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:
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.
There were only a couple pieces in this emerald satin but they stood way out in simple cuts.
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.
Another one from Seattle, the first jacket out is my favorite out of the entire collection.
Yes it is weird that this dress has an orange-rimmed hole on the front of it. But I like it.
It's difficult to tell in the photo, but this red fabric is awesome, super slick and mean.
The flowers sculpted into the shoulder of this dress are off the hook.
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.)
My favorite dress in a collection that as a whole was a sexier Amai Unmei than the one I've known—good move!
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!
Sleek, simple but glammy style from Vancouver BC. Yum. The silver jacket is like liquid. I'd just wear it with jeans.
This Pakistani line was full of amazing beadwork and gauzy skirts. Awesome, fairytale stuff.
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.
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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