SEATTLE — Bringing a pastel-hued sense of spring with him on an otherwise overcast few days, designer Narciso Rodriguez arrived at the Mario’s boutiques here and in Portland late last week to personally share his 2003 collection in trunk shows.

"It’s the shape and attention to detail that appeals to our customer," said Lynwood Holmberg, women’s department director at Mario’s, which has carried the designer for five years. "The Northwest is a place where high tech and high art are both important. So customers appreciate timeless beauty that isn’t overtly sexy."

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