Each season Neiman Marcus fashion director, Ken Downing, choses the trends he thinks are going to hit big with the style set—and fall is always a crucial list. This week, our local NM hosted a media breakfast with informal modeling of Downing’s top picks—many of which work perfectly for Seattle.
After an exhausting day spent swiping the Amex at the nearby Bellevue Collection, stop by the new Recoop Spa (925 Bellevue Way NE; 425.429.3323; recoopspa.com) for a heaping helping of R&R in the comfort of delightfully detailed environs. Open since May, the chic spa pairs raw concrete walls with very now barn doors in treatment rooms, sophisticated pedicure chairs (no overstuffed, awkward vibrating seats here) and rustic hints throughout (stoneware Mason jars, wainscoting).
After 20 years of designing for high-end retailers, including Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, Bellevue-based Jean Glover has ventured out on her own with 8telier, a clothing line she designs for “cosmopolitan women who have an affinity for modern aesthetics.” Translation: easy, comfortable clothing—slightly edgy, but definitely wearable—that transcends trends and feels fresh and familiar at the same time.
W Seattle has an established commitment to supporting fashion in this city and has been holding monthly Wear Wednesday events, showcasing local designers, as part of that commitment. On August 20, from 5 to 8 p.m., the hotel is partnering with us, Seattle magazine, for a very special fall fashion kickoff, in support of Seamless in Seattle, a local designer showcase in our September issue.
After a taking a sabbatical during the 2013 season, Fashion First is back on this year in a big way on Thursday, September 11 at Showbox SoDo. Now in its tenth year, this popular runway show combines the most current trends from the region’s best shops (and a few designers) with a worthy cause for a fun night of fashion and philanthropy.
If you’re a maker or designer, West Elm is interested in meeting you, checking out your work and considering you as a recipient of a $25,000 small business grant during their We Love Small Business Grant contest. One designer/maker will win the big cash prize, and three runners up with get the chance to be mentored by West Elm and join the ranks of the many local artisans and designers the home décor chain already support in stores and online.
So you shopped to your heart’s content during Nordstrom’s annual Anniversary Sale. (Hopefully you found some of our style editor Ali Brownrigg’s handy shopping tips helpful.) And now you’re thinking the spending party is over. Oh, how wrong you are.
If you’re crazy for vintage (we are), head to Sell Your Sole, Belltown’s high-end designer consignment store, on Thursday, August 7 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. for a special shopping event.
Owner Natalie Wittke recently scored oodles of amazing vintage from two estates and is kind enough to share the wealth with her customers. Expect colorful apparel, scarves and a few pieces of singular and unique jewelry, mostly non-designer, with the exception of two rare Hanae Mori caftans.
French 75s and macarons will be served.
Set your TiVos: body painting genius Dutch Bihary (straight outta Mount Vernon) is set to wow the world with his signature style and epic masterpieces using the naked body as his canvas on Skin Wars on GSN (formerly known as Game show Network) starting Wednesday, August 6.
On Saturday August 2, rapper 50 Cent was in town to greet more than 500 people at the downtown Nordstrom flagship store for the debut of his new Studio Mastered Sound (SMS) headphones. He signed autographs and took photos with about 250 fans that snagged his new merch. As the crowd swelled in anticipation of his arrival--camera phones primed and ready--I had the incredible privilege of interviewing him to talk about his involvement with SMS Audio. Here are the highlights of our discussion:
In 2012, then Seattle-based graphic designer Dave Battjes set a design challenge for himself to create a logo for every one of the more than 400 parks in the city of Seattle—at the ambitious rate of one a day. “Most of Seattle’s parks have interesting beginnings or rich histories tying them to the Olmsted brothers or trolley systems. Some even have early settler roots,” says Battjes, who has lived in Greenwood, Belltown and Capitol Hill.
A few years ago Dolce Vita threw a huge giveaway via Facebook and if I remember correctly, it gave away a thousand pairs of shoes or some insane number like that, proving that this locally-owned, but internationally loved shoe company is not afraid to go to great lengths to promote the brand.
Our favorite sleeper hit store, Endless Knot in Belltown, is having a huge sale starting Friday, July 31 and running through August 4—and the whole store is discounted. Save 10 to 60 percent off spring/summer clothing, jewelry and handbags, which means sweet deals on all your favorite boutique brands including Prairie Underground, Kersh, Big Buddha and Tulle.