Fashion + Style Friday: Rosary-inspired jewels, beer at Derby Salon and the Seamless in Seattle Fashion Show

We’re putting on our own fashion show, plus it’s a jewelry-palooza this weekend!
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In case you missed our big, mid-week announcement, let me bang you over the head with it: We are putting on our own Seamless in Seattle fashion show on Wednesday, June 8!

We’re combing the city for the best up-and-coming fashion designers hungry to change the face of local fashion and once again we’re offering big prizes, winners will appear in a fashion spread in the September 2011 Seattle magazine. This year’s deadline is just one short week away on Friday, April 15.

But here’s where it gets interesting: On June 8, the ten finalists (which will be determined by our panel of judges) will debut their designs on the runway at the Seattle Art Museum. The predetermined 2011 winners will be revealed at the end of the show, with a live, celebrity judging panel deliberating and selecting the winner of our special design challenge (we’re keeping the challenge top-secret until the event, but think crazy materials and time constraints a la Project Runway). Designers will craft one look exclusively for the show in response to the challenge. Read the rest of the details here.

I don’t normally associate the words “hip” and “rosary” but when it comes to Shannon Koszyk’s necklaces, it suddenly works. Crafted from wood prayer beads, the locally-made necklaces feature religious and non-religious medallions heralding the likes of Joan of Arc, or Hercules and Athena. It all sounds so very odd, but looks, so very cool, historical and empowering.  (Plus, I really want the 1905 Indian Penny ring above).

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This weekend, another Seattle jeweler designer, Shamila will be selling her wares at a trunk show at Essenza in Fremont. They couldn’t be more different than the above, but the dainty and colorful teardrop earrings are equally swoon-worthy. Check her out from 12 pm-6 pm on Saturday.


There are a whole host of reasons to heart Derby Salon (one, is the awesome Coy hair line owner Allison Etter launched last year), but geez, here’s another: hang out at the salon on Sunday for Beer as Art, a beer tasting featuring local brews and local art to peruse while you sip. Stop by at 6 p.m., and hey, grab some Coy while you are there too.


Score Edgy Cotton Basics at Downtown's Do The Extraordinary

Score Edgy Cotton Basics at Downtown's Do The Extraordinary

Downtown apparel and accessories shop DTE offers a little something extra
An in-store vault opens to reveal secret speakeasy, Blind Tiger

The newest retail outpost from fashion collaborators Justin Kercher and former Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander is offering downtown shoppers the opportunity to “Do The Extraordinary.” Taking over the 6,000-square-foot space on Sixth Avenue and Olive Way that previously housed European Antiques, Do The Extraordinary (DTE) opened last fall and is a lifestyle boutique for men and women offering locally designed, handmade, ready-to-wear clothing and accessories for the fashion-forward Seattleite. The brand’s edgy cotton basics come in black, white and various shades of gray, and include muscle T-shirts and sporty sweats for men, and tunics and dresses for women.

“DTE is really about the customers and creating an experience,” Kercher says. The space combines influences of the Seattle outdoors with urban design. Blow-torched sequoia tree tables and painted antlers flank vintage couches and hand-poured cement floors. Hidden behind the cash register area, speakeasy Blind Tiger, designed by Kercher and his family, is set up for private events and intimate concerts featuring local bands and DJs. DTE’s fall lineup includes several album release parties as well as a fall/winter fashion show.

The store’s upcoming events will “take [the retail experience] to another level,” says Kercher. Downtown, 1810 Sixth Ave.;