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.


The Best Local Socks to Buy Now

The Best Local Socks to Buy Now

This city has a thing for socks. From top toe protection to no-slip all-stars, we’ve found the best bets for restocking your sock drawer

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1.  Sock It to Me
This Portland-based company has the corner on the whimsical-sock market. Go for the women’s Shakespeare-themed “Taming of the Shoe” or the men’s Multi Player gaming sock for a silly but sophisticated fashion statement. $11.50–$12,

2.  Darn Tough
The name says it all. Based in Vermont and manufactured exclusively in the U.S., these mid-calf, micro crew hike/trek socks are sure to keep your tootsies dry and happy on a hike. The fun colors will make you even happier to take off your boots at the end of the day. $20, available at

3.  Peony and Moss
Founded by Seattle local Eva Spitzer, Peony and Moss brings the pretty with these high-quality cotton socks. We like the Scandinavian pattern knee high, but the thigh high works well with the high-booted crowd. $30–$32,

4.  Mod Socks
Bellingham’s Mod Socks pays serious homage to its Northwest roots with its “Bigfoot Loves Washington,” a women’s knee sock, and the “Bear Necessities” crew sock for men. $10,

5.  Strideline
This Seattle-based company took the city by storm with its skyline lacrosse sock. Now it has come up with a new digital ink technology that brings photo-realism and hometown pride to your feet. Get the new skyline, Husky Stadium or the Sounders sock just in time for soccer season. $16–$18,

6.  Balega
The unique left/right construction and deeper heel pocket of these crew socks make them a favorite in local specialty running shops, such as Super Jock ’n Jill. Balega’s ultralight quarter sock, $13, has been called the sheerest, lightest sock on the market and has garnered lots of hard-core running fans. Available at Fleet Feet Sports Seattle, Capitol Hill, 911 E Pine St.; 206.329.1466;