More Seattle Style Resolutions 2014
What and who your favorite Seattle designers, stylists, artists, and other well-dressed personalities will be wearing in 2014.
Fashion is often my focus—it’s my art after all, but when I fail to fuse it with meaning it loses its luster. In 2014 I hope to glow like Marchesa’s s/s collection--with generosity, gratefulness, and grace.
Carlynne Morrison, artist in fashion and philanthropy, carlynnemorrison.com
I would like to hone my aesthetic with long garments and hats I can work in like Janice Rule in Robert Altman's pastel dream Three Women, but with a stark black or white twist similar to Bibi Andersson's wardrobe in the Bergman masterpiece Persona. Mix it up with some Japanese wabi-sabi, by cultivating an appreciation of the natural wear and aging process of a garment and the imperfections that make life interesting and beautiful!
Texture as print/pattern. Effortlessly styled outfitting, minimal in form, structure, design, and nature. Layered with relaxed (drapey and/or oversized) textured pieces. Base palate of black, navy and bone with a rotation of various earth tones and greys.
I am definitely a minimalist when it comes to my personal style. Even with my personal makeup style, I am a minimalist. I think minimalist is a nice way to say boring. When I go shopping, I’m the girl that finds the one shirt style that works; and buys all the colors in that same style. This is usually black or grey, and casual. 2014 will be different! I resolve to step out of my comfort zone with more color and more variety in style. I resolve to bring more life to my style. Colors, patterns, details, a bit of flare, a bit of sparkle. Taking the time for myself to actually find those styles and that flare is challenge I think I’m up for in 2014.
Since I’m up at 5:30am spending my days designing, building and fabricating in Dale's studio and then up until midnight doing my own work (making appearances, photo shoots, networking) I'm always rolling with what I call BLACK COLLAR: militant dandy-meets-punk nonchalant. My Allsaints leather jacket collection is a staple but for 2014 I'm going to integrate tailored blazers with destroyed work boots. Ties with weld spattered jeans. T-shirts and tux jackets. Push it to the logical extreme. Go harder. All in a day's work working it.
Dylan Neuwirth, post-human contemporary artist/design-build primary for Chihuly Studio Inc., dylanneuwirth.com
Take everything with a grain of salt—or a thousand grains of glitter. My resolution is to forget what an outfit is meant to look like and trade it for what an outfit can be. Achieve this by layering old with new random with whatever. A tee shirt over a dress shirt with a pair of vintage blue jeans and a statement necklace made out of cork has never looked better.
I would love to look better than I do, but I resolve to seek out more clothes that are easy to wear, comfortable, and that travel well between professional museum client meetings, workaday life in downtown Seattle, and production work in my bindery studio in Tieton. I resolve to try a few more unusual town/county combinations, wear them with confidence, and try not to make a mess of myself.
2014 will find me attempting to be less stylistically rigid, more willing to disregard what I've defined insofar as “my style” (off-duty-Patti Smith). Of late, I’ve realized I can’t boil my sartorial persuasion down so easily, so my resolution is to be more fluid, to stop limiting myself, and just wear what I’m drawn to.
Jennifer Utley, associate manager at 206inc, model, and writer, projectgirlcrush.tumblr.com
In 2014, I'm embracing my mom's mantra of me being “hot natured.” White T's from the mahfuckin' homeboy Brendan Donnelly. Shit with skulls and blood and Frankensteins. I'm trying to lose my skin. Velcro shoes and a pair of kickass Timberland black boots to complement the already black soul I live in. I run a pair of gray Levi's into the ground. Return to earth. Return to sediment.
My work requires long hours and constant decision-making so I resolve to refine my uniform down to a handful of well-made essentials that compliment each other and look right all day and night.
Michael Ellsworth, co-founder/creative director at Civilization, builtbycivilization.com
More color in general, but perhaps in a pair of shoes to start. Slim-fitting trousers. A good coat. And I’m going back to my lime sweater.
Lyall Bush, director, Northwest Film Forum
I resolve to focus on pieces that make me come alive. Vintage, statement, embellished, updated basics, whatever – as long as it lights my fire.
My resolution is to become a master of the scarf. The Internet and I will be spending a lot of time together as I research diagrams, videos, how-tos, and weird fabric origami and make the most of my scarf collection.
My style resolution is to up the game with accessories, shoes, and handbags. Those who know me see me in all-black basics most of the time; that’s my uniform. I am finding that some well-curated details make all the difference. Recent favorites from a trip to New York: Isabel Marant wedge booties from La Ree and a vintage garnet necklace remade from family jewels.
I am sticking to my motto “Buy the best you can afford” and looking forward to investing in more pieces that are simple, but not boring. I aim to add pattern (carefully) and high heels (strategically), and coats and jackets—because those stand in the accessories category for me. Layering is in, especially in our climate.
This year I want to feel like a million bucks in jeans and a T-shirt (and of course great shoes).
I’ll start from a clean slate every morning. Today go casual, tomorrow conservative, the next day: crazy hair. Newness breeds results. Also: Discuss, critique, and laugh about your choices and the choices of others around you. We all make mistakes but everyone deserves a compliment when they are on point.
Matthew McDonald, assistant store manager, Barneys New York, barneys.com
Will bring in some cuddly, slouchy, and soft draped knits that are worked in ultra-soft fuzzy texture to give them a cozy tactility. Paired with crisp, sheeny, skinny tapered trousers. I believe in simplicity, timeless elegance, and effortless chic; these are the most important keys in my design.
Being a fashion designer, I express myself in my creative collections rather than in my day-to-day style. My usual dress is black pants and black shirt—oh and black boots. Comfortable and easy. My resolution is to break out of the habit of being driven purely by comfort and add some sophisticated fun to my personal wardrobe.
Better tops. Years of collecting the best jeans and pants has left me, well, bottom heavy.
In 2014 I intend to make clothing acquisitions purposeful, building a cohesive wardrobe. Think long-term not short-term.
To move away from comfort. To wear the things I have in the way I originally imagined them to be. To put work in now, to learn to be the chic old lady I intend to be. To toe the line between fashionable and flattering. To worry less about my waist and get down with swathing my bod in fabric. Also to do my damn hair once in a while.
I need to figure out this androgynous/feminine look that Lou Douillon kills; going to get myself a STETleather jacket and wear it with pencil skirts, dresses, and high-waisted skinny jeans. Still plenty of classics and black, but I’ll be dressing to how I feel in the moment.
Juliet Sander, creative director, Sander
Cashmere will be my everyday indulgence. I will be wearing cashmere all the time for that ultimate comfort. A dream come true in 2014 will be wrapping my family of three in my new creation of luxurious cashmere blanket while spending quality time watching a family movie together.
Clean socks and underwear stored at the studio, for those consecutive long nights that turn into mornings. Looking for that perfect sharp ¾ length jacket that is early morning comfort and late night adventure.
I love fashion, but I no longer have to be a slave to the trends. I take them and make them work for me, not the other way around! Runway to real-way for me means adding a touch of what is a current trend to what I love to wear; rich fabrics, fabulous shoes, and great accessories. Clean and simple with a POP!
Terri Morgan, owner, TCM Models and Talent
After a few years of longer, natural hair, 2014 is calling for a more dramatic cut and color. As for the rest of me, I'm going to build up my wardrobe with vintage and consignment pieces from Driftwood and DaDa Coleccion.
To put my money where my professional mouth is and get to know the makers of my wardrobe. I've met every owner of the places whose T-shirts Horses Cut Shop sells and I want to do the same for my own boots, denim, jackets, and jewelry.
As a busy mom, sunglasses and sidewalk skimmers have been my style staples. This year I am committing to flair! My sartorial resolution for 2014 is to explore self-expression through heritage. Cultivating my unique and personal look by thoughtfully merging everyday classics with bold African prints, modern Northwest textiles, and cherished heirlooms.
Brandy Brown, principal,maraboudesign.com
Recent years were trial by color for me; I return to ecclesiastic austerity. I’m a cardinal for art at heart—black and white and red all over I will be.
T.S. Flock, writer and managing editor, Vanguard Seattle
For 2014 I'm going to carry a big orange handbag filled with lipstick, lots of things to read, and no electronic devices. Ankle boots with heels are my friends but I don't want to become a creature of habit so I want some POW shoes to mix in. I will wear a lot black. All shades. And berry lipstick. Berry nails too. I am cutting my hair quite short but keeping long bangs. But I'm only wearing it short for a year. I'd love to have long silver hair when I'm 75.
To fearlessly sharpen my sartorial identity, extend my visual brand beyond just my photography, and let that live through my wardrobe and attitude. To surprise myself. Wear my curls out more often!
This year I am going to try my darndest to not buy any new clothing. I am going to learn to mend and properly care for a closet already full of beautiful, well designed, made to last clothing straight from the brilliant minds of designers from around the world we all adore. I'll resole and polish my shoes—before they actually need it—and rub my bags with saddle soap. I want to care for clothing I worked hard for 'cause it's workin' hard for me. And maybe... hopefully... I'll have a new refined self awareness and appreciation next year for that new Celine blouse and the meaning of what is classic- to me!
Theresa Crim, curator, landmanagement.com