To celebrate a decade of fashion shows full of fresh as well as veteran talent, Portland Fashion Week made a comeback with new executive directors Tod Foulk, Jessica Kane, and Sarabeth Chambers. The Oregon Convention Center is the where PFW will now take place twice a year. The Art Institute of Portland faced budget cuts in all areas including the fashion department’s highly acclaimed annual fashion show co-produced by Department Director Sue Bonde and Adjunct Professor / Style Editor Eden Dawn. To keep the show alive, PFW and Ai joined forces to make the first night of PFW the new host for the Ai Fashion Show. Now, apparel design students can showcase their senior collections under a much larger roof along with other indie designers for men, women, and children, boutiques, and performers–The Sundance of Fashion Weeks if you will.
Oh, and, no big deal or anything but we were also in the show on Thursday night for the first act. We’ll get a video up ASAP! Check our facebook album for photos.
Within the three nights of fashion, there were some designers that I know and love already, and other new names that have me excited to follow their work. Without further adieu, here’s some looks I can’t stop thinking about from last week.
Night One: The Future of Fashion
Rachel Rector’s lingerie line was fun, colorful, and plenty risqué done tasetfully. Models strutted down the runway in mesh-y fabrics of color stories any girl would love. I loved all the shapes she creates in each pieces, which make ultra flattering silhouettes. In her reveal—no pun intended—One of my favorites was this one. Actually, I kind of want it all.
“Moulagerie” by Karen Davis had quite the selection of sheath and a-line dresses. A lot of the dresses could easily translate from day to night with some simple accessory changes and can flatter pretty much all body types. I especially loved the pleating along the front and the cobalt blue hue, which I think is going to be big this Winter.
I had the pleasure of meeting the ladies of E.G. Page on Thursday night, and boy are they a hoot. Also, I fell in love with this monochromatic look and it’s totally making me rethink my loathing of the color.
And a shameless little plug for our show, featuring pieces from Pendleton Portland Collection, Prairie Underground, Bailey 44, Sahlia Jewelry, and Solestruck shoes (You can find the featured shoes here). Also, check out the behind the scenes article written by Dione Katelhut from the Fit.
Being the knitwear freak that I am, Yana Prischenko’s collection had me swooning from the get go. By the end of it I was already itching to find out how I can get my hands on one of her infinity scarves.
Absolutely loved all the styling in the Seaecho show. The black dresses and lipstick acted as a perfect canvas for the real artwork that was the accessories constructed with gorgeous Pendleton wool and gold hardware. There were a bunch of new styles introduced on the runway like a duffel, backpack, and a gigantic clutch with a gigantic version of the signature leather tassels attached. Loved it all!
All the looks from LaceyLee apparel were just the right amount of relaxed boho mixed with feminine, tailored pieces without being too literal or overdone. I especially loved these high waisted denim trousers with the crop top. Too bad summer just ended, cause I want to wear this outfit right now!
Night Two: Ready to Wear
Kate Mensah made me officially excited for fall with all of the AMAZING wool and leather coats. There wasn’t one single look on that runway I didn’t find myself lusting over; especially the look with the trousers. She really experimented with fabric textures and weights and how they work together for a dimensional look, which I loved.
Well Hello, Eliza. In case you didn’t know what NYC transplant Eliza Harrison was all about, she laid it all out for us on Friday. Music that’s likely to be playing on blast while the world is ending thumped loudly while models that resembled something of a high fashion, futuristic zombie owned the runway carrying chains and wearing nylon, patent leather, and spray painted stripper heels.
Youtheary Khmer had an impressive line-up of draped gowns and coordinating separates on women of all shapes and sizes. Good plus sized fashion is hard to come by, and I think designer Theary Sim did it well. If I could be honest for a moment, I felt like most of the looks didn’t need extra accessorizing, as they were already interesting enough on their own.
Brady Lange had the most charming show, by far. It kinda made you just wanna dance with somebody (you kinda had to be there). It’s nice to see such young talent thriving here in Portland. No one can really mix camo and bright colors quite like Brady Lange can.
Night Three: Dream Luxe
I was super impressed by the interesting use of fringe for Andres Pinedo’s collection. Those earrings, while not super functional, are just plain awesome.
Not everything was my cup of tea from the Deyonte Weather Collection, but others grabbed me with their elegance, interesting lacework, and contemporary silhouettes. I especially loved that last look of the black gown with a deep v-neckline. Gorgeous.
Built for Man had some amazing leather coordinates that I so wish I could convince my boyfriend to wear. I found that the monochromatic looks were my faves, but every look was just genius; very European but still approachable for PDX.
I would like to be inside Devon Yan-Berrong’s brain for just a day, to see how he comes up with such insane designs. Insane in a good way, that is. My faves were the all white ensembles that looked expensive and well made.
I had such a great time being a style collective member for all three nights of fashion shows. I’m looking forward to what’s to come for Spring 2014!
Find out more info on Summer 2014 Portland Fashion Week.