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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Portland Fashion Week: The Best of Friday & Saturday Night

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 3:41 PM

I'm still picking through the pictures from Friday and Saturday night of Portland Fashion Week, both of which showcased polished, wearable collections from designers—there weren't a ton of "wow" moments, but plenty of solid showings. Here are my favorites from each:

La Vie by Michelle DeCourcy:

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DeCourcy's show opened with a number of featherweight sweater pieces in this baby blue that included dresses and tops as well as sweaters. This is the one I wanted to jump into right away.

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There were only a couple pieces in this emerald satin but they stood way out in simple cuts.

Jesica Milton:

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The Seattle designer showed a number of pieces embellished with this crepe-y, splashy fabric. I think it works best as a shirt... with pants. Add some black stovepipes in there and I'm sold.

WyattOrr:

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Another one from Seattle, the first jacket out is my favorite out of the entire collection.

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Yes it is weird that this dress has an orange-rimmed hole on the front of it. But I like it.

Idom:

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It's difficult to tell in the photo, but this red fabric is awesome, super slick and mean.

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The flowers sculpted into the shoulder of this dress are off the hook.

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I actually borrowed this very same dress for a photo shoot earlier in the week and adored the fringe-y "fur" skirt. (I'm not alone—this one elicited applause from the audience.)

Amai Unmei:

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My favorite dress in a collection that as a whole was a sexier Amai Unmei than the one I've known—good move!

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Versatile, go-anywhere top, and I love the pleats peeking from under the lace on the skirt—I'd style it up a bit tougher for my taste, though. Hit the jump to see my picks from Saturday, too!

Jason Matlo:

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Sleek, simple but glammy style from Vancouver BC. Yum. The silver jacket is like liquid. I'd just wear it with jeans.

Mehdi:

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This Pakistani line was full of amazing beadwork and gauzy skirts. Awesome, fairytale stuff.

Lizzie Parker:

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Another Seattle line that's shown here before made its strongest impression this year, adding fun with tie-dye, distressed leggings, and that adorable flouncy ruffled skirt.

Jantzen:

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I tend to gravitate toward vintage cuts for bathing suits, and I liked the colors here, loved the crisscrossing at the bust, but found myself wishing they were one-pieces instead of tankinis, though I understand the modern convenience of not wanting to take it all off just to, say, pee!

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