Wednesday, August 31, 2011

House of Fashion hosts designer trunk show

Seattle's House of Fashion: A Local Designers Incubator is hosting a special trunk show this Friday, September 2nd from 6-8pm. Featured designers include Sharon Gillin of Ishka, Seamless in Seattle winner Kathy Sabin-Mensah of Kreati-ka, Kate Chrisman, Jessica Alexander of Nutti-Yogini, and Marta Kappl Couture. House of Fashion is located at 113 Virginia Street, Seattle, WA 98101 next to Baby & Co.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Lady Gaga + Barneys New York

After an amazing VMA performance on Sunday night the excitement is continuing to build for Gaga's Workshop to debut at Barneys New York for the Holiday 2011 shopping season. Gaga will collaborate with several artists to create her own unique interpretation of Santa’s Workshop. The entire 5th floor of Barney's Madison Ave. flagship will be converted into the workshop starting in mid-November. The workshop will include small, limited-edition gift items designed by Lady Gaga and her own creative director Nicola Formichetti. Barneys New York will donate 25% of sales from all items featured in GAGA’S WORKSHOP to a charity of Lady Gaga’s choice.

Seattle Celebrates Fashion's Night Out


The style community will come together for the 3rd annual Fashion's Night Out (FNO) on Thursday, September 8th. The fashion festivitieswill feature trunk shows, designer meet & greets, extended hours at local boutiques and special limited-edition merchandise and giveaways.

Bellevue's premier shopping destination, The Bravern will celebrate FNO by rolling out the red carpet for guests and treating them to fall fashion previews from Anthropologie and Nieman Marcus. Guests will also want to check out the
Annual Styling Competition at Nieman Marcus by students from the Art Institute of Seattle. Six mannequins, six teams, one chance to prove they know what's in when it comes to fall trends. You be the judge! While at The Bravern stop by Jimmy Choo for champagne and a first look at the latest Autumn/Winter styles. You'll also be able to purchase official Fashion's Night Out T-Shirts at The Bravern from Jimmy Choo and Tory Burch.

University Village will celebrate Fashion's Night Out from 3-9pm with an evening of shopping, swag and of course, sips! H&M is offering shoppers $10 off any purchase of $50 or more, Sole Foods is having an Alchemy Goods trunk show, Swink Style Bar will be showcasing fall hair and make-up trends and enter guests to win a free set of eyelash extensions, and Trophy Cupcakes is raffling off a $50 gift card. YUM!!!! Follow the latest FNO news at U-Village on Twitter @UVillage using hashtag #UVFNO.

Locally owned Adicora Swimwear is offering shoppers $20 off any purchase on their site using coupon code FFS10.
Now's the time to stock up on swimwear for your holiday vacation! (The "Narcissa" style is pictured below).

Rock Star Jewelry will be giving away a free pair of earrings valued at $100 as a gift with purchase (pictured below). The beautiful earrings feature Keishi Pearls and yellow-tone chalcedony tear drops with silver wire. Rock Star Jewelry is available at David Lawrence at The Bravern.

Alhambra boutique is celebrating FNO with LIVE music, champagne, a special preview of Fall 2011 collections and a $50 gift certificate with purchases of $200 or more. Full details are available on Alhambra's FB fan page.

The Bellevue Collection will be kicking off FNO with an exclusive exhibit of the “Nordic Fashion Biennale: Curator’s Cut.” The Center Court event at Bellevue Square will feature a live DJ, photo booths, PinkaBella Cupcakes and gorgeous models showcasing top trends for the fall season.

Many of The Bellevue Collection stores are also offering special FNO deals. Highlights include a special gift with purchase at Aldo shoes with any $50 purchase, GAP is offering shoppers 40% off one full priced item, Lululemon is offering a gift with purchase for the first 50 guests, Nordstrom Bellevue will have promotional incentives taking place throughout the store including passed desserts, Cosmetics Beauty Stations, music from a Live DJ, and a chance to win a Nordstrom gift card.

ROAD Apparel is hosting a trunk show at their Bellevue Square location to showcase their Fall 2011 collection. Guests will enjoy complimentary refreshments and receive a free Santiago Luxury Knit Tee with a purchase of any ROAD labeled, regular priced item. Gift with purchase valued at $58. Colors and styles vary (while supplies last).

If you're headed to Capitol Hill for FNO, stop by SPUN Collective for a special Joanna Morgan trunk show featuring her fall jewelry line. Shoppers will receive a free silver jewelry bracelet with any purchase. The party goes from 6-9pm. Wine and light refreshments will be served. Check out FB for full details.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

FGI Hosts Made in the USA

Seattle's Fashion Group International is setting it sights on helping local companies source and manufacture their products closer to home. Many companies are choosing domestic production in a trend that is being seen industry-wide. Benefits of domestic apparel production include speed-to-market, quality control, social responsibility and reduced shipping costs. Although some companies hesitate to produce domestically due to pricing or minimum production requirements, Fashion Group is confident that the manufacturers presenting at the September ‘Made in the USA' event can be viable resources for small and medium-sized companies looking to start or maintain domestic production. Companies scheduled to speak at the event include KAVU, Portland Garment Factory, ITC Accessories, Unique Textiles, Emerald Sport Sewing, Luxe Riot, Grafeka Custom Apparel and NW Textiles. The event is scheduled to be held from 2-4pm on Wednesday, Sept. 21st at The Bravern in Bellevue. Tickets are $20 for FGI members and $35 for non-members and will be available in advance through Brown Paper, event number 192606.

About Fashion Group International
Established in 1930, The Fashion Group International is a global, non-profit, professional organization of over 5,000 executives with 35 chapters in nine countries around the world, representing all areas of fashion, beauty, and related industries. The Seattle Chapter of Fashion Group International has been around for over 25 years and includes members from a variety of companies, including Zumiez, Ex Officio, Eddie Bauer, REI, Nordstrom, and Cutter & Buck. For more information visit or email You can also follow FGI on Twitter @SeattleFGI.

New Stella McCartney iPad App Now Available

The second edition of Stella McCarntney iPad app is now available for download on iTunes. The new app features photos from the "Linda McCartney, a Life in Photographs" exhibit in London and accompanying book that was published earlier this year.

Plus, you'll also find Stella's World photos, news, videos, and interactive features. Users can also go behind-the-scenes with British Olympians on the latest Team GB campaign photoshoot, glimpse backstage at the Stella M. show in Paris, view the Spring '12 collection and take a look at the making off this year's MET Gala dresses.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

David Beckham + H&M

David Beckham recently secured a deal with fast fashion retailer H&M to produce and distribute a new line of bodywear for men. Scheduled to make it's debut in February of 2012 the line will will be available in over 1800 H&M stores worldwide. No word yet on specific items in the line (aside from the obvious) but we bet something from the collection will make the perfect Valentines Day gifts for the man in our life. And let's face it, we're super excited to see the ad campaign!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Going for the Gold

Right now we're really into gold everything and we can't wait to find clever ways to incorporate gold into our fall wardrobes. Here's a look at 5 gold things we have our eye on right now. ;)

We don't know about you- but we would love to take office calls on this sweet Moshi Moshi retro handset. It's limited-edition (of course) and compatible with all mobile devices. £59.95 at Harrods.

This embossed metal id case is so much more stylish than stuffing business cards in your wallet. Take note. $14 from Urban Outfitters. (Available online only.)

Yep, we know. These speakers look sort of like something out of a Star Wars movie, but that's part of the appeal. These mini speakers are ultra-portable and lightweight but offer amazing sound and have built-in amplifiers. £49.95 at Harrods.

Gold earrings look exotic on summer's sunkissed skin and will undoubtedly look just as pretty this fall dressed up with evening gowns and workwear blazers. Double texture drop earrings from Top Shop $8.50.

During the summer we never wear a watch, but this fall we're planning to be on time (or at least look like we're intending to be punctual). Love, Love, Love this Juicy Couture 'Beau' wrist watch, $295. Available at Nordstrom.

Sunday, August 21, 2011


Gucci hit the runway for Fall '11 with bright colors featured in nearly every ensemble that went down the catwalk. From richly colored furs to bold trousers the 70's glam influence was a visible theme throughout the collection. You'll see lots of brightly colored apparel and accessories in stores this fall which will create some much needed variety in the usual monochromatic fall palette of blacks, greys and neutrals.

Also jumping head first into a bright color palette for fall was designer Alberta Ferretti. Mixing electric blue with purple, fuschia and red, the collection featured shorter proportions and lots of luxurious thigh high velvet boots. (Add those to my wish list ASAP!)

-Top Shop-
(Shown above) Zip Bodycon Dress, £ 55.00. Brighton Rock lipstick, £8.00. Buttonless Jacket by Sister Jane, £80.00. Mineral rock ring £14.00.

-Aldo Shoes-
(Shown above) Red Suede Pump "Lewi", $110. Blue suede Peep toe, "Nasrin" $90. Pink suede platform pump, "Epperley" $80. These pumps are PERFECT for a night on the town, or even a day at the fashion office with opaque black tights.
-80s Purple-
(Shown above) Love this website! Check out these bright accessories. O'Clock hot pink watch, $36. Incase monochrome slider case, $34. Report Signature Bergen Platform, $158.99. Orla Kiely Robin Bag with layered links, $390.
(Shown above) Marc by Marc Jacobs ipad case $40. J.Crew Lolli wool pants, $120. Alexander McQueen hot pink suede ankle boots, $1075. By Malene Birger "Carletta" crepe blouse, $365.

-Revolve Clothing-
(Shown above) THEORY "Intellect" shoulder tie boila top, $209. Trina Turk Resin Square drop earrings, $60. AG Adriano Goldschmied Kelly Green Skinny Crop, $159. NAVEN orange bombshell dress, $330. Stila Crush Lip & Cheek Stain, $24. Equipment "Daddy" blouse $228.

(Shown above) Necessary Objects menswear blazer, $59. Dolce Vita "Rosetta" pump, 169.95. Burberry Prorsum Wool Coat, $2495. YSL Nail Lacquer "Surreal Yellow",$20. Diane von Furstenberg "Madleine" dress, $345.

(Shown above) Make Up Forever 12 Flash color set, $95. Sephora Colorful Mono Eyeshadow, $12. Tarina Tarintino Tokyo Hardcore Fashion Collection (prices vary).