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.
The Nordstrom Designer Preview is upon us (if you were able to score a ticket, you’re psyched, if not, check back next week for our play-by-play) and we sat down for a quick e-chat with Vogue market editor Cynthia Smith (who will be at the event tonight as the magazine’s representative) for her take on what makes a trend, her top three favorite ones for fall and why you might want to consider keeping your gray pieces in the closet this year.
“Bow ties really reflect an individual’s pride and attention to detail,” says Erin McCoy, owner of Hank’s Haberdashery, a snappy line of dapper bow ties ($40) and pocket squares ($20) available on Etsy. The Eastlake-based McCoy started Hank’s Haberdashery in 2012 as a way to indulge her creative side (she’s a women’s health researcher at the University of Washington by day) and to fill a gap she saw in the market for well-made men’s accessories using beautiful fabric.
Madison Park charmer, Canopy Blue, has moved into the suite next door to their original spot in Arboretum Court, almost doubling their space, which means more of their beach-chic style for your shopping pleasure.
July is a month that Nordstrom shoppers look forward to with giddy anticipation because it’s Anniversary Sale time and Anniversary Sale time means slashed prices on all the newest and most on trend clothing, shoes and handbags (and kids’ clothing for those of us who shop for kids) that Nordstrom trend-watchers, buyers and designers have on deck for fall.