Jan 30, 2013

10 Things to Pack in your Beach Bag

Escaping the endless winter gloom is essential when you live in Seattle. Thankfully, you can fly direct to somewhere tropical like Kauai in just a little over six hours to bask in the sun. Here are my top 10 must-have items when heading for the beach.

Jan 17, 2013

Fashion Night at the Wing

There's still time to check out Wing Luke's special exhibit "Fashion: Workroom to Runway" on display now through April 21st. Sponsored by Safeco Foundation Insurance the exhibit which opened in August of 2012, highlights the contributions of Asian Pacific Americans and the ways they have helped shape the fashion industry. Guests of the exhibit will get to experience personal stories from both former garment workers and current Asian Pacific designers. "Fashion: Workroom to Runway" also features a behind the scenes look at the creative process behind the designs and issues that come up along the way including ethics, labor, stereotypes and ideals of beauty. Featured designers include: Gei Chan, Banchong Douangphrachanh, Harold Koda, Hisako Nakaya, Josie Natori, Maiden Noir, Malia Peoples, Andy South, Chrissy Wai-Ching and Luly Yang.

Wyatt Orr is Back!

After a bit of a hiatus, Liise Wyatt and Karly Orr of the Seattle-based clothing line Wyatt Orr are officially back on the style scene. Armed with a Spring '13 Collection and a brand new website the duo is ready to get back to business.

The spring collection features mixed materials, subtle color blocking, asymmetrical hemlines and the impeccable construction that the Wyatt Orr label is famous for. Styles are generously cut to create effortless style and fluid lines. "Our vision for Wyatt Orr is to create well-crafted signature pieces that look and feel amazing," says designer Karly Orr. During the design process there was a major emphasis on creating versatile pieces that could be dressed up or down to accommodate the "varied tones of an urban lifestyle".

The design duo has come a long way since they first met at Ballard's New York Fashion Academy. Back in 2010 Karly Orr was designing solo and Seattle Boutique Blogspot covered her in this designer spotlight. That same year Wyatt Orr was featured in Seattle's Fashion First Runway Show as part of the Clutch set and also participated in Portland Fashion Week where it received rave reviews.

We can't wait to see what the future holds for this talented design duo! Sneak peaks of the Fall/Winter Collection are available on Wyatt Orr Facebook Fan Page.  

5 Fun Ways to Play with Fashion

Although it can be easy to get caught up in the world of fashion, at the end of the day, fashion should be about having fun and finding a clever way to express your personal style. Fashion isn't about wearing a certain size, owning certain labels or having a certain "look", it's all about finding ways to keep it interesting and stay true to who you are. Here are 5 playful ways to have fun with fashion for Spring '13.

Jan 16, 2013

Sway & Cake hosts Happy Hour Event

Sway and Cake is hosting a special Happy Hour event this Thursday from 4-7pm featuring champagne, light bites and deep discounts on winter and resort wear. Shoppers will save 20-70% on select items and get an additional 15% off clearance items. Need a little shopping inspiration? Preview sale items on the new Sway & Cake website.

What: Sway & Cake Happy Hour Shopping Event

When: Thursday, January 17, 2013

Where: Sway & Cake 1621 Sixth Ave. Seattle, WA 98101

Time: 4-7pm

Twitter: @Swayandcake

Jan 7, 2013

Rian Handbags to host Moving Sale

Seattle-based Rian Handbags is setting their sights on the big city and moving their showroom to New York. To prep for the move they are hosting a special sale on Thursday, January 17th from 9am-9pm to help liquidate overstock of handbags and accessories from the "Rian" and "Poverty Flats by Rian" lines. Stop by say goodbye and get your hands on new accessories at amazing prices. At the last sale I picked up a blonde leather weekend bag that is to-die-for. Don't miss out on this crazy good sale.

What: Rian Handbags Moving Sale

When: Thursday, January 17th

Where: 159 Western Ave. W. Suite  #457 Seattle, WA 98119 (Located in the NW Worklofts building on Western Ave.)

Time: 9am-9pm

Jan 5, 2013

Fashion Industry holds Conference for High School Students

The 3rd Annual Fashion Industry Conference is right around the corner! Sponsored in part by Seattle's Chapter of Fashion Group International, the event is designed to give high school students information about career opportunities in the fashion industry. This year's conference will take place on Saturday, April 27th, 2013 at The Art Institute of Seattle. Students will participate in a series of workshops on a variety of topics including visual merchandising, styling, draping, fashion editorials and photography, costuming, digital textile design, product development and more. I've been invited by conference organizers to conduct a special workshop on Fashion Blogging. Stay tuned for more details!

Wanted: Emerging Designers for Indie Runway Show

Fashion Group International & The Bellevue Collection are currently seeking emerging designers to participate in the 2nd Annual Independent Designer Runway Show which will kick off Bellevue's Fashion Week in 2013. Eight designers will be selected by a panel of industry leaders and participate in the fashion week runway show to compete for the grand prize: money to help grow their business and a showcase inside Bellevue Square to display their work. Applications can be downloaded at bellevuecollection.com/FashionWeek. The deadline to submit applications is March 1, 2013. The Independent Designer Runway Show is sponsored in part by the Seattle Chapter of Fashion Group International and Femfessionals.

Nordstrom to open CFDA/Fashion Fund Pop-Ups

Next month Nordstrom will open CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund pop-up shops in 6 locations around the country featuring a selection of merchandise from each of the top 10 finalists. The shops are designed to give emerging designers exposure to a broader audience via an in-store presence. Locations of the pop shops will include Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and New York (available at Nordstom-owned Treasure & Bond). Nordstrom has helped support the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund initiative since 2006. Jeffrey Kalinsky, Nordstrom's EVP of Designer is a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Selection Committee member.

The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund has awarded $2.8 million to 21 design companies since it's inception in 2003. The funds are intended to help emerging designers develop various areas of their business including production, sales, marketing and public relations. Greg Chait of the Elder Statesman was awarded the 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion fund prize. Here's a quick overview of the finalists:

Andrea Lieberman of A.L.C. (Pictured above: Outfit from Spring 2013 Collection)
On Twitter @ALCLTD

Greg Armas of Assembly New York (Pictured above: Outfit from the Spring 2013 Collection)
On Twitter @AssemblyNewYork

Sofia Sizzi of Giulietta (Pictured: Outfit from the Spring 2013 Collection)

Justin Salguero, Daniel Silberman, Alina Silberman of illesteva (The designers are pictured above)
On Twitter @illesteva

Jennifer Fisher of Jennifer Fisher Jewelry (Pictured above: Model wearing pieces from the Jennifer Fisher Jewelry line)
On Twitter @JFisherJewelry

Jennifer Meyer Maguire of Jennifer Meyer (The designer is pictured above)
*Jennifer was one of the 2012 Runners-up for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award. She received a prize of $100,000 to invest in her business and will also receive a year's worth of mentorship by a fashion industry veteran to help develop her business. 

Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty of Suno (Pictured above: Outfit from the Resort Collection)
On Twitter @SunoNY

Tabitha Simmons (The designer is pictured above)
On Twitter @TabithaSimmons_
*Tabitha was one of the 2012 Runners-up for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award. She received a prize of $100,000 and will receive a year of mentorship by a fashion industry veteran to help grow her line. 

Greg Chait of the Elder Statesman (The designer is pictured above)
* Greg was chosen as the 2012 winner of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and was awarded $300,000 to invest in his label. He will also receive mentorship from a fashion industry veteran for the next year as he continues to grow his line and take his label to the next level. 

Wes Gordon (Pictured above: Outfit from the Spring 2013 Collection)
On Twitter @Wes_Gordon