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


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.


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.


Fresh Style: Cozy in J Project Scarves

Nothing screams fall like a good scarf or seven. I'm a big fan of pashminas, vintage wool and hand-knit scarves and can never have too many in my closet at a time. 

I saw these sweet handmade babies on J Project Clothing's Facebook page and had to make one my own. J Project's Jaime says these scarves a "joint project of love" with her and her mother. They get together on rainy Seattle days and create these beautiful scarves with vintage buttons. They're not infinity scarves although they look like them, and Jaime accepts custom orders if there's a specific color or button you like!

I fell in love with the clover button on this black knit scarf!

Jaime also makes knit necklaces with a flower & vintage brooch adornment in several colors. Get cute for fall!


Fresh Friends: Zach Huntting & Crown Social

I've had so much fun interviewing the likes of Rachel Roy, Stacy London & Kasey Kahne lately that I've decided to keep the momentum going. 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.

First at bat: Zach Huntting & Crown Social! Specifically, Crown's got a celebration happening TONIGHT in partnership with Diesel & Picnic Magazine at the Diesel store in downtown Seattle. Read on for a glimpse into Zach's life at Crown & details on the party.

RSVP link here

What will this party accomplish?
Put simply, you will get drunk. Drunk on finely-crafted cocktails from pro David Nelson and handsome sidekick Marty. You will have fun.

What inspired this party?
Illegal squats in Paris, luxurious penthouse bars in Tokyo, and the hillviews of Seattle. The desire to do something that has never been done. And then just knowing cool people at Diesel and Picnic who share the same vision that we do. And we want to celebrate the fact that we're one-year-old in style.

What are you going to hear at this party?
-- Music that will sooth you into deep conversations with strangers and then grab your ankles and spin you on your head. First, DJ Frankie Stallone is going to prepare you with some Italo-disco, his specialty. Next, you'll get hip-hop mash-ups and some trill-trap-crunk by none other than DJ TigerBeat.  Last, DJ Z will do one of those extra long rave breakdowns before making you take off your clothes (because you're too sweaty?)

What do you do when you're not partying?
Research and incubate ideas to inspire people.

Where can we usually find you?
At Crown Social during the day, and Queen Anne or Capitol Hill at night. (I still love you Belltown and Pioneer Square.)

Thanks Zach! See you Thursday for Crown Social's shindig. RSVP on Facebook.


Fresh Style: Quiksilver's Traveling Sweater

Quiksilver's Traveling Sweater makes a stop in Seattle! I'm grateful to be a part of this fun campaign featuring nine of Quiksilver's fall sweaters. As you can see, fall had yet to arrive in Seattle when I snapped these photos last week. The Nantucket Sweater still made for an easy & comfortable outfit paired with shorts and boots. The Nantucket will be a staple for me this fall, layered over button-down shorts, worn over leather skirts & pants, and sitting pretty underneath my favorite coats and vests. Thanks Quiksilver for including me in Traveling Sweater!

Quiksilver Nantucket Sweater c/o Bollare / Banana Republic olive cargo shorts / Report Shoes Judith boot / Necklace from Strut Portland / Bag from Cozumel, Mexico