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Friday, April 6, 2012

The Fall 2012 Pendleton Portland Collection

Posted by Elizabeth Mollo on Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 9:59 AM

The lookbook for the Fall 2012 Portland Collection by Pendleton has been out since the end of March, debuting a little more quietly than the first collection. Even though there is not all the usual hoopla surrounding it, the collection is still amazing and every piece is wearable and versatile. The inspiration for this collection according to their website:

Building upon the Fall 2011 foundation, this new collection has a wider range of woven styles, knits, accessories, and blankets. The design team of Nathaniel Crissman, Rachel Turk, and John Blasioli has created a completely exclusive fabric story for The Portland Collection this season. The expanded color palette and wider variety of fabric weights for Fall 2012 showcase the unique capacities of Pendleton Woolen Mills.

Inspired again by the Pendleton archives, the designers reached back to the late 1800s and early 1900s to highlight the early square designs of that era. These designs predate looms that were able to create angular motifs, such as arrows, giving these new blankets and fabrics an exciting, innovative feel.

Standouts for me include the Belted Jumpsuit (I would so rock that with these), the Banded Knit Poncho, the La Pine Leggings, the Ochoco Pack, the umbrellas, the entire mens look on page 45, and a dress to match the upholstery on your chair (gives new meaning to the term wallflower, would you be a chairflower?) View the entire lookbook here.


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