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.


Your Local Gift-Giving Guide

Your Local Gift-Giving Guide

Avoid the Black Friday nightmare and shop on Seattle's smaller scale
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Seattle's Rachel Ball is just one local Etsy retailer who creates handmade goods perfect for holiday gift-giving

The retail tables are turning: during the last holiday season, a greater percentage of shoppers did their gift-giving online, edging out traditional brick-and-mortar stores for holiday shopping.
It makes sense. I mean, who needs the hassle of the holiday in-and-out, the stress of navigating sales at big-box stores and dealing with manic crowds, when you can complete your holiday shopping with a few clicks of the your mouse? And, might we add, while binge-watching new Gilmore Girls episodes and drinking hot cocoa? (We’d suggest stocking up on Fran’s Dark Hot Chocolate or Chocolopolis drinking chocolate for the winter).
What’s more, shopping online gives you the opportunity to bypass traditional everyone’s-getting-it gifts for purchases with a personal touch—and a local benefit. Here’s how to shop locally in Seattle this holiday season, and better yet, how to be the gift-giver everyone wishes was their Secret Santa.

Think Etsy

Etsy is chock-full of unique items made by Seattle producers. Some of Seattle’s best creatives even started there before graduating to their own grown-up companies. Check out some of our favorites picks:

Perks of Aurora: Pop culture is in (just ask the former EMP museum). For the movie/music/TV show connoisseur in your life, gift handmade cards and mugs adorned with images from the likes of Saved by the Bell, Golden Girls, Friends and Parks and Recreation.

Kani Botanicals: Natural, handmade and organic skin and body products like face masks and lip balms.

Seattle Candle Company: Bring the scents of Seattle rain, fresh coffee and the pine forest into your home with all-natural hand-poured candles.

wrenbirdarts: Whimsical embroidery that features hand-drawn and hand-stitched patterns, like a colorful donut or Big Foot. You can even request custom orders. It’s not just Grandma’s craft anymore!

Image credit: wrenbirdarts

Andrews Reclaimed: Give a home a rustic feel with recycled wood gifts like a succulent planter or jewelry rack.

Three Bad Seeds: Evoke the forests and mountains of the Pacific Northwest with sculptural woolen pillows made to order.

elephantine: One of our favorite Seattle bloggers offers modern, handmade jewelry perfect for any taste, including a jewelry of the month club. You can also check out Mignon, her house- and officeware shop with gems like a travel candle or a dog bone cookie cutter.

Image credit: elephantine

Shop Online—Locally

What’s better than supporting your favorite local artists from home? Ring in the holiday shopping season (and avoid Black Friday lines) by exploring the goods from a select group of local PNW vendors participating in their own three-day online event, A Holiday Pop-Up Market by Hello Friends and Things, from November 25-27. The online happening offers discounts on featured gift items along with raffle prizes and donations to local charities. Participating small businesses include Fort Boards, Flourless Goodies, Uphill Designs, Moxie & Oliver, Moon Valley Organics and Chart A La Carte. Turn on the Christmas music and click away. 

If you do, perhaps, feel like stretching your legs for more traditional shopping (or maybe you just need more hot chocolate), plan to visit The Fourth Annual Handmade Holiday Market, a showcase of more than fifty local artists and their holiday offerings. The event, held on December 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Second Use Building Materials (3223 6th Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98134), is free and open to the public. 

Reap the Rewards

Shop small for the holidays and earn rewards. Celebrating for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, a group of local shops in Seattle are joining together with the Little Boxes app to offer discounts and raffle prizes for supporters of small local businesses. By downloading the app (or the paper passport), visiting Little Boxes shops and entering codes, Seattle shoppers can reap the benefits of shopping close to home. Codes unlock discounts and entries for raffle prizes, like an iPad Air, a stay at the Ace Hotel, spa and restaurant gift certificates and more. Visit Little Boxes for more information about participating shops and reward instructions.