Monday, June 27, 2011

WWD MAGIC announces: Heart of Pret

WWD Magic is bringing Paris to Vegas! PRET A PORTER PARIS recently reached an agreement with MAGIC show organizers to launch the “Heart of Pret,” a collaboration that will provide retailers access to luxe French apparel brands. The collection will feature 20-30 apparel brands selected from PRET A PORTER PARIS representing the best in French fashion including 2026 Paris, Akela Key, Carlopik, Coline Diffusion Sacoline, Didier Parakian, DP Jeans, Fred Sabatier, Lauren Vidal, Mado, Paul Brial, and more. “We believe a partnership with WWDMAGIC is the most logical step in reaching all of the U.S. market,” said Jean-Pierre Mocho, President, Federation Francaise Du Pret A Porter Feminin. “The timing is right and we’re enthusiastic about the incredibly wide reach that WWDMAGIC provides both PRET A PORTER PARIS and these top French brands.”

WWDMAGIC runs August 22-24th in Las Vegas. Check out for more info.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Bellevue Fashion Week Returns

A full line-up of fashion week festivities has been announced on The Bellevue Highlights include theNordstrom Fall Runway Show on Thursday, September 29th at Hyatt Regency Bellevue. The Vogue Front Row fashion show will take place on Saturday, October 1st, also at the Hyatt. 100% of the ticket price from the Vogue show benefits The Moyer Foundation. A VIP Shopping night will take place immediately following the Front Row Fashion show featuring special offers from a variety of The Bellevue Collection shops including A|X Armani Exchange, BCBG Max Azria, Free People, GUESS, J.Crew, Montblanc, Obadiah Salon, REPORT Footwear, Sephora, True Religion and more. For a full Fashion week schedule click here.

$10 Off at

Earlier this year launched it's own flash sale site, which offers customers up to 60% off hand-picked selections from designer and boutique brands. The easy-to-shop site offers users a complete fashion experience including 360 degree video shots of the merchandise on live models making it much easier to tell exactly how the garment will drape and move, lavish photography and editorial segments. Sales start daily at 9am Pacific Time and last 72 hours. Categories on the site include women’s, men’s and children’s fashion, including accessories. Shop online now through July 1st and enter code MYHABIT5 to get $10 off your purchase.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Don't miss the Ultimate Girls Night Out

The CRAVE Summer Party is back! Sponsored by The Woodmark in Kirkland, the ultimate girls’ night out features indulgent mini-spa treatments, beauty bars, PINK summer-inspired cocktails, fashion shows, shopping, savory bites, sweet treats and many opportunities to grow your network with new CRAVE connections!

This year's participating vendors include:
  • Opal
  • Bag, Borrow or Steal
  • Rachel Gonzalez Photograhy
  • GEM Salon
  • Swink Style Bar
  • Astro Style
  • La Bijou
  • Queen Anne Dispatch
  • Shampoo Bar Organic Salon
  • Dentiste / Kate McKinney
  • Obadiah Salon
  • VLV Style
  • Calidora Skin Clinic
  • Fly Fitness
  • CRAVE Health
  • Fidler on the Tooth
  • Pala Pala Dress Boutique
  • Mendhi Madness (Henna Tattoos!)
  • Kathy Evans Beauty Studio
  • Sugar, Sugar
  • Oasis Spa & Salon
  • Smoochies
  • Don't miss raffle prizes by Savor Seattle Food Tours, The Pink Door, Clarisonic and more!
  • Music provided by DJ Ricki Leigh

CRAVE Summer Party "The Ultimate Girls Night Out"

Wednesday, August 17th, 6-9pm

: The Woodmark Hotel, 1200 Carillon Point, Kirkland, W

TICKETS: $25 now until July 1st / $35 after July 1st (Ticket price includes dinner, dessert, raffle ticket, spa & beauty treatments*, and swag bags for the first 200 guests.)

*Spa & Beauty treatments are complimentary and offered on a first come, first serve basis. Guests will also have the option to "upgrade" their service by adding additional products or items like feathers for their hair, etc.

Versace heads to H&M

Yes, It's true! Versace will soon join the ranks of Roberto Cavalli, Jimmy Choo, Stella McCartney, Lanvin, and Karl Lagerfeld by making a fast fashion debut at H&M with a limited edition collection set to launch November 17th. The line will be available in 300 stores and include clothing for men, women and children, plus a small collection of houseware items. In press interviews Dontella Versace noted that this was a strategic move in order to make Versace available to a younger, broader customer who loves the line but can't afford it. Check out the exclusive video featuring H&M's creative advisor.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos /

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Ivanka Trump Goes Green

Thinking about joining on the green wedding trend? Don't forget the ring!

Ivanka Trump recently unveiled a line of bridal jewelry that is conflict free and 100% sustainable. The collection features Canadian diamonds that have been sourced from ethically and environmentally responsible mines, and set in recycled platinum or gold. "Social responsibility is a core value of the Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry brand. It has been an integral factor of what has fueled growth since the collection launch," Ivanka recently told Women's Wear Daily. The company hopes to evolve the entire line to 100% sustainability in the future.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Tory Burch Wins $164M

Although it's unlikely she'll ever see the money, designer Tory Burch has a lot to celebrate. Last month a judge ruled in her favor (to the tune of $164 million) to compensate her for damages in a case involving several online retailers who were found guilty of selling counterfeit Tory Burch handbags, footwear and accessories. The judge also ruled that the 232 websites selling knock-offs be disabled and have their domain names turned over to the designer. In addition, Tory Burch will also have the ability to disable any new websites the defendants create in the future without needing a new lawsuit. Hooray Tory!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Steve Madden Buys Topline

At the end of last month Steve Madden Ltd. bought The Topline Corp., a privately held shoe company based in Washington state for $55 million in cash. Topline's brand names include Report, Report Signature and R2 by Report. In 2010 Topline had a reported revenue of $189 million. The companies didn't clarify the new job for Topline CEO William Snowden, but he said in a statement that he looked forward to working with the Madden team. Steve Madden CEO Edward Rosenfeld said that Topline's private-label business "is one of the best in our industry and is highly complementary to our existing private-label footwear business."

It remains to be seen how the transition will play out. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens with the Topline corporate office which is based here in Factoria. Is the writing already on the wall that their operations will inevitably be consolidated with the Steve Madden offices in New York? :( I hope not. I have several designer friends who work at the Topline home office.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Mommy Caravan: Now on LIVING SOCIAL

One of my favorite memories from last spring was running around Greenlake in the sunshine with my other mommy friends as part of Beth Baker's 'Mommy Caravan' class. It was a mob of strollers, brand new babies and mommies who wanted to get back into shape and socialize. It was PERFECT! You'll make new friends, feel amazing and learn to run a 5k with your stroller. The best part? No running experience is necessary. Prior to taking this class I was convinced that running just wasn't for me until Coach Beth made me realize how empowering running really could be. The Mommy Caravan experience is now on Living Social for $42 (normally $85), but hurry because the deal is only good for one more day- so act fast!

Not a mom? No worries! Beth also coaches wanna-be runners in her Couch Potato to 5k classes through her other company, Running Evolution.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Compliment your healthy lifestyle with stylish fitness gear at the Sportwise sale in Fremont June 17th-19th featuring 30 - 80% off merchandise from brands including Loeka, Dude Girl, Karma, Oiselle, Vertical Girl, Horny Toad and Merrell. When you're in Fremont you'll also want to check out the Summer Solstice Parade, Saturday the 18th at noon. The fun continues on Sunday with the Fremont Fair which will be open until 6 p.m. If you're an early bird you'll want to check out Yoga for the Solstice taking place at 10:30am on Sunday presented by Planet Earth Yoga and KING Snacks. Grab your mat and join a one-hour yoga practice for all levels. For more information about these events, visit

The Sportswise sale will be held at The Canal Building, 716 North 34th Street in Fremont. A Friends and Family Pre-Sale for the SportsWise mailing list members will take place on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Raffles and door prizes from leading local Clubs and Studios will be given out all weekend long!

“Seattle women have great style and they love to workout!” said SportsWise President Lara Dittoe. “At SportsWise, we not only ensure women are getting the best deal from competitive stores to the internet, but we’re also providing functional clothing they can wear before, during and after a workout.”

Happy Shopping!

Friday, June 3, 2011


The Interior Design Coalition of Washington (IDCW) presents PRODUCT RUNWAY tonight at the Showbox Sodo! Interior designers and architects will flaunt their creativity and technical skills by revealing their couture fashion constructions made out of interior finish materials. Lift a glass and marvel at garments made out of carpet or ceramic tile that look like anything but! Part runway fashion show, part theatrical production and part evening of indulgence, PRODUCT RUNWAY promises to be the event of the year and a show case for the Puget Sound design community. Tickets range from $46 for general admission to $101 for VIP. Raffle items for the evening include a custom Jason Wu dress! Click here to get your tickets now. For the latest news, follow Product Runway on Twitter @productrunway.

What: Product Runway

June 3, 2011 *TONIGHT*

Where: Showbox Sodo 1700 1st Ave. S.

Time: 6:30pm

Tickets: Click here.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Save The Girls Returns to the Runway

For the 3rd year in a row, Little Black Dress Events is rolling out the pink carpet for a night of fun and fashion to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. Taking place on Sunday, June 12th at PNK Ultra Lounge, this year’s “Save The Girls” Designer Bra Fashion Show will feature local celebrities turned designers. The line-up of creatively designed bras that will hit the runway will include submissions by Brooke & Jubal of Movin’ 92.5, Kaci Aitchison from Q13 Fox, New York Cupcakes, Girly Girl Wines, Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center, Carrie Middlemiss of Bella Cupcake Couture, Mason from Movin’ 92.5 and many more! The evening hosted by Brooke & Jubal of Movin’ 92.5 will include a raffle, silent auction, and a special address by KIRO’s Michelle Millman on behalf of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Fashion show models include members of The Bombshells Dance Team and breast cancer survivors from The Young Cancer Coalition. “Our goal is to generate excitement for the Seattle fashion scene and help support local businesses while throwing a fantastic party in the spirit of giving back,” says event producer Audrey Clark. Guests will have a chance to win exclusive prizes and be entered into drawings while enjoying fabulous fashion, food and drinks. The VIP cocktail hour will begin at 3:00pm, doors for general admission open at 4:00pm and the runway fashion show will begin at 5:30pm with music by DJ Mayhem. Event sponsors include PNK Ultra Lounge, Girly Girl Wines, 7 Salon, Caruh Salon & Spa, and Movin’ 92.5. Tickets range from $25 for general admission to $40 for VIP access including a special Save the Girls Swag bag featuring Revitalash and more!

Who: Little Black Dress Events & Productions

What: 3rd Annual Save the Girls Designer Bra Fashion Show

When: Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Where: PNK Ultra Lounge/Pacific Place/4th Floor

Why: To Raise Money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation

Tickets: Purchase your Save the Girls ticket now!

For the latest updates, follow on Twitter @LBdressevents!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

DELI celebrates 2-Year Anniversary

Seattle menswear boutique DELI celebrated their 2-year anniversary on May 30th and plans to celebrate with clients and fans on Friday, June 17th from 7-10pm. Guests will receive exclusive discounts, signature cocktails by Par 7 Vodka, and get first dibs on special releases brought in just for the anniversary celebration.

DELI is located Downtown across from the Seattle Art Museum and carries independent designers and contemporary lifestyle brands. With a history of family-owned deli's in the Seattle area and an interest in high fashion, owner Max Heigh set out to create a store which merges the two ideals in a unique way. The word "deli" is short for the German word 'delicatessen' and is known as a place to purchase find goods/foods. European delis have an emphasis on top quality foods, hand cut meats, fine wines, and cheeses. On the other hand, Deli's in the US are know as cheap take-out locations; some within grocery stores. His goal is to break this normality and resurface the feel of the original delicatessen while providing an environment which houses top-quality clothing. DELI strives to create a unique experience while showcasing up-and-coming and sought-after brands that provide a positive message through their clothing.

1307 First Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
On Twitter @DELISeattle