While clothes can make the woman, it’s what’s underneath that can make her feel great. Downtown’s Nancy Meyer (1318 Fifth Ave.; 206.625.9200; nancymeyer.com) has been providing tasteful underpinnings for 35 years and was one of the first boutiques to introduce European brands such as La Perla and Eres to the United States. Nancy Meyer is the spot in town for designer swimwear and luxury loungewear, including all manner of negligees, peignoirs, chemises and other French unmentionables.
Aromatherapy is a proven component of feeling good, as is self-pampering in the form of scented soaps, fragrant lotions and soothing candles. Ted Kennedy Watson has been a purveyor of such simple extravagances since he opened his first store, Watson Kennedy Fine Living, near Pike Place Market in 1998. His second store, Watson Kennedy Fine Home (1022 First Ave.; 206.652.8350; watsonkennedy.com), downtown, opened in 2001.
After 15 years at Nordstrom, textile designer and design director Paychi Karen Guh struck out on her own in the spring of 2012 with Paychi Guh, a line of cashmere sweaters, scarves and tops from yarn sourced and spun in Mongolia. Guh uses very fine, lightweight cashmere, culled from the downy undercoats of Mongolian goats, which is resistant to pilling, thanks to the long, thin fibers that make up the fabric.
Discovering a new (to you) shop is like being a tourist in your own city. The excitement that comes from finding a store that has gone undetected by your retail radar means that a whole world of wardrobe possibilities is ripe for the buying. Our pick for best under-the-radar shops is Endless Knot (2300 First Ave.; 206.448.0355; endlessknotseattle.com), a conspicuously inconspicuous boutique on the corner of First Avenue and Bell Street in Belltown.
In the last few years, we’ve all become much more brave with our nail polish color choices, forgoing basic, boring red with all shades of blues, greens, yellows and more done up with crystals, stripes and other patterns, textures, pictures. The possibilities are endless.
Jason Wu was at Bellevue Square a few weeks ago to support the launch of Miss Wu, his diffusion (or secondary) line found exclusively at Nordstrom and on nordstrom.com. We caught up with the designer before the event and chatted about Seattle, designing dolls and the whimsy of Miss Wu.
While Seattle has some great fashion shows, both for designers and retailers, Seattle Fashion Week has fallen by the wayside. Portland, however, has two fashion weeks, FashioNXT and Portland Fashion Week. (FashioNXT was Portland Fashion Week until this year and FashioNXT's executive producer Tito Chowdhury has led the charge for years.
Zinaiz is a women’s clothing brand targeted towards (but not limited to) women between the ages of 18-30. The brand represents a spirited and creative young lady who finds joy in dressing herself up. This woman does not shy away from accentuating her body in any way, for she is proud to look the way she does, whatever size she may be. She is also a very busy woman and appreciates garments that she can dress up or dress down for any occasion. This very idea is what inspired the Zinaiz current collection.
Yellow Fish chases down retro style combined with a designer’s sense of focusing on vintage color. The line has soft curves and stable color combinations, and can create different styles with your sensibility.
Reni Ruan is an independent designer label. Its target customers are young ladies who are between ages of 16 and 23 years old and aspire to be outstanding women in the future. According to customers’ personalities, Reni Ruan provides three lines of design; they are sweet, independent and charming. At a particular age, every little girl wants to become someone’s princess or queen, and this brand will help her accomplish this little desire in her heart. Wanting to be mature but unwilling to give up innocence is Reni Ruan customers’ common characteristic.
The Tom Ordonio collection will provide a classic, modern, edgy wardrobe for fashionable women. The focus will be on clean lines with distinctive details and luxurious fabrics. The label is inspired by a modern, fashion forward woman who wants to look and feel sexy, sleek and confident. She loves fashion and looks for classic, quality pieces that will last her season after season, and she desires the edge and luxury that will elevate her everyday life at work and at home.
Tina WitherspoonLabel Name: Boho Republic
BOHO republic is a lifestyle brand that embodies casual, comfortable chic. It’s about looking your best every day, not just on special occasions. Inspired by bohemian glamour of the 1970′s, we’re taking casual elegance to a whole new level.
Label Name: SORA
I designed that one garment which can be worn a few different ways. The length of the skirt or the sleeves can be changed, so people can wear it any season. Whenever they want to wear it, the people can feel that the garment new. One garment is not only one garment anymore. People can see the a garment changes, and how it is worn wonderfully during different times, places and occasions.