If you’ve walked down Broadway on Capitol Hill in the last week, you may have noticed Revival, the new vintage clothing and accessories addition to the line of storefronts between John and Thomas Streets.
It's been a busy few years for Warby Parker. The New York-based eyewear retailer, which first hit the e-commerce scene in 2010 with its at-home try-on service, now operates 15 physical stores around the U.S.--its most recent opened on September 26 in the Georgetown area of Washington, D.C.
Twice a year, American designers parade their latest work down the runways of New York Fashion Week and the who’s who of fashion descend on Manhattan to observe. From fashion editors to celebrities to style influencers, each attend to seek out the trends to come.
Meadowdale Middle School teacher Tamara Musser knows how the world sees her: “If you walked up to someone in Edmonds’ school district and asked them if they knew me, they’d say no. But if you described me, they’d say yes,” says Musser. The recognition is a result of the special educator’s sensational, at times scandalous (depending on which parent you talk to), high-fashion wardrobe.
Pepto pink mannequins and metallic display cages housing Acne Studios leather jackets…this is not the Nordstrom you remember. This is Space: Nordstrom creative director of special projects Olivia Kim’s latest in-store launch, which debuted in the downtown flagship store in August. Offering an exclusive selection of emerging designers—Vetements, Simone Rocha and Creatures of the Wind, to name a few—Space is Kim’s world: a boutique-like setup within Nordstrom’s designer department, where she shares her curated picks of innovative brands that are new to the industry.
Gamer Gathering: PAX Prime starts tomorrow at several venues in downtown Seattle. PAX is one of the largest gaming conventions in North America, so be prepared for lots of costumed gaming fans to be out and about this weekend.
Growing up on Mercer Island, fashion illustrator Blair Breitenstein was inspired by artist Ruben Toledo’s campaigns for Nordstrom. “I remember looking at his Christmas shopping bags, and wishing my drawings could someday be printed like that,” Breitenstein says.
Above: Lafayette 148 New York jersey stitch turtleneck in “rock,” $268, shop.nordstrom.com. Schai “Vita” snood in “granite,” $280, Baby & Company (Belltown, 1936 First Ave.; 206.448.4077; schaischai.com). Rings, left to right: Jules Smith solid hammered ring, $39, shopbop.com.
In an age where athleisure has made its way from locker room wear into everyday wardrobes, Shannon and JJ Wilson are reversing this fashionable formula for the better with their luxury apparel line: Kit and Ace. “We wanted to take everything we know about technical fabrications and athletic apparel and apply those things to natural, luxury fabrications in fashion,” JJ Wilson says. The Wilsons know something about apparel endurance: Shannon is married to JJ’s father, Lululemon founder Chip Wilson, and brings more than 15 years of experience to developing technical fabrics.
Racks and racks of beautiful garments lined the polished concrete floors at Pier 91, site of the annual Nordstrom Designer Preview Fashion Show, held on Thursday, July 23. Thirty-five models dressed in pieces from the dreamy fall collections of Christian Dior, Stella McCartney, Valentino and Dries Van Noten, to name a few, strutted their stuff down a runway as guests scribbled notes, snapped photos and took mental notes of which designs were destined for their wardrobes.
This weekend marks Capitol Hill’s 19th Block Party. It also marks my first. My expectations for the event are ranging somewhere between my experience at Warped Tour 10 years ago and my time at actual neighborhood block parties (think: barefoot kids, ping pong tables and coolers full of Keystone light). And naturally, while I’ve been thinking about what the scene will be like this weekend, I’ve also been thinking about what to wear.
Bradley O’Brien held top roles at Sperry Top-Sider, Ralph Lauren, Lands’ End and Old Navy before joining the Tommy Bahama design and product development team last year as its executive vice president, but her fashion history started long before her impressive résumé. “My grandfather worked for Macy’s, and my dad worked at Joseph Magnin and Gucci, so I guess it was multigenerational,” she jokes. “My parents owned two women’s clothing stores in New Jersey. Calvin Klein and all these designers would come for dinner, so I was always surrounded by [fashion]. It was in my blood.”