Friends, gather round -- behold this week's edition of Racked Seattle, where all the good retail gospel is spread by your girl, Ali Brownrigg. Check back here every Thursday for news, tips, sales and events, and if you've got fun tips for our in-house sartorial mastermind, hit the tipline at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christine Chaney at Clementine: Designer Christine Chaney has solved a major problem for us – how to wear silk scarves in the most functional and fashionable way. Chaney scours Ebay, thrift stores and estate sales for vintage beauties, worn well around the neck by French women only, and turns them into gorgeous dresses, tunics and halter-tops. Her pattern and color play is genius, as are the flowing shapes that flatter most any figure. Chaney is one of the Seamless in Seattle winners who will be showing at the Seamless show on August 29, but for now, she’ll be at Clementine in West Seattle on Saturday, August 18 from 2 to 6 p.m. for a trunk show where in addition to her silk garments, she’s bringing her cool crocheted shrugs and sweaters, made from upcycled wool. Clementine is offering 15 percent off short boots during the event to gear up for fall.
Radiate: If you’re looking for some Saturday night fashion action, indie arts organization, RAW:natural born artists, is hosting Radiate, a multi-disciplinary extravaganza featuring art, music, film, performing art and local clothing designers is happening on Saturday, August 18 from 8 to 10:30 p.m. On the fashion tip, Tina Witherspoon will be showing her glam.spoon line of recycled lovelies, and many new-to-us designers like Sarah Ashwood (custom painted shoes) and Sarsen (sleek, modern everyday-wear). Tickets are $10 online and $15 at the door. 21 and over.
Fashion's Night Out: While FNO is not until September 6, word is spreading about this year’s festivities, so here’s what we’ve got so far. Neiman Marcus at The Bravern is hosting a fall runway show and lip readings by Jilly the Lipsologist (?). They're having a happy hour in Mariposa and the folks from Flipped Out Productions will be on hand to help you make a photo flipbook of yourself and your posse – those are super fun. A bunch of other stuff is happening at The Bravern, including a fall preview at Anthropologie and a scarf tying workshop at Hermès (see above).
Bellevue Square is hosting store events, as well as a fashion exhibit in Center Court from 7 to 9 p.m. featuring looks from the 10 local indie designers who will be participating in their new Independent Designers Runway Show during Fashion Week at the Bellevue Collection September 26-30 (more on this later).
Seattle Met and Pacific Place: Head downtown to Pacific Place where many of the major retailers there, kate spade new york, BCBG, Guess and Michael Kors, will all be featuring FNO festivities. With Seattle Met involved, you know it’s going to be chic.
More to come, I'm sure.