For many years throughout my 20s and early 30s I worked as an herbalist (before becoming a shopping writer, natch) and have been interested primarily in natural beauty products since then. I like to put the purest ingredients possible on my body, just like I like to put the purest food (and best wine) in my body.
The Seattle-Bellevue Metropolitan Fashion Week is happening April 6 through 13, with an opening night event at Pratt Fine Arts Center and a closing gala at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Produced by fashion show producer and director Eduardo Khawam, the week’s festivities also includes a VIP reception at The Finerie and a Lean Goddess party at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue.
Built for Man designer Francisco Hernandez put on an amazing show at the Seattle Asian Art Museum on Tuesday, March 19. The crowd was attractive and well-heeled and the whole event felt very luxe, thanks to the gorgeous building, intriguing art and beautiful male models dressed in sleek, modern and impeccably made clothing.
Fresh off a successful Kickstarter campaign, Capitol Hill–based cyclist and former marketing professional Ann DeOtte aims to put performance wear on the fashion map. The three-piece spring collection for her line Iva Jean (ivajean.com) includes a black skirt ($160), with a stretchy Lycra/polyester fabric that resists fading, moisture and abrasion, and a pleat that gives 12 more inches of movement when unzipped.
While it’s been my motto for many things throughout my life, it never occurred to me to fake it until I made it with exercise. Aside from going through a phase of wearing ballet clothing in the ‘80s—leg warmers, wrap sweaters and leotards—when I was really into Fame, the original, it never occurred to me that dressing the part could help in acting the part as an actual athletic person.
Ok, my people, start spreading the news. It's time for Seamless in Seattle 2013. We've changed the rules and added two new categories, Established and Accessories, to the competition, joining Emerging and Students. We've removed the Bridal category, but if you are a bridal designer feel free to enter as either Established or Emerging.
Winners will be in the magazine and in our Seamless in Seattle runway show in late August, location TBD. More prizes will be announced as they are confirmed.
Got an email today from the peeps over at Project Runway—they’re putting out the call for designers for season 12. Applications are available here and are due April 8. Winners have the chance to show at New York Fashion Week and win $100,000 to foster their line. They've raised the maximum amount of sales a potential contestant can have, so if you've looked into applying before, look again.
Who’s going to represent Seattle next season?
I am totally intrigued by Vancouver Fashion Week and have often thought of heading up there to see if I could glean any insight into what it takes to throw a successful multi-day event like this. The event organizers seem to draw a nice group of emerging and established local and international designers, and it just seems so well attended, well-produced and, well, fashionable.
Kimberly Baker, one of our fave local jewelry designers is having her biggest sale of the year this Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. She’ll have one-of-a-kind and vintage pieces, as well as items from her main collection on sale, with earrings starting at $15 and necklaces from $20. The sale is in-store only (Baker’s showroom/retail space is at 7214 Linden Ave. N.)
It’s a must-shop sale, IMHO.
**Update: I guess they had a few glitches and didn't open Sunday. Stay tuned for more info**
Big fashion news on Capitol Hill today. TotokaeloMan is opening below Totokaelo.
It's a huge space, skillfully merchandised with men's clothing, accessories and shoes from Rick Owens (of course, who does it better in the universe Totokaelites traverse?), Maison Martin Margiela, Yohji, Levi's Vintage, Dries Van Noten and many, many others. Plus, menswear for women is totally sexy.
Everyone and their neighbor is in Hawaii right now, or getting ready to go. This is a blissful time of year if you're one of the lucky ones heading off to paradise and a maddening one if you're not. So if you're with me, in the homebound camp, let's develop a coping mechanism to get ourselves through this relentless rainy season and slather ourselves with Malie Organics, available locally at Essenza.
Alderbrook is a magical resort and spa on the shores of Hood Canal—a northwesty haven only two hours from the city. If you're aching for a getaway you might want to consider heading there next Friday, March 22 for their Good Clean Fun event from 7:30 to 10 p.m. In addition to champagne and snacks, tickets to this evening includes two spa treatments geared towards banishing dry winter skin.
My friend Francisco Hernandez is an incredibly talented designer with a wonderfully generous spirit. His seven year-old line, Built For Man, provides comfortable, wearable, sexy and unique clothing for men, in part made by artisans in Peru, for whom he provides a living through their traditional looming techniques.
The beauty of a classic, traditional line like Faconnable,a French line started in 1950s, is that they offer something for practically everyone. Even the hippest it girl or punkest punk girl can appreciate a crisp white blouse, a cotton v-neck sweater and a black leather pencil skirt. What they do with those classics is up to them, and the beauty of personal style, but at some point, as fashionable women, we realize that well-made modern closet staples are the keystone that holds our wardrobe in place.