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Fashion Story: A Modern Take on Grunge

A tribute to grunge rooted in our DNA Inspired by Seattle bands of the 1990s

By Seattle Mag June 23, 2022

Love Letter
Alex Cayley | Styled by Michele Schiavone

This article originally appeared in the May/June 2022 issue of Seattle Magazine.

Photography: Alex Cayley.
Styling: Michele Schiavone.
Hair: Heather-Rae Bang.
Makeup: Alexa Hernandez.

Grace wears Vintage Black Lace Sheer Dress Valentino Garavani VLOGO Platform Chelsea Boots

Zion wears Balenciaga Eyewear Zara Pink and Red Striped Sweater Zara Deconstructed Wide Leg Denim (Woman) Jeremy Scott Flame Boots Paola wears Moschino Couture ! Calzedonia Love Tights Vans Low top SK8 Sneakers

Grace wears GladyZTamex Black Leather Crystal Veil Headpiece Dolce & Gabbana Music Note Dress

Zion wears Anton Belinskiy Striped Sweater Smiley Face Shorts (Vintage)

Zion wears DSquared2 Satin Stripe Tux Pants VIntage Shirt Versace Brushed Gold Medusa Ring Paola wears Loewe Sequin Crop Bustier Tube Top Maison Margiela Low-rise distressed straight Jeans

Grace wears Noir Kei Ninomiya Tan Strap Tulle Dress Levi’s Denim Gold Grom Cut Vest Alexander McQueen Tread Tall Lace-Up Platform Boot

Zion wears Zara Pink and Red Striped Sweater

Zion wears GaryGraham422 Graffiti Rose Tank Top Celine Homme Tapered Sequinned Jersey Sweatpants Grace wears American Apparel Metallic Halter Catsuit Charlotte Simone Moto Jacket St. Laurent Star Earrings in Palladium

Paola wears Yves Salomon Coat Oroblu Moony Tights Paloma Barcelo Omega Combat Boots

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Seattle Seen: Prints, Patterns, Pizzazz

Fall and winter fashion trends in Seattle feature bold, nostalgic colors

The persistent warm heat this fall gives Seattle’s fashion essentials of Patagonia puffer coats and Hunter boots a longer summer vacation. As a result of global warming, people in Seattle can enjoy walks in October, and fashion is thriving with nearly summer-like layers of prints on prints and patterns on patterns.  Photographer Austin McDonald speaks…

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Luly Yang Designs Space Needle Employees’ New Uniforms

Luly Yang teams with Space Needle

Next time you visit the Space Needle, you’ll notice something quite different: Internationally recognized fashion designer Luly Yang has brought her distinct style to Seattle’s globally recognized icon. The Luly Yang Design Group – an arm of Luly Yang Couture that designs and manufactures custom-branded corporate uniforms – is creating “one-of-a-kind” uniforms for Space Needle…

Kelly Lyles shows off her style.

Seattle Seen: A Trendy City With a Unique Sense of Fashion

These creators wear exactly what’s on their minds

“Fashion forward” is not the first attribute that comes to mind when considering Seattle culture. Nerdy, Nirvana, polar fleece, flannel, fish market, Microsoft, Amazon, billionaires, liberals and lumberjacks are sure to top that list. There are stylish people here, but what they wear is a point of view that reflects changing times and changing minds…


Meet Fran Dunaway, co-founder of Gender-Neutral Clothing Brand TomboyX

In the past seven years, Seattle-based TomboyX has become a gender-neutral brand that has something for everyone

TomboyX co-founders Naomi Gonzalez, left, and CEO Fran Dunaway.


Kate Mensah combines Paris, Seattle influences to create modern bags

Rather than relying on color to make her bags interesting, Mensah uses embossment to create her eye-catching designs

Kate Mensah wanted to be in fashion before she even realized it. One day, a family member sent her a childhood photo. She was strutting down the hallway of her old home, creating a makeshift fashion show.  “I said, ‘oh my god, it was already in my blood, I know it,’” Mensah said. “I love…


Devon Yan Captures Personalities In ‘Fashion Forward,’ Custom Designs

Many of his designs are custom made and specifically created for the needs of the person wearing them

Around nine years ago, Devon Yan applied to be a part of The Bellevue Collection’s first Independent Designer Showcase for fashion week.  He was rejected. But that didn’t stop him from trying again.  “At that time, I kind of just used the Independent Designer (Showcase) as kind of my motivation,” Yan said. “I was telling…