In case you were wondering: Eccentrically stylish Seattleites do exist. We saw them on Saturday, November 17 at the tribute concert that kicked off EMP’s new Hear My Train A Comin': Hendrix Hits London. Timed to the legend's 70th birthday, the event attracted Seattle psychedelics and their free-spirited vintage attire.
Hendrix’s sister greeted the crowd in the multi-colored chevrons of a Missoni caftan; tribute performances from Jimi’s bandmate and friend Billy Cox, Ernie Isley of the Isley Brothers, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, and Audley Freed of Sheryl Crow followed as the Sky Church became a sort of indoor Woodstock.
Shoeless dancers in maxi dresses floating through the venue and feathered ornaments and flowers tumbled out of the hair dos of both men and women. There was one reveler in John Lennon-style orange-tinted sunnies, a stark white tuxedo jacket, and bowling shoes that even got us out to dance when the band played Hendrix’s “Axis: Bold as Love.”
There was even a bit of a reprise of last month's Project Leather vibe; we spotted a stunning crimson leather jacket with pony hair pockets and a full-on fringed black leather vest by Portland’s own Ms. Wood.
The exhibit itself, which runs indefinitely as far as we can tell, includes more than 100 exclusive Jimi Hendrix artifacts detailing his rise to British pop-chart stardom, including the legendary hand-painted guitar he smashed in London and signature jackets by Dandie Fashions. Especially impressive was a one-of-a-kind multi-colored, military-inspired suit jacket with crisp velvet pockets and gold embroidery along the cuff and collar. We could dig it!
If you're into the psychedelic glam era, it's worth a trip—pun intended—just be sure to dress for the occasion.
Abiola Akanni is a guest blogger at Seattle Met; her blog is called Bora Bora Style.