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    Men's department manager, Capitol Hill Urban Outfitters, 401 Broadway E., 322-1800

    What look best defines Seattle right now?

    I guess that '70s kind of rocker feel would be the most Seattle look—at least for Capitol Hill.

    Is there some current icon that you think most people emulate when they're buying their clothes?

    Mick Jagger. I don't think Mick Jagger now, but Mick Jagger in his heyday.

    What fashion trend are you over?

    Sweater coats; I'd be happy if I never saw another sweater coat for the rest of my life. For guys . . . there's not really anything right now that I'm totally over for guys, because there's not an overwhelming look right now.

    How much longer can we expect to see people with their pants hanging off their asses?

    Probably for the rest of our lives. I don't even think that's fashion—I just think that's bad judgment.

    Do you guys sell more ball caps or knit caps?

    Knit caps, for sure. Little skull caps.

    At what age should you stop wearing a ball cap backward?

    Um . . . 5?


    Independent professional stylist, e-mail iheartrummage@hotmail.com

    Who in town do you think has the most style?

    Oh, god, I don't really think that there's anyone that I particularly "look up to" in Seattle; I think that Seattle, a lot of the time, is pretty conservative as far as dressing. I would just say my everyday friends who dress up and wear funny outfits that are really gross most of the time but that I think are fun.

    When people try to dress themselves, what's the first thing they should consider above everything else?

    Individuality. I shop at thrift stores most of the time, and I buy whatever I think would (a) look good on me, and (b) be something that isn't represented. I think it's really important to not stick to just basic things, not buy things just because they're comfortable and safe and black and cut really slender. Wear crazier things. Push the envelope a little bit more.

    What's the first clothing store in town in which you would choose to spend $1,000?

    I really like shopping at thrift stores— I would probably go to, like, St. Vincent de Paul on Aurora [laughs]. I shop a lot at Double Trouble on Capitol Hill—that's pretty much a thrift store, too. I'll spend a lot of money on shoes, so maybe Barneys or Nordstrom. And pants, actually, jeans: I would go to Zebraclub for Diesel jeans and buy, you know, seven pairs of them.

    What hot look do you think is going to be the quickest to fade?

    Those one-sleeved shirts. Those have been on the way out, but they were really big for a while. I think those are going to be over real fast. I think the '80s look is pretty much going down the drain, too. There's good '80s look, and then there's "I'm just trying to look '80s." That's funny and gross for a second, but nobody can pull it off seriously and make it look good.

    What makes a fashion legend?

    People that take risks. People that dress the way they want to and have confidence about it . . . it's just something, I think, that you get and you do and you love and that's just part of your life. Or you try to follow other people's ideas of what is cool, and it doesn't transfer nearly as well as you just having fun with it yourself.


    Owner, Flip hair studio, 620 Alaskan Way, #200, 713-9326

    So—short or long for hair this spring?

    In between, but more on the long side because we're starting to go back to that sort of flowing, hippie style next year. So we'll probably see more long [hair].

    What kind of 'do is popping up the most now?

    It's kind of funny. We're seeing complete opposites. We're seeing kind of a go-back-to-the-'80s thing—you'll see girls maybe even shaved underneath [their] bobs a bit. Kind of angular, more asymmetrical stuff. But then, on the flip side, the longer, softer, shaggier thing. I think we're completely done with the short, straight-across bangs now.

    How much should we admire Jennifer Aniston's hair still?

    She has really pretty hair—really good hair—so I think we can still admire it. It's all about the color, though, not the cut anymore. She has amazing color.

    Do we really have to shampoo and condition?

    Uh, yeah. Definitely. Most people need to condition.

    Do most people know what cut works best for them?

    No. I think that's why they turn to their hairdressers.

    What one piece of advice would you give to most people concerning their hair?

    Take really good care of it; don't be afraid to spend money on good stuff for your hair.


    Hair stylist, Voodoo Barber Shop, 534 Queen Anne N., 272-9635

    What's the haircut that most people ask for?

    The uneven, choppy looks-good-when-you-wake-up cut. Or maybe Rock Star Hair.

    What are some other common requests?

    I do have mullet requests, and I enjoy giving them. The choppier, shaggier mullet is making a comeback; I blame the Web sites. There are a lot more rattails, and I like that, too. And pieces left long for no apparent reason.

    What haircut are you sick of giving?

    I'm sick of what I call the KeyArena Cut: the shorter-on-the-sides/longer-on-the-top cut. It's the dude cut.

    What cut will you refuse to give?

    The flattop. Besides the fact that I suck at it and I'm too short to reach the top of most people's heads, it's just ugly.

    What trends are you anticipating for spring?

    More layers of color, more patchwork-like rather than natural. The asymmetrical cut.

    What cut or 'do would you love to do?

    The Cyndi Lauper Checkerboard. That's my dream.


    Co-owner, Double Trouble clothing store, 508 E. Pine, 323-7451

    What do people come in and ask for the most? What's the rack they gravitate toward right away?

    Well, they always shop the T-shirts first. We have a whole wall dedicated to T-shirts, and everybody heads for those. And the girls always want skirts.

    Since you sell vintage, what's the biggest revival period right now?

    The '80s are so coming back! The off-the-shoulder, acid-wash—all that stuff is amazing. '80s, '80s, '80s.

    What's your personal favorite of everything you sell?

    The corduroys, for sure. That's what I go for the most.

    Is there anything so played out it will never come back?

    Oh, I don't think so. Every decade comes back again and again—it's like an endless cycle, you know? Never say never.


    Co-owner, Alhambra boutique, 101 Pine, 621-9571

    What's new for spring that's different?

    Well, this spring we have more separates than usual, more skirts. And really feminine tops with a kind of vintage look to them. We have our own line— a designer from Turkey, Bahar Korcan—and that's kind of our biggest hit right now.

    What kind of jewelry is doing well now?

    Earrings and necklaces that are very feminine, more delicate. Definitely silver.

    How about accessories?

    The hair accessories are really popular, and also handbags—mostly leather, small, also with a vintage look.

    Are any colors particularly doing well?

    Pinks and reds, especially rose pink, [are] popular. And chartreuse and blues.


    Makeup artist, Barneys New York, 1420 Fifth, 622-6300

    What magazine trends are translating to your counters right now?

    The big thing right now is a really, really light, glossy lip, very translucent colors, a strong brow, a light color on the eye, no eyeliner. Pretty color mascaras and eye shadows in very pop-y colors are also really popular. Lots and lots of blush! And a whole face shimmer, like a stick you can use on your eyes, your cheeks, your lips, either under or over your foundation. And anything that looks punky or Japanese. Like chic-punk—very clean and feminine, but with a little edge to it that makes it fun.

    Are people still doing dark raccoon eyes, like last season?

    Nope, it's all about big, wide-open eyes, so eyelash curlers are big right now.

    Anything else people are avoiding for spring?

    Yes—no more dark lipstick.

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