If you have tickets, you're psyched, because Nordstrom's Designer Preview is tonight, which means that Erdem and Dries Van Noten will be gracing the runway, alongside Gucci and Oscar de la Renta. If you didn't get tickets, no worries, we'll have a recap for you, hopefully, tomorrow.
Here's a sneak peek at what's in store:
After a brief absence, Gilt City Seattle is back on the scene with weekly deals and a huge warehouse sale of mythic proportions. On Friday, July 26 at 415 Westlake in South Lake Union, from 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., shoppers will save up to 90 percent off Gilt’s top designer brands, including women’s, men’s and kid’s fashion, as well as home goods and more, while sipping on sparkling wine. All for $5 per ticket. What could be better? *
To be honest, I’m kind of shocked by this news, because the store is so awesome and men’s wear is having a moment right now, but according to a message from Blackbird owner Nicole Miller on Facebook, she is closing her nine year-old brick and mortar store in Seattle on July 31 to focus on her successful wholesale line of incense, beard oil, soap and other products.
From left: “Blossom” from Bellevue-based Adicora ($125, available at adicoraswimwear.com). “Kure” from Ballard’s Drifting Arrows, in lapis ($212, available at driftingarrows.com). A 1950s-style pin-up skirt one-piece and highwaisted bikini, both from Broadview-based Frankie Four, frankiefour.com (both $95, available at Velouria in Ballard, shopvelouria.com).
No matter how often I apply and reapply sunscreen, all that exposure to the blaring sun takes its toll on my skin, reddening it like a lobster. But it's not like I'm going to stay inside on these beautiful days—a girl needs her vitamin D. The reps from my favorite luxe skin care line, Koh Gen Do sent over a timely email extolling the virtues of two new products, perfect for soothing sizzled skin.
It’s looking like a heat wave this week, perfect timing for a Drifting Arrows swimwear trunk show at Madewell! This locally designed bathing suit line, owned by Leah Lawrence, is full of bandeaus and high-waisted bottoms, as well as one-pieces with dramatic (but not overly sexy) neck- and back-lines.
Even though they moved into their Pacific Place digs just a few years ago (from their first location at City Centre), the Seattle Barneys has just undergone a refresh. A Barney's spokesperson tells me that they’ve expanded the leather goods section by 100 percent and combined men’s and women’s ready-to-wear on the second floor so members of both genders can shop together.
This is one of those sales that shoe- and indie designer-loving shoppers wait for: Lambs Ear summer sale. Enjoy 30 percent off some amazing, unique, distinctive and comforable oxfords, sandals, ankle boots and even a moccasin from LD Tuttle, Isabel Marant, Hope and my personal current obsession, Beatrice Valenzuela.
Fashion and lifestyle editor Ali Brownrigg and arts and culture editor Brangien Davis attended Tuesday's press preview of the Future Beauty exhibit at SAM. Herewith, a few of their shots from the magnificent space. Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion starts June 27 and runs through September 8. Read more about it here.
We may use e-mail and texts for day-to-day communiqués, but somehow a virtual thank-you note still falls flat, which is why it’s essential to have a stash of notecards at your disposal—like these from Green Lake’s Balue/Co.
“One size fits all” is a tricky phrase, especially for those who don’t fit into that one size. But when it’s generous and versatile, a one-size garment is a miracle, which is what interior designer April Pride has created with her miracle dress, actually called The Dress, which serves as a first foray into fashion for this Madison Park mom. Inspired by a vintage hand-me-down from her mother-in-law that had been custom-made from Italian men’s shirting, Pride’s dress will fit most body shapes, thanks to its flattering button-up halter top, extra-long obi-style belt and slightly full skirt.
I don’t have any scoop other than what I just read on Facebook, but apparently Cap Hill vintage shop Kaleidoscope Vision has moved down south to California.
However, they’re having one last huge sale in Seattle on Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with great deals on vintage clothing, books, housewares, sewing supplies, textile and more.
You can always shop KV's amazing inventory of vintage online, but really, Seattle’s loss is LA’s gain.