Solestruck is hosting their first ever Holiday Bazaar for the month of December, and the launch party is tomorrow, December 5th at 7PM at their flagship store. For the bazaar, aptly named Stuff Your Stockings, they are bringing in six of their favorite brands which include Moniker Leathers, Reif, Seaecho, Pino, Imaginary Authors, and Polaris, with Seaecho, Pino, and Reif all providing custom goods made just for the event. As is the case with any Solestruck party, drinks and treats will be provided, along with stockings! It might be hard to buy things for other people and not just for yourself at this event.
If you didn't get enough shopping fun over the weekend or you decided not to even leave your house (I fall in the latter category) then there is an event coming up that you will be sure to enjoy. NE Broadway is having their annual Ladies Night Out this Wednesday from 5-9PM, and deals abound from numerous businesses along the street. Obviously of most interest to you MODers is the participation of shops like Demimonde, Soho Boutique, and Sweet Jayne, but other businesses of interest of the non-clothing variety include Kitchen Kaboodle, Zama Massage Therapeutic Spa, Furever Pets, Great Wine Buys, and Broadway Books. If you get hungry along the way almost all of the restaurants along the street will offer specials as well. For a full list of participating businesses click here.
Local resale shop Patti Smith West will be hosting an artist trunk show Friday, Dec 6 from 6-9 pm and Saturday, Dec 7 from 11 am-6 pm at their Northeast Portland location (3746 NE 42nd).
The reception will featuring: Nicole Carlon, Nancy Goldman, Trina Hesson, Moss & Mirror, and Serge Sisters.
Meet and mingle with Patti Smith West's visionaries, artists, and friends as they present vintage clothing, jewelry, and knickknacks, plus delicious refreshments and treats.
Last year around this time Communion teamed up with Dig a Pony to put on a fashion show. The last one just featured looks from Pendleton, but this time around they are expanding it to showcase the entire store. Featured women's and men's brands include Lifetime, Mary Meyer, Comune, Loup, RVCA, WESC, Cheap Monday, Shades of Grey, Left on Houston, Kai-Aakmann, Furies, Skargorn, Just Female, Zanerobe, Brixton, and Globe, as well as local favorites Bridge & Burn, Poler, and of course Pendleton. They are also going to do an entire segment focused on rain wear, with the highlight being looks from a line called RAINS out of Copenhagen. Communion is one of only a few stores in the US that carries the line, which is characterized by clean lines, beautiful fit, and high quality materials and construction. The show takes place on December 5th at 8PM at Dig a Pony, and if it's anything like it was last year you will want to get there early to get a drink and snag a good viewing spot, because this thing will be packed.
If you are even going to go there with a lingerie gift this year (or sneak in a self-purchase), do the right thing and consult with Lille Boutique.
They're hosting a trunk show for New York-based designer Samantha Chang on Friday, December 13 from 5pm to 8pm. A bit of bio:
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Chang exhibited an early aptitude for fashion that brought her to the US to pursue her dreams, which were fully realized when she launched her own ready-to-wear collection immediately after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her eponymous lingerie line was launched four years later, in 2000, and she started her own showroom in 2008 to share her experience and nurture young, independent designers like herself. Carried by exclusive department stores like Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and Fred Segal, and favored by celebrities like Kate Hudson, Jennifer Aniston and Christy Turlington, her designs are world-renowned for their femininity and beautiful details. Her strength lies in utilizing comfortable fabrics, harmonious colors and playful prints, and executing simple silhouettes with beautiful finishing.
The trunk show will include a meet and greet, options for private fittings (call the store ahead), and if you make a purchase of $100 or greater you'll earn "a free goodie bag full of Lille gifts, including a Samantha Chang original design." Plus, there will be 10% off store-wide, so... You know what to do.
Agave Denim's annual winter warehouse sale is coming up on Friday December 6th and Saturday December 7th, 9AM-5PM. There will be special deals of 40-80% off men’s and women’s jeans, knits, sweaters and jackets, and if you just so happen to be Agave's sample size you should arrive early for a chance to get one-of-a-kind prototype samples. Saturday's sale will feature live music and refreshments including coffee and popcorn.
If you want to receive even more savings while helping out the less fortunate you are encouraged to take part in Agave’s charity benefited “Jeans Exchange”, where you bring and donate used, clean jeans for an additional 10% discount. The collected jeans will be distributed to the local non-profit organizations Neighbors Helping Neighbors and The Arc of Clark County.
Agave’s warehouse address is 6210 S 11th St. Ridgefield WA, just off Interstate 5 at exit #14.
Skip the big box bustle this Black Friday and head down to Black Magic, taking place at The Cleaners catch a carefully curated selection of Portland’s finest independent designers / shopkeeps. The gang is all here:
Sale vibes are going down Friday, November 29th from 11am-6pm. Come one, come all! More info here.
This week I made an official-style calendar of the sales and fashion events going down this week, which you can find over here along with my recap of last weekend's Portland Fashion & Style Awards, should you so desire.
However, there are two late-breaking additions that are worth noting, too:
1) SE 811 E Burnside addition Not Quite Neon is debuting a photo show by Ray Gordon featuring Winifred Jewelry and cloaks and dresses by badass L.A. designer Lindsey Thornburg (who also has an amazing collaboration with Pendleton). Day of the Dead attire is encouraged, and there will be drinks. That's Saturday, 6-10 pm in suite 221.
2) Liza Rietz is co-hosting a trunk show with OKO, featuring discounts up to 40% off on pieces from her current and past collections, plus vintage jewelry, drinks, and other treats. That's also Saturday, 5-8 pm at 2774 NW Thurman.
Please join me now in tooting the horn of the Mercury's own Marjorie Skinner who won the coveted "Best Fashion Blogger" award at this weekend's Portland Fashion & Style Awards.
Interestingly, this handsome 15-pound trophy was made entirely from the tears of children working in Indonesian H&M sweatshop factories. (JOKE! These kids don't dare cry if they want to keep their jobs.) But seriously, if you give two craps about fashion and design, you really should be reading Marjorie's "Sold Out" column every week in the Mercury and, of course, the MOD blog every single day. CONGRATULATIONS, MARJORIE!!
The second round of the Portland Fashion Style Awards take place tomorrow. You remember that last year's debut was something of a farce, but this year's sees new ownership, a more on-point judging panel, and some improved relevance among the finalists. It's not perfect, but it appears to be on the right track.
You can read more about the changes in the process, and see the list of finalists in this week's Sold Out column, and there's also some new information about the mini fashion shows that will help space out the evening.
In the capable hands of fashion show producer and MOD writer Elizabeth Mollo are two mini fashion shows. The first, says Mollo, features "clothing provided by Jet Boutique and Sophie Chang, hats provided by Goorin Bros., and shoes provided by Solestruck. Fashion show looks styled by Alicia Wood, and hair and make-up provided by Venus Allure Salon and Spa."
The second show, the "nominee show" is composed of teams all pulled from the list of finalists:
Designer- Kate Towers
Hair- Royal Hair Designs
Make-up- Erica Waterman
Boutique- Shop Adorn
Model- Clarke Flowers
Hair and Make-Up- The National Beauty
Model- Evan Combs
Hair- Adrianna Fournier
Make-up- Madeline Roosevelt
Designer- Carolyn Hart
Model- Caitlin Healy-Green
Hair- Andrea Harris
Make-Up- Donn Eaton Quist
Designer- Brent Collier
Hair- Salon 77
Make-Up- Madeline Roosevelt
Boutique- Anne Bocci Boutique
Hair- The National Beauty
Make-Up- Jodi Vaughn
Thursday, October 24
—NE Alberta's Amelia boutique is hosting a trunk show for jewelry artist Brehan Todd, featuring the current collection as well as one-of-a-kind pieces, plus, naturally, drinks. Amelia, 2230 NE Alberta, 5-8 pm
—Shop Adorn is celebrating the milestone of their fifth anniversary with party/trunk show featuring store favorite Prairie Underground, plus cocktails and giveaways. Shop Adorn, 4120 NE Fremont, 4-8 pm
Friday, October 25
Sunday, October 27
—After one solid day of recovery, Solestruck rouses itself again for the second annual "Shit Show" shoe sample sale. They'll be offloading hundreds of pairs for less than $100 each, with some as low as $20. Additionally, all the regular merch will be 25% off for one day only—it'll be the biggest sale they've ever had, and there's a reason why it's called what it's called, so go early, and be polite. Solestruck, 417 SW 13th, 11 am-5 pm
—It may not seem like a fashion event at first glance, but the Academy Theater's Digital Conversion Benefit Party has a bit of everything, including a runway show of Montavilla neighbors R.A.W. Textiles, Ambrosia, Branch and Birdie, Union Rose, and Maven Collective. The Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark, 6-9 pm, $55 tickets can be purchased here, which includes a slew of food, drink, and entertainment.
Last year's first-ever Portland Fashion & Style Awards was one of those odd outgrowths that Portland's industry is unfortunately prone to. A fair amount of smoke blew out my ears over its debut, which featured nominees that were entirely crowd sourced—rather than ask prominent people in the various fields represented for their input, a list was generated by whoever happened to trip over the PFSAs on social media. The people who have earned national attention to the local scene didn't even know what it was, and didn't care. Why would they? The roster of nominees, with few exceptions, was so wildly unfamiliar that it was easy to dismiss as an out-of-touch excuse to play dress up and throw a fancy party at the Schnitz. So be it.
This year, it's under new management (just like Portland Fashion Week is under new management... the former management of the PFSAs—oh, the musical chairs), with Executive Producer Ann Akre and Producer Jaileene Eubanks taking over. Those aren't the most recognizable names on the scene, either, but they have certainly made some improvements to the original method.
There is just one "people's choice" nominee in each category this year, with the other three selected by a panel of judges that includes Nancy Hales (yay!), David Bentley of About Face magazine, Sharon Blair of Portland Sewing and Studio SKB, Kathi O’Neil of Portland Picks, photographer/model trainer Marie Saturn, Jewel Mignon of Fashion News Live, photographer Quavondo, a variety of reps from Salon Services, and designer Alison Clair. It's a mix of people intrenched in the local industry, or at least in relative fields. The same judges will also be making the final decisions on the winner, and they have borderline-TMI manifesto of their judging criteria posted for all to see.
As to the nominees, there are still some categories that seem wonky (and a few authority-undermining spelling errors, like "Francis May"), but it's a vast improvement over last year's list of mystery names. (Oh hi, me.)
Best Boutique SE
Mag – Big (People’s Choice)
Branch and Birdie
Best Boutique NE
Shop Adorn (People’s Choice)
Best Boutique SW
Anne Bocci Boutique (People’s Choice)
Living Threads Vintage
Best Boutique NW
Folly (People’s Choice)
Mabel & Zora
Best Fashion/Wardrobe Stylist
Lis Bothwell (People’s Choice)
Best Fashion Photographer
Sarah Giffrow Creative (People’s Choice)
Best Fashion Publisher
DAMchic Magazine (People’s Choice)
Best Fashion Blogger
Ari Stevens (People’s Choice)
Best Fashion Show Producer
Grace Holland (People’s Choice)
Best Make-Up Artist
Jodi Vaughn (People’s Choice)
M’chel Bauxal – Gleason
Ambrosia Carey (People’s Choice)
Best Salon SE
Vanity Junkie (People’s Choice)
Best Salon NE
Green Hair PDX (People’s Choice)
Best Salon SW
Aimee J’Adore Salon (People’s Choice)
The National Beauty
Best Salon NW
Royal Hair Designs (People’s Choice)
Best TV/Film Make-Up Artist
Claire Brooksbank (People’s Choice)
Donn Eaton Quist
Best TV/Film Hairstylist
M’chel Bauxal Gleason (People’s Choice)
Best TV/Film Wardrobe Stylist
Lis Bothwell (People’s Choice)
Most Fashionable Male TV Personality
Ryan May (People’s Choice)
Most Fashionable Female TV Personality
Stephanie Stricklen (People’s Choice)
Best Female Model
Raquel Romans (People’s Choice)
Best Male Model
Evan Combs (People’s Choice)
Best Plus Size Model
Kim Hughes (People’s Choice)
Best Emerging Menswear Designer
Bryce Black (People’s Choice)
Best Emerging Women’s Wear Designer
Frills n Frippery (People’s Choice)
Best Accessory Designer
Jennifer Campbell Design (People’s Choice)
Betsy & Iya
Best Menswear Designer
Seth Aaron (People’s Choice)
Best Women’s Wear Designer
Carolyn Hart (People’s Choice)
We'll see how it goes: The awards take place Saturday Oct 26 at the The Ainsworth Event Center/Scottish Rite at 1512 SW Morrison. Tickets are here.
What goes better with champagne and cupcakes than shopping with your girlfriends on Sunday afternoon? Nothing, obvs! Pop by Black Box babe hangout Mojave this Sunday from 12-6 pm to score 15% off the entire store in addition to complimentary champs, cupcakes, and smokin' new fall merch.
I have to admit I didn’t catch any of the shows at last year’s installment of FashioNXT, so as I arrived on Friday night at the Shipyards I was filled with anticipation of what was in store. The familiar scene (I was an intern to producer Tito Chowdury in 2009) had seen some definite jazzing up. From an extravagant bar to thumping music, and stalls for vendors to sell their goods, FashioNXT has certainly grown. Observing the scene one could note that for a fashion show, the attendees had quite a mixed bag of styles, everything from little girls with their Moms, to clubby girls in giant stilettos, and nearly everything in between. As seating started we all packed into the main event, and waited for the show to get going.
First up, and my hands down favorite of the evening was the first-ever spring collection by The Pendleton Portland Collection. Since it’s first season in 2011, the Portland Collection has won the hearts of the fashion set all around the globe. The spring collection was full of clean lines, notes of nautical, and stripes that felt fresh yet still signature Portland Collection. My favorite look was the light blue co’ord piece with matching reversible bomber jacket (seen below). I absolutely must have this in my closet come spring. The men’s looks were also hit a high note, from smart cardigans to perfectly tailored jackets, any guy would be nailing it in TPC. I was especially fond of the varsity jacket and sporty luxe bombers for both men and women. It’s undeniable designers Rachel Turk, Nathaniel Crissman, and John Blasioli have an incredible aesthetic with the ability to make each of their individual talents shine through.
Next was Stephanie D Couture. This collection was full of peplums, sheer high to low bits, and lots of lace. To me, the fabric choice was a bit questionable, and the collection lacked a common thread. The highlight piece for me was a form fitting white lace mini dress with a sweetheart neckline, which would make the perfect addition to your closet and could be worn both for holiday, and the summer months.
We're over the Design Week Portland hump, but half the fun still lies ahead: Here's what's on our radar for tonight:
—As if you needed more convincing that design isn't just something one talks about in the board rooms of branding firms, the Stumpquest Games Fest kicks off today with indie video and board game designs, tournaments, and a full-on Twin primer. If you want to know WTF "Twine" is, and more, check out Erik's writeup of the 'quest, which runs through Sunday at various locations.
—If you're not headed out to FashioNXT, you can your fashion on in a more locally focused, serious business sort of way with Fashion Speaks, a panel addressing the challenges and future of fashion design in Portland. If you haven't already read it, my interview with organizers and panelists Crispin Argento and Cassie Ridgway gets to the heart of the issues at hand. That's at 7 pm tonight at Spooltown, open to all, and free.
—The Portland Design Auction features over 40 local artists and designers who've made astonishing things that could belong in your closet or your home depending on how the numbers shake out. Even if it gets too rich for your blood, this is a fantastic testament to the breadth of awesome manufacturing happening all around you. It's being hosted at The Good Mod starting at 7 pm.
—On the scientific tip, if you wind up getting to bed early enough to attend tomorrow's 8:30 am Creative Mornings, you'll be treated to "Drew Endy, Designing with Biology," a Stanford professor discussing such future possibilites as "teaching wood to grow into the shape of a chair; making cheese from cultures collected from human skin; and a future in which living organisms can be programmed as easily as computers are now." Not a bad start to a productive day, eh? Alison has more to say about Creative Mornings in general, too. That'll be bright and early at the Hollywood.
—The film programming of DWP at the Hollywood offers two interesting options this evening: PNCA's professor of video and sound, Stephen Slappe, has put together a compilation of 16mm films themed around advertising in the '60s and '70s called "Dial D for Design." (Mad Men cosplay not required.) That's at 7 pm, $10.
And, tonight is also the first screening of Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story, documenting the subversive French illustrator along with interviews with folks including Maurice Sendak:
—"Dissecting Design," a panel hosted by the Portland Advertising Federation, seeks to address "how great design is achieved using processes and design systems that take us from an understanding of client or consumer need to initial designs to iteration to the production of the final product." Which sounds like a lot of ground to cover. Luckily they have awesome participants like Nike Design Director Wilson Smith III, Tanner Goods founder Sam Huff, Jeff Kovel of SkyLab Architecture, Ziba Creative Director Eric Park, Sandstrom Partners' Steve Sandstrom, and Elizabeth Dye of the English Dept. The program begins at 4:30 today at the EcoTrust building, but "Networking/Arrivals" begins at 4, and there's another networking sesh scheduled from 5:30-6, so I guess put a few extra business cards in your wallet before you go.
—Domestic: An American-Made Design Showcase kicks off at the Janey apartments (1155 NW Everett). Hosted by online design journal Made & State, six local interior designers and shopkeepers were tasked with decorating apartments and a rooftop patio using only American-made products. Doors open at 7, and $15 advance tickets can be found here (it's $20 at the door). After tonight, it'll be open from 11 am-6 pm daily through Sunday, and Saturday will also feature a series of trunk shows curated by Portland's most famous (and Emmy-winning) wardrobe stylist, Amanda Needham, and an opportunity to shop the housewares at a pop-up on Sunday, both 11 am-8 pm. Super excited for this one.
—The three-night series Blurred Lines is "a curated exploration of the future of interaction," taking into account developments in technology and the design of physical spaces. There are installations by Wieden+Kennedy, Intel, Fashionbuddha, and ADX, among others, and DJ sets every night through the show's run, which ends Friday. Tonight has Maxx Bass and Nathan Detroit, with Miracles Club's Raf and Beyonda, among others, taking over later this week. That's at Refuge, nightly at 7-11 (till midnight Friday), $20.
The second annual Design Week Portland is officially in full swing, with a huge roster of events and open houses that's exciting, but a little intimidating. Thus, the Mercury's guide, where we highlighted some of the most promising, brain-stimulating prospects—or all the ones we could fit, anyway. Here's what looks good today (everything is free unless stated otherwise):
—I've been waiting for an excuse to put Curiosity Club in the paper (thank you DWP) for a long time. Tobias Berblinger and Will Lolcama have been running the semi-monthly series of presentations for three years now, bringing people from an endless range of fields to talk about what they do—check out their video archives to get a sense, where you'll find talks and Q&As from, just recently, a commercial photographer, a vegetable farmer, and a kinetic sculptor. For DWP, they're hosting a special edition at 6 pm tonight at Hand Eye Supply with a panel of past guests addressing how they came to do what they do. Check out our interview with Lolcama and Berblinger to get a better sense of what Berblinger joked is kind of like "Bill and Ted Talks."
—Also tonight at 7 is a presentation from the Creative Director and Co-Founder of Wildfang, the tomboy-focused retail juggernaut founded by a small group of former Nike whiz kids. The event, held at the flagship store at 1230 SE Grand, is free, though they've had enough RSVPs to declare the thing sold out. But the talk is supposed to be followed by a party and... well, you might be able to sneak your way in there. At the least you can read Courtney's interview with them!
—On the tech side of things, at 7 pm at the Fez are the Webvisionary Awards, where those who've made progress and innovation the good old intertubes get acknowledged and rewarded with tiny robot statues! Jelz. Alison wrote a piece on that, too.
—Spooltown is among the nascent community of small-run sewing factories serving the city's many independent designers, focusing mostly on bags and leather goods. Tonight at 7:30 at the SE factory they're giving a talk titled "Designing Bags and Accessories for Production," which should appeal both to designers ready to transition from making everything themselves and to those interested in the movement to re-localize manufacturing in general. Courtney also chatted them up for the occasion. This one is $10 to attend.
—Somewhat shrouded in mystery, tonight also marks the launch of the Design Museum Portland, a roving entity that calls attention to the role of design in... pretty much everything. Jenna has a really interesting interview with co-founder and executive director Sam Aquillano, whose explanation of an exhibit in the Boston airport (the original Design Museum is in Boston) goes a long way to convey the sort of thing in store for Portland. Look for it to pop up where you might not expect it, but for tonight it'll be at ADX starting at 6:30 pm.
The Mercury just dropped a huge guide to Design Week Portland, a truly expansive event that's got one foot in arts and one in industry. It gave us the opportunity to talk about people, organizations, and events that tend to otherwise fall through the cracks of our arts coverage—likewise the schedule of events gives one tons of points of entry (most of which are free) to find out what is going on in the offices and studios scattered across the city.
We focused on a few of our favorites—when's the last time we got to talk about retail, tech, manufacturing, and videogames in the same editorial breath?—but consider it a starting point. Whether you're a professional within the design world looking for a useful perspectives and networking opportunities or a curious person who likes fun and creative endeavors (or, ideally, both), DWP has something (actually many things) for you to latch onto.
In the center spread of this week's issue you'll find a handy listing of all the events, but DWP also features a slew of open houses running Tues-Fri of next week, and the only place to get a comprehensive directory, complete with maps, is on the open house section of their web site. Start planning now, cuz it's gonna be a hell of a busy week.
By the time style-focused events like Design Week Portland and FashioNXT have come and gone, it'll be just about time to dive into the pre-holiday onslaught of pop-ups and local-vendor sales, so from now till January get ready for a weekly roundup of events—cuz if you're gonna be a consumer, you're better off being a local one. This week:
—Tonight, Opulent Fibers has put together a lineup of West Coast designers working primarily in felt for a fashion and trunk show called Pleasure and Purpose. Expect funky hats to be involved. Tonight, 6:30-9 pm
—New York jewelry artist Erica Weiner is shopping around for a potential West Coast outpost, and guess who's on the short list? She'll be bringing her jewels to town for a pop-up at Beam & Anchor starting tomorrow through Oct 10. (Monday appt. only; Tuesday-Saturday: 11 am-6 pm; Sunday: noon-5 pm.)
—Hand-Eye Supply is launching its most recent quarterly catalog, which showcases their somewhat fetish-y selection of work aprons, as modeled by over 20 Portland makers of various sorts: "bakers, firefighters, furniture makers, industrial designers, artists, musicians; craftsmen and women and more." As is their habit, they're throwing a party for the occasion, with complimentary refreshments and snacks from Pacific Pie Company. Plus the early arrivals will be able to take a crack at making your own leather apron in back of the shop—you get to keep it, so try not to mess it up. Quarterly launch party Thursday Oct 3, 6-9 pm
—Hot on the heels of being named in the top 100 salons in Portland by Elle, French Cut Hair is showing off what they're capable of with a couture hair show that doubles as a celebration of their one-year anniversary. Thursday, Oct 3rd, 7 pm, $8-10 (includes wine and hors d'oeuvres)
Tilde is celebrating it's seven year anniversary, and as is customary they are hosting a party and sale to thank it's customers tomorrow. Tilde is offering 20% off almost everything in the store and online and customers who spend over $20 will receive a Tilde Joy Bot made by local artist Gary Hirsch. The sale goes from 10AM-6PM and the champagne toasts start at 4PM.
Flashback to last February: I had just received one my favorite gifts ever. A custom “baby monk” necklace by Brooklyn based designer Erica Weiner. Naturally I had to share my good fortune with my mod'lings and tell everyone I know about it. It is indeed a small world after all. Erica Weiner has teamed up with local shop Beam & Anchor for her first ever West Coast pop-up shop happening October 3-10, complete with a vintage inspired installation by the designer. “This is our first foray into any semblance of a retail venture on the West Coast. We have no idea how it’s going to go, but we’re really excited about it,” says Weiner. The designer also divulges that she is on the hunt for the perfect addition to her existing two retail stores, one in Nolita, the other in Brooklyn. “The heart of this business is in New York City, but we have customers all over the country,” says Weiner, “so we want to bring a special, one-of-a-kind store to a sister city like Portland, San Francisco, or Los Angeles.” Here’s to hoping she loves Portland just as much as we all do, and decides to put roots down in the Rose City. The weeklong installation will feature an unreleased collection of antique rings, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets, curated specifically for Beam & Anchor, as well as a sampling from her lower-priced collection of handmade, vintage-inspired costume jewelry. This is one event not to be missed—stop by Beam & Anchor next month to get your mitts on some seriously rad jewels.
Last year WeMake debuted "Put a Bird in It," an auction of some pretty amazing birdhouses designed by heavy hitters from places like Adidas and LAIKA to benefit All Hands Raised's First Octave, as part of last year's first annual Design Week Portland.
This year they're doing it again as part of "WeMake Celebrates," October 12 at Sandbox Studio, which in addition to birdhouses will have a poster design show, a School of Rock performance, and "hands-on interactive art installations" from Tanner Goods and Wacom. It also serves as the official closing party for Design Week, which carries on the festival season with a huge roster of stimulating events that touch on virtually every type of creative design from October 7-12, so save some energy post-MusicFest/TBA/Fashion Week—the schedule of events is currently up now for your perusal and planning pleasure, and there are more than 80 of them! Plus over 100 open houses at creative businesses all over the city! Oy. We can do this.
Today would have been Fashion's Night Out—a global retail event meant to help drum up support for retailers in the wake of the economic face plant—but earlier this year founders Anna Wintour and Co. announced, basically, "mission accomplished," and pulled the plug. Which is no reason not to do our own thing, and Portland has. They're calling it Fall into Fashion now, but all else is the same: Free pedicab rides to participating stores, a fashion show featuring looks from downtown apparel retailers running every half hour at Director Park from 5:30-7:30 pm, and various sales and parties going into the late evening at shops all over downtown.
It's also Day 1 in a series of runway shows going through the week, with the under-new-management Portland Fashion Week (not FashionXT, that's next month. Round two.) picking up the baton tomorrow through Saturday. As an untested event, PFW has its work cut out competing with TBA, and despite the involvement of some great up and coming designers (Rachel Rector, Sunjin Lee, Brady Lange) I'm hesitant to recommend it as a production sight unseen. However, one thing I can recommend is our coverage of the shows here and on Twitter—we'll be there every night, and we are feeling particularly honest lately.
The Portland Collection is making its grand debut at Shop Adorn Thursday, September 19th from 6-9pm. Here is your chance to shop the collection, meet (and greet) the designers, all whilst sipping Pendleton Whisky. The first 15 party-going custy’s will receive swag bags, ands also up for grabs; a Pendleton and Shop Adorn gift card. Pop on over to Shop Adorn for first dibs on all things TPC, click here for official event invite.
What began as Doom Town way back in 2004 is now Fade to Light, a fashion show known for having its designers not only present never-before-seen collections, but also produce a companion video component. This year it's doubling up, with the first-ever summer edition happening tomorrow at the Crystal Ballroom—doors at 7, show at 8. The lineup is an exciting mix of new and familiar—I'm particularly interested in checking out newbies Bad Wolf Clothier, as well as the first apparel collection in a while from Elizabeth Rohloff, the latest from Michelle Lesniak, and one of my new favorite lines of the year, Quick Study.
Tickets for the event are going fast—VIP tickets have already sold out (there's a slim chance they may be releasing some at the door, but no promises). However, we're giving away a pair today, and here's how you can win 'em: Email me with "Fade to Light" in the subject by 5 pm, and I'll choose a winner at random*.
Don't like pushing your luck? There are still some general admission tickets available here.
*I'm a sucker for sob stories and cat photos, just FYI.
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