The fourth an final night of FASHIONxt contained some good surprises, along with one that was not so great: the last minute pull out of Silvania, which left only three designers to take it it to the hoop—and the event overall one less designer hailing from these parts.
Stephanie D Couture started things off with another of her collections of formal wear. At her best when working in simpler, flirty silhouettes, so the entrance of a garish cheetah-and-brightness print and some odd and unflattering overskirts distracted from that fact. A little out of place, perhaps, was a black and silver sheath that was nonetheless my favorite in the collection.
Next up was Goga by Gordana, known for over the top designs. She certainly did not disappoint with a collection of long dresses that sometimes bordered on stage wear, evoking memories of dress-up, and challenging the viewer to imagine who would have the most occasion to wear them. My guess is Cher, and the princess of a tropical beach castle. Exciting prints, DRAMA, and fantasy were driving themes, and I appreciated the romanticism of ballgowns with raw, tattered looking hems.
After a long, mysterious pause, and a short dance set, Michael Costello's collection took the runway and slayed the audience with a completely black and gold collection that was so good I wanted to scoop everything up and hightail it to a penthouse suite in Vegas. And I don't even like Vegas. It was rich and sexy, and cohesive as a collection (maybe too cohesive; two colors alone is limited, to say the least). Critics, myself included, have been a little bummed out my the degree to which Project Runway designers have been gradually outnumbering Portland designers at this event, when they're bringing a collection of this caliber, I will shut my mouth. No complaints.
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