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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

GUEST BLOG: A Girls Guide to Seattle

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@JessEstrada @MaryLouRicci @gift_girl @girlsguide206
(not pictured @jaymedoll)
Photo Courtesy of Jamee Chasteen

Microsoft PR Girl by day, Blogger by night, Nadine Haija is your girl for what is going on in the 206. She has hosted several fashion events throughout Seattle including a digital fashion show for Rue La La and most recently Banana Republic’s, After 5 event.

I came across Nadine on twitter several months ago when her twitter handle caught my eye: @girlsguide206. As a former Seattle girl myself, I was interested in keeping up with the fashion scene here. We started tweeting back and forth, she saw some of my work in VA and I kept up with her blog. I recently found myself back in Seattle and her #BRAfter5 tweets caught my eye.

So I showed up to meet this Girls Guide to the 206 at Banana Republic. What a great event! Nadine was styling some girls when I arrived so I took the time to walk around, check out the fabulous collection and even drop my name in a contest for Virgin Airlines!  Seattle could use some more of these live styling events! What girl doesn’t want to be serenaded by live musicians, served amazing drinks, styled and to top it off gets a discount on her purchase? Please!

A former Boston girl, Nadine moved to Seattle after college not knowing a soul. Interested in what was going on in the Emerald City, like any 20 something girl. She had no luck when it came to finding resources for an everyday girl on a budget, so she decided to become the resource. And there, her blog began. Four months into the blog and tweeting she started meeting friends through social media. Before she knew it, her twitter followers become some of her best friends and her blog began to gain popularity.

Nadine met these girls through twitter and they have all remained close and supportive of each other ever since. These girls were a blast to hang out with. I hope to see more Seattle shopping and styling events this summer.

From fashion and food to tweet-ups and everything in between, check out A Girls Guide to Seattle and follow her on twitter @girlsguide206 Nadine hopes to bring the Girls Guide concept across the US with blogs for major city’s where stylish 20 and 20 something’s on a budget can go for all things fabulous in their city.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

GUEST BLOG: A Night Out at Nordstrom with Monique Lhuillier

By Guest Blogger:

Boys dressed up serving bubbly amidst models, fabulous ladies and all things, Monique Lhuillier. The new bridal suite at Nordstrom’s flagship store downtown Seattle was the place to be.  I arrived a bit early (one must be prepared when meeting a lady like this) and greeted by the Nordy PR Girls who showed me around the suite and whispered about the handsome man spotted grazing through the gowns. That handsome man would be the other half of Mrs. Lhuillier, both personal and business alike. They started the company together and are also celebrating their 16-year wedding anniversary.

I sat down with Monique to talk weddings (of Royalty AND Reese) fashion, trends and even about her dreams.  What did she think of Kate Middleton’s famous (or infamous?) dress and what would she have done different had she been commissioned to design for the Duchess?

Jammie: Where do you get your inspiration?

Monique Lhuillier: I travel a lot; I love looking at beautiful fabrics, movies and contemporary art. I’m like a sponge, I see something beautiful and my ideas just start.

Jammie: Now that the Royal Wedding has happened, have you noticed an increase of excitement over weddings?

Monique Lhuillier: Everybody is ready to celebrate again. I think that people are ready to have big weddings again. Before this people were very cautious because of the recession, they feel more secure now and realize that things are going to be ok so they want to celebrate life again.

Jammie: Did the Royal Wedding affect bridal trends?

Monique Lhuillier: It’s not verbatim, the dress, but I think lace is a big trend in bridal and I think that’s going to continue because of what we just saw.  Although lace has been the strongest selling design component in my collections for 15 years, I believe that now it is on the forefront and more brides will go out looking for it.

Monique showcased long sleeved bridal gowns in her last collection and she was actually ahead of the trend. No need for this lady to design anything inspired by the royal wedding!

Jammie: What did you think of Kate’s dress?

Monique Lhuillier: I thought her dress was beautiful; it was regal and elegant.  But honestly I thought it should have been even more, grand and I would have loved to see more fantasy, for the skirt to be more intricate. Because that’s what I think the signatures are of Alexander McQueen’s work and I wanted that to show through the dress style more. Also would have loved to see a longer veil.

Jammie: You thought she was going to say train, didn’t you?  I did!

Monique Lhuillier: She was classic and understated and I felt like the Abbey was the place to really do it up and make these fantasies come true.

Jammie: You recently designed a dress for Reese Witherspoon. How is it working with a celebrity bride? I’m sure you get a lot of media attention and extra publicity with headlines like: Reese to be dressed by Monique Lhuillier. 

Monique Lhuillier: People love to know what celebrity’s wear, what they do. They’re just fascinated by their life. So for me doing a celebrity wedding is like a fashion show for the world to see what they choose.

I treat a bride the same, whether a celebrity or not, it’s the same process.

Every time I design for somebody so high profile I still get excited because I’m so passionate about what I do and love when other people are interested. I never take anything for granted; I still get nervous backstage at my fashion shows.

Jammie: Bridal or Ready to wear?

Monique Lhuillier: Bridal is less stressful and like a second nature.  Ready to wear has a lot more work, they’re bigger collections.  Bridal is easier for me, I see it in my dreams and there’s an ease that comes with it.  It’s like (she makes a swishing noise as if cutting fabric) let’s make this!

Jammie: Describe the girl you design for

Monique Lhuillier: I design for a fashionable, confident girl who just wants to look her best and has an effortless beauty about her.

The business and brand of Monique Lhuillier began after not being able to find a dress for her own wedding that she absolutely loved, she felt the there was a lack of fashion infused dresses. So after her wedding, Monique told her husband, I have to start this business. Ten months later the company showed potential and her husband left what he was doing to run the company.  Which explains why he was grazing through the gowns!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Designer Spotlight: ECO BLING COUTURE

OK, so I have really fallen in love with ECO BLING COUTURE.  This amazing designer, Lika Schindler, blends old, new and broken into amazing pieces of one of a kind ART. Take a look at her pieces, they are not just jewelry, but absolute ART.

This necklace is my absolute fav and I couldn't help but give it a blog mention. You can shop eco bling until 6/15/2011 witha  25% discount at But if you want this necklace, you better hurry, as I might just purchase it for myself! :-)

Want your own piece of ECO BLING COUTURE? Come to Seattle Fashion Week. SFW will have necklaces in Celebrity, VVIP and some VIP Swag bags.

The Seven Layer Reclaimed Necklace Jewelry
Photo Courtesy of EcoBling Couture
 Necklace description from the website "Alright this is the cream of the crop necklace! And one of my favorites! This reclaimed necklace measures 17.50 inches in length from end to end and there are 7 layers. There are 3 layers of gun metal colored chain. 2 layers are made up of a silver 80s mesh belt (I love those belts!) There is a layer of vintage black glass rhinestones that is absolutely gorgeous! There is a chunky black glass stone in the middle surround by black rhinestones. The last layer is GORGEOUS! The back part of the necklace is made up of a flower chain connecting to a row of pendants measuring from 1.25 to 2.00 inches in size. There is a rhinestone and faux pearl flower, silver leather like flower in gun metal grey color. The necklace pendant is a vintage silver piece with black glass in the middle. (it has a chip on the bottom but it is not noticeable) The center piece is a black vintage Karu piece with rhinestones. There is also a rhinestone and silver one, and a sterling rose one, along with a black chunky circle. This is just a very gorgeous necklace you will love it!

This Jewelry is one of a kind and there will never be another one exactly like it. All materials are recycled, reused, and redesigned giving the necklace a new life. OF course there are flaws in used items but sometimes that is the beauty of it!"

Vodka And Buttons Reclaimed Necklace Jewelry
Photo Courtesy of EcoBling Couture
I also love this piece, and assume its my business partner Kassie's favorite! :-)

The website describes it as, "This Necklace is fun and interesting! Its all about Vodka and buttons. The necklace measure 18.5 inches in length and is made up of big chunky vintage black buttons with rhinestones in the middle followed by silver metal buttons. The black buttons measure 1.25 inches in size. The necklace is followed up by a big chunky silver rope chain and topped off with a silver metal liquor tag that says “Vodka” love it or hate it it’s still pretty! This Jewelry is one of a kind and there will never be another one exactly like it. All materials are recycled, reused, and redesigned giving the necklace a new life. OF course there are flaws in used items but sometimes that is the beauty of it! There is no harming done in the vintage jewelry I use (because its already broken)!"

Seattle Fashion Week Media, Photo & Blogger Coverage

There is so much great coverage of Seattle Fashion Week 2011, I had to make sure I shared all the links I dug up. Please make sure to leave a comment of what your favorite interview, article or blogger was. Thanks, Maile

Pre Event Coverage
  • The Elitist View
  • Volunteer Tips from SAGEMAG
Designer Spotlight

  • Built For Man
  • Darkheart Eco
  • EcoBling Couture
  • Jordan Klein
  • Jordan Klein
  • VossRock
Comcast Student Designer Competition

  • Comcast Washington
  • Edmonds Patch
  • Kiss106.1 Fashion & Lifestyle Blog
  • Fashion Network Seattle
  • Comcast Student Competition post for Manic Designs.
  • Visual Noise Hype

  • Fransciso Hernandez, Built For Man
  • Jordan Klein
  • Lily Jang Speical by Pink Energy by Cabral Edwards Management
  • Mcklyn Cole, Seattle Models Guild
  • MUSIC BLOG: Pink Energy interviews Oregons THE SLANTS

  • Being 5
  • Emarld City Girl
  • Visual Noise Hype
Launch Party Coverage
  • Couture Petite
  • Couture Petite- After the Party
  • Manic Designs
Non Profit Partner Seattle Childrens Home
  • Pink Energy: SFW2011 Welcomes Seattle Children's Home as Official Non Profit Beneficiary
  • Manic Designs  
Seattle Fashion Week Schedule Listings

  • 24/7 Digital Fashion
  • NW Source Blog
  • Pink Energy by Cabral Edwards Management
  • Rachel Samanyi
  • Seattle Picks
  • Spectator Blog

POST COVERAGE- Seattle Fashion Week

  • Aspiring Gentlemens Magazine by Marcus Green
  • Chelsea Lane
  • Couture Petite
  • Edmonds Patch
  • Edmonds Patch
  • Fashionwrites Ray
  • Just Zipped- A Volunteers Perspective
  • Penn Miniken
  • Pop Sugar
  • Saks To Salvation
  • The Chic Curve by Natasha

  • Jonathan Beck (Jonathan Beck photos)
  • Bethany Olsen (Great photos on the blog, Bethany Olsen)
  • Mike Tsosie (coverage of Headlining Artist, Adrian)
  • Oleg Zharsky 
  • Oleg Zharsky 2
  • Ross James Photography
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Seattle Fashion Week Contest- Win A 1-Of-A-Kind Piece From EcoBling Couture!

CONTEST:  Win A necklace of your choice: ($50.00- $350.00 value) from EcoBlingCouture! Contest to end June 2nd, 2011.
Here’s how to enter. Just complete one of the following (you can enter more than once):
    1.       Like
    2.       Follow @EcoBlingCouture on Twitter
    3.       Tag EcoBlingCouture in the following FB / Tweet pic: “I want to 
                                                          win ______ (insert name of piece) from EcoBlingCouture!”
                                               4.       Tag EcoBlingCouture in a pic of your complimentary piece you received at Seattle Fashion Week! “My one-of-a-kind piece I received in my VIP swag bag at Seattle Fashion Week) *Tag Photo
Details: No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Not redeemable for cash. Contest period is 5/19/2011 through 6/2/2011. Winner will be announced on Seattle Fashion Week Facebook Page and on  Winning value not to exceed $350.00 total.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Celebrity Stylist Rosaline Hampton Opens In Bellevue With Smashing Success

As a guest Media Blogger of Gossip & Glamour’s Sydney Chavez, I was able to attend the Rosaline Hampton Grand Opening in Bellevue as official "Media".  I have said it before and will say it again. I am not a professional blogger, I don't have a fancy design degree and I am certainly no fashion expert. What I am is a girl who loves fashion, celebrities and all aspects of Fashion and Styling in SEATTLE, BELLEVUE and WASHINGTON STATE.  I could not be more proud that Bellevue finally has its own celebrity stylist, in our very own back yard. "We are so excited to be here in Bellevue and look forward to providing one-of-a-kind experience to those who want a fresh take on fabulous," says Rosaline Hampton.
Rosaline Hampton Salon
Photo Courtesy of Eastside Fashion
The time has finally come that Rosaline Hampton has opened her own Glam Rock salon, after years of success as a celebrity stylist. And, it’s clear to me that she has opened with a great splash and smashing success this weekend.  The setting of both the salon and party was just right, and I could not agree more with the official press release that the setting of “Imported Italian furniture and crystal chandeliers “ that complimented the “custom designed Porche stylist stations and luxurious color bar” are the perfect combination for this GLAM ROCK salon. 
My favorite fashons
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Upon my arrival Sydney Chavez and Jess Estrada of Gossip & Glamour graciously greeted each guest, offered cocktails and took pictures on the step & repeat banner.  My favorite part, ofcourse, was the fashions that were on display.  Two local designers showed off their designs next to 3 vintage pieces that were just as exciting.  Overall, I had a great time at the launch party. I can’t say much about her services as I have yet to visit the salon as a client. After I do, I’ll provide a thorough review of their services. So for now… STAY TUNED! :-) Want to reach Rosaline Hampton yourself? Send her a TWEET. You're likely to hear back. I did, and recieved a response within minutes. Thanks Rosaline and see you in the salon soon no doubt.
                                            On Twitter @RosalineHampton

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Maile is a founding partner of Cabral Edwards Management, C.E.M.  She blogs for Girl Power Hour ( managing their Celeb Buzz Seattle blog. Her bi-monthly GPH blogs will not only focus on celebrities, but on their passions and the positive impact they have on the world. She will be covering female celebrities of all kinds that visit the Seattle and Pacific Northwest area.  Cabral Edwards Management is a Celebrity booking & event management company. Follow her on twitter at @mailehager, @CEMManagement and @SeattleCelebBuz.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

SFW to Benefit Seattle Childrens Home

Seattle Fashion Week Partners with Non Profit Beneficiary Seattle Childrens Home

Seattle Fashion Week (SFW) is excited to formally welcome Seattle Children's Home as the official SFW2011 Non Profit beneficiary.  Each year, the SFW team welcomes a Non Profit partner to the events. Heather Teegarden, Seattle Childrens Home Development & Marketing Coordinator says that their mission “ is to offer community based care in a collaborative environment that fosters resiliency so that children may grow up to live fully integrated and meaningful lives.”  The Seattle Fashion Week team is excited that their Non Profit beneficiary this year is so active in the local Seattle community.  SFW Executive Producer Gabriel Choy, says he “really believes in this new organization”. He continues that the partnership “is for a good cause and I really respect what they are doing in the community.” A portion of all NET Proceeds for 2011 will be donated to Seattle Children’s Home. 


Our mission at Seattle Children's Home is to help children and their families by providing comprehensive mental health and developmental services.  Washington’s first children’s charity, Seattle Children's Home (SCH) was founded in 1884 by the “founding women” of Seattle including Sarah Yesler, Louisa Denny, and other members of the Ladies Releif Society. Seattle Children’s Home was established in response to the need to provide a safe home for orphaned children in the Seattle area.  Over the years, as the social service needs of the community grew more complex, SCH evolved, yet we have never wavered from our commitment to improving the lives of our most vulnerable citizens - children. 

At SCH we understand that mental health is indispensable to personal well-being, family and interpersonal relationships, and contribution to the community. It is easy to overlook the value of mental health until problems surface. Yet from early childhood until death, mental health is the springboard of thinking and communication skills, learning, emotional growth, resilience, and self-esteem. These are the ingredients of each individual’s successful contribution to community and society.  According to the National Center for Children in Poverty “One in five children has a diagnosable mental disorder.  One in 10 youth has serious mental health problems that are severe enough to impair how they function at home, school, or in the community.”  This means that in a typical classroom of 25, five children are in need of mental health services like the ones offered at SCH.  Sadly, of these children less than two-thirds are getting the help they need.  Our programs produce significant positive results for children with mental health issues.

Every year, hundreds of children come to us facing any number of mental health issues which may include depression, developmental challenges, post-traumatic stress disorder, drug abuse, physical or sexual abuse or more likely, a combination of these issues.  Children with mental health issues that don’t receive treatment are at a far greater risk of dropping out of school, using drugs and alcohol, and getting into legal trouble, all of which increases their likelihood of becoming homeless and living on the streets.  By providing counseling and treatment these children can learn to manage their own mental health, stay in school, live successfully at home, and find their path to recovery and a better future.  Seattle Children's Home provides an array of services and programs to meet the diverse needs of children and families with mental health issues.

Seattle Childrens Home Website

Have a comment about my blog or want to know more about Seattle Fashion Week? Email me at

Maile is a founding partner of Cabral Edwards Management, C.E.M.  She blogs for Girl Power Hour ( managing their Celeb Buzz Seattle blog. Her bi-monthly GPH blogs will not only focus on celebrities, but on their passions and the positive impact they have on the world. She will be covering female celebrities of all kinds that visit the Seattle and Pacific Northwest area.  Cabral Edwards Management is a Celebrity booking & event management company. Follow her on twitter at @mailehager, @CEMManagement and @SeattleCelebBuz.

Thursday, May 5, 2011


Runway Board Models from Seattle Models Guild (SMG) to Hit SFW2011 Runway
When I think of fashion shows, like the upcoming Seattle Fashion Week (SFW) shows, the first thing that comes to my mind is … MODELS. You guessed it.  Tall, beautiful, slender models, sashaying down the runway in this seasons haute couture.   This year for Seattle Fashion Week, the focus has shifted from using amateur community models to resourcing models from the cities top agencies.  Both Heffner Model Management and Seattle Models Guild, SMG, have provided models from their runway boards for SFW2011 Mens Night and Finale Night shows.  I had the pleasure of sitting in on both the model audition and model rehearsal and let me tell you what a difference professional models make.  I am so relieved to see the pro’s taking over this years show. I promise, their presence on the runway will make all the difference.
One of the agencies providing models for SFW is Seattle Models Guild, SMG.  Mcklyn Cole is the Scouting Director for this Seattle based agency and is the lead liason between SMG and the SFW team.  I had the luxury of asking him a few questions about his job, the agency, his models and this years upcoming show. Here’s what he had to say:
CEM:  Mcklyn, Thank you so much for taking the time to complete this interview. We really appreciate it. Before we get started tell us a little about what you do at SMG
Mcklyn: I handle the New Faces /Development board.  I am most likely the person one will come in contact with when seeking representation by SMG.  I help with taking a beautiful face off the street and work with them to develop their books and materials so that we can present them to our clients and hopefully expand into other fashion markets even outside of Seattle.   
CEM: What was your proudest moment as a booking agent when booking  your models?
Mcklyn:  I love celebrating in the models’ excitement whenever they book their first job. 
CEM: What do you believe is Seattle’s biggest asset in the fashion industry?
Mcklyn:  I think there is something very essentially Northwest and signature about the fashion scene here in Seattle that attracts a wide range of people. 
CEM:  What did you think of the 600 Models who came out for SFW auditions this year?
Mcklyn:  I was pleasantly surprised by the number of people that turned out for the event.  I wish we could accept everyone that made the effort to come out and audition but there were a lot of tough cuts that had to be made.  There were definitely some great faces and fascinating walks. J
CEM:  Did you sense any backlash from the amateurs or community when SFW decided to bring in professional models?
Mcklyn:   Not directly.  I think it has been a positive thing that will help to streamline the quality of models that walk for SFW.  I also think it has provided a great opportunity for street cast models to walk in a great venue. 
CEM: Do you have a message for models that were turned away at auditions? I know you have to turn away models at your agency on a regular basis.
Mcklyn:  I think it is one of the hardest parts of my job.  I can see the beauty in everyone, but also know when they are not right for us.  Please do not take it personally, and don’t let it stop you from pursuing other opportunities.  We certainly appreciate everyone that turned out to audition.
CEM: Tell me a little about your open call process for models who may have missed SFW2011 auditions. Can aspiring models make an appointment to be seen?
Mcklyn:  We have open calls every Monday and Wednesday from 3-4pm at SMG.  We see females 5’8-5’11 and males 5’11-6’3.  We ask that models that come in looking as clean and natural as possible.  They should bring in a few simple, non-professional photos of themselves.  After a quick interview, we may take measurements and a few shots at the agency then let the model know if we are interested in representing them.
CEM: I noticed at model fittings that most of your models are walking in Anna D’s line.  She’s the winner of the Comcast Student Designer Competition. What do you think of her designs? What are you most excited to see from her?
Mcklyn:  Anna D is a talented up-and-coming designer.  Her pieces are uniquely brilliant and certainly show-worthy.  I’m excited to see the interesting materials that she will use to construct her latest designs. 
CEM: Will you personally be attending this year’s SFW Men’s Night or Finale Night shows?
Mcklyn:  Indeed I will.  I am excited for an amazing event.
CEM: (if yes) What do you think your models bring to the table versus using community amateur models?
Mcklyn:  I am hoping that most of our models will bring their prior experience, credibility and polish to the show. 
CEM:  Do you have both male and female models in the show?
Mcklyn:  Yes, both male and female models. 
CEM: This years SFW Show is going to be very different. There are less designers and the focus is on quality of design. How do expect this years show to go over last year?
Mcklyn:  I’m excited to see the new SFW.  Looking forward to seeing the range of designers that will be showing this year. 
CEM: What do you hope to see for Seattle Fashion Week 2012?
Mcklyn:  Well I hope that this year’s event will attract some notable designers and it will allow SFW to expand on their name and exposure for the following years.

Gus Drake for Italian

Vogue by Steven Meisel

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CEM:  What’s next for  SMG as an agency? We know you and your models are really busy! Tell us a little bit of what we should watch for?
Mcklyn:  We just relocated to a new building and it has really given us a fresh new start. We have many models traveling internationally this summer and there are certainly some very exciting projects coming up in the near future.   To be continued….
CEM: Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us. We’ll see you and your models at SFW2011!    
Mcklyn:  Thank you for working so hard to help put together such an amazing event.  J
Follow SMG on Twitter @smgmodels

Want to see SMG Models in action? You can catch them at:
Mens Night on 5/12/2011
(All Ages) 7-10 PM, KING CAT THEATER
Purchase Tickets Here:
GA Tickets are $40 at the door, visit FB Page for Discount Codes, Student Discounts & pre-sale. *VIP and  front row tickets are by Invitation Only.

Finale Night on 5/13/2011
(All Ages) 7-10 PM, KING CAT THEATER
Purchase Tickets Here:
GA Tickets are $40 at the door, visit FB Page for Discount Codes, Student Discounts & pre-sale.  *VIP and  front row tickets are by Invitation Only.

Have a comment about my blog or want to know more about Seattle Fashion Week? Email me at

Maile is a founding partner of Cabral Edwards Management, C.E.M.  She blogs for Girl Power Hour ( managing their Celeb Buzz Seattle blog. Her bi-monthly GPH blogs will not only focus on celebrities, but on their passions and the positive impact they have on the world. She will be covering female celebrities of all kinds that visit the Seattle and Pacific Northwest area.  Cabral Edwards Management is a Celebrity booking & event management company. Follow her on twitter at @mailehager, @CEMManagement and @SeattleCelebBuz.


Portlands The Slants to Perform at Concert Night for SFW2011


This year, musical guests have been asked to participate in the concert portion of Seattle Fashion Week. No more will music guests perform between runway shows. Following the Men’s Fashion night, 5 of the Pacific Northwests hottest talent will perform between 10pm- 2am.  Thanks to the hardwork of Jose Luis from Strive Management ( the artists include:

Jennifer Newberry  
The Slants (Portland, OR)
Eclectic Approach

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One of the bands performing is The Slants, from Oregon. After reaching out to them on Twitter, I landed a brief email interview with them.  I didn’t get to meet them in person just yet, but I can tell you I’m really excited to!  I was really excited to be able to ask them questions about their band, the music, and this years upcoming SFW show. Their band members include:

Aron Moxley: Vocals
Simon Young: Bass
Johnny Fontanilla: Guitar
Thai Dao: Guitar/Keyboards
Tyler Chen: Drums

Here’s what they had to say:

CEM:   Thank you so much for taking the time to complete this interview.   I can’t believe you actually tweeted me back!  Before we get started tell me a little bit about your band:

THE SLANTS: We’re the first and only all Asian American dance rock band in the world. We like to make people dance. A lot of people call us the Asian version of The Killers or The Bravery. We also get a lot of comparisons to 80’s synth pop music. Some other random tidbits: we play anime conventions on a regular basis, the U.S Trademark Office thinks our name is offensive to Asians (even though Asians don’t agree with them), we got banned from a club in Portland for breathing fire, we rejected a million dollar recording contract, and have toured the U.S over ten times. It’s been a busy four years since we first got our start in a tiny dive bar here in our hometown.

CEM:  I noticed you’re from Portland. Have you ever performed in the Seattle market?

THE SLANTS: Yes! We love Seattle! We play there pretty often, usually at places like Chop Suey, Club Motor, The High Dive, and at the local anime convention, Sakuracon. In fact, we’ll be playing in Seattle shortly after SFW at the High Dive on May 28th!

The Slants
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CEM: Have you ever performed at a Fashion Week before?

THE SLANTS: We’ve been involved with a few designer’s shows and local fashion events in the past but this will be the first Fashion Week for us.
CEM: What will your band bring to the show?

THE SLANTS: Face-melting dance rock and a some racial diversity.

CEM:  Will you have any new music debuting at SFW or will all your music be from your album?

THE SLANTS: We’ll be playing our favorite songs from our first few albums “Slanted Eyes, Slanted Hearts” and “Pageantry.” The new stuff is still in works but it will be trickling into our shows probably later this year.

CEM:  Will fans be able to buy apparel or CD’s at your SFW show?

THE SLANTS: Definitely! It’s one of the ways we pay for gas to get home at night as well as a great way to show our own contribution to the fashion world. We design all of our own clothing and we’re honored that we can be a part of the cutting edge of fashion in Seattle. Maybe we’ll meet a local deisgner who wants to help create a “Slanted” line!

CEM: A lot of kids form bands, that never make it.  Do you have a message for aspiring musicians , that were turned away at auditions?  I mean, to be asked to be in SFW, you must be doing something right!

THE SLANTS:  Never, ever give up. Keep following you passions about your art but also do your homework and learn the business too. There are a lot of great resources out there: books, blogs, videos. Get as many tools as possible to hone your craft.

Thai: Practice your instrument, meet new people, treat everyone with respect, and love what you do.

Johnny: Hard work always pays off. Don't sell yourself short on behalf of laziness!

The Slants
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CEM:  This years SFW shows are at King Cat Theater. The backstage area is pretty small! Do you guys hope to meet some models?

THE SLANTS: We’re happy to meet anyone and everyone. A person being attractive or fashionable is a bonus.

CEM:  I know you’re musicians, and not fashionistas, but have you given any thought to what you’ll wear for your SFW show?

THE SLANTS: We like to dress up for all of our shows and showcase independent designers like Rachel Park Designs, Akufuncture, Bastard and Friends, and more. Most of the time, you’ll see band members donning 3 piece suits with their own particular spin on them.

Aron: We always bring it to the nines

Johnny: Shirt, Tie, vest, and slacks!

Thai: Whatever I wear, I guarantee it will be 

CEM:  What are you most excited about for SFW?

THE SLANTS: We’re excited to play for a new audience that might normally not stumble into a Slants’ show. We’re also looking forward to seeing some great fashion that we can incorporate into our own style as well. Is there free food? Because we also like that too!

CEM: Our company is assembling Celebrity & VIP Swag bags for our performers, guests hosts and models. What do you hope to see in your swag bags?

Johnny: I'm humbled to receive anything but anything fashionable is always greatly appreciated!

Simon:  Free food or fashion items!

Aron: Booze and panties!

Thai: My fingers are crossed for an iPad 2.  :)

CEM: I know I was able to connect with you on Twitter. Where else can fans find you (Facebook, Myspace, Blogger, You Tube, Website?)?

THE SLANTS: Our main website is
You can also find us on Facebook (

YouTube (
Twitter (@theslants)
Myspace (, and many more!

CEM: We are so excited to have you for SFW2011! What do you hope to see for Seattle Fashion Week 2012?

THE SLANTS: We’d love to see even more music tied in with the event. Music and fashion such connected industries. It’s great to see that many bands are being recognized for their fashion styles. We’d love to come back to the 2012 show wearing clothes by showcasing 2011 designed that we meet!

CEM:  What’s next for The Slants? We know you are really busy! Tell us a little bit of what we should watch for (coming up shows, album releases, etc)?

THE SLANTS: Right now, we’re working on an acoustic album as well as writing and recording another brand new release. In between recording sessions in the studio, we’ll be on the road travelling through the Western half of the U.S bringing our signature Chinatown Dance Rock to the masses. We’re also fighting a battle with the U.S Patent and Trademark Office over the right to use our name. So when we’re not thinking about rock n’ roll, we’re thinking about intellectual property law...and all of this will be in our “slow” season!

CEM: One last quick question. Please have each band member answer this question. “I’m not going to Seattle Fashion Week with out my…..”

Aron: Sex in the City DVD's, Hustler Mags and Flask full of Gin!

Thai: my underwear and my dashing smile!   Maybe not my underwear...

Simon - bass, wallet, and cell phone.

Johnny: All I need is my guitar!

CEM: Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us. We’ll see you at SFW concert night!

Want to see The Slants in action? You can catch them at:

Mens Night on 5/12/2011
(All Ages) 7-10 PM, KING CAT THEATER
Facebook Event Page Here
Purchase tickets here:
GA Tickets are $40 at the door, visit FB Page for Discount Codes, Student Discounts & pre-sale. *VIP and  front row tickets are by Invitation Only.
*CONCERT night to follow directly after end of fashion show.