Prismatic braids, iridescent platform shoes, pattern mixing and color clashing—there’s nothing about Andreya Taylor’s style that says stereotypical Seattle. And that’s her point. The Oakland-born, Seattle-grown designer is all about being bold, bright, and, according to her own style ethos, Meticulously Eccentric—also the name of her clothing line.
But the fashion world at large is taking notice of this local up-and-comer’s creations (available mostly as custom orders out of her Kent workshop). Last December, Taylor, 32, showed her spring/summer collection at New York Fashion Week for the first time. Her sartorial philosophy comes straight from the school of self-realization, but Taylor learned the ways of the meticulous—sketching, drafting, draping, executing—at Ballard’s now-shuttered New York Fashion Academy. “My inspiration is the 1920s to the 1940s era of glam,” says the designer, and she blends those classic silhouettes with her “eccentric twist to it—pretty wild, pretty bright, pretty out there.”
As Seattle’s demographics shift so do its long-held fashion truths. Maybe our megacasual reputation is one of them: Taylor says she’s here to make onlookers proclaim, “Wow, you really are a magical unicorn lady.”
"I don’t dress for events. I get dressed, and then I’m making an event out of whatever I’m doing—I can make an event going grocery shopping.” —Andreya Taylor, clothing designer