Spring Fashion: The Forecast

Fashion braves the elements with a Northwest mix of high style and quintessential outerwear.

A blend of couture and bike messenger gear paves the way for a new look, sans Lycra bodysuit, but with the same fierce attitude. Jil Sander sleeveless nylon vest with cashmere lining, $1,840, Neiman Marcus. Patagonia black pullover polyester nano-puff jacket, $159, REI, layered over Marni “Maglia Dolcevita” beaded turtleneck cashmere knit sweater with crushed velvet front panel, $1,325, Neiman Marcus, and Luly Yang “Onyx” strapless leather cocktail dress with embellished circle cut-out detailing, $1,200, Luly Yang Couture. Pearl Izumi Select three-quarter-length thermal fleece bike knickers, $80, Pearl Izumi Select Gel gloves, $35, and Giro "Section" matte gold bike helmet, $19.83, all from REI. Linus bike from Dutch Bike Co.

Whether ascending Pike/Pine or climbing the social ladder, trade up the fleece-and-jeans ensemble for its sleek, sophisticated cousin of cashmere, fur-lined boots and belted layers. Nau alloy stripe- patterned recycled polyester blazer with down fill, $215, layered over Marmot “Precip” grass green nylon rain jacket, $99, both from REI. Giorgio Armani blue and green watercolor pattern cashmere knit vest, $1,125, and 3.1 Phillip Lim blue flat-front skinny trouser pant, $275, both from Neiman Marcus. Nordstrom BP brand “Search” lace-up brown leather booties with shearling lining, $139.95, Nordstrom. Hitchcock “Bug Off” gold chain link necklace with recycled object pendants, $250, Nube Green. Oakley Eyepatch 2 blue and clear plastic sunglasses, $100, and Nathan “Trail Mix” waist pack, $45, both from REI. 

The Deadliest Catch goes debonair: Wade in deep with Filson’s waxed chaps, easygoing layers and feathery accessories perfect for snaring fish (or fishermen). Akris Punto sand-colored cotton button-up blouse with belt, $595, Neiman Marcus. REI Sahari nylon blend patterned shirt, $42.50, and Royal Robbins three-ply nylon backcountry shorts, $50, both from REI. Filson waxed tin cotton cloth chaps paired with straps of same material, $70, and layered over Chanel “Bottes” knee-high riding boots, $1,500, Neiman Marcus. Brunello Cucinelli leather necklace with feather trim (detail opposite), $215, also from Neiman Marcus. Two Aireheart by Sydney crystal beaded lariat necklaces, $325 each, Butch Blum.


Arm yourself with a chic rain cloak and cap to challenge the dreary drizzle in cheery pops of persimmon, goldenrod and teal. Wraphabillement “Le Sportif” turmeric cloak-style Schoeller C_Change fabric rain coat, $745, line available at Nordstrom or Wraphabillement. Prada “Cotone Microrib” striped cotton shirt with Peter Pan collar, $495, Eric Javits patent crocodile rain hat, $175, and Theodora & Callum linen viscose ikat print head scarf, $175, all from Neiman Marcus.

Tackle the concrete jungle with laidback cool in a designer knit dress and nylon slicker that channels both Punky B. and funky. Nikita “Anat” burgundy/coral/gray-paneled nylon slicker, $94, Snowboard Connection. Maison Martin Margiela MM6 dark gray cowl-neck sheath viscose rayon dress layered over same style MM6 dress in light gray, $195 each, both from Butch Blum. REI ribbed polypropylene/rubber/cotton belt, $19.50, REI. Nike 6.0 “Braata” red and black leather sneakers, $70, and Volcom “Mixer” adjustable gray wool hat, $23, both from Snowboard Connection. Snocon Pike Place Market skateboard provided by Snowboard Connection.


Butch Blum: Downtown, 1408 5th Ave.; 206.622.5760; butchblum.com

Filson: SoDo, 1555 4th Ave. S; 206.622.3147; filson.com

Luly Yang Couture: Downtown, 1218 4th Ave.; 206.623.8200; lulyyang.com

Neiman Marcus: The Bravern in Bellevue, 11111 NE 8th St.; 425.452.3300; neimanmarcus.com

Nordstrom: Multiple locations, including downtown, 500 Pine St.; 206.628.2111; nordstrom.com

Nube Green: Capitol Hill, 921 E Pine St.; 206.402.4515; nubegreen.com

REI: Multiple locations, including South Lake Union, 222 Yale Ave. N; 206.223.1944; rei.com

Snowboard Connection: South Lake Union, 263 Yale Ave. N; 206.467.8545; snowboard-connection.com

Wraphabillement: Madison Park, 3121 E. Madison, Suite 206A; wraphabillement.com  


REI; Snowboard Connection: See contact info above.

Dutch Bike Co.: Ballard, 4741 Ballard Ave. NW; 206.789.1678; dutchbikeseattle.com 


Styled on set by Shannon Hopkins and Lily Karsten

Stylist’s assistant: Greg Simons; Photographer’s assistants: Noah Forbes; Cameron Karsten

Hair and makeup: Renee Majour/Celestine; Model: Vanessa Horn/TCM 


See these and other looks on the runway at The Forecast fashion show on March 14 at Benaroya Hall, as Seattle magazine marries high style with outerwear to create a unique blend of Seattle style: chic, fashion forward and best of all, weatherproof. For tickets and more information, visit seattlemag.com/the-forecast.


The Best Local Socks to Buy Now

The Best Local Socks to Buy Now

This city has a thing for socks. From top toe protection to no-slip all-stars, we’ve found the best bets for restocking your sock drawer

(From left to right)

1.  Sock It to Me
This Portland-based company has the corner on the whimsical-sock market. Go for the women’s Shakespeare-themed “Taming of the Shoe” or the men’s Multi Player gaming sock for a silly but sophisticated fashion statement. $11.50–$12, sockittome.com

2.  Darn Tough
The name says it all. Based in Vermont and manufactured exclusively in the U.S., these mid-calf, micro crew hike/trek socks are sure to keep your tootsies dry and happy on a hike. The fun colors will make you even happier to take off your boots at the end of the day. $20, available at REI.com

3.  Peony and Moss
Founded by Seattle local Eva Spitzer, Peony and Moss brings the pretty with these high-quality cotton socks. We like the Scandinavian pattern knee high, but the thigh high works well with the high-booted crowd. $30–$32, peonyandmoss.com

4.  Mod Socks
Bellingham’s Mod Socks pays serious homage to its Northwest roots with its “Bigfoot Loves Washington,” a women’s knee sock, and the “Bear Necessities” crew sock for men. $10, modsocks.com

5.  Strideline
This Seattle-based company took the city by storm with its skyline lacrosse sock. Now it has come up with a new digital ink technology that brings photo-realism and hometown pride to your feet. Get the new skyline, Husky Stadium or the Sounders sock just in time for soccer season. $16–$18, strideline.com

6.  Balega
The unique left/right construction and deeper heel pocket of these crew socks make them a favorite in local specialty running shops, such as Super Jock ’n Jill. Balega’s ultralight quarter sock, $13, has been called the sheerest, lightest sock on the market and has garnered lots of hard-core running fans. Available at Fleet Feet Sports Seattle, Capitol Hill, 911 E Pine St.; 206.329.1466; fleetfeetseattle.com