The Fade to Light atmosphere was buzzing and electric; the Crystal Ballroom was stuffed to the brim with friendly, trendy people. As I made my way up the exquisite staircase to the runway, the chatter of the fashion-packed room became increasingly distinct. The scene was absolutely perfect for the ten chosen up-and-coming designers to showcase their best’s. Though it was difficult, I have narrowed down five of my favorite moments of the show.
1.) Bryce Black. I’ll always have a soft spot for designers who push the envelope just a little bit more with each collection they put out. Bryce Black is well known in Portland for doing such. He did not disappoint with is voluminous silhouettes and playful use of textures, shapes and fabrics.
2.) Garnish. Everyone in the room did a double take as the powder blue, infused chiffon cocktail dress opened the collection. The silhouette reminded me of a Comme des Garçons piece. The models body was accentuated in all the right ways and I absolutely loved the matching capri leggings underneath.
3.) WWJJD. From the sparkled gold shoes to the oversized blue and grey pieces, WWJJD’s collection had something special about it. Much to everyone’s surprise, halfway into this menswear collection, we were taken on a little detour. The show shifted from mens leggings and button-downs to designer briefs in little to no time at all. The briefs featured navy and gold patterns, mixed and matched, wrapping up the WWJJD collection with a little flavor.
4.) Poema. Quite honestly, every single piece was absolutely chic and exactly what I think Portland is missing. Introduced as the dresses that women want, that concept was quickly confirmed. There was not a single piece sent down the runway that wasn’t flattering and gorgeous. Each piece had a certain flow that was unique, inviting and warm. I love a good halter dress for my weekend excursions. That being said, Poema had me yearning to own every piece.
5.) Taruc. My jaw dropped entirely as soon as Taruc’s white, cut-out gown walked out onto the runway. This garment was stunning to say the least. This gown featured back details, two side cut-outs and a subtle but sexy slit down the back. Any woman would be lucky to arrive anywhere in that dress!