Seattle Interactive Conference Today & Tomorrow!

I'm back from NYC and heading straight into the Seattle Interactive Conference to kick off my week! Follow our tweets at @SeattleInteract and #SIC2012 for all of the action from the second annual Emerald City tech conference.


Fresh Style: Leather Night Out

Sometimes you gotta dress for a night that starts early and ends (somewhat) late. This particular night started at the Seattle Arts Museum for the Elles exhibition preview; moved onto the Diesel store for Crown Social's anniversary shindig; stopped by Tigerbeat Thursdays at TIG Tapas & Asian Bar in Pioneer Square and ended back downtown at the Rich Kids Brand fall launch party at 1927 Events. Then home in bed by midnight!

In case you couldn't tell, I'm reveling in the mountain of leather, vegan leather & leather-accented pieces available this season. I also am a fan of military & utilitarian anything. I like to stay in comfortable & functional wear!

Four different events with some elements of business and some of fun. One outfit to encompass it all. 

Stones military jacket w/leather sleeves / Nameless Clothing sheer hippie oversize dress top (worn as a shirt) via Flat 84 womens' tops / Zara platform wedge booties / Vintage clutch / Wood earrings from Moksha

Photos courtesy Crown Social & Rich Kids Brand


Recap: Urban Unveiled 2012

Urban Unveiled is the premier event for Seattle-area brides to connect with vendors, venues, caterers and everything they need for their big day. Seattle Bride Magazine and Luly Yang Couture held nothing back at Urban Unveiled, creating a beautifully elegant event at Benaroya Hall. I hung out upstairs during the Luly Yang runway show but wanted to share the final walk with you. For more information and photos, check out Seattle Bride Magazine and Luly Yang at UrbanUnveiled.com.


Fashion: Workroom to Runway at the Wing Luke Asian Museum

The Wing Luke Asian Museum has a fabulous fashion exhibition in place right now. Fashion: Workroom to Runway highlights personal stories from early sewing schools and garment workers to current designers in the limelight.

Asian Pacific Americans have helped shape the garment and fashion industry in many ways, from design and production to finished product. Now, they're making their mark as innovative, successful and respected figures in the garment and fashion industry.  Get a taste for the creative process and hard work involved in this industry and see original designs by local and national designers. Learn about issues on ethics and labor, stereotypes, ideals of beauty and the APA influence. 

Fashion: Workroom to Runway features national and local designers and professionals, including: 
Gei Chan, Banchong Douangphrachanh, Harold Koda, Hisako Nakaya, Josie Natori, Maiden Noir, Malia Peoples, Andy South, Chrissy Wai-Ching & Luly Yang.

The Wing Luke Asian Museum is open Tues-Sun, 10:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. First Thursdays and Third Saturdays are free to the public, 10:00a.m. to 8:00p.m. Exhibits are free for young children and all members, and $8.95 - $12.95 for non-members. Visit the Wing Luke museum's website for more info.


Ben Baller has a Web Series & It's Awesome

I love following entrepreneurs on Twitter. One of those is jeweler to the stars, Ben Baller. Ben's got a web series with LOUD, which documents a day in the life of Ben and one of his celebrity clients. It's interesting to see the camaraderie and relationships he's built with these celebrities throughout the years, and the process through which each jewelry piece is made. It's personal and it's business. Work shouldn't feel like work!

Watch the latest episode with Sean Kingston below, and the previous four on LOUD's YouTube channel.

Maison Martin Margiela for H&M Launches November 15th

H&M's next designer collaboration is coming November 15th with Maison Martin Margiela. Fashion die-hards may have already seen leaked images of the pieces planned for this collaboration, but the lookbook below technically launches today. 

This collaboration between H&M and MMM presents a re-issue of some of Maison Martin Margiela's most iconic pieces from past seasons. Each garment is specifically labeled with a unique tag that indicates the season from which its design originated. That means each piece you see in this collaboration draws from the over 23 years of Maison designs, with updated shapes and materials. How fun is that? It's like a time capsule you can wear.

As you'll see below, Maison Martin Margiela's signature creative expressions can be seen in: masculine shapes framing the female body; oversized sizing; traditional finishing and tailoring; transformation (new uses of typical objects) and the overall ambiguity of each piece. This collection is definitely a little more off-the-wall than normal, and I'm curious to see how it will do in the Seattle. 

The collection will be available November 15th at 230 stores worldwide and online at hm.com. What do you think of it?


Bulldog Haven NW Needs Your Help!

Bulldog Haven NW has a record number of foster bullies waiting for their "fur-ever" home! As regular Fresh Jess readers know, I am a big supporter of Bulldog Haven NW & PAWS, with one bulldog angel in the sky and one adopted from BHNW. Look at those faces! I'm helping BHNW spread the word in hopes of finding these sweetie pies a new home.

A list of available dogs can be found at Bulldog Haven NW's adoption page.  If you're interested in adopting one of these bullies, please look over their information carefully and fill out an application at BulldogHavenNW.org.

Not wanting to adopt, but still want to help out? 
BHNW has two puppies who really need your help. These two little guys came to BHNW born with cleft lip and palate deformities which need to be surgically corrected. They will be getting their surgeries in a couple of weeks and Bulldog Haven NW is raising funds to help cover the costs. The surgeries will be approximately $1300 each for a total of around $2600.

Are you interested in helping these cute little boys get their new lease on life? Please consider donating so they can get the surgical repairs they need. You can also help by sharing this ChipIn page and asking others if they would like to help! http://bhnw.chipin.com/bhnws-cleft-pups

For the most up-to-date info on BHNW, check their Facebook page!

Want to talk more about adopting a bulldog from someone who's been there? Email me at jess(at)freshjess.com!

Lookbook Love: Cameron Levin's Ruby Collection

One of the hottest colors this fall is undoubtedly red. Deep shades of burgundy & fiery merlot are lighting up the wardrobes of style mavens everywhere in these coming months. Seattle designer Cameron Levin's new Ruby collection is all about translating red into beautiful, comfortable pieces for everyone!

Drawn from Cameron's love for dance,  the Ruby 2013 collection is a modern take on the art of flamenco. Featuring a palette of reds and plush silk crepes characteristic and complementary of the dance form, the Ruby collection draws upon the style and energy of southern Spain. Each piece is constructed using washable silks and eco-friendly organic cotton fabric.

Take a look at the new Ruby collection below, and find locations to shop Ruby at LoveCameron.com:


Seattle: Worn to Be Wild Debuts at EMP with Project Leather

The EMP Museum's newest exhibition is a look through the history of leather's foray from the outskirts of culture to one of the most timelessly fashionable pieces in our wardrobes today. Worn to be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket Showcases History of Iconic Garment is presented in partnership with the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee and runs through January 13, 2013. The EMP kicked off this awesome exhibition with Project Leather, a runway show featuring some of Seattle's established and upcoming designers. 

AlixRose and I had a blast at Project Leather and got to take a walk through the exhibition afterwards. Enjoy photos from the runway show below, and photos from the exhibition on the Fresh Jess Facebook page.

Mango wool belted coat (thrifted) / Umgee USA Autumn white splatter top via Flat 84 / Tobi vegan leather skirt (similar here) / Zara wedge platform booties

All photos below courtesy of EMP Museum

Fresh Friends: Jessica Piha & JVP Media

I'm reviving my Fresh Friends series, highlighting some of the best and brightest talents that I've encountered here in Seattle and beyond. In a few brief questions, you'll find out a little more about what makes these fabulous people tick - what lights the fire that inspires them to pursue their passions.

Next up, meet Jessica Piha, who recently launched JVP Media. Taking the leap into starting your own business is one of the scariest but most rewarding things, and it's no surprise this go-getter made it look easy.

What do you do? 

I recently launched my own PR business, JVP Media! It’s been my lifelong dream to run my own business. I come from a long line of small business owners and I hope to achieve the great success that my father and grandfather have had.

Who inspires you, and why?
My family, boyfriend and strong, independent women who help other women inspire me.

Penelope Ann Miller outfitted in Blue Nile Jewelry thanks to Jessica

What are you listening to right now?
I love classical music, so I’ll listen to 98.1 a lot. I also love NPR so I’m tuned into KUOW a lot to.

Brooklyn Decker outfitted in Blue Nile Jewelry thanks to Jessica

What are your favorite things about Seattle?
The entrepreneurial spirit and gorgeous scenery makes it a very easy place to live!

Helen Mirren outfitted in Blue Nile Jewelry thanks to Jessica

Where can we usually find you? www.jvpmedia.com is my website and I’m currently accepting clients! Also, I’ve found a nice little niche with twitter, @jvpmedia. Physically, I’m a homebody believe it or not and nothing gives me greater pleasure than cooking a great dinner for friends or family.