Krista Marie Kelly: Best Modern Urban Wear

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The line: The Capitol Hill-based designer’s line is synonymous with tomboy chic, focused on relaxed separates that pair sand-washed silk charmeuse tops with silk/wool twill bottoms. In addition to the aesthetic appeal, the line’s renegade attitude harks to a historical moment in women’s wear. “Pants at one point were liberating,” Kelly says. “They were about being comfortable and feeling good.”

Creative spark: Combining minimalistic elegance with Bauhaus-era inspiration, Kelly creates easy-to-wear separates with edge. “I was heavily inspired by the clean lines, minimalism and color blocking of modernist art from the 1930s to the 1960s and wanted to create clothes that had the ease and simplicity of modernism, while still maintaining interest,” says the 28-year-old. “I’m also inspired by menswear silhouettes. I use a lot of collars and straight cuts while maintaining femininity through color blocking, delicate fabrications and pastels.”

Favorite fashion trend: “I really like the combination of tailored clothing and sportswear,” Kelly says. “I love that it’s comfortable yet work appropriate, it’s chic and casual. I just got a pair of tailored pants made of silk, but with an elastic waist.”

Line: Hoyden

School: Seattle Central Community College School of Apparel Design, Class of 2012

Find it: etsy.com/shop/sheshodesigns

Clothing shown (from left to right): Hoyden color-blocked sleeveless boyfriend shirtdress in silk charmeuse with stand-up collar, button-up front and rounded back hem. Kelly wears her own design, a long-sleeve relaxed V-neck blouse in sand-washed silk charmeuse with pastel color-blocked panels; pants are her own.

New Skincare Company, 3B, Delivers Beauty by the Boxful

New Skincare Company, 3B, Delivers Beauty by the Boxful

A Seattle-based skin care company brings beauty breakthroughs to your door
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Goodies from a 3B beauty box

Ke Chen, cofounder of 3B (Beauty Beyond Borders), says skin care in Asia is approached the same way the French think about food. “It’s an art form,” she says. Chen, whose Seattle-based subscription beauty box company launched last year, says this “art form” can include a 10-step cleansing ritual and feature innovative, exotic ingredients like bee venom and snail mucus to soothe and repair skin.

 

Chen has found that obtaining these elite Asian skin care products stateside takes time and research, which is why she’s offering them via a home subscription service ($15/month), which delivers a collection of Korean, Taiwanese and Japanese skin care samples, such as the Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion from Taiwan and Leaders’ 7 Wonders Amazonian Acai Anti-Pollution Mask from South Korea. When subscribers find a product they can’t live without, they can shop for the full-size product on 3B’s website (the3bbox.com).

Local and national focus groups of bloggers, YouTubers and beauty influencers help Chen keep up on Asian skin care trends and determine what ends up in the boxes. You could say that 3B has skin in this game.