Written and produced by RACHEL GALLAHER Photographed by CHARLIE SCHUCK Stylist MICHELE ANDREWS Photography assistant LAUREN COLTON Production assistant MEG WALLICH Model SARAH MORSE, HEFFNER MANAGEMENT Assistant stylist JOSH DALQUIST Makeup and hair JAMYRLYN WRIGHT MALLORY
rebel rebel The Northwest is awakening from its decades-long sartorial flatline with renewed verve. Taking cues from global style (kimonos, tunics, men’s work jackets), regional designers are infusing their collections with an increasingly edgy sophistication while preserving the relaxed essence of how Northwesterners dress. Using the Bellevue Arts Museum’s exhibition “The New Frontier: Young Designer-Makers in the Pacific Northwest” as a backdrop, co-curator and photographer Charlie Schuck and stylist Michele Andrews (who selected pieces from a high-caliber crop of Fall–Winter 2015 collections) highlight how designers in all disciplines are shaping a regional look that’s fresh and self-reflective—proving that in all forms of design, the Northwest leads, not follows. »
“The Northwest has the hard-to-obtain cool factor,” says Seattle stylist Michele Andrews. “And as long as we are really immersed in an honest life that does not follow trends and keeps its rebellious spirit, the Northwest will maintain a style identity all its own.” Navy kimono jacket, Priory of Ten (Vancouver), pearl drop earrings, Faris (Seattle); white button-up shirt, Lift Label (Portland); blue pleated dress, Uniform, a capsule collection by Nico Malin & Cailyn Embring (Seattle). GRAY ISSUE No. TWENTY-THREE
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