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