Fashion & Style

Monday, 04/20/2015 8:25 PM
’Tis the season of limos and corsages, lines out The Cheesecake Factory door and reminiscing about proms past. But while memories can be tricky, and we may fudge a detail here and there, the prom photo never lies. Have a look at these Seattleites decked out in their high school best.Hail to prom season!1.  Artist and gallery owner Tariqa Waters, Surrattsville High School, Clinton, Maryland, 1998
Tuesday, 04/07/2015 8:50 PM
Cameron Levin SS15
Ask any Seattle-based designer about style in our city, and the discussion will inevitably lead to three words: casual, quality and versatility. Garments that layer and transition stay in high rotation, and become formative staples in a Seattleite's wardrobe. Though, as the seasons change and we lose our layers, and weather becomes more permitting, what will the style landscape look like? I caught up with several Seattle-based shops and designers to talk spring collections and find out what Seattleites should be wearing.  Suk Chai, designer, SchaiSuk Chai spent years designing and consulting at Nordstrom before she left to explore her own textile endeavors. The result was her womenswear label Schai, now in full force, seamlessly merging minimal design and luxury Italian fabrics. Schai's 2015 spring line Water was inspired by her childhood memories of fishing in the cold waters of Alaska where her father was a fisherman. The collection draws from the juxtapositions in life and from these memories--the powerful yet fragile, mysterious yet lucid, strong yet vulnerable. The color palette is indicitive of the Alaskan shores, pairing wispy water-like hues with Indigo, and a yellow-green color inspired by fishermen's attire. The materials are all sourced from Italy, and pair featherweight lambskin garments with water-resistent nylon, fluid silks and a shimmery copper material that represents the surface of the ocean at sunset. . Schai's SS15 collection "Water" was inspired by her memories as a little girl fishing in the cold waters of AlaskaDescribe your line in three words: Timeless. Relaxed. Luxury. Guiding design philosophy: I must love every design and know that I would be proud to wear every design myself. It has to represent who I am as a designer and as a consumer. What were some of the biggest trends you saw on the runway for SS15 at NYFW?: To quote Anna Wintour: “Trend is such a dirty word.” I truly believe it’s not about trends, and it’s more about your own distinctive style and point of view. What garment from your SS15 line appeals most the the Seattleite?: The Ultime Shirt Dress and Archetype Trench. The trench is a no-brainer as it has water-resistant finish, and the sleeves are detachable. The shirt dress is the go-to piece for me. The material feels so sensual but it travels really well, too! How would you style the shirt dress? It can be worn as a dress (and hello, the huge pockets!), or as a shirt with long shorts or leggings, or as a cardigan or a jacket. You can belt it front or at back, or leave it untied. You can wear it with sneakers, slip ons for more urban relaxed chic look, and you can wear with heels to feel more sexy and sensual. Fit is relaxed and flowy without feeling overwhelming.What styles can we expect to see a lot of this spring? Dresses/Long tunics with sneakers or leather lace ups.    Cameron Levin, designer, Cameron LevinAlthough the desert-like hues of Cameron Levin's SS15 line inspire thoughts of lands far warmer than Seattle, she channeled the Seattle consumer when designing her newest collection, Asali (translates to honey in Swahili). Expect rich suedes hand-dyed in Napa Valley and rusty, Earth tones. "Many of the colors in this collection are what some would consider off limits, like pairing blacks and browns together," Levin says. "But these colors are found alongside each other all the time in nature, and nature doesn't lie about what is beautiful."    Cameron Levin's SS15 Collection "Asali" utilizes rich earthtones found in nature; Photo Credit: Cameron LevinColor palette: Rich Earth tones: gold, brown, sage, gray, blackConstruction/materials used: Lamb suede and sueded/brushed silkGuiding design philosophy: I never produce something that I, myself, wouldn’t wear on a frequent basis. If I like something but feel like it’s a bit of a stretch in terms of wearability, I cut it.What were some of the biggest trends you saw on the runway for SS15 at NYFW?: I’m not a huge follower of trends that are dictated by other designers; having said that, I tend to keep more on trend with color palettes (sometimes on purpose and sometimes by coincidence). Seeing marsala and other red family tones on the runway was a refreshing alternative to the perfunctory pastel options. Also, suede was kind of a big hit too. How can these looks be translated to the streets of Seattle?: Seattleites have always been good at tailoring high-fashion trends to their daily lives. I think the 2015 Pantone color is a great fit for Seattleites—it’s one of the few things I incorporated into my collection from the runway.What garment from your SS15 line appeals most the Seattleite?: I think my easy three-quarter length bolero jacket is the most Seattle-esque. It dresses up every ensemble easy but it’s super easy to wear, and transitions well from spring/summer to fall easily.How would you style this piece?: With absolutely anything—little black dress, jeans and tank, wide leg trousers, crop shorts—or mini skirt. I think there’s still one more of these boleros left at Butch Blum now.What's one look you would love to see Seattleites really embrace this spring? Hats, there is something timeless about them and their ability to complete an outfit.   
Monday, 04/06/2015 5:13 PM
More is more when it comes to dressing this spring: geometric patterns, animal prints and bold flora. Layer it on and don’t be afraid to match it—or clash it.
Monday, 04/06/2015 4:12 PM
Get ready to be dazzled: Luly Yang, the duchess of dresses and all things glam, is throwing one sublime fashion show on Sunday, April 12 at the W Hotel Grand Ballroom. And you're all cordially invited.
Thursday, 04/02/2015 8:30 PM
Spilled rug company for Seattle magazinw
The Makers is a new column on that explores different Seattle creatives and their crafts. These artists live to design, connect and create. Pedram Shokri may be inspired by high fashion and streetwear culture, but when he and his friends Max Anderson and Tom Ly launched Spilled, a company that creates custom flooring featuring streetwear-influenced designs, he said it all started out of necessity.
Wednesday, 04/01/2015 7:20 PM
Rachel Ravitch Jewelry for Seattle magazine
It's officially spring and whether it's raining or not, our wardrobes are begging for an overhaul. As the layers shed and the down-jackets disappear, it's only natural that a new crop of threads will make their way to the front of our closets. To help us rid the gray and welcome the sun, some local shops and designers are hosting events around town, while others are popping up fresh to the scene. Whether it be frocks or footwear, these local happenings are giving us ample opportunity to ensure we move into spring with our best foot forward.
Tuesday, 03/24/2015 4:14 PM
I recently went on a four-day press trip to Vancouver Island, B.C. My non-adventurous, inappropriate footwear-wearing self was schlepping through forests, tagging along on a salmon-fishing excursion, touring hotels, tasting tea-infused cocktails and meeting and greeting with just about anyone who had a fascinating story to tell. It was grand.
Monday, 03/23/2015 11:10 PM
Can you feel it? This hopeful season always carries with it a sense of renewal and expansiveness. Throw open your curtains, sweep away the dust bunnies and spruce up your decor with cheerful home accents that celebrate the revival going on outdoors. 1. Seattle’s Gnosis Picture Archive offers a multitude of reproduction natural history and scientific illustrations, including this 19th-century British bird eggs print, $10.
Tuesday, 03/17/2015 11:32 PM
Usually I’m letting you know that Wear Wednesday at W Seattle is featuring some fabulous designer, but this time I’m letting you know that I’m participating in it. On Wednesday, March 18, the style editors of the region’s glossy mags and lifestyle websites will be showcasing our favorite trends for spring. We’ll each have a rolling rack filled with what we’re feeling for the season, all available at local shops.
Tuesday, 03/17/2015 5:22 PM
Muny Raincolor Rainboots
“Italians, both men and women, are thought to be the most fashionable and impeccable dressers in the world, but what I admire is the work and knowledge behind the beauty, ” says Issaquah-based accessories designer Mun Hui Yi. After spending 14 years in Florence, Italy, working for Valentino, Hugo Boss and Benetton, she returned to the Seattle area in 2012 armed with European style inspiration and a commitment to artisanal craftsmanship.
Tuesday, 03/17/2015 5:12 PM
Alice Noon bucket bag
A good handbag is one of life’s small blessings. Find one that suits your style, holds all of your essentials and is made well, and you’re set for life. If supporting a local designer is also part of your agenda, Fremont-based Alice Noon ( is the line for you.
Monday, 03/16/2015 8:26 PM
After 17 years spent dressing legions of tiny tykes in clothing so beautiful that adults coveted the same styles in their size, Flora & Henri’s Jane Hedreen is having some grown-up time. In addition to the kids’ clothes that put her on the map, Hedreen has launched Flora Femme, a small but growing women’s line. The new capsule collection is anchored by a boatneck cable sweater ($395), hand knit in Nepal in a soft cashmere blend, and includes two easy-wearing skirts in claret and denim (from $142), with T-shirts coming in late spring–early fall and a parka on tap for fall.
Wednesday, 03/04/2015 6:58 PM
There are new, noteworthy developments a-brewing over at Nordstrom.
Tuesday, 02/24/2015 7:08 PM
Nerd alert. Confession: I love reality TV. Fashion reality shows are my favorite, natch, but home and product design ones come a close second. Remember Bravo’s 2007 decor show, Top Design, hosted by Todd Oldham with Jonathan Adler, Kelly Wearstler and Margaret Russell as judges? Loved it. And who can forget Philippe Starck’s 2009 British reality series Design For Life meant to save British design? Did you see it?
Tuesday, 02/24/2015 4:32 PM
In our bi-monthly column, Knute Berger--who writes regularly for Seattle Magazine and and is a frequent pundit on KUOW--takes an in-depth look at some of the highly topical and sometimes polarizing issues in our city. Last year saw the blossoming of the Lumbersexual, the urban hipster guy who dresses like Paul Bunyan. Seattle, Portland and Brooklyn are where the style has taken root.