legos to go with the locally made Swoop mini bag, $26, perfect for toting toys during holiday travel. swoopbags.com

Seattle-based industrial designer Douglas Varey, founder of Resolute Lighting, created his vintage-inspired go-cart, the “Austin Boulogne,” using repurposed materials and an electric motor. Private commission, price upon request. Resolute Lighting showroom, SoDo, 4617 Colorado Ave. S, Unit A; 206.343.9323; resoluteonline.com

Headquartered in South Lake Union, Fort Boards custom fort-building kits, $79.99–$125, contain 20 square feet of plastic panels for kids to construct their dream hideout, castle or clubhouse. fortboards.com

Festivals of Light, Candles Glowing Oh So Bright...

Twinkling gold star dangle earrings, $28, designed by Gig Harbor–based Six Sisters Beadworks, sparkle and shine. sixsistersbeadworks.com

Throw pillows, like these metallic-embellished ones from Jonathan Adler, $250–$255, are an easy way to add a bit of holiday spirit to any home decor. Jonathan Adler, University Village, 2650 NE Village Lane; 206.525.0930; jonathanadler.com

After raising your glass, place it down on one of these festive die-cut gold-foil-stamped coasters, $21 for a set of 12. Available at E. Smith Mercantile, Pioneer Square, 208 First Ave. S; 206.641.7250; esmithmercantile.com

Add some sparkle to holiday tabletops with Z Gallerie’s Avelina glassware, $35.96–$47.96 for a set of four, featuring luxe gold textured details (also available in silver). Z Gallerie, Bellevue, Bellevue Square, 575 Bellevue Way NE; 425.519.4499; zgallerie.com


Winter may be a darker time of year, but your complexion can still be bright with Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate, $46, featuring a blend of ginger root essential oils, tamanu and sunflower seed botanical oils. Kiehl’s, University Village, 2611 NE University Village St.; 206.985.4414; kiehls.com

 


From local perfumer Maria Christofilis, the MC Parfums trio spray set, $110, includes TSA-approved refillable sprays of the line’s signature scents, including Fleur09, Mykonos12 and latest fragrance, Missive15: a woody, Oriental abstraction with notes of bergamot, Casablanca lilies and Madagascar vanilla bean. Available at Butch Blum, downtown, 1332 Sixth Ave.; 206.622.5760; and online at mariachristofilis.com

 


The gift of a Glassybaby votive holder, $44, (shown in warm amber Cozy) is like giving two presents in one. Ten percent of the cost benefits the handblown glass retailer’s White Light fund, which supports various worthy causes. Glassybaby, multiple locations, including Bellevue, 10230 Main St.; 425.256.2927; glassybaby.com


The Apothecary's solid cologne for men is all natural and handcrafted in Seattle. The best-selling Maverick scent, $25.99, features notes of bergamot and tobacco, and the fragrant balm can be stashed in any briefcase, backpack or stocking. Available at Etsy shop By All the Little Things: etsy.com/shop/byallthelittlethings


The Frederique Constant Classic Moon Phase men’s timepiece, $2,295, is the ultimate luxury gift. Alvin Goldfarb Jeweler, Bellevue, 305 Bellevue Way NE; 425.454.9393; agjeweler.com

Eat, Drink & Be Merry...


Bring the on-draft craft beer experience into your kitchen with the PicoBrew Pico automated beer brewer, $799. Just add water to one of the machine’s PicoPaks, featuring flavors from more than 100 breweries, and your holiday beer is good to go. Mountain Homebrew & Wine Supply, Kirkland, 8530 122nd Ave. NE; 425.803.3996; and available online at picobrew.com


Spice up holiday dishes with Tacoma-based Downing Pottery’s salt and pepper cellars, $38 per set. Available at Venue, Ballard, 5408 22nd Ave. NW; 206.789.3335; venueballard.com


Soft Turkish towels, $18–$35, from Essenza add a decorative element to any kitchen. Essenza, Fremont, 615 N 35th St.; 206.547.4895; essenza-inc.com  


Fremont-based Theo Chocolate’s chocolate clusters, $5.99, make a yummy snack and each flavor contains cocoa flavanols to boost heart health. Here’s to a happy, healthy new year! Available at Theo Chocolate, Fremont, 3400 Phinney Ave. N; 206.632.5100; theochocolate.com


Sugarfina’s martini “olives,” $7.50, offer a sweet surprise (white chocolate-covered almonds) and make a fun hostess gift for upcoming cocktail parties. Available at the Sugarfina boutique in Nordstrom, downtown, 500 Pine St.; 206.628.2111; sugarfina.com


Seattle woodworker Bill Erickson’s end-grain cutting boards, $299–$379, make beautiful kitchen additions for preparing and serving your holiday feasts (or appetizers, such as meats from Marx Foods’ charcuterie sampler, $119, on Queen Anne). Erickson’s boards—of which no two are alike—are available at his Pike Place Market stand. Downtown, First Avenue and Pike Street; ericksonlongboards.com


Winter weather is the best excuse to stay in and indulge in some delicious baked goods. Marx Foods’ Winter Baker basket, $47, is stocked with local favorites, such as Hot Cakes Campfire caramel sauce and Scrappy’s cardamom bitters, to make all kinds of delectable December recipes. Marx Foods, Queen Anne, 144 Western Ave. W; 206.447.1818; marxfoods.com


This three-pack of the best-selling reds,$169, from Woodinville's Mark Ryan Winery, ensures the perfect pour for holiday parties. Mark Ryan Winery, Woodinville, 14475 Woodinville-Redmond Road; 425.415.3865; markryanwinery.com

Walking in a Winter Wonderland...


What better way to warm up after being out in the snow than with a fire? Bring logs back home with Filson’s water-repellent, rugged twill log carrier, $95. Filson, SoDo, 1741 First Ave. S; 206.622.3147; filson.com


This YMC Wickerman woven gray scarf, $115, is part merino wool, part mohair and 100 percent perfect for holiday gift giving. Glasswing, Capitol Hill, 1525 Melrose Ave.; 206.641.7646; glasswingshop.com


Kate Spade satin and (faux) mink earmuffs, $78, keep ears toasty while running around during holiday shopping. Kate Spade, downtown, Pacific Place, 600 Pine St.; 206.223.5539; pacificplaceseattle.com 


Cozy up with Pendleton Woolen Mills’ pure virgin wool motor robe, $99.50. Named for the warmth the throw blanket provided on carriage rides in the early 1900s, the motor robe is part of this year’s capsule collection celebrating America’s national parks. Pendleton, downtown, 1313 Fourth Ave.; 206.682.4430; pendleton-usa.com

Windproof with super lightweight insulation, Brooks’ LSD thermal running jacket, $160, will keep you warm in cold weather. Brooks Trailhead store, Fremont, 3400 Stone Way N; 206.858.5700; brooksrunning.com


Tote your eggnog or hot chocolate in a S’well insulated stainless steel water bottle, $35–$45. The ThermaS’well fabrication keeps cold drinks cold for as long as 24 hours and hot drinks hot for as long as 12. Brand available at Nordstrom’s flagship store, downtown, 500 Pine St.; 206.628.2111; shop.nordstrom.com


The sterling silver drop at the end of Faris Du Graf’s “Luro” necklace, $138, reminds us of melting snow as it drips off the end of evergreen branches. Available at Rizom boutique and gallery, Belltown, 2316 Second Ave.; 206.390.0939; rizom.us


It might look more like a lump of coal, but we promise this locally made grapefruit- and eucalyptus-scented ash soap, $10, is the perfect gift for everyone on your “nice” list. Liten, Fremont, 617 N 35th St.; 206.632.0854; litenseattle.com


Snow, sleet and rain don’t stand a chance against Eddie Bauer’s Snowfoil boot, $130. Eddie Bauer, multiple locations, including Bellevue Square, 1033 Bellevue Square; 425.453.0450; eddiebauer.com