Mar 31, 2009

FGI Student Designer Debut + Networking Night

In an effort to support the local fashion community, Fashion Group International’s Seattle Chapter will be showcasing student designer Tera Bacon’s work at their next Networking Night, Thursday April 15th. Tera was recently featured in Project Red Dress, a student design competition held last month to benefit the American Heart Association. Her final gown is pictured above. “I’m proud of the red dress that I made,” says Tera, “We were given a budget of $200 from Pacific Fabrics and 16 hours to complete the gown from scratch. Being one of ten student designers picked from local fashion schools was an honor in itself.”

Wednesday, April 15th

Time: 6:30 P.M.

Place: 24 Seven Talent. 1525 4th Avenue, Suite 200.

Cost: Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for Non-FGI members.
For more information visit

Photo: Jeff LaPlante Photography

2nd Annual Product Runway- Save the Date!

After a successful first annual show, Seattle’s Product Runway is back for part two. Created by the Interior Design Coalition of Washington (IDCW), Product Runway is designed to celebrate the distinct talent of Seattle’s Interior Design community, composed of industry professionals and students. Teams will construct couture garments crafted from interior design materials using everything from carpeting to light fixtures. This year’s show is scheduled for Friday, August 28th. Pencil this fun (and fashionable) event into your calendar ASAP. Event proceeds benefit IDCW’s education and professional development programs. Stay tuned for more info as details unfold!

For more info, visit

Mar 28, 2009

Seattle Fashion Week is Back!

After a year on hiatus, Seattle Fashion Week Executive Producer, Gabriel Choy and team are back to make their mark on the Seattle fashion scene with exciting runway shows and a full line-up of fashion events. "Let’s show everyone that Seattle has what it takes! It’s time to connect the local fashion industry," says Gabriel. This year their biggest focus is on highlighting independent designers, unveiling fresh talent and showcasing Seattle’s best boutiques. “The Northwest is making a fashion statement,” says Seattle Fashion Week Marketing Coordinator, Andy Karuza, ”Making a statement has become our campaign slogan and it represents our determination to deliver this year's fashion week as a unifying factor in the local Seattle fashion and nightlife industries. We are eager to compete with other established fashion weeks on a national level while staying true to our style and values found only in the Northwest. Fashion Week aims to put Seattle on the map in the world of fashion.”

Here are the Seattle Fashion Week Highlights:

Thursday April 16-
Independent Designer Showcase sponsored by Vitamin Water 10 at Fremont Studios featuring New York Fashion Academy grad, JME of Salvation Ware (known for her Eco-friendly fashion), Alfred Lape of Lavsh, Naomi B, Emeka Arms of Live from the Coast, Heart on my Sleeve, and the winners of the Student Fashion Design Competition. Tickets are $15 for General Admission and $30 for VIP. Details on the D-List Magazine After-Party to follow.

Friday April 17-
Urban Fashion Show at Fremont Studios featuring United Colors of Benneton, EQPT, Strut Boutique and Ducati. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. VIP tickets are available. Details on the Red Bull After-Party to follow.

Saturday April 18th-
Seattle Fashion Week ’09 Couture Fashion Show at Fremont Studios featuring Blayne Walsh (Project Runway Season 5), Logan Neitzel and Wai-Ching, known for her Eco-friendly Couture Bridal Gowns. Tickets start at $35 for General Admission. A limited quanity of VIP tickets are available starting at $150.

Seattle Fashion week sponsors include Comcast, Gene Juarez, Verizon Wireless, Ducati Seattle, D List Magazine, Fremont Studios, Fremont Chamber of Commerce, Red Bull, Fuze, Aston Martin, Dress for Success, MAC Cosmetics, Pearl Vodka, Kiss 106.1FM, Global Vortex Radio, Peroni, Y.E.S., Vitamin Water 10, Whisper Entertainment, Whe Productions, Gobo Foto, J Promotions and Events.

For more info click here.

Mar 24, 2009

Designer Debut: Vantha Ry

Designer Vantha Ry may be tiny but she’s making a BIG debut into the fashion community this week as she graduates from the Art Institute of Seattle. Her new collection of petite size clothing is designed to fill the void for women who stand 5’4’’ or under (just like her). “I have always had a difficult time finding clothing that fit properly and that suited my personal style. All the petite clothing I have come across was always so boxy and too conservative,” says Vantha,” Petite women need a line they can turn to and love!”

As the daughter of a seamstress Vantha learned how to sew and do alterations at a very young age. Her collection took shape as she began customizing her own pieces and adjusting style elements to make each design her own. “I did a lot of ruffles in my latest collection,” says Vantha, “I love fun details!” Vantha’s current line includes an assortment of sheer blouses with ruffle detailing and sweetheart-neck dresses.

Come view Vantha's full collection unveiled at the Blush Beauty & Trend Show on Saturday, March 28th at Ascada Bistro on Queen Anne. Tickets start at $10.

Photo: Anthony Keller

Mar 22, 2009

Mercer VIP

Saving money on denim rocks! In other words, if you shop at Mercer for your denim you should consider joining the Mercer VIP Platinum Club. The $25 joining fee grants you 15% off all regular price purchases from now until December 31, 2009. For more info, click here.


There's Something About Sydney

Designing dresses for women is something that comes naturally to LA-based designer Sydney Azria. Born into a family of apparel industry insiders, he has been privy to the secrets of success that only true veterans have the ability to reveal. His father Serge Azria and his Uncle, Max Azria (founder of BCBG) taught him that in order to design beautiful pieces you have to truly understand exactly what women want. “It’s what my family has been doing for the last 5 decades,” says Sydney, “and I feel a responsibility to keep the family tradition alive.”

Sydney launched his first collection of stylish silk/cashmere blend dresses in the Fall of 2007 and never looked back. Since then his designs have been spotted on countless celebrities such as Eva Longoria and seen on hit T.V. shows including MTV’s The Hills. Sydney has also embarked on a global expansion of his brand by entering into the Japanese market (by way of Barney’s) in the Fall of 2008 and making appearances in several Grecian boutiques. “The West Coast has been my biggest market thus far,” says Sydney,” but I wanted to take Sydney Los Angeles global because I love the thought of being able to touch someone that is a world away.”

As for his current collection, the Spring 2009 assortment features stylish silhouettes in LA inspired colors like hot pink, aqua blue and mist gray. “Our best selling dress is a long sleeve v-neck tunic with a palm tree print inspired by a trip to Palm Springs,” says Sydney,” but my favorite piece in the collection is our Southside tank dress.” The Summer 2009 collection features functional jersey knit dresses made from soft spandex/tencel fabric with price points ranging from $120-160 USD.

Sydney Los Angeles represents what people expect to see out of LA, bright colors, knit fabrics and creative styling all fused together into dresses inspired by emotions and a "out of the box" approach to design and marketing.

The collection is available online at

Mar 18, 2009

Spring 2009 Seattle Fashion Calendar

Seattle has a full line-up of fabulous fashion events that need to be penciled into your datebook ASAP. Here are a few of my top recommendations.

March 20, 2009
Clutch, Seattle’s only handbag boutique, is teaming up with Rock Star Jewelry to present a trunk show of Martha Driver’s latest collection for Spring 2009. All Rock Star Jewelry is made by hand using semi-precious and precious stones including pearls, onyx and turquoise. Bring in a used handbag or toiletry item for Dress for Success and receive a 25% discount on all handbag or jewelry purchases made at the trunk show. 

March 21, 2009
Join Les Amis for a great fashion event with a good cause. The Twenty Twenty Revue will be held on Saturday the 21st at the Georgetown Ballroom featuring live music, a fashion show, and high energy auction to raise money for the Vitamin Angels. The fashion show portion of the event will feature Les Amis, Velouria, Baby & Co., Frankie, Essenza, and Lamb's Ear.

March 28, 2009
Bring your friends, get a makeover, and enjoy the fashion and entertainment – a great night out at The Blush Trend and Beauty Event featuring upcoming designer Vantha Ry and freelance makeup artists from Laura Mercier, Dior, Smashbox, and Yves Saint Laurent. The event includes a cocktail reception and fashion show. 

April 3, 2009
The Silhouettes of Style event will take place on Friday April 3rd at The Westin in Bellevue featuring a luncheon and fashion show. Event guests will get an exclusive look at the season's hottest fashion from The Bellevue Collection Boutiques. 

April 18, 2009
Fashion photographer Gabriel Choi is at it again with the next installation of Seattle Fashion Week Events. The week-long fashion celebration will showcase student designers, independent designers and Seattle’s best retailers and boutiques. The main event, a Couture Fashion Show is on Saturday April 18th at Fremont Studios.

April 18, 2009
The Luly Yang Couture 2009 Tea Show "Pearl Essence" will be held at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in the Georgian Room.

April 30, 2009
This year’s Northwest Hope & Healing Fashion Show featuring Carmilia’s, Costal, Lululemon, Canopy Blue, Nuvo Moda, The Finerie, Oslo’s, Asher Anson and Bellefleur Lingerie will be held on Thursday, April 30th at the Showbox Sodo. Tickets range from $40-$1,000. For more information, click

April 30, 2009
Just down the street from the NW Hope & Healing show will be another great fashion event called FACE. The Fashion, Art and Compassion Event will come together on April 30th at Herban Feast in Sodo Park to celebrate style and raise money for the Sunflower Children’s Foundation. The fashion portion of the evening will be presented by Barney’s New York, live and silent auctions will have an emphasis on art and fashion, and wine tasting will be hosted by Young’s Columbia. 100 percent of the net proceeds from the event will benefit the Sunflower Children’s Foundation. Ticket prices range from $50 for general admission to $125 for VIP.

May 7, 2009
The 3rd Annual Thaw fashion show will be held at Thursday May 7th featuring Adam Arnold, Michael Cepress, Jill Lindsey, Karly Orr, Liza Rietz, Holly Stalder, Kate Towers, Liise Wyatt and the top 5 winners from Seattle Magazine's Seamless in Seattle 2009 Design Competition. 

Mar 16, 2009

Rock Star Jewelry Trunk Show at Clutch

Clutch, Seattle’s only handbag boutique, is teaming up with Rock Star Jewelry to present a trunk show of Martha Driver’s latest collection for Spring 2009. All Rock Star Jewelry is made by hand using semi-precious and precious stones including pearls, onyx and turquoise. The earring and bracelet set (shown above) features chrysoprase in exotic green.

The event is designed to serve as a “Pre-Party Reception” for the Blush Trend and Beauty Show (which takes place on Saturday March 28th at Ascada Bistro on Queen Anne). Tickets to Blush will also be on sale at the event! Bring in a used handbag or toiletry item for Dress for Success and receive a 25% discount on all handbag or jewelry purchases made at the trunk show.

When: Friday, March 20th, 2009
Time: 5-8 p.m.
Location: Clutch 1212 4th Ave. Seattle, WA

Mar 15, 2009

Parisian Fashion + Fantastic Crepes

I’m dreaming about Parisian fashion from designers like Lanvin for Spring 2009 and since I can’t be there in person to enjoy the festivities of fashion week I’m going to have to do the next best thing. Eat crepes! Crepes are considered a national dish of France and are simply delicious. Over the weekend my fiancee and I discovered Anita’s Crepes nestled between Fremont and Ballard on Leary Way. The atmosphere, presentation, delicious food and of course the amazing Mimosa’s made our lazy Saturday brunch one of the best we’ve ever had! Anita’s makes crepes using local and organic ingredients. My favorite was the bacon and cheddar crepe but if you’re in the mood for something sweet try the raspberry crepe dusted with powdered sugar. Mmmm! Anita’s is located at 4350 Leary Way NW.

Best Site for Vintage Fashion

If you love Vintage fashion you have to check out ATELIER-MAYER.COM. It’s a website dedicated to 20th-century vintage fashion inspired by Klaudia Mayer, an Austrian haute couture tailor whose atelier was originally founded in 1927. Think of it as a luxury online boutique for vintage fashion lovers, collectors, students, designers and artists. This is a great site if you’re looking for vintage apparel, jewelry, handbags or even shoes. Plus, most of the item descriptions include the decade the item is from making it easy to know just how “vintage” your item actually is. You can even buy vintage bridal! Each item also comes with a style sheet that details every aspect of the garment including fabric information, care, condition, Editors notes about the decade the design was from and information about what to wear the garment with. The website also includes an informational section about buying vintage, a section about key items per decade and also a place to sell your vintage items on consignment.

Mar 12, 2009

Spring Dresses at Canopy Blue

Just as the winter weather gives way to brighter days, Canopy Blue is stocking up on a fresh crop of spring dresses. I love the white, crochet dress (pictured above) from DVF but if you're not ready to go bright-white check out the large assortment of Tory Burch mini's, Milly dresses and Loeffler Randall skirts.

Canopy Blue is located at 3121 E. Madison Street, Suite 103. For more information visit


Eco-Friendly Jewelry by Laughing Girl Arts

Designer Linda Gaughran of Laughing Girl Arts is channeling the Far East with her line of Eco-friendly jewelry that is both gorgeous and good for the environment. Her mixed media jewelry pieces are composed using paper made from Elemental Chlorine-Free pulp with Japanese print transfers and bamboo (which is naturally organic). She also uses non-toxic sealers and varnishes to give her work a clean and Eco-friendly finish. Linda designs all of her jewelry from her Seattle studio and sells it on her website and at art shows all over the Northwest. Prices for pendants start at $45.


Fall 2009 Chanel Runway Review

The Fall 2009 Ready to Wear Collection from Chanel (shown in Paris yesterday) was full of classic style lines and feminine details. Creative director Karl Lagerfeld described the collection as "Belle Brummell" inspired by Beau Brummell, a British dandy who dictated men's fashion by tying his cravats in ever more elaborate configurations.

High collars adorned with ruffles were dominant as a key detail for Chanel, as were sleeve details and cuffs. The silhouette was slender and trousers were worn low on the hip with a cuffed hem. Key items included the jumpsuit with detailing on the sleeves (lace, bows, ruffles), floor-length satin black skirts, the key-hole neck opening, and skirts that had a lengthy slit up the front. Accessories included a clear Chanel carryall (with a signature Chanel handbag tucked inside and places for lipstick and blush), the hoop-heel shoe (talk about negative space), and a black backpack-briefcase. The majority of the collection featured classic black and white colorways. Pop colors (or lack thereof) consisted of green and soft pink.

Models wore their hair natural with a bit of wave. Eyes were adorned with black eyeliner and silver faux eyelashes on the bottom lashes only.

On a side note: I’m not so sure I quite understand the all-over print bodysuits. It would truly take the right person (size zero to be specific) to wear that look without appearing to be openly auditioning for the circus.

Overall, I loved it. You can't go wrong with Chanel, even if you can only afford the perfume!

To view the full collection, visit

Photo Credit: Monica Feudi & Gianni Pucci for

Mar 8, 2009

Posh on Main & La Ree Spring Warehouse Sale

Stop in for deep discounts on last season's merchandise (up to 85% off) at Posh on Main and La Ree March 28th and March 29th. The sale lasts 2 days only so be sure to pencil it into your calendar. Most items are $100 or less!

POSH ON MAIN is located at 10245 Main St. in Bellevue. Brands featured in the warehouse sale include Chloe, Tory Burch, Sigerson Morrison, Loeffler Randall, DVF, Michael Kors and Giuseppe Zanotti.

LA REE BOUTIQUE is located at 11 103rd Ave. NE. in Bellevue. Brands featured in the warehouse sale include Jenny Kayne, Robert Rodriguez, Notify Denim, Oliver Peoples Sunglasses, Mint, Rag and Bone, Rene Lezard, M Missoni, Hache, Alexander Wang, Nili Lotan, Don Dup, Tracey Reese and much more!!

UPDATE: If you didn't stop by the Spring Duet Sale you missed out! Posh on Main sold over 600 pairs of shoes and had lines wrapping straight out the door! Congrats!

3rd Annual "Bags & Bottles" Event

Save the date, March 15th, 2009 for the 3rd Annual "Bags & Bottles" event presented by The Gilda Club. Bring a new or gently used handbag for the silent auction and you'll have the opportunity to place a bid on a new one! You'll also be treated to piano music by Victor Janusz as you sample wine from more than 25 Washington wineries.

Featured Wineries:
Animale Wine
Eaton Hill Winery
Gilstrap Brothers Winery
Gordon Brothers Cellars
Griffins Hill Winery
Liberty Bay Cellars
Masset Winery
Mercer Estates Winery
Naches Heights Vineyard
Peng Wine
Red Diamond Winery
Red Knot
St. Laurent Winery
Tefft Cellars
Waterbrook Winery
Whitman Cellars
Willis Hall Wines
Wilridge Winery

Derby Salon
Fini, Inc.
Cookie Lee
5th Ave Theater
TFA Accessories and Beijo Bags
Noble Horse Gallery
Katie Kay
Miche Bags
Lemon Meringue Boutique
Plane Jane

Event Details:
Date: March 15, 2009
Time: 4 - 7 p.m.
Location: The Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Ave.
Admission: $35 per person.

Gilda's Club provides meeting places where men, women and children living with cancer and their families and friends join with others to build emotional, social and educational support as a supplement to medical care. Free of charge and nonprofit, The Gilda Club offers support and networking groups, lectures, workshops and social events in an intimate setting.

Mar 6, 2009

Canopy Blue is Turning 5!

Can you believe it's already been 5 years since Canopy Blue first opened its doors? They're having a party to celebrate complete with sweet treats and 15% off all Spring merchandise from designers like DVF, Trina Turk and Tory Burch. The fun begins Friday March 6th and goes through Saturday March 7th. Canopy Blue is located at 3121 East Madison Street. Suite 103. Seattle, WA 98112


Spring 2009 Trend: The Bold Cardigan

I love the cardigan trend for Spring '09. It's an easy way to update your wardrobe and the rainbow of colors is a nice escape from the muted fall color palette. Add a colorful touch to a tank top and a pair of denim with a bold cardigan or throw one in your handbag to cover your arms on a chilly spring night.

My top pick is the Jackie cardigan from J. Crew. It's a cotton/nylon/spandex blend with a superfine 14-gauge knit. You can even get it monogrammed for an extra $10 if you like. Cardigan (without monogram) is $59.50.


Spring 2009 Trend: The Romper

Some magazines are calling them short playsuits, others are calling them rompers. Whatever you call them, you have to get one for spring. This is the most fabulous trend we've had in awhile and if you get a great one you can wear it all the way through summer. I like the silk halter style (above) from Top Shop. It has a a great bow detail and a drawstring waist. The best part is, it's machine washable, although I'm sure it's a better bet to wash it by hand and let it dry flat. Pair this with a flat sandal and minimal jewelry and you're ready for a night out.  

Dolce & Gabbana Pajama Trend Alert

Pajamas in the daytime remind me of the childhood movie Peter Pan but somehow Dolce & Gabbana fused that concept with Far East inspiration for their spring/summer collection of sexy pajamas. Magazines including Harper’s Bazaar claimed it was a way to reinterpret the tuxedo for 2009. You be the judge. I happen to know quite a few people who would find any excuse to wear their pajamas all day. I’m sure they will love this trend.

Photo Credit: Marcio Madeira for

Mar 3, 2009

Spring Trend: The Jumpsuit

Times are tough, so if you only buy one item to update your wardrobe from spring, make it a jumpsuit. These easy, all-in-one pieces are universally flattering and surprisingly sexy. Designers including Bottega Veneta, Chloe, Chanel and Stella McCartney are all showing the look for Spring 2009. My favorite rendition of the trend is Max Azria’s version for BCBG which features pocket details and a belted waist (pictured above).

BCBG Photo Credit: Marcio Madeira for
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