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Friday, May 04, 2007

Seattle's Most Stylish Men

This past Tuesday, I got to serve on a judging panel to pick the finalists in the 'Seattle's Most Stylish Man' competition sponsored by Seattle Metropolitan magazine.

Seattle Metropolitan Magazine office

We met the nine men, grilled them with various style-related questions (where do you shop in Seattle?, who is your fashion icon?, etc.), then decided which three would make it to the final round this coming Sunday, when Tim Gunn will choose the winner. As a big Project Runway fan, it was, needless to say, pretty fun to play Nina Garcia/Michael Kors for a few hours.

My fellow judges - fashion teachers from IADT and the Art Institute:

The other judges

Laura, the magazine's clearly-qualified style editor (whom I photographed at Impulse several posts ago), ran the event and was also one of the judges:

Laura, the style editor of Seattle Metropolitan magazine

The pool of men was pretty diverse in terms of ages and styles. Have a look, make your pick, and attend Tim Gunn's book-signing event at the University Bookstore at 6pm this Sunday, May 6th, to find out whether you and Tim Gunn are of one style-judging mind:

Blayne, Seattle's Most Stylish Man contestant David, Seattle's Most Stylish Man contestant Isaiah, Seattle's Most Stylish Man contestant Roderick, Seattle's Most Stylish Man contestant Gopi, Seattle's Most Stylish Man contestant Danny, Seattle's Most Stylish Man contestant Ayhem, Seattle's Most Stylish Man contestant John, Seattle's Most Stylish Man contestant Chris, Seattle's Most Stylish Man contestant

I will definitely be at the event, camera in hand. I'm very curious to see what a Seattle audience of Tim Gunn fans looks like. Will there be more fleece or skinny denim? More North Face rainwear or printed hoodies? I also hope - nay, pray - that someone will get up the nerve to ask Tim out to Red Lobster.

Expect a full report post-event. Many thanks to Laura and the folks at Seattle Metropolitan for inviting me, and to the contestants for allowing me to photograph them.


Blogger Eliza said...

Oh, how I love a man with a walking stick!

1:32 PM  
Blogger j said...

Except that "walking stick" is actually his "riff raff sidewalk clearance stick" and you are "riff raff."

While I think that signing up for a most stylish contest is not very stylish, I vote for the blue boots guy.

4:43 PM  
Blogger Taylor said...

two of those pictured judges work at the Art Institute of Seattle, just FYI. i always thought Scott Carnz had fabulous style as well. :]

8:08 PM  
Blogger jasmine said...

Hi taylor - Oops! Duly noted & updated. Thanks for the correction!

10:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my vote goes to the first guy, the dude in the orange rocking the "indie look." every other look has been done and can easily be put together with a few bucks. my mans look is truly a Seattle original--a pike & pine one to be specific.

my second place pick goes to both Gopi (the microsoft guy) and Chris (the guy with blue shoes). with this pick i like Gopi more than Chris because his style, as well, "says Seattle." Like the indie rock dude of my first pick, Gopi presents a style that reflects a unique and true culture of our region. Gopi does for Tech what the orange-shirt-dude does for indie rock.

just my 2 cents.

as a side note: great blog!

3:28 AM  
Blogger jasmine said...

Hi anon. - Thanks for the comment; very thoughtful! I like the idea of choosing looks that seem distinctively Seattle.

Glad to hear you like the blog!

8:08 AM  
Blogger Pret a Porter P said...

some stylish guys.

7:52 AM  

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