Ancliffe—the collection of chic basics designed by Rachel Ancliffe—launched earlier this year but has only been available online and at the occasional pop-up event. For those who enjoy the old-time practice of trying things on before purchasing, here’s another IRL chance! Gold + Arrow, 1221 SW Alder, opening reception Thurs Oct 2, 4-7 pm, through Oct 9
French Cut Hair recently held their annual Hair Haute Couture show, celebrating their second year in business. After last year's show had their salon space completely packed, they scaled up this time, holding the event outside design firm Christopher David's flagship store. It had a breezy, slightly-post-summer feel, with music by Paris Texas, and of course, lots of wine.
The salon is known for creating distinctive yet super-versatile styles, with a philosophy that states, "A 'proper method' to wear your hair does not exist." They tend to turn the volume way up for their runway shows with giant, elaborately designed hair pieces. This year's show, for which Coco Chanel serve as a muse, included some more paired down styles though, along with the expected high-drama fantasy looks. Models wore black and white Chanel-style blazers, and blew bubbles before walking the length of the runway, adding a sense of French whimsy to the production.
The show included some slightly medieval looks, with gold rings incorporated into sleek yet elaborate styles:
Followed by a couple simple but directional up-dos:
And some crazy, architectural styles on felt-like pieces:
There were a few different directions going on here, but that's fitting for a salon whose draw is their chameleon-like ability to tailor their styling technique to a wide range of clients. The show found the right balance between every-day and avant garde, perfectly representing their approach to treating hairstyle as both a practical consideration and an art form.
Catch your breath before the First ________s of October hit, and dabble in some runway shows while you're at it. Meanwhile, on a shopping note:
• N Williams recently became home to Workshop Vintage, a boutique offering home decor of yore and select vintage clothing for men and women, plus custom workwear and accessories by in-house designers Audra Santillo and Nate Moore. Workshop Vintage, 4011 N Williams, Fri Sept 26, 6-10 pm
• The Hollywood Theatre's Fashion in Film series (co-hosted by me, along with writer/stylist Eden Dawn) is back with the director's cut of Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous. And one of the film's real-life inspirations, Pennie Lane, will be making a rare public appearance to introduce the film, plus there'll be a '70s rock photography tribute from Roni Hoffman and a performance by singer Haley Johnsen. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, Fri Sept 26, 7:30 pm, $8
• Portland Veg Fest is a convention based around a vegan lifestyle, and this year's roster of events also feature speakers from the fitness, beauty, and apparel sectors, and vendors like Herbivore, Pacifica, OM Botanical, and Dr. Bronner's. Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK, Sat Sept 27 & Sun Sept 28, 10 am-6 pm, $8, nwveg.org
• The September edition of the Sunday Emporium returns, with your favorites from the Portland Flea, plus an added boost in the housewares department courtesy of host Rejuvenation. Rejuvenation, 1100 SE Grand, Sun Sept 28, 11 am-5 pm
• One of the city's most famous crafters, Susan Beale just published a book on how to DIY household goods from Pendleton wool, Hand-Stitched Home. She'll be appearing at Powell's for a reading to introduce some of the 27 projects included, for which Pendleton allowed her to "research in their vast archives to share some of their history and ephemera." Susan Beal's Hand-Stitched Home, Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, Sun Sept 28, 4 pm
Kicking off the season’s runway shows is Portland Fashion Week. The event will be held at Pioneer Square for three nights of local fashion featuring Ready-to-Wear, Bridal and Couture, and a showcase of students and alumni from the Art Institute. Tickets are on sale now (with a handy discount code: pfwperks). To help you decide which night(s) you want to attend, here is a preview of the designers you will see.
Tuesday, September 30
Solid menswear designers like Jaefields, West Daily, and crowd-favorite Brady Lange (who offers both men’s and women’s apparel) join the ladies on the runway. Copper Union is an up-and-coming plus size line, and Sweet Jayne is a local boutique showcasing locally made jewelry and clothing from their store. Sister Fresh and Tati & Me are two children’s lines who are getting in on the fun as well.
Jaefields, West Daily, Christie Chanthakhoun, Copper Union, Sweet Jayne, Brady Lange, Katie Guinn, KLÄD (from Seattle), Sister Fresh, Tati & Me
**Full disclosure: I am currently a freelance project manager for Copper Union.**
Wednesday, October 1
Bridal and Couture
The driving force of these designers are upcycled, vintage, and one-of-a-kind looks. Standouts include custom bridal magic from Sunjin Lee Designs and Sonia Kasparian of Urchin Redesign. Check out the two Emerging Designer winners this night as well, Oscar Lopez and Kate Miles.
SE Division has undergone a major transformation over the last couple of years, with lots of new businesses sprouting up and changing the landscape of the entire street and the neighborhoods that surround it. However the additions have been mostly food based, (not that I am complaining.) When Adorn owner Nicole Whitesell announced that she was opening a second store at 3366 SE Division it came as a very good piece of news. Not only because it's always celebratory news that a local business is doing so well that they are able to expand, but also for SE Division because they are adding a much loved and successful retail store into their community.
Adorn's second location will feature 2,000 square feet of retail space with its signature denim collection in sizes up to 16. Monthly capsule collections will feature Adorn designers like Prairie Underground, Henry and Belle, Mother Denim, Margaret O’Leary, and Bridge and Burn, plus expanded jewelry and accessories collections from locals Grayling Jewelry, Bronwen Jewelry, and Lulu Designs. As with their flagship store on NE Fremont, Adorn’s new location will continue to focus on brands made and sourced responsibly.
The new space also offers a personal styling section, which allows Adorn to expand its signature styling services. They will be able to work with customers by phone and email before they step foot in the store, which will no doubt be a great benefit for busy women who don't have much time to dedicate to shopping.
Of course with a new store comes the requisite party. While the store will open it's doors on October 3rd, the Grand Opening Party will be a couple of weeks later on October 16th from 6-9PM. It will feature giveaways throughout the event, cocktails by RAFT Syrups and Northwest Distillery, food from some of Division’s restaurants, a trunk show with exclusive Henry and Belle and Fidelity Denim styles, and raffle prizes from its Division St. neighbors.
The Imperial Collection by Anna Cohen represents a lot—for American manufacturing, sustainable apparel practices, and as an example of taking a new approach to bringing products to market rather than falling into lockstep with the industry's mainstream.
It's a new division of the Imperial Stock Ranch, long celebrated as a model for sustainable practices. All of the wool in the made-in-USA pieces—which consist of womenswear and blankets—comes from the ranch, and the collection is designed by widely respected designer (and longtime Imperial collaborator) Anna Cohen. It makes its official debut today at Mercantile, with a long reception running from 2-7 pm (oh yes, there will be refreshments), which gave me occasion to write about it in this week's Sold Out column.
Imperial's Jeanne Carver, who also works as a supplier for the food industry with the ranch's other products (like beef and wheat) sees the parallels between farm-to-fork and ranch-to-runway clearly, and isn't interested in getting "caught up" in the grind of trade shows and schedules imposed by the majority of this industry. Instead she plans to develop the line slowly, working closely with a few key retailers to strategize the next collection, which won't appear any sooner than next fall. "The current system is kind of broken, and people recognized it in food first," says Carver. "And for us it was never different. It’s just a different form of protein."
On October 3rd the Autumn Sun is scheduled to set at 6:47 pm, so at 6 pm when Rudux begins their first Friday festivities the golden orb will be bidding farewell. These are the last days before the time change that solidifies the transition into the Oregon darkness. Redux has lined up a quite fitting collection of wood cut prints by local artist Liv Reiner-Smith, who uses an antiquated technique which consists of transferring original wood carvings directly to paper (xylogliphic printing), and the subject matter has an equally historic inspired appeal. The three images that we have leaves us wanting to see more. They seem certain to inspire the All-Hallows-Eve spirit that excites us enough to say "until next year Summer."
811 E. Burnside #110
This week in local businesses who care about how you look and smell, and want you to care back:
• Indie Ella is closing out summer with an end of the season sale, featuring discounted summer goods as well as new fall pieces. They’ll also have drinks and snacks! Indie Ella, 333 NE Hancock, Thurs Sept 18, 5-9 pm
• Adorn is just about to open a second location on SE Division, but first they’ve got something else to celebrate: The original northeast location is turning six, which calls for Prairie Underground exclusives, cocktails, raffles, and gifts. Adorn, 4120 NE Fremont, Thurs Sept 18, 6-9 pm
• Imaginary Authors is releasing another of its story-laden scents, Yesterday Haze, and t o fête the newest volume in the IA scent library, stockist Amelia is hosting a launch party with complimentary cocktails and perfume samples. Amelia, 2230 NE Alberta, Thurs Sept 18, 5-8 pm
• It’s a time of seasonal transition, which means it’s also time for a PDX Collective Sale! Eleven of the city’s favorite boutiques—Parallel, Mabel & Zora, Ecovibe, Radish Underground, and more, plus regional outliers like Hood River’s Parts + Labour and Lake Oswego’s EG Page—team up to drop past seasons merchandise at incredible prices. The Cleaners at Ace Hotel, 403 SW 10th, Sat Sept 20, 10 am-5 pm & Sun Sept 21, 11 am-5 pm
• Mag-Big’s cleaning out their workshop, which calls for a massive fabric sale—vintage, knits, and wovens. There’ll also be sample clothes, sewing supplies, and other items priced at “dirt cheap.” Mag-Big, 3279 SE Hawthorne, Sat Sept 20 & Sun Sept 21, noon-5 pm
This past Friday, style bloggers from around Portland competed to dress their model in the best fall look from clothes at Sweet Jayne Boutique (1914 NE Broadway; Instagram:sweetjaynebroadway). The event was hosted by Portland Fashion Week and was chock full of models, bloggers, and fashionable Portlanders.
"I listened to a lot of "70's hard rock and metal bands; that inspired the fringe. The jacket, shirt, and shoes are from Goodwill. The shirt is from eBay. It says "Bikes and Whiskey: Both get better with age". The jewelry I found at antique stores in Seattle." -Anastasia
"My style is hip-hop mixed with 90's era grunge. My friend gave me the jacket. It's by a Portland label from the '90's called Vanguard. The snake bracelet is from an import shop in Miami. I just got back from New York fashion week. I bought this necklace in Brooklyn." -Mackenzie
"I don't want to look like everyone else. I decided to bring this romper into fall because I found it at the end of summer. The necklace is from Curvy Closet, bracelet from Buffalo Exchange, and the ring is from Gold Door. I bought the purse from a vendor at New York fashion week. You can fold it and make it into a smaller purse!" -Leslee
"I have a lot of friends who are into Steampunk. I shop vintage a lot. My dress is '80's vintage. My belt is from Wells and Verne, which is a Steampunk shop. It's fun to fuse different styles together. Society tell us that women can only be sexy until their mid-twenties. Ladies should never give up. You can be glamorous until you kick it." -Hide Beezeely (pronounced like Heidi)
The Williams/Vancouver District in North Portland has been developing fairly slowing over the past few years, but it seems that suddenly it's there with more than a couple of shops to visit and places to eat. Queen Bee resides there, so does Grizzly Tattoo, Pizza A Go-Go, Kenny & Zukes Deli Bar (heaven for the mouth) and Lark Press to name a few. There is a pretty good variety there. A new shop is joining the NoPo gang of storefronts and they call themselves Workshop Vintage.
Owned by a couple of creative minded, collectors and makers; Audra, who grew up NJ, has a history of interior design and fine art, and Nate, originally from a small town in Northern CA., designs lamps and furniture in the arts and crafts style. They have a collection of fine quality vintage house-wares and home decor, vintage fashion and some locally sourced hand made goods as well. The highlight of this operation is that they have a sewing studio in the shop where they can make the working class custom work wear. Examples include: Wood working aprons (which are labeled "bullet proof" by Nate), tool pouches, hand bags and other accessories. If you'd like to learn more and see for yourself what they have to offer, they're having a Grand Opening Party, so go welcome them to the hood. Hopeless Jack will be there singing some tunes, and they'll have some beer and wine too.
4011 N. Williams
Grand Opening Party from 6-10pm
Imaginary Authors is releasing another of its story-laden scents, Yesterday Haze:
"Yesterday Haze," the subtly sinister follow-up to Lenora Blumberg's acclaimed debut "Violet Disguise," tells the story of a farmer's wife who, after maintaining a decades-long affair with a crop duster pilot, decides to come clean to her husband, who also happens to be her lover's employer. "Just as sunsets are more beautiful on hazy days," Blumberg wrote, "so, too, are the memories of yesterday." Set in California's tranquil and dusty San Joaquin Valley, the elaborate tale unfolds like a dream, delicately shifting perceptions like the colors of a dimming dusk.
WHEN TO WEAR: The seductive, dreamlike quality of this scent works like a magnet. Use it liberally during the day and, as it lingers into night, watch as those around you are lured into your sphere.
NOTES: Fig, Iris, Cream Tonka, Tree Bark, Walnut Bitters & Orchard Dust
To fête the newest volume in the IA scent library, stockist Amelia is hosting a launch party with complimentary cocktails and perfume samples this Thursday eve, 5-8 pm.
A short and sweet list of design and retail happs to match the shortening daylight hours:
While the Museum of Contemporary Craft's Fashioning Cascadia exhibit has almost a month left to go in its run, most of its associated events, residencies, and lectures have already passed. Over the course of the summer, visiting artists have created a "Fashion Safehouse"—a physical studio space within the exhibit that has been added to and inhabited with each rotating participant. In a last-minute, impromptu addition, acclaimed Portland designer Adam Arnold will be taking a break from his spacious Eastside studio digs to spend every Thursday working on a collection that will debut with a runway show on October 1, also at the museum. His own studio has rules, like "no shoes" and "must have an appointment," so this is "the first time in history" you can drop in on Arnold at your own whim. (If you enjoy a game of cat and mouse, Arnold reports that he'll also be there "most days... unless I am at yoga or getting something to eat"). Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 NW Davis, Thursdays through Sept, 11 am-3 pm
Rescheduled due to unseasonably crappy weather, antique/coffee/vintage shop Associated, also home to small goods manufactured by local artists like jewelry badass Hazel Cox, is having a re-do on its Marché aux Puces flea market with the added sounds of DJs Drew Groove and Tammyland, plus live jazz with Angie & Alex. Associated, 4212 N Interstate, Sat Sept 13, noon-dusk, live music 7:30 pm
Tilde celebrates eight years of Sellwood retail with 20 percent off across the board, plus prizes you'll be entered to win with a purchase of $20 or more. Tilde, 7919 SE 13th, Sat Sept 13, 10 am-6 pm
The PDX Collective Sale at The Cleaners has become a highly anticipated bi-annual event for shoppers, with local brands selling their stock at discounted prices; some can be snagged for up to 80% off. Each installment features 11 boutiques/brands and they all replenish their stock the second day—which makes it easier to check it out last minute if you have to.
While the Museum of Contemporary Craft’s Fashioning Cascadia exhibit has almost a month left to go in its run, most of its associated events, residencies, and lectures have already passed. Over the course of the summer its visiting artists have created a “Fashion Safehouse”—a physical studio space within the exhibit that has been added to and inhabited with each rotating participant. In a last minute, impromptu addition, acclaimed Portland designer Adam Arnold will be taking a break from his spacious eastside studio digs to spend every Thursday working on a collection there that will debut with a runway show October 1, also at the museum. His own studio has rules, like “no shoes” and “must have an appointment,” so this is “the first time in history” you can drop in on Adam at your own whim. (If you enjoy a game of cat and mouse, Arnold reports that he’ll also be there “most days… unless I am at yoga or getting something to eat”). Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 NW Davis, Thursdays through Sept 25, 11 am-3 pm
Many Portlanders have discovered the deep joy of listening to records. Record stores live strong in our small metropolis and for many vinyl enthusiasts, one shop in particular expertly curates our obsession. Andrew Neerman opened Beacon Sound's NE Prescott location three years ago, and the 300-square-foot space boasts excellent titles, Neerman's own label, and the occasional musical performance.
Well, Neerman recently harnessed this momentum and has joined forces with artists Bijan Berahimi and Michael Spoljaric to deliver a new Beacon Sound incarnation. The store reopens today at 3636 N Mississippi with almost 3x the amount of space, and will also be home to FISK gallery.
Neerman and Berahimi took a moment this week to have a coffee with me and share their vision for the new space. When Neerman originally opened Beacon Sound, he was interested in exploring the relationship between design and music which is clearly demonstrated in the creative endeavors associated with the shop. However, the incorporation of a gallery serves as an expansion of this interest. "We want the space to be design oriented, many record stores don't have a specific aesthetic and we wanted to build a bridge between design and music."
So what does this look like? You can find out this weekend at a host of events in the new space. Friday night Peter Broderick and Gabriel Soloman perform for their album release along with Gordon Ashworth. Saturday night delivers performances from 1939 Ensemble, Haste and Like a Villain.
The space will continually develop and grow as a "cultural hub" that brings artists together; a place where you can listen to a record, see some art and maybe even have a beer (more on that to come).
Congrats to Neerman, Berahimi, Spoljaric and to music/art devotees city wide. This one is going to be big.
Here’s another Design Week Portland event to put on your radar. On Wednesday, October 8th, head down to Rontoms for a special edition of The New Structure series featuring fashion designer Adam Arnold, architect Carrie Strickland, former Portland Mayor, Sam Adams, and architect Rick Potestio. Each will share their thoughts on the historical and contemporary aspects of design, architecture, and community.
The New Structure is a series of presentations exploring architectures of the community, the urban fabric, environments, the poetic, the body, space, and the imagination. The goal of the series is invite presenters to share their knowledge and experience, recover the past, examine the present, and experiment with the future.
Learn more about The New Structure and Project Cityscope on their website: projectcityscope.org.
Who: The New Structure
When: Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 7:00pm
Where: Rontoms, 600 E. Burnside St., PDX, 97214
Cost: $5-20 sliding scale admission. 21+ only please. This event is open to the public. RSVP for your FREE ticket in advance.
It can't, it won't, and it don't stop. Retail!
• Northwest jewelry outpost Twist welcomes New York's Jill Platner, a 20-year veteran of the business known for pieces that are substantial enough to wear while surfing or camping. Platner will have her entire collection in tow, in addition to a number of one-of-a-kind studio projects for a one-day trunk show. Twist, 30 NW 23rd Pl, Thurs Sept 4, noon-6 pm
• Stella & Dot will be taking up residence at Mabel & Zora with their newest jewelry and accessories for an evening. Stylist Patricia Carlile will be on hand to advise, plus the store will be offering event-only discounts and a giveaway. Mabel & Zora, 748 NW 11th, Thurs Sept 4, 6-8 pm
• Hair M|W is getting in on the neighborhood's First Thursday action with a show by Karl Kaiser, live music by Redwood Son, hors d'oeuvres, wine, and a chance to win a complimentary service. Hair M|W, 1015 NW Lovejoy, Thurs Sept 4, 6-8 pm
• Former storefront/current online lingerie retailer Jane's Vanity is having a pop-up to feature luxury Italian cashmere line Zynni. The versatile, layering-friendly pieces work in both an apparel and lounge context, and include outerwear and un-dyed pieces. Warning: Cashmere has been known to lead to addiction. Hotel deLuxe, 729 SW 15th, Thurs Sept 4, 5-8 pm, Fri Sept 5, 10 am-2 pm
• The September edition of Wanderlust Vintage's Window Dressing series kicks off this First Friday, and next up is popular local bag company Seaecho, whose window design will remain up at the shop through the end of the month. Come for the first look, first dibs on limited-edition merch, and refreshments. Wanderlust, 2804 SE Ankeny, Fri Sept 5, 5-9 pm
• The last art show before Nationale makes its move to new digs at 3360 SE Division in October, Brooklyn artist Myranda Gillies' Primary Motions draws from sunset imagery in woven tapestries, as well as lava-rock sculptures in brass. Nationale, 811 E Burnside, opening reception Fri Sept 5, 6-8 pm, through Sept 28
• Haunt is also launching a new art show for the 811's First Friday, a collection of botanical watercolors by Michelle Erickson. The reception will feature store discounts and refreshments, as well as a sidewalk sale of vintage from Lyon Falls. Haunt, 811 E Burnside, opening reception Fri Sept 5, 6-9 pm
• As a precursor to the series of runway shows happening later in the month, the folks behind Portland Fashion Week are taking over Pioneer Courthouse Square for the weekend. Called Fashion on the Square, look for design and boutique vendors plus a full schedule of live music. Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th, Fri Sept 5-Sun Sept 7, 11 am-8 pm
• It's a busy week for Jane's Vanity, who's at it again with a rare sale of their general merchandise—international high-end lingerie, hosiery, and loungewear from brands like Fleur of England and Eres. Items will be marked down 40-70 percent, plus there'll be a DJ, models, and a bar selling wine and cocktails. The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel, 403 SW 10th, Sat Sept 6, noon-7 pm
• North Interstate newcomer Associated continues its weekly Marché aux Puces flea market, with liquid refreshments, DJ Mr. Mumu, and a set by Oceanside Static. Associated, 4212 N Interstate, Sat Sept 6, noon-9 pm
I wrote about the Portland Apparel Lab launch in print this week, a smidge earlier than I would have normally. Since the paper comes out on Wednesdays, it always seems like things happening on that day might not reach peak awareness in time. So the "launch," which I've been thinking about more in terms of a market test/forum, is actually next Wednesday, the 10th, at 6:30 pm at the Museum of Contemporary Craft (it's free, but you're supposed to register).
I did that in hopes of maximizing the number of people who hear about it. I've been covering locally manufactured apparel long enough to have seen a number of efforts come and go that have been aimed at supporting the city's fashion scene. It's an interesting, complicated challenge, but it's also a good time for new solutions and business models, and frankly I've never seen as much interest in growing the industry from outsiders as I have lately. Part of why I'm hopeful that PAL will go somewhere is that it addresses many of the same issues, and points to similar possible solutions, as have been brought up in parallel conversations, both regarding local manufacturing and funding in general, and specific to the apparel/fashion world.
I think it's doubtful that PAL is the perfect solution as is, but it seems to represent more tangible progress on the effort than anyone else has had the time to produce. I have my doubts—about the realities of funding the annual operating cost of an operation like this, about the fact that it is officially only made up of two people currently—but I think it's a good time to bring those doubts and questions to the attention of the community and found out if this thing is viable. I'd bet if all the people talking about these issues in the same language could get in the same room and pool their connections, wisdom, and resources, some actual progress might get made.
So I'm gonna be all "get out the vote" about this. Even if it ends up that PAL isn't something sustainable here, picking it apart is something that can get us closer to a working model.
Ah yes, the edification of early fall in Portland, with TBA's ponderous challenges and—as of a couple short years ago—the network-y expo of regional talent that is Design Week Portland. While you were barbequing hot dogs on Monday, registration for this year's events (running October 4-11) opened, which means it's time to peruse the schedule and make a plan.
One thing to always make note of is the citywide series of open houses, ranging from behind the scenes peeks at advertising agencies to galleries and design-focused shops. It's spread out over by date and neighborhood, but it's a lot, and maybe worth plotting out the ones you want to make it a priority to visit. As for the 100 more event-y events, a couple highlights:
—A "Made in Portland" walking tour collaboration between Know Your City and the Museum of Contemporary Craft.
—Metropolis magazine editor Susan S. Szenasy will give a "highly interactive" talk built around pre-sent questions from audience members, related to ethics and sustainability in architecture and design.
—Portland's chief planner, Portlandia's art director, Live Wire's Courtenay Hameister, and more are creating an event in "words, music, pictures" at Mississippi Studios that asks, "What do the buildings we choose to construct, demolish, restore, and inhabit tell the world about us? How does Portland's character find voice in our buildings and the relationships between them?" Plus there will be DJs spinning "songs about buildings and cities."
—Our Portland Story will pay tribute to three of Portland's most important "designers in the Mad Men era, when "advertising agencies and commercial artists worked with local brands such as Jantzen, Reed College and Pendleton to lay the groundwork of the design profession for generations of creatives to come."
—Adam Arnold, Carrie Strickland, Sam Adams, and Rick Potestio will be given quite a bit of leeway in presentations on "the historical and contemporary aspects of design, architecture, and community" at an event called "The New Structure."
—A hilarious looking "Design Roast" (examples: Comic Sans font, Crocs shoes, the Pontiac Aztek, Apple earbuds, Carl's Jr advertising, Phillipe Starck juicer, black-on-black watches).
—A talk by Stefan Sagmeister, who's designed album covers for the Rolling Stones, Lou Reed, and Talking Heads.
And so much more. Check it out and get started, because it's a lot to wade through, but totally worth it. The organizers always do a great job of representing the spectrum of design happening around us, and as such I can safely say there's something in there for everyone.
This is the final First Friday of the summer over at Haunt and it's an exciting one. Say farewell to the long summer days with artist Michelle Erickson who'll be showing new watercolors that incorporate soft coloring with pen and ink. You may have seen some of her greeting cards on the shelves there before that display gemstones in her fanciful style. Her new collection of work showcases botanicals as the subject matter. Not only will there be art, but there'll be special guests having a sidewalk sale right outside the doors- a vintage sidewalk sale with Lyon Falls. You can also find store discounts during this event. Summer may be coming to a close, but the warm nights are still lingering, so take advantage.
Friday Sept. 5th 6-9pm @ Haunt, 811 E. Burnside #113
To be clear, I do not want fall to come. Every summer has to be ripped from my grasp, and I get really defensive at this time of year, when people start every other sentence with some allusion to summer's end even as they're sweating through their tank top. Then I usually remain in cozy denial until Thanksgiving, or at least Halloween. That being said, fall clothes are the only good thing about the season changing, and there are two things that came up on the calendar recently that stir the desire for time to actually pass:
On September 19, Mercantile is hosting the debut of the Imperial Collection by Anna Cohen, a line of womenswear made from the wool "grown" on Oregon's Imperial Stock Ranch. If you've visited the Fashioning Cascadia exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, you've had the chance to see a few of the truly gorgeous pieces from it.
Then, on October 1, and again at MoCC, which really has become something of a second home for Portland's fashion community, it seems, Adam Arnold—who's back to doing regular seasonal shows, it would seem—is debuting his work for fall, which will no doubt include more wool, offbeat patterns, and things to add to my growing wish list. As usual, it's free, but you have to register. I'd suggest doing so soonish to be safe, since people come out for Adam Arnold shows.
So cheer up, sun worshipers.
Remember when The Incorporated made a huge splash at the Alley 33 Fashion Event? Their fusion of hip-hop music and apparel set them apart both stylistically and conceptually.
Now this awesome design team, with the help of Eyes and Edges' Holly Hoover, is putting together a mix tape of Portland-based hip-hop bands. In case you don't know where to look for the ever insatiable musical talents in our city, the release party is TONIGHT at Hawthorne Theater and has an all-star line up:
ePP of TxE
Mic Capes Music
Old Grape God
THE SOAR LOSERS aka Stewart Villain, Spoon, Myke Bogan, Manny Monday, Vinnie Dewayne and Tre Redeau Music Page
You can find out more information on the facebook event page.
Fade to Light played to a typically packed Crystal Ballroom last week, to a healthy crowd of fashion insiders, business folk, and fans who just like a good show. As one of the most popular fashion events in town, it seems like each season F2L draws more excitement and anticipation, and this time around they did not disappoint. As usual, there was a diverse roster of new and returning designers, as well as a few established names who were new to the format, which has each participant include a video element to their presentation, giving the audience a peek into their creative process.
The first collection to show was Elephant Room, an experimental collaboration between four Art Institute students. They opened with a video montage of the clothing, as one of the designers spoke with evangelical zeal about the virtues of fashion as an art form ("Fashion is not an industry, it is an expression... My body is a celebration, I am a celebration..." etc). The designers showed a series of dramatic gowns in a striking color palate of black, white and yellow, with an emphasis on architecture and removable pieces—like a skirt that zipped off to make the dress cocktail length. There were some interesting ideas in this collection, and the construction was great, but it sort of left me wanting more. There were only three looks total, and I didn't really feel like there was a clear point of view.
Mag-Big opened with a somewhat melancholic video of a girl playing on the beach in a pretty, breezy dress. This seemingly contradictory theme was reflected in the clothes, which were sort of fun-in-the-sun with a slightly dark edge. Mag-Big specializes in stylish but super unfussy pieces, which can sometimes be a challenge to translate into a compelling runway show, but they pulled it off with lots of sexy sheers and pretty floral prints.
If you've visited the clean, inviting space that is Demimonde Studio in the last week, you know that they've reshuffled a few things, given the studio a fresh new look. If you haven't, time to stroll on over. This Thursday, they're having a trunk show for Portland native Martina Thornhill who now lives in North Carolina. Rachel (the brilliant artist behind the Demimonde shop and jewelry line) has "been smitten with her designs since stumbling upon her Instagram feed last year..."and again, if you've visited the shop, you know this lady don't mess around with good taste-she's got it! So, do yourself a favor and be a guest in their re-juxtaposed spread and check out some work by and meet Martina.
2428 NE Broadway
Thursday, August 28th 6-9pm
I'm a fan of anything modern and/or cozy, so after seeing the Zynni Cashmere FW14 lookbook all I could think was, "Yes, please!" ...and then my wallet just laughed at me and walked away. Regardless of silly things like budgets, you can get in the mood for fall at the upcoming trunk show hosted by Jane's Vanity on September 4th and 5th.
Zynni is a luxury Italian cashmere line offering fashion-forward apparel and loungewear. The trunk show includes items available for immediate purchase, as well as the option to order anything from the extensive collection for same-season delivery. The looks feature everything from sweaters to outerwear, as well as a series of non-dyed loungewear. With clean lines and fantastic drape, Zynni makes great use of their high-quality materials and luxurious yarns.
So if you're ready to cuddle up this fall (or just want to lust over the fancy capes, shrugs, and cardigans) head down to the Hotel DeLuxe, located at 729 SW 15th Ave on Thursday, September 4th from 5-8pm, and Friday, September 5th from 10am-2pm.
Check out the full lookbook after the jump.
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