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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Fall into Fashion Runway Show

Posted by Toby Robboy on Sat, Sep 14, 2013 at 9:27 AM

This year's busier than ever. A flurry of Fall fashion shows kicked off Wednesday night, with Fall into Fashion, Portland's new iteration of Fashion's Night Out (which is on hiatus), with viewers in Director Park watching the poor models strut the runway swathed in layers of wool and tweed in the 90 degree weather. The event stayed pretty true to the format developed over the last few years, with a mix of mega-chains and local boutiques presenting their top picks for this season. Styles tended to skew a little more conservative than is often the case at Portland fashion shows, with a few exceptions, like the funky, younger looks Mojave put out. All in all it was a successful even with a sizable audience and something for everyone. Also, quicky plug time: My friends at The National Beauty salon did the hair, which was simple yet polished and sexy, and held up remarkably well in the sweltering heat, so if you like what you see, check them out. Now let's take a look at the clothes:

Pendleton showed some of their ever popular Portland Collection printed wools which I've seen about a thousand times by now, but are always good.

Portland Collection coat and patterned leggings
  • Portland Collection coat and patterned leggings

Thomas Kay plaid shirt, wool coat jeans and messenger bag
  • Thomas Kay plaid shirt, wool coat jeans and messenger bag

Mario's show off their range of styles, from casual but stylish jeans and plaid for men to a beautiful photo-printed Carven dress for women.

Rag & Bone plaid shirt, Stone Island parka, PRPS jeans, Magnanni boots
  • Rag & Bone plaid shirt, Stone Island parka, PRPS jeans, Magnanni boots

Carven photo collage dress, Lanvin quilted cross body bag & wrap belt, Pierre Hardy flats
  • Carven photo collage dress, Lanvin quilted cross body bag & wrap belt, Pierre Hardy flats

Pinkham Millinery teamed up with Parallel and Mercantile respectively, incorporating their fabulous hats into dressy, polished looks.

Rag & Bone tweed shift dress and black velour slouch
  • Rag & Bone tweed shift dress and black velour slouch

Red Valentino floral party dress and black felt cocktail with burnt peacock spray
  • Red Valentino floral party dress and black felt cocktail with burnt peacock spray

Radish Underground did what they do best, putting out an easy, stylish and work appropriate look that paired local fashion pillars Hubris and Clair Vintage Inspired.

Hubris black top, Clair Vintage Inspired skirt, Cipriano designs leather tote
  • Hubris black top, Clair Vintage Inspired skirt, Cipriano designs leather tote

SaySay Boutique can always be counted on for pretty, feminine and floral.

Effies Heart Spanish Rose dress, Crystalyn Kae bag
  • Effie's Heart Spanish Rose dress, Crystalyn Kae bag

And Mojave shook things up with a crazy shoulder padded blazer and bright printed pants, as well as a much more understated but still cool perforated white dress.

White cutout dress, spiked bracelets
  • White cutout dress, spiked bracelets

Striped bodysuit, black moto jacket, print silk pants, To Be Announced oxblood booties (from Solestruck)
  • Striped bodysuit, black moto jacket, print silk pants, To Be Announced oxblood booties (from Solestruck)

Of course the runway show was followed with parties and sales all around downtown, with the event transitioning seamlessly this year into its new incarnation. I'm certainly glad that organizers didn't let the baton drop just because Anna Wintour called it quits; this night is always a lot of fun, and is great for downtown retailers. My one wish is that the festivities will someday extend beyond the limited scope of the Westside into all quadrants of the city.

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