Lily Raskind, Fashion Designer

By Laura Cassidy June 23, 2011 Published in the July 2011 issue of Seattle Met

THE MORAL OF this story is: Don’t be afraid to switch gears. While aiming for a career in textiles and home decor, Seattle native Lily Raskind stitched up a wedding dress as a favor for a coworker at Martha Stewart Living and her ready-to-wear line Sunshine and Shadow was born. After returning to the Northwest and becoming a mom, she traded in the original brand for a collaboration with Urban Outfitters called Yellow Is Gold.

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Has your style changed since moving back to Seattle from Brooklyn? Sometimes I feel more freedom in Seattle than I did in New York. There’s so much style and look there, I’d find myself asking, “Is this too much?”

Wearing The belt and dress are from my final Sunshine and Shadow collections. The shoes are Lanvin, I got them on sale at Nordstrom. One of the great things about living in Seattle is that some amazing things get marked down here. The necklace is by local designers Iacoli and McAllister. It looks like a drawing. The big black bracelet is by Gaetano Pesce; my husband got it for me at Far 4 when we first moved back.

Heavy rotation wardrobe piece A Comme des Garçons blazer. I got it at Baby and Co. in 2002 when I was visiting from New York. From the front it looks normal, but the back is cut out so that it arcs up at the waist. It’s the perfect amount of detail. It always works.

Current color theory I’ve been really feeling saffron, and rust with bright orangey red or fuchsia. I love the idea of wearing a rust dress with a bright, matte coral lipstick and a tan. Warm colors—that’s what I’m going for with the Yellow Is Gold collection for fall.

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