This Leap Year, Portland fashion took a jump outside of the box. The Crystal Ballroom hosted Fade to Light, a multidimensional fashion show, where designers we’re challenged to think beyond their usual runway presentation. The lineup included two of our own vendors, Ms. Wood and Clair Vintage Inspired, as well as Solestruck x Black Milk Clothing, Studio SKB by Bryce Black, and Chicago Harper by Joshua Buck. While I attempted to snap pictures of my own, I was quickly distracted by the stunning clothing that was being strut before my eyes. Thus, every photo resulted in a blurry mess, sans proper flash and execution. But luckily, professional photographers were on hand to capture beautiful photos. All photo credit goes to Sarah Giffrow Creative.

The Fall 2012 Collection by Ms. Wood featured her gorgeous Japanese Kimono styles but with a twist of sexy film noir. The line showcased killer designs in shades of black and leather, with pops of striking cobalt blue and an unexpected, yet amazing shimmering gold number that ensued a collective “oooooh” from the crowd. She was on point with fringe details, one trend that we saw everywhere at the trade shows on our buying trip. And while fringe can easily be overkill if not done right, Ms. Wood definitely did no wrong.

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Courtesy of Sarah Giffrow Creative

Gorgeous leather fringe vest.

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Fringe take two.

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Courtesy of Sarah Giffrow Creative

Bold and gold accessories for the win!

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And may I add, her intro video was totally badass, opening with a burning shoe montage.

 

Switching gears and backing up a season, next was the Spring/Summer 2012 Collection from Clair Vintage Inspired, which was a delightful burst of color and prints strutting down the catwalk. Her line was accompanied by kitschy, tiki music that perfectly complimented the fun, upbeat feel of the vintage dresses. While I loved the bursts of chartreuse (another big trend on the horizon for this Spring) and the retro prints, it was the sweet, white and berry polka dotted dress that stole my heart.

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Courtesy of Sarah Giffrow Creative
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Courtesy of Sarah Giffrow Creative

 We’ve got this dress coming in soon to Shop Adorn!

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Favorite!

 

The show closed with Solestruck x Black Milk. The long and lean models rocked fierce black leather catsuit/leotards by Black Milk Clothing, but let the swoon-worthy shoes from Solestruck steal the show. Sky high Jeffrey Campbell’s and wicked neon platforms put me into a brief, shoe-induced coma.

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Courtesy of Sarah Giffrow Creative