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.
I brought Dahlia Bakery’s caramel corn to my meeting last week with Michael Moss, the Pulitzer Prize winning author whose latest book Salt Sugar Fat debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. That sweet, rich, just a tiny bit salty treat was my way of testing how evangelical Michael was about preaching the gospel of restraint.
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.
Talk about a match made in heaven.
The Pine Box is the absolutely stellar, somewhat hidden beer haven on Capitol Hill co-owned by Ian Roberts (one of our 2012 Tastemakers). I love the place, but I'm a beer amateur. So I asked my favorite beer fanatic, Washington Beer Blog's Kendall Jones, to weigh in on the place. He told me this:
When my kitchen begins to smell like the sweet perfume of chicken potpie, I start to think pink.
Yup, rosé. That’s just the thing to drink alongside one of my go-to warm/fuzzy comfort foods, the take-n-bake pie from the Rub with Love Shack next door to Seatown.
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.
St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and with it comes not only an honoring of Ireland and the Irish people, but usually a whole lot of tipsy folks running around. Instead of just drinking green beer randomly, why not dig a little deeper with a few choice bits of lore and learning – and some drinks that match up with them.