If you haven't been to the Frye Art Museum lately, you haven't been to the Frye. Last winter's Burial from Mark Mitchell and this summer's run of Your Feast Has Ended made it clear that if your interest in art takes masterwork, history, and regionally rooted emerging cultural perspectives into account, this is the place for you.
Considering the fall 2014 season of fashion and the ever-evolving trend to mash-up classic lines and elegant silhouettes with raw, easy-going textiles, patterns, and color palettes, the Frye seemed the perfect place for us, too.
Especially once we heard about the museum's social media campaign, set to take things one step further.
Seattle fashion photographer April Brimer shot these images, as styled by me with Amanda Zurita, during the final days (for now at least) of the salon-style founding collection setup that the Frye is often known for.
As of the new exhibit's grand opening on October 2, a crowd-sourced version of these priceless works will be shown in the main galleries. Here's hoping you enjoy how we captured them before the set was disassembled, and here's hoping you catch some autumnal inspiration in the process.
Color, texture, pattern. Shine. The modern mix is still very much about the mix, but the eclectic pattern- and print-tangle that feels so right in spring is traded for a textile tumble and worldly exchange in the cooler (and colder) months.
How to walk confidently toward the intersection of global elegance and urban sport? Trade trousers for long, jam-like short-pants worn with tights or socks and chunky heels, and pair them with long layers made of active-wear materials, utilitarian fabrics, and hand-made elements like embroidery.
Traditional ideas about dressing up and dressing down are no longer relevant; modern style combines formality with ease. Start with a piece that's either casual or fine, and layer from there with a careful sense of balance. One of these, one of those. One of these, one of those ...
Color is one of the most enticing innovations in fashion. While many designers studied gray this season, still others put pastel- and sherbert-punctuated earth-tones into the lexicon. Look for lavender, mint, and peach on fall racks, and reach for forest greens and ocre yellows to ground them in the season. Alternately, go for tones that match Seattle skies and know that it's indeed "a thing."
Knit-dressing is "a thing," too. And not just for women. Men get cozy in sweater coats and more, and as for the trend of digital images and oversized scarves: it's meant to be shared and shared alike.
A good sturdy oxford will take you anywhere these days—including the runway. (Should you happen to find yourself on one.) Never have we seen more flat-footed options in high-fashion arenas, and many of the best options are white. Yes, even in the winter. Wear them with looks that skirt frippery and recreation.
A certain ’90s sensibility lingers; the Seattle look (don't make us say the "G" word) continues to be a strong reference point for the rest of the world. Sturdy woolen jackets pair nicely with the proverbial Sunday best, and classic knit patterns are tied around every waist in fashion these days.
A hit list: baseball jackets, jeweled embellishments, camouflage and more camouflage, knit textiles not just in the pullover category but as skirts and pants, too.
Fall’s favorite silhouette is long; wear it in layers to maximize potential, and add a sneaker to throw the whole thing wonderfully off-balance.
Stylist’s Assistants: Emma Ranniger, Conor Romack
Hair and Makeup: Jamyrlyn Mallory
Models: Feliks K for Heffner Management, Olivia G for Seattle Models Guild
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