Stores and state liquor board get ready


Within hours of the early results showing that Initiative 1183 would be approved, retailers and entrepreneurs put their toes on the starting line of the Washington equivalent of the Oklahoma land rush, and the state Liquor Control Board issued its first Liquor Sales Transition webpage announcing a timeline for implementation of the initiative and an outline of the new liquor licenses that can be applied for early next year.

Safeway Stores announced that it expects to sell liquor at all of its 155 Washington stores, and a Trader Joe’s spokesperson thought the chain would sell distilled spirits at most or all of its stores in the state, according to a Seattle Times report.

Liquor Board spokesman Brian Smith says he did not believe the board would require stores to set up separate, secure retailing areas for the sale of spirits, such as can be found in Washington, D.C., Safeway stores. Smith did say that paper applications for the new “spirits distributor” and “spirits retail” licenses would be available in early January. Distributors and retailers would be authorized to begin operations on or after March 1 and June 1, 2012, respectively.

Life & Style: Dressed to Impress

Life & Style: Dressed to Impress

SAM rejoins the fashion-exhibit trend with a stylish tribute to Yves Saint Laurent.

The idea of fashion as artistic expression isn’t exactly new. But museums have latched on to it in a big way, ever since the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York surprised itself in 2011 with a record-shattering show on the work of the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

Fashion exhibits — as distinguished from fashion shows — are now all the rage in museumland. The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) mounted its first major fashion exhibit in 2013 with Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion. Bellevue Arts Museum closed a successful three-month run of Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair in August. EMP Museum has the eye-popping World of Wearable Art running through January 2, 2017. 

And now SAM is back with Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style. Colorful and stylish without being over the top — just like an Yves Saint Laurent design — the YSL exhibition provides via 110 outfits a thorough examination of the French designer’s 40-year career as high priest of haute couture.

The reason for such thoroughness is that Saint Laurent and his partner, Pierre Bergé, saved everything. From sketches and swatches to actual garments and accessories from each year Saint Laurent was designing — 1962 to 2002 — the SAM exhibit is a fashionista field trip.

Yes, the Mondrian cocktail dress from 1965 is here. Ditto the women’s tuxedo (1966) and the women’s pantsuit (1967), which helped move from outré to de rigueur the notion of women wearing slacks for dress-up occasions. Exhibit guest curator Florence Müller of the Denver Art Museum succesfully conveys Saint Laurent’s belief that garments should reflect attitude.

And whether the garments — even Saint Laurent’s exquisite pieces — move fashion from craft to art in the esthetical conversation is ultimately immaterial. As the fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi told CBS News when the Jewish Museum in New York City showed Mizrahi’s own work earlier this year, “Good work meets a level. … Good work deserves to be looked at.” 

Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style
Through January 8, 2017. Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave.; 206.654.3100;