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Fresh at Fashion Week….

Wednesday evening at the Bellevue Hyatt, was the kickoff to the Bellevue Collections Fashion week.  The first night is a feature of new Independent Designers and a little like project runway in real life.  There are judges and the “contestants” were chosen as the creme de la creme of local, new designers.  And after a show of ten designers, a runner-up and winner were chosen.

Due  to a last second camera malfunction, less embarrassing than a wardrobe version, I had to resort to just a few iPhone wonders.

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First up, LU. By Jenny Fort.  Modern, clean lined and a tad fashion forward.  Both basics and pieces that will stand out but in a quiet way, not brazen.

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And they look so comfortable to wear.  Everything in her collection is designed and crafted in Seattle.

Check LU out here or here.

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Next up, Cuddy by Brian Cuddy.

Brian’s collection held lots of color and his inspiration comes from Jianzhi, a Chinese-style paper cutting from the Han Dynasty.  He makes original hand cut pieces of art and then transfers the prints into fabric through digital technology.  If adding some bold color through a blouse or dress is up your fashion alley, you can see more here.

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Third up on the Runway was Silvae by Deborah Roberts.

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After finishing her non-fashion education at UW, a summer spent in Italy inspired Deborah to pursue apparel design so back to school she went.  With her pieces, she is inspired by the Pacific Northwest and wants her pieces to be a merge of “feminine silhouettes, organic shapes, and her love of the surreal.”  See more of her work here.

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Next up was Boho Republic by Tina Witherspoon.  Tina is a self taught designer with a studio in Belltown, she is focused on women’s ready to wear.  She creates two annual limited run collections that are based on a 70′s vibe made modern.  To see more, visit her designs here.

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Fifth down the runway, were designs by  Fioravanti by Mia Fioravanti.   Mia comes from a family with a long history in the woolen business and fashion has been her life long pursuit.  She had some really strong looks that were different but totally wearable within the Seattle fashion scene.  Other than the fabric, all of Mia’s production happens within a two mile radius of her.

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Beacon Hill studio/shop.  To see more of Fioravanti, visit them here.

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And next we have Calotype by Kristie Metcalf.  This isn’t Kristie’s first fashion competition, she was also one of fourteen contestants in Bravo’s show “Styled to Rock”, which was produced by Rihanna.  Kristie is based in Seattle but it inspired by Scandinavian design.  To see more, check her out here.

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Seventh in line down the runway, was KLAD Apparel by Melanie Trygg.   One of my friends was perusing this line before the runway show and found many wearable pieces.  In talking to Melanie, she encouraged my friend to come to her studio and get measured for a custom version of her favorite pieces and at very reasonable price points.

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 As a petite and curvy gal, my friend was overjoyed at a made to order piece.  To see more of Melanie’s work, head here.

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Next up was April Pride by the designer of the same name.  With models all outfitted in berets and 80′s style earrings, her dresses were something that could be worn on the regular, comfortable with understated elegance.  April has an emphasis on exclusively sourced fabrics, made to order limited edition pieces, as well as a collection of tartan’s for every MacTavish and MaCrae out there.

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With a background in architecture, a foray in Interior Design and now in Fashion Design, you can see and learn more about April Pride here.

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Ninth in line down the runway was Tom Ordonio, a friends brothers friend.  :)  His label is only a year old and last year he was named “Best in Show” as part of a local magazine design competition.  His use of luxe fabrics such as leather, silk crepe, and wool cashmere create some pretty covetable pieces.

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I might have fallen in love with this one.  With calf hair and leather….

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To learn more about Tom Ordonio, check him out here.

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Last but not least, was Rebekah Adams.  She is a newcomer to Seattle, having lived all over the States and beyond, who had some wonderful prints and  unexpected fabric mixes.  Currently making pieces to order, you can see more of her work and details here.

Any standouts to you?  A designer you’d love to see more from?  Leave your comments and let us know!


Seriously though…..

Could someone just start taking over my blog?  Where did the week go?  I always have a thousand and one things going in my brain but to get them on the computer to you in a thoughtful manner seems so hard to do these days.  If I could just plug my thoughts into one of your brains for five minutes a day, we would be brilliant!!!!

So, at some point this week, a VERY good friend was adjusting me for a photo and was fussing with my hair to cover my ears.  Anyone who spends any time with me, knows hair is not my thing and I would gratefully accept a f/t person to follow me around and keep my crazy tresses in control.  But my ears, what?  I love my ears.  They have been pixy, stick out, ears since the day I was born and they have never once bothered me.  There are bits that I dwell on but perhaps nobody even notices those and everyone thinks of me as the stylist with the ears.  Who knows?!?  But I would be okay with that, those super hero hearing ears have served me well.

Me and my ears from way, way back....

A pic I had on Instagram for Throwback Thursday. Me and my ears long, long ago.

Do you have parts that maybe quirky or not “perfect” that you love and accept?  Why don’t we all do that with all of our parts?  Deep thought for the day that I wanted to share.

Last night I was at the Colette Sol USA launch party to celebrate the fabulous shoe line coming to us from the Netherlands.  The gal with the US rights is a massive humanitarian and decided that when these shoes entered North America, that they would do so as a Not for Profit with 100% of net proceeds going to support the end of Human Trafficking and Slavery.

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I’ve posted my styling from their Fall/Winter catalog before but they have lots coming for Spring, be sure to check them out here.

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Hearing about a local organization, Rescue Freedom, who was receiving the proceeds from last nights sales. Photo credit: Julin Lee

Lot’s of good things coming up.  Some more editorial shoots, an event or two, and lot’s of Fall Fashion coming your way.  In the meantime, I hope you have a fabulous weekend.

Kim


Seasonal Switch….

For those of you who follow along on Facebook, you know that I was having some assistance with my wardrobe yesterday.  Yes, my job is to assist clients with their closets but it is always helpful to have an outside eye to kick my fashion backside as well.   I like to play with my looks and introduce something new now and again, and then its perfect for my friend to say “What the heck??  How is this you??”  And we have a laugh, I give her some story, and then out it goes.

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Closet clean out may have started with a local Happy Hour…..

The plan was to tape the process but  we ended up doing a very high speed clean out and in that time, we took out my strictly summer goods and managed to choose 18 pieces that no longer will be with me.  4 went to her, the rest will be finding other new homes.  I still need to reorganize and color coordinate but just the act of going through each item was so needed to start the fall fashion.

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Besides digging through the closet, one project at the top of the weekend list is the sock drawer.  Sandals being put away and colder weather (minus today) requires socks, tights, and leggings layers.  Go through your drawers and ditch the holey items, unmatched pairs, and take an inventory of your winter needs.

For the ladies, style can be added with patterned or textured tights/nylons but for many its equally about the warmth factor.  For the men, some fun socks can punch up your look.  Just a sneak peek of  pattern or color popping out from your pant cuff adds a little personality to your outfit.

One final tip, I want to share today is a way to get out of the house faster and still fashionable every morning.  This is perfect for the teens in your world as well.  If picking an outfit every morning is a burden or stressor, make yourself a Sunday Style rack.

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Just like menu planning, take 30 mins every Sunday and put together 5 outfits for the week.  Look over your calendar to know what looks are needed (client meetings, school field trip chaperone, etc) and make 5 or 6 (an extra option is always good) complete looks, shoes and accessories included for a quick, early morning grab once the week starts.

If a closet consult is on your fall to do list, drop me a line.  Let’s get your autumn off to a stylish start.


Back to Life, Back to Reality…….

Although we still have 21 calendar days left in the summer season, my summer officially ended today.   Kids back to school, laundry piles looming and officially back to business.  The summer flew by as it was filled with all kinds of fun, adventure, concerts, travel, family and friends.  Sad to see it over but excited for fall.  I always enjoy this time of year.

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Near the top of my list of to do’s is the wardrobe change over.  Shorts and such will make their way into bins and sweaters will be brought out.  I don’t follow the notion though, that white can no longer be seen this time of year.  The lightweight cotton yes, but a great pair of white jeans or a blazer, keep them in rotation for now.  Have a favorite sleeveless top you love to wear?  Wear it under a jacket or cardi.   Have fun with layering this time of year.

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For the non-Faceback followers, yesterday the September issue of Atlas Magazine came out and a fab team and I had 11 pages of Editorial published in there.  Kind of excited.

Check it out here  starting on page  135.

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Also, a recent look book I styled for a new to North America shoe line, just came out.  These shoes are handmade and a portion of their proceeds go to assist in fighting human trafficking.  To see the entire look book and learn more about them, visit them here.

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To all of you starting your fall routine today, I wish you a happy day.


Friday: Feeling like Fall…..

Despite the gray skies and raindrops, fall coming quick is showing in other ways as well.

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Over a year ago, I created this Outfit Idea board for a client on how she can style her leather skirt.  Since then it has been re-pinned well over 1000 times on Pinterest.  As of late it has come back into action with more pinnings.   Although leather can be worn any time of year, I think Fall stands out as the perfect time for most.

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And this grouping has been popular as well.

Whether a bracelet, a shoe or a more major piece, jacket or pants, leather is a staple that shows up year after year as something to have in your long term wardrobe.  And for those who prefer faux, the designers are coming up with such great quality faux, sometimes it’s hard to even tell.

From full Designer look

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From everyday retailers like Banana Republic for affordable pieces

To a fabulous faux.

Will leather (real or faux) make your Fall Fashion?


When it hits you……

I don’t think of my job as just putting clothes on people.  Being up and close in people’s personal space (whether their closet or dressing them) allows me to connect and really feel what’s going on.  Not in a creeper mode, but a cool one.

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Awhile back, a local man hired me as a birthday surprise for his wife who had been working hard with diet and exercise to get fit.  We  had time in her closet and then all three of us went shopping.  The wife was shy and although excited, I would guess a little uncomfortable at first.  Halfway through shopping for her new things, it dawned on her how good she looked and to see her excited made her husbands smile grow 1000x.  To see that moment makes my heart sing.

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The same goes for working with new models.  On test shoots, it is normally their very first official photo session.  Although people on the outside may see something different, these young girls only see themselves as that.  School, friends, sports teams, they may have been told over and over that they are pretty but yet they have not really seen IT.

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The girls work really hard and pose away, learning all that goes into a shoot.  It’s is only afterward though, when the team sits down and goes through the pictures from the shoot and the model suddenly realizes that the pretty face on the screen belongs to them.  Usually giddiness happens.  Something they didn’t know they possessed reflects back at them.

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Whether on set, in a closet, or in the mall.  It doesn’t matter your shape, size or height.  Everyone possesses that special something and when we find it, magic happens.

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I love my job!

The photos above are unedited pictures from last nights test shoot.

Model: Amrine (SMG)

Photographer: Mcklyn Cole

MUAH: Katya Gudaeva

Styling: Kim Brooks Style


Summer seems to be slipping away….

I’ve been on slow motion blogging as of late, trying to take in as much summer as I can.  Seeing  school supplies spilling out of bins  in every store, Halloween costumes in full affect at Costco and SeaFair come and gone, I feel summer slipping away.  I hear people talking negatively about the too hot temps but I love it and will truly miss the season when it passes.

Haijin Lee Ceramics www.haejinlee-ceramics.com

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One summer activity I always plan around on both the Bellevue Arts Fair and the Harmony Arts Fair in West Vancouver, BC.  This year I only did a 15 minute pass through on the Bellevue one but did get to partake in Harmony Arts.  This pictures are from the artists who stood out to me this year.  Although they are all based in Canada, they ship worldwide.  Be sure to check them out.

These resin + sterling silver pendants are gorgeous!  www.effiebakerdesigns.com

These resin + sterling silver pendants are gorgeous! www.effiebakerdesigns.com

 

Gorgeous pottery pieces with an Asian flair by Jackie Frioud.  www.jackiefrioud.com

Gorgeous pottery pieces with an Asian flair by Jackie Frioud. www.jackiefrioud.com

 

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Being a huge fan of mixed media art, I was drawn to the work of Lori Bagneres. www.loribagneres.com

I was in love with her work last year and once again, she did not disappoint.  If one jewelry line were going to represent my style, it might just be hers.  Taniagleave.com

I was in love with her work last year and once again, she did not disappoint. If one jewelry line were going to represent my style, it might just be hers. Taniagleave.com

If you are in Vancouver (living or visiting) the first week of August, you must check out Harmony Arts.  Not only do they feature artisans and their wares, but lots of yummy food trucks, and live music every night (right next to the water to boot!).  It’s a must do for me.  What summer activities are on your must do list every year?


On a Sunny Sunday

What a week I tell ya.  Sitting back today and catching up on computer land.

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I’m so super excited about some recent Editorial shoots, they have all been so amazing.   Hopefully I can share soon.

Friday, we were busy working under a viaduct.  You know, glamour and all.


On my summer wardrobe list, I’ve had a neutral colored, summer dress that I can throw on for casual or dress it up when need be.  Although we are almost at August, I have yet to find “the one” but this Kate Moss for Topshop number is rather cute.  Is there a summer piece you have been on the lookout for?

Do you remember Anatomie?  Hip Travel Mama and I did a piece on them awhile back, a fashionable, travel wear company with excellent quality pieces.  Well, they have a deal for you right now.

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They have a fabulous leather and lycra (on the side panels) jacket that they are practically gifting away.  You know I love my leather and this is a smoking deal!

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Several of their leather jackets are specially priced at $250, check them out here.

Hoping to get out and get a little vitamin D as well today, perhaps check out the last day of the Bellevue Arts Fair.  What are you up to?  Hope it’s a good one!

K.


Once upon a Tuesday…..

What’s up Fashion Friends?

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Test shoot from this past weekend.

I’m using these few free days of mine, gray days to boot, to get some behind the behind the scenes to-dos taken care of.

I have some amazing fashion pieces that have seen the camera enough that it is time to find them a new home.

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Trying to decide if a style sale, a FB posting or Ebay is the way to go.  Do share your thoughts.

Weather wise this week, it’s all about the layers.  Gray and chilly in the am but sunny and warm by late afternoon.  Lightweight sweaters, blazers or jackets are a must use.

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While I am knee deep in my fashion sort and what to do with my pieces, I have a little thought for all of you.  I have a friend who is a seamstress extraordinaire who is taking on some mending projects for the next few weeks.  Have items that need button replacement, moth holes in wool, creative, little fixes?  Contact me and I will hook you up to get your fall pieces ready to go.

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Where ever you are this week and whatever you are doing, hope you are having fun!


Summer Sunshine…..

Holy smokes, it is hot!

Loving every minute of the warmth and will store it away in the memory bank for November when it is cold and gray.

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This is Nick B from a recent shoot with him and Mcklyn Cole and today reminds me of a warmer version of that one.

Found this light that I may want to add to my space.

Found this light that I may want to add to my space.

The days seem to be flying by with work and play, I haven’t even had a chance to get back into my studio  to further  set up.  Hopefully I will have that completed sooner than later so I can share.

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This week I am working on a couple of test shoots, an editorial and clothing some groomsmen for a wedding.  Always love a variety pack week.

Hope you all are able to balance the work and play and enjoy this gorgeous Northwest weather!

K.


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