Oct 28, 2011

The Goodwill Glitter Sale Returns

It's Glitter time again! Seattle Goodwill’s 28th annual Glitter Gala and Glitter Sale are just around the corner. Spend an elegant evening watching a fashion show and participating in a silent auction at the Glitter Gala on Wednesday, November 9th at 6:00 pm. Then block off your weekend to shop our 28th Annual Glitter Sale at the Seattle Goodwill store. The sale will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 12th and 13th, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Visit the Glitter Gala website for full details or check out daily updates via the Glitter Sale blog! Every penny from the Goodwill Glitter sale goes to support Goodwill's free job training programs to help low-income people get the skills and support they need to find work and support themselves and help enrich their communities. This year's items include designer shoes, handbags, vintage gems and more! Follow on Twitter @GlitterSale_Gal.

Dates: Saturday, November 12 & Sunday, November 13, 2011 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Location: Seattle Goodwill’s Dearborn St. Store - 1400 South Lane St., Seattle, WA 98144

Admission: Free

Description: The 28th Anniversary of Goodwill’s annual sale of holiday and formalwear as well as designer and vintage clothing and accessories. As always, merchandise will be priced at Goodwill’s fabulously low prices.

Oct 26, 2011

Local Photographer Unveils NYC Fashion Week Photos

Photographer, David Wentworth, takes you beyond the velvet ropes and rows of celebrities into a realm of modern mythology.

While on assignment for the Village Voice in New York City covering 2011 Fashion Week, Wentworth, foregoing requisite shots of Anna Wintour and Lindsey Lohan, was much more intrigued by the stories behind the scenes than on the runway.

Beyond our image conscious brain is a need for connection. In these photographs that need is realized, as he documents moments of tenderness, trust, jealousy, joy, and ambition in a world known mostly for its shallowness. Each photograph is a story, full of depth.

His photographs neither glamorize nor exploit, but elevate feminine mystique. He finds moments of peace in backstage chaos, as well times of turmoil and humor. One model screams out in agony as several smiling hairstylists go to town on her locks. Another captures a moment between model and make up artist that is so tender, so pure that it makes you want to call your best friend.

These images are not only fascinating and beautiful, they are technically masterful. Wentworth composes with light, creatively capitalizing on all available sources, be it the latest flash-gun quickly deployed from his belt, a piece of cardboard covered in tin-foil, or the erie hue of a spotty fluorescent bulb. In one photo, light pours through a halo of hairspray as two hair stylists attack a hair-do from opposing sides. Every piece teeters on the edge of chaos and symmetry. His camera finds deep perspective and always, perfectly defined intention. The photographs may be spontaneous, but he has seen it coming.

What: Behind the Light: Inside NYC Fashion Week- Photography Exhibit by David Wentworth

When: Saturday November 12th, 2011 from 6-9pm

Where: Suite 300 Skin Care Studio - 5424 Ballard Avenue Northwest #300 - Seattle, WA 98107


Condé Nast to open Fashion College

Move over Central St Martins- a new fashion school is coming to town! Earlier this fall Condé Nast announced plans to open a private college for fashion and design in September of 2012 which will include courses on fashion journalism, luxury brand development, business skills and more! Susie Forbes, the editor of Easy Living (formerly the Deputy Editor of British VOGUE) will be the school's headmaster. The school will offer students two courses of study, the first is a 10-week intensive course in Fashion and Design. Areas of study will include the fashion calendar, key fashion designers and their impact on the industry, fashion in the digital age, the business of fashion, retail in the digital world, fashion media, PR and marketing, and styling. The second course of study will be a one-year Vogue Fashion Foundation program which includes an emphasis on portfolio development and research skills in addition to in-depth coverage of the topics above.

"The reputation and authority of our brands puts us in a strong position to teach and inspire the fashion and decorating talent of the future," Nicholas Coleridge, managing director of Condé Nast told the London Evening Standard.

About the Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design

For the past 100 years, Condé Nast has been at the forefront of fashion and design. As the publisher of magazines like Vogue, GQ, Love, Vanity Fair, House & Garden, Tatler and The World of Interiors, Condé Nast identifies the world's greatest talents in fashion, design, illustration, photography, journalism and styling, as well as the associated business disciplines of marketing, branding and PR.

Condé Nast has access to some of the sharpest and most creative minds working in the business of fashion - the people shaping the future of fashion right now.

The students at the Condé Nast College will be taught by these people, by the leaders in their fields, along with experienced academics, allowing those who want to succeed to learn from those who have already succeeded. Visit the official website for details.

Oct 25, 2011

Pop Shops still Popping up in the Fashion Industry

In his book 'The New Rules of Retail' Robin Lewis describes "Pop Shops" as more of a proactive distribution strategy rather than the marketing opportunity many retailers once positioned them as. Designer Todd Snyder is banking on this concept as his 'Todd Snyder General Store' pop shop continues it's stay at Adam et Rope Biotop in Tokyo. With a 30% sell through in the first week, he's off to a good start. The former J. Crew senior vice president of design launched his line this fall and industry reaction to the collection has been strong. The line includes knits, jackets, suits, Japanese denim, sweaters and oxfords with a heavy influence on English-style menswear tailoring. In addition to the Tokyo pop-shop the line is also carried at Bergdorf Goodman, Nieman Marcus, Odin, Ron Herman and Unionmade.

Photo Credit: Kenny Thomas

Oct 18, 2011

Night of Fall Fashion with Stylist Pia Jacobsen

Stylist Pia Jacobsen will be hosting a fall preview and style discussion at The Bravern on Wednesday, Oct. 26th to benefit The MOMentum Project which installs outdoor adult fitness equipment near playgrounds at public parks for moms. The evening will include a discussion on the development of personal style and a showcase of looks from boutiques at The Bravern on live models.

"Fall Night of Fashion at the Bravern is our biggest fundraiser of the year as well as a fun girls night out,” said MOMentum co-founder Kelly Singer (formerly of Sassy Fit). “In one night alone, we will raise 25 percent of our annual goal. We are so thankful that the Bravern Boutiques have been so incredibly supportive of our event, and MOMentum’s mission to support healthy moms and families."

The evening will also include a raffle to raise funds for MOMentum. Prizes include a piece of designer furniture from Velocity Art & Design, gift cards from Calidora Skin Clinic, and items donated by lululemon athletica and the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa.

What: MOMentum Fundraiser and Fall Fashion Event with Pia Jacobsen

When: Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 from 7-10pm

Where: Suite 120 of The Bravern (formerly the Artisinal Brasserie) at 11111 NE 8th St. in Bellevue

Tickets: $50 via Brown Paper Tickets.com

+ This event is produced by Little Black Dress Events & Productions.

Oct 13, 2011

Marchez Vous at J. Gilbert Footwear

Marchez Vous designer Yeardley Smith will be making a personal appearance at J. Gilbert Footwear in Belltown this Saturday October 16th to debut her first footwear collection. The Italian-made line of shoes is composed of unique and luxurious materials including soft suede and supple leather. Yeardley launched her line in an effort to give women stylish shoes that were comfortable enough to wear everyday, in fact, every shoe in the collection has a heel-to-toe insert for maximum comfort and wearability. In addition to hand-selecting all materials used in her footwear line, Yeardley also designs the color and shape of each shoe. Come peruse the new collection and meet Yeardley in person in store from 1-5pm.

Marchez Vous footwear launch at J. Gilbert Footwear with a personal appearance by designer Yeardley Smith

Saturday, October 15th, 2011 from 1-5pm

WHERE: J. Gilbert Footwear 2025 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121


Oct 12, 2011

The Look of London: In Photos

Last month we took a much needed break and escaped for an indulgent two week trip to London (one of our favorite cities!) While scoping the streets and shops for style trends we took tons of photos and want to share them with you! Enjoy!

Texture plays a major role this season in a variety of forms including velvet, suede and leather. This leather shift dress from Miss Selfridges was one of our favorite finds. It had pleats down the front and a zippered back.

These dresses were part of The Museum of Everything exhibit at Selfridges. Part pop-up shop and part underground art gallery, this exhibit had some really unique items and very cleverly designed apparel and accessory pieces. Check out more Museum of Everything gifts on Selfridges.com. Some of these items would make great holiday gifts!

This shoe chandelier is from the Kurt Geiger store in London. Brimming with mens and women's shoes and gold packaging adorned with images of accessories, the Kurt Geiger stores really do have "everything but the dress". Check out KG Trend Reports and AW11 ad campaigns by visiting Kurt Geiger.com.

We're pretty sure that Vogue editor Anna Wintour would never classify a donut as "glamourous", but while in London we were pretty excited to see that Krispy Kreme had launched a limited-edition series of pink glaze donuts in honor of London Fashion Week.

This shot of denim cuffed denim shorts (lower rack) was taken in the mens department of Urban Outfitters. I'm still not sure how these fit into a menswear fall fashion wardrobe, but they were thought provoking none the less.

While shopping the Portobello market on Notting Hill we always make a point to stop at the Hummingbird Bakery. We're obsessed because they always have the best, most creative flavors! Check out this menu! Cotton candy cupcakes? Yum! Yes please!

Balls of yarn lined the upstairs walls at Liberty of London. Signature fabrics and exotic textiles still play a major role in their merchandise mix. Check out the A/W Fabric collection on the Liberty of London website. You might also want to check out the Hello Kitty collab.

Girls on the naughty list won't be getting these adorable cards in their mailbox this holiday season. Only the nice girls will receive these "Keep Glam it's Christmas" cards! What a fun way to spread holiday cheer!

The look above was seen at Top Shop. The black and white theme was major in many of the stores in London but the update was achieved by adding pop colors and textures (check out the fur collar on the sweater).

Gold sequins are a fall staple this year and Moschino has created a gem with this short sleeve number seen at Harrods. For a bit more sleeve coverage, I also really liked this sequin mock wrap by French Connection (also seen at Harrods).

The 't0p knot' was seen all over the streets of London. It was so popular that Hershesons inside Top Shop even offered it as one of the style choices at the Blow Dry Bar.

Feathers are still in for fall but in London the feather has taken on a metal form instead. Check out these "faux feather" metal earrings from the Orelia line at Top Shop.

If you were in doubt that the ankle boot trend was here to stay, here's your proof.

More London images and trend news to come! Stay tuned!

Splendid set to open Bellevue store

LA-based contemporary brand Splendid is opening their first Northwest store at Bellevue Square mall later this month. The new 1,200 square foot store will offer the entire Splendid line for men, women, and children. To celebrate the grand opening of their newest location in Bellevue on Oct. 22nd Splendid is collaborating with Crafting Community from 1-3pm to provide an "oasis of crafting, creativity, and imagination for kids, parents and people of all ages". Created by Los Angeles based artist Karen Kimmel and Kid Concierge, Crafting Community events feature fun, interactive workshops focused on reusing and repurposing natural materials.

Among the numerous activities offered is the Sew Splendid Cart, where families can design their own custom Splendid scarf by mixing and matching fabrics in the brand’s vibrant color palette to create their ideal accessory. Another will be Fun with Fabrics, a fabric and beading workshop where participants create one-of-a-kind necklaces, bracelets and key fobs by braiding, twisting and knotting Splendid fabric with colorful beads. Attendees can recreate Splendid’s Crafting Community experience by purchasing “Fun With Fabrics” to-go kits that include all the ingredients necessary to construct DIY accessories at home. An added incentive to attend is four lucky guests will win $250 shopping sprees at the Splendid store.

Founded in 2002, the Splendid brand is the culmination of a ten year quest to create the ultimate t-shirt. The success in designing such a soft material cut in the perfect silhouetteevolved into what is now a complete lifestyle collection of ultra-comfortable styles for the entire family. Splendid can be found at the flagship retail location on Robertson Boulevard in the brand’s hometown of Los Angeles, in the Aventura boutique, in the Newport Beach boutique and at high-end department and specialty stores nationwide and online at splendid.com.

Oct 11, 2011

Vince Camuto visits Nordstrom Seattle

Footwear designer Vince Camuto is making a personal appearance at the Downtown Nordstrom this Saturday, October 15th from 12-2pm. The event will begin in the women's shoe department as guests shop the latest fall collection and then head up to Point of View to celebrate the launch of the Vince Camuto line in Women's apparel.

The man who founded Nine West back in 1979 has a rich history in the footwear business and has worked with other fashion brands to make their own "footprint" including BCBG Max Azria, Jessica Simpson, Lucky Brand jeans, Tory Burch and Kensie Girl.

The Nordstrom personal appearance will include refreshments, live music and a special gift with every Vince Camuto purchase (while supplies last).

500 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 628-2111

Oct 7, 2011

Couture Du Jour at Bellevue Club

Hotel Bellevue is hosting a fall fashion event on October 14th featuring local boutiques and designers including Vince, David Lawrence, Built for Man, Kreati Ka, Adicora Swimwear, La Bijou lingerie and more. A portion of all ticket sales will benefit Overlake Hospital Medical Center's Ensuring Excellence fund. Sip cocktails, mingle with models and check out the latest styles at this glamorous annual event.

Bellevue Club Fashion Show

When: Friday, October 14th, 2011 from 6-9pm

Bellevue Club - 11200 Southeast Sixth Street, Bellevue, WA 98004

Tickets for the Bellevue Club fashion show range from $45-120.


Oct 6, 2011

West Elm is now open in Seattle

The wait is over! West Elm has officially opened it's doors for business on Westlake avenue across from the Whole Foods. The space is absolutely beautiful and has filled a much needed void for modern home decor and furnishings here in Seattle. VIP guests enjoyed a private preview last night complete with champagne and music by DJ Ricki Leigh to celebrate the grand opening.

Needless to say, the store is already decorated with holiday merchandise including Christmas trees with all the trimmings. These glitter feathers (shown above) caught my eye.

And what would the holiday season be without a nutcracker and a snow globe? (Shown above) These nutcrackers would make a great hostess gift or add festive charm to a holiday tablescape.

Ornaments like these (shown above) bring out the DIY artist in me, but then I remember that I like instant gratification and stock up on the ones that I don't have the time (or energy) to duplicate at home.

As the weather turns colder you'll want to explore the plethora of great bedding options at West Elm, including the upholstered headboards. I'm currently obsessed with the nailhead option (shown below).

If you're not in the market for new bedding then head to the kitchen section of West Elm for domestic inspiration. A rainbow of coffee mugs, cooking utensils, cups, plates and bowls await.

And last but not least....

I'm excited to announce that I'm now the owner of a purple Pop phone. I had to do a bit of explaining to friends and family because most people doesn't really understand the beauty of having one of these sweet plug-ins for your iPhone. Aside from the nostalgia of having an old school phone the Pop phone also prevents me from getting a kink in my neck when having long conversation- and honestly, this phone just looks cool. Now excuse me while I phone a friend. :)

West Elm
2201 Westlake Ave.
Seattle, WA 98109
On Twitter @westelm

* There is a parking garage located behind the building and West Elm will validate parking for customers!
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