Thursday, January 19, 2017

Colombia Tower hosts Fashion Lab January 31st


The Columbia Tower Club Art Committee is hosting a fashion show titled "The Art of Fashion" on January 31st featuring a variety of Seattle designers including SCHAI, Julie Danforth, Re-Sleeve, Mia Fioravanti, and more. The event will also include a shopping marketplace featuring JJ Caprices, Elke Couture, and Carole McDowell. Guests will have the opportunity to meet featured designers and shop styles featured on the catwalk after the show. Tickets are priced at $25 for Columbia Tower Club members and $35 for non-members. Limited seating is available. To purchase tickets, call the Club Concierge desk at 206-622-2010. 

This event is part of a larger series of "Fashion Lab" events tailored to highlight emerging talent in the Seattle fashion industry and other like-minded creatives and brands. The series is sponsored and produced by Suley Group and Tiger Mountain IT. 

Buki pop-up to remain open until April


You may already have seen the blogger buzz about Buki, but if not, don't despair because the holiday pop-up shop has been extended through April. Known for its forward-thinking about the wardrobe of the future, Buki has developed proprietary fiber technology and infused it into apparel and accessories for men and women. The collection, which launched last fall, is composed of 7 technical fabrics that use Kinoki-3.0™ technology to give Buki styles a variety of added benefits including breathability, moisture management, thermoregulation and ease of care.

"I've been interested in fiber technology for years," Joey Rodolfo recently told Geek Wire. "Buki is the perfect platform to merge high-end apparel with hyper-functionality. We call it the wardrobe revolution."

The pop-up located at 1826 Sixth Avenue stocks the full Buki collections for men and women along with limited-edition items like blankets, scarves, and branded gift boxes. Don't miss your chance to check out this great local brand and learn more about how fiber technology will shape our wardrobes in the future.

Buki Pop-Up Shop
1826 Sixth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
www.bukibrand.com


Check out Buki on King 5's Evening magazine here


Pictured at top: Seattle style blogger Jorden Jakobs 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fashion Calendar: Jag Jeans Sample Sale


The Jag jeans sample sale starts tomorrow! Stop by for $5 denim in petite, missy, and plus sizes. The event runs for 2 days and stock is limited to samples on-hand. Help the team clear out excess inventory to make room for spring arrivals. All samples including denim, tops, and jackets are priced at $5, cash only. The Jag jeans sample size is 6, but there are also petite sizes available in 6P and plus size denim samples in 18w. Full event details are below. 


What: 
Jag Sample Sale

When:
Thursday, Jan. 19th from  9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Friday, Jan. 20th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Where:
1725 Westlake Ave. N.
Suite #220
Seattle, WA 98109


What you should before you go:
Cash Only (No on-site ATM)
Most samples are a size 6 but there are other sizes available
Petite sample size is 6P
Plus sample size is 18W
Sample sale also includes select jackets and tops



Friday, January 13, 2017

Help fundraise for Planned Parenthood at Pink Carpet Project


It's time to mobilize, my friends. So, if you're looking for something productive to do on Inauguration day, join Seattle magazine and The Stranger for the third installment of Pink Carpet Project, a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood created by Seattleite Cameron Levin. The event will help raise funds for Planned Parenthood, which is under critical threat of being defunded by the impending administration. The evening will include music, food by Madres Kitchen, cocktails by The Rhino Room, art, performances, and words of inspiration by Amelia Bonow of #ShoutYourAbortion  (because whispering isn't working), House Representative Noel Frame, Senator Rebecca Saldaña, and more. Guests are invited to bid in the silent auction and shop a curated marketplace featuring merchandise from women-owned businesses with proceeds going directly to Planned Parenthood. Please note, this is a 21+ event.


// Details // 


What: 
Pink Carpet Project: Seattle Stands with Planned Parenthood

When: 
Friday, January 20, 2017

Where: 
The Rhino Room 1535 11th Ave. Seattle, WA

Time: 
7-11 P.M.

Tickets:
$25 via MercTickets

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Fashion Calendar: Goodwill Glitter Sale


The 33rd annual Goodwill Glitter Sale is going down Nov. 5- 6 at the Dearborn store in Seattle, a.k.a. the largest Goodwill store in the country. We're talking insane prices on designer, vintage, and one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories you won't find anywhere else. What will you find at the sale you ask? Is it worth waiting in line at 5 a.m. to be the first to shop the sale? Yes, yes, and yes. Last year shoppers found everything from Louboutin shoes to Burberry jackets and Coach bags.  A coveted Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress? Yes, those have been known to make appearances at the sale too. Last year's Glitter Sale helped raise funds to support Goodwill's free job training and education programs which served more than 9,700 people in the community and helped over 1,000+ people obtain job placement. This really is shopping for a cause.

The sale runs daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. all weekend long and admission is free, so you can bet there will be a line, but trust us, it's worth the wait. Racks will be re-stocked over the weekend. Oh and the best tip we've heard for finding the coveted designer pieces at the sale? Follow the stylish people around the sale and wait for them to ditch items they've been carrying around.

What: 33rd Annual Glitter Sale
When: Nov. 5 and 6, 2016
Where: Goodwill 1400 S. Lane St. Seattle, WA (Free Parking)
Why: Because proceeds from the sale help support Goodwill's free job training
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Photo credit: Brett Doss Photography

Monday, October 17, 2016

NUBE to host sensory shopping experience on Capitol Hill


In an overly-stimulated world, Seattle-based NUBE hopes to take shoppers in a different direction entirely, by allowing them to shop in the dark. Yes, you read that right. Shop in the dark. From October 31 through November 5, the Sense Up pop-up shop on 10th and Pine will become a pitch-black retail store, allowing customers to re-connect with their senses and inform their shopping decisions. Staff will be equipped with night vision goggles to guide shoppers through the store. The company hopes to bring shoppers out of their element and challenge the traditional brick-and-mortar experience by sparking a conversation about art, commerce, and the future of retail. Participating local brands include Woolrich, Peg & Awl, Porcelain & Stone, Prairie Underground, Baleen, and more. Don't miss your chance to experience this unique Seattle pop-up while shopping in the dark to support local brands.

What: NUBE Sensory Pop-Up Shop
When: Oct. 31 - Nov. 5 (Daily from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Where: 1527 10th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122
Why: Because you've never shopped in the dark before and there's a first time for everything.





Friday, October 14, 2016

Robbins Brothers to open new store in Bellevue


Good news fashion friends! Robbins Brothers just unveiled a beautiful new store at 33 Bellevue Way in the heart of Bellevue. Just in time for engagement season, the new 4,000 square-foot-store will be home to an array of coveted bridal jewelry brands including Tacori, Henri Daussi, Simon G., Verragio, and more. The store will also stock an assortment of E3 Diamonds, which are lab-grown, eco-friendly, and conflict-free. Seven years ago my husband picked out my engagement and wedding rings from Robbins Brothers and it's the only place I recommend to my friends who are in the market for bridal jewelry. The experience was fun, relaxing and most importantly, enjoyable. If it's been awhile since you have checked out Robbins Brothers, now is the time! They also have a beautiful assortment of sparkly diamond bands that are the perfect way to add a pop of color to your wedding band set.

To celebrate the grand opening of the new store Robbins Brothers is hosting a 'Love is Sweet' weekend of festivities October 21 - 23rd. RSVP now for your chance to get a first look at the new store. Guests will enjoy swag bags, sweet treats by Trophy Cupcakes, and a chance to win fabulous raffle prizes.

Robbins Brothers Bellevue
10429 NE 2nd St.
Bellevue, WA 98004
(Free underground parking available)

Follow the store opening festivities on Instagram @RBBellevue using the hashtag #FirstLookBellevue.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Fashion Calendar: YSL at SAM


The fashion community has been counting down the days until the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit The Perfection of Style opens at the Seattle Art Museum. Scheduled to run Oct. 11 - Jan. 8, the exhibit will showcase highlights from the designer's career spanning over four decades.

Intimate and comprehensive, the exhibit will feature a full range of garments including haute couture and ready-to-wear pieces, some of which have never been on public display. Divided into eight sections and spanning over 110 looks total, The Perfection of Style aims to reveal not only the designer's unique style but also his immense influence on the fashion industry. The museum will present a full calendar of programming in conjunction with the exhibit including talks by curators, fashion sketching sessions, and even YSL's favorite films. Highlights are below.

October 13th
The Perfection of Style with Florence Müller
Hear from the exhibition's guest curator, Florence Müller, as she discusses the legacy of YSL.

October 22nd
The Art of Clothing in French Society
This workshop is presented in partnership with the Alliance Francaise de Seattle, explores clothing as an extension of the body and as an object of study in both sociocultural antrhopology and art history.

October 26th
Sam Films: Yves Saint Laurent Selects
As he grew up, Yves Saint Laurent's personal and professional sensibilities were shaped by the art of film. SAM and Alliance Francaise de Seattle will present two of YSL's favorites including Les Enfants du Paradis (1945) and La Bella et la Bete (1946), each in 35mm film. French with English subtitles.

November 3rd
The Perfection of Style: Drop-in Drawing Sessions
Enjoy free drop-in drawing sessions led by fashion illustration instructor Lori Meyer


// Exhibit Information //

What: 
Yves Saint Laurent The Perfection of Style

When: 
Oct. 11, 2016 - Jan. 8, 2017

Where:
Seattle Art Museum 1300 First Ave. Seattle, WA 98101

Tickets: 
Available online via SAM

Monday, October 3, 2016

Everything you need to know about Bellevue Fashion Week


In the absence of a traditional fashion week in the city, Bellevue Fashion Week has certainly helped fill the void. Yes, there is that pesky business of having to drive to the Eastside, but by this time next year the W hotel will have opened in Bellevue and Seattle will quite possibly be in the shadow of all things cool. Stores like West Elm and Robbins Brothers are moving in off Old Main street, Jujubeet's new location in the heart of Old Town is bustling, and the style set is regularly shopping indie retailers like La Ree and David Lawrence, and finding it quite appealing to see what's new at both The Bravern and The Bellevue Collection.

My PR brain is telling me I should consolidate this post and streamline my content so that I'm not including so many competitors in a single blog post, but the fashion influencer in me is wanting to paint the larger picture so that you fully understand the amazing things that are happening to the beloved Eastside. There is so much growth and development going on and it's a great thing for the local economy.


For those of you that are new to the concept of Fashion Week, it's pretty simple. The Bellevue Collection produces a full week of fashion experiences including runway shows, in-store events, cocktail parties, trend presentations, and special appearances by market stylists from the official media partner, Vogue. Yes, as in the Vogue magazine. This year the production team added several new experiences including a much-needed menswear-focused event called Sips & Suits.

All the events including Fashion Forecast and the Posh Party Trend Show (produced by Terri Morgan of TCM Models) are good, but my personal favorites are the Independent Designer Runway Show (IDRS) sponsored by Seattle Met and the Front Row Fashion Show presented by Vogue.

This years IDRS show featured nine up-and-coming local designers presenting carefully curated collections on the runway. This is an important show for the community because it is one of the only platforms local designers have to professionally showcase their work in a beautifully choreographed show produced by Terri Morgan. For designers, the most valuable part of this experience isn't just the opportunity to showcase their work on the runway, it's the invaluable occasion to receive mentorship from distinguished fashion industry members. Over the span of four months leading up to the big show, each IDRS designer receives critical feedback on their collection that will ultimately help them build momentum for their line. The grand prize winner received a $5,000 cash prize provided by The Kemper Freeman Family in partnership with The Bellevue Collection. The winner receives added visibility by having their collection displayed at Bellevue Square during the month of October. Past IDRS winners who have gone on to launch global brands include Paychi Guh and Ampersand as Apostrophe.


This year's IDRS winner was Devon Yan who designs collections for men and women under the brand DEVONATION. Other noteworthy IDRS participants from this year's show included Milano Mai by Oscar Milano Mai who showcased gorgeous outerwear and Dollstreet by Lindsay Moen who focused on swimwear. Over 600+ guests were in attendance at the fifth annual show and the energy at the event was undeniable.


The second event I adore at Bellevue Fashion Week is the Front Row Fashion Show presented by Vogue. The Saturday night show is the "anchor" of Bellevue Fashion Week in my opinion and is always a great fashion presentation. Hosted by Cara Crowley, market stylist for Vogue, the show features seasonal trends with looks pulled from Bellevue Square retailers. The show was a benefit event for Seattle Children's Hospital and raised over $100,000+. This year's presentation was only 30 minutes long, but showcased just under 50 solid looks.


Bellevue Fashion Week is a do-not-miss series that we are lucky to have in the Pacific Northwest. It's the perfect blend of local fashion and traditional retail. And since the event series is over for this season, here's what you should know before you go for next time:

  • The IDRS show always sells out first. Remember that for next year when you're on the fence about buying tickets. Do it. 
  • All the Bellevue Fashion Week runway shows take place at Hyatt Regency Bellevue so consider staying overnight after the Vogue show on Saturday and making an entire weekend out of your fall fashion experience. #GirlTribeGetaway
  • Obadiah Salon has a blow dry bar downstairs called O2 Blow Dry Bar. They are masters at beautiful blowouts. If you want bombshell hair, book one before a Bellevue Fashion Week show. 
  • Parking is free at the Hyatt for Bellevue Fashion Week events. Yes, free. So even though you have to drive to the Eastside at least you don't have to deal with circling the block several times looking for parking. 




Thursday, August 11, 2016

Fashion Recap: Neiman Marcus Fall Trend Event


Neiman Marcus welcomed a packed house yesterday at the semi-annual trend event in Bellevue. Fall fashion was on full display as curated by featured panelists Jenny McCullum of Seattle magazine, Terri Morgan of TCM Models, and Rosaline Hampton, stylist and CEO of Rosaline Hampton Inc. Darcy Camden of Styled Seattle served as the event emcee and guided panelists through a series of trends on the Neiman Marcus 'It List'. Here's a peek at the top trends for fall!



Ripe berry shades give fall fashion an instant warm-up.  This gorgeous look styled by Terri Morgan features a Narciso Rodriguez Dress, an open-front Escada jacket with lace detail, Gianvito Rossi shoes, a trapezoid shapre Givenchy handbag, and a Lulu Frost pearl choker with a velvet tie detail.  



For everyday wear, Jenny kept the berry look casual and opted for a long sleeve woven top by Rails, distressed denim by Frame (#onlyatNM), a tote with fringe detail from Saint Laurent,  sunglasses by Céline (in stores only), and shoes by Stuart Weitzman. 


Rosaline played with monochrome for her berry-inspired look and gave a nod to the current menswear trend. Her picks included a Brunello Cucinelli jacket and scarf, pants from The Row (special to Neiman Marcus for a limited-time only), loafer-inspired shoes by Prada, and a suede handbag by Chloe



The second trend examined by the group for fall was the onset of voluminous skirts that take on many forms this season. Jenny picked a studded leather skirt by Alice + Olivia, paired with a black Theory top and studded shoes by Valentino. 


The calf-skin, cross-body handbag by Tom Ford is exclusive to Neiman Marcus in the Northwest. 


Rosaline picked a gorgeous lace dress by Co, a label that is new for the fall season to Neiman Marcus. The cascading hemline perfectly frames the suede Prada shoes, and the look is finished with a handbag by Bottega Veneta. 



Terri sourced inspiration from Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing with her second look featuring a top by Theory, a moto jacket by Iro, and a chiffon maxi skirt by Elie Tahari. The outfit was completed with a Valentino bag accessorized with a guitar-inspired strap, available at Neiman Marcus. That rock-and-roll detail should be high on your fall shopping list, according to Ken. 



For the third look, featured stylists were asked to pick their favorite pieces for fall and style them into a look. Rosaline chose a chic jacket by Giorgio Armani, faux leather stretch leggings by The Row, a hat by Brunello Cucinelli, sunglasses by Céline and velvet platform sandals by Prada


Jenny took a utilitarian approach to her third look and picked a black turtleneck by Theory, bomber jacket by Brunello Cucinelli, gray denim jeans by J. Brand, velvet shoes by Prada, and a statement handbag by Balenciaga


My favorite look, and the one that was most colorful, was pulled by Terri Morgan. Her fall-inspired outfit included a floral dress by Alice + Olivia, wool-blend coat by Lafayette 148, velvet shoes by Gionvito Rossi and a handbag by Chloe. 




For evening, Rosaline decided to showcase both color and texture with her final look. The leather top, lace skirt and fur-trimmed sweater (featured above) are all from Alice + Olivia, paired with Christian Louboutin shoes, and a handbag by Edie Parker. 



Jenny's final look was a total showstopper featuring a gorgeous black and white dress by J Mendel, clutch by Edie Parker, shoes by Renee Vaovilla (only at Neiman Marcus), and statement earrings by Oscar De La Renta. (P.s. This look is perfect for the Seattle magazine 50th Anniversary party taking place this fall!)


Terri took evening by storm with this gorgeous get-up featuring a velvet top by Giorgio Armani, pants by Brunello Cucinelli, sparkly shoes by Renee Caovilla, and a handbag by Roger Viver, exclusive to Neiman Marcus in Bellevue. 

Over 100+ guests enjoyed the fall fashion presentation produced by Gossip & Glamour and the fashion conversation can be followed on various social platforms using the hashtag #NMBellevue. 
A fall trend event for CUSP at Neiman Marcus is scheduled for Thursday, September 15th. Sign up for the mailing list at gossip-glamour.com for more information. 



Photo credit: Vivian Hsu Photography

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Fashion Recap: Nordstrom Designer Preview


Each year Seattleites put a stylish foot forward at the Nordstrom Designer Preview show, signalling the end of summer and the start of a delicious new season ahead. This year's show marked the 30th anniversary of the event and proceeds from ticket sales helped raise funds to support the Seattle Art Musem's upcoming exhibit 'Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style', which will debut on October 11th.

Covet-worthy fall trends included a focus on metallics, menswear, embellishments, a continuation of the streetwear trend and a much-needed return to classic romance. Textures also played a major role as seen in the featured pieces from Gucci, Saint Laurent, and Marchesa. Models wore dark lipsticks and ornate earrings to complete their fall fashion looks. Here's a peek at some of the most noteworthy looks of the evening.


Marchesa

Marchesa

Marchesa

Marchesa

Missoni

Dries Van Noten

Dior 

Alexander McQueen


Dior

Altuzarra

Akris


The Nordstrom Designer Preview show also included champagne, signature cocktails, and boutique shopping. It was a wonderful evening filled with beautiful guests and endless fashion inspiration.  I can't wait for next year's show. 









Photo credit: Nordstrom