Oh, hi fall: it’s you. Nice to see you again, I guess. I suppose this means the rain is coming. Well, let’s focus on the positive. In addition to gray skies and drizzle, fall also means sweaters. Specifically cashmere sweaters, which are cozy, snuggly and all sorts of delicious.
On Saturday, September 21 local Eileen Fisher stores (downtown Seattle, University Village and Bellevue Square) are showing off their exclusive, limited edition line of cashmere pieces, designed specifically with fall in mind.
Rick Rochon, owner of PhinneyWood's Ludlow Home and purveyor of all things stylish and tasteful, is hosting his first ever sale on Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22. Shoppers will save 20 percent on all vintage and upholstered furniture, which includes some of the finest items he carries in the store. What's not on sale (jewelry, larder items including jam, tea, salt, shrubs and body care) are also worthy of your perusal to round out your Ludlow Home shopping experience.
Sometimes the minute I glance at a designer’s website or see their work in person a bell goes off in my brain: ding, ding, ding, we’ve got a winner. And that happened with Seattle-based jewelry maker, Rachel Ravitch.
Her work is interesting and makes a statement, but thanks to the materials she works with (leather, hand-dyed silk and horsehair), imminently wearable and somehow very soft.
Madrona’s getting a new store. The paper is almost down off the windows at Hammer + Awl, a men’s accessory boutique fixing to stock what sounds like great American-made goods for dudes, and women who like things like Olo perfume from Portland, Shinola watches, Field Notes notebooks and finery from The Portland Collection from Pendleton.
Stay tuned for news on their opening date.
It’s always exciting to get to know a new designer in town, and I’m particularly excited about Debbie Robert’s just-launched line, Silvae (Latin for “of the woods”).
Roberts looks to the terrain of the Pacific Northwest for her muse, blending organic elements with excellent fit and construction to create a collection that is at once innovative, completely on-trend, familiar, exciting and easy to see being worn by today’s girl-on-the-street (probably a Capitol Hill street).
Seattle has always been a quietly fashionable city, thanks in part to our broad hybrid of cultural influences (Scandinavian, Asian and, most recently, African). Our Wild West rebellious streak means we don’t feel the need to conform to the fashion world at large (we’re much too practical for that), and the innovative thread that inspires our creative brain trust extends to our independent fashion design community, stimulating a groundswell of new talent in recent years.
Join local boutiques Canopy Blue, The Finerie, Vian Hunter and Velouria at Fred Wildlife Refuge this Thursday, September 12 at 7 p.m. for the World Vision Strong Women Strong World fashion show and fundraiser.
Bell Square is on fire right now.
Lululemon has opened its first Ivivva athletica, with a focus on young women (aka, tweens and teens), with a range of “cross-functional athletic apparel” according to the release. Shoppers can expect the same fabrics and details found at Lululemon, with a nod towards dance-inspired styles (leotards and shrugs), as well as yoga wear and pieces for running that can go from the track meet to the street and back again.
Los Angeles-based outdoor apparel company, Aether, is heading to Seattle in their PanAmerican Airstream trailer, completely kitted out to suit the sleek modern look of their signature clothing designs.
Since the launch of the Nordstrom/ Topshop collaboration at Southcenter Mall last fall, die-hard fashion-forward Seattlites have been braving the daunting Tukwila commute and throngs of suburban shoppers to get his or her fix of hyper-trendy leather miniskirts and faux fur vests.
OK, it’s officially time to talk about Bumbershoot, which, with the addition of Fashiony, an exhibit curated by the imminently fashionable Erika Dalya Massaquoi, really does have something for everyone this year. (But I also just want to mention that since we’re officially talking about Bumbershoot, it means that summer is over.)
Now on to the good news: