Let's start the week off right with some prints. Why be modest about it? Go bright, go big. Wear it on a jumpsuit.
This past Saturday Night I attended the 2012 Art Institute of Portland Fashion Show, reveling in the fact that I could just sit back and watch a fashion show instead of yelling and running around backstage as I normally do. As an Ai alum myself I look forward to this show every year, as it gives me a chance to reconnect with faculty and alumni, as well as scope out the fresh new talent coming out of the school. I did end up working a little though because I was on the hunt to photograph the best looking outfits of the night outside of the runway, and the audience of this show did not disappoint. It seemed like many apparel industry oriented people of Portland were in attendance; from local designers, boutique owners, and press to champions and cheerleaders of fashion in general. Here are the best shots of the night:
Denim. It's everywhere right? On your legs, in free boxes, folded neatly in $500.00 piles at the mall. Well, recently I have noticed a surge in denim of the acid wash variety. In one week I spotted:
So what's the word? Is acid wash the way of denim's future? Personally, I give it two big thumbs up (as long as it remains readily available at the nearest thrift shop).
If you also like to do acid on the cheap, here's a DIY link. It's simple and only slightly toxic. So trip out.
Backtalk’s grand opening soiree held Saturday afternoon was a smashing success. The PBR’s were flowin’, the sun was shining, and the sidewalk turned into the catwalk for a runway show featuring Backtalk’s stock of vintage and new threads, as well as amazing accessories. The models wore stunning shades of lipstick from the Portland Lipstick Co., which I had to purchase immediately following the show. At only $9 bucks a pop, I figured I can attempt to pull of the tiffany blue hue called Chlorosis. If you haven’t bopped over to Backtalk yet, you should certainly hit them up for summer staples like high-waisted jorts, heeps of bold baubles, and an excellent selection of vintage/new finds.
You know what I love about these folks? Their personal style seems like a natural extension of their lifestyles. My mother once told me, "honey, don't let your clothes wear you, you wear them." (umm..thanks mom?). Regardless, these ladies totally embody that.
I had the opportunity to attend my first Portland RAW Artist showcase at Bassnova this past week. What drew me to the event was long time friend, makeup artist Abibat Durosimi also known as Tabiba Styles who was a featured artist at the event.
I wanted to catch up with Abibat to talk about her tour stint with Prince, her recently published work in a European E-Magazine, and her shoot for Solestruck’s Summer Lookbook among other things.
Just a little background: Abibat has more than 15 years in hair-styling and 7 years of makeup experience. She has had the opportunity of working with celebrity clientele (PRINCE, PEOPLE!) as well as assist in the art direction of high-end editorial shoots and runway productions. She has also been invited to be a key makeup artist at Portland’s own Fashion Week and yearly Bridal shows.
So the catching up did not happen right away as chaos was building backstage. In a tiny room where models and designers moved in and out, Abibat had to use Tim Gunn’s famous line “Make it Work!”. There was little room to finish hair and makeup for 10 models, so "make it work" was an understatement. This lady set up shop with her assistant Courtney and prepared for some intense work while beer and bodies swirled around her. It was truly amazing to see her focus and pose in such a crazy, confined and confusing situation.
What she produced was an illusion of effortless cosmic gypsy perfection! Inspired by the fashion designer she was paired up with [Tina Marie Fisher], Abibat had a solid concept as well as a natural creative flow that brought the overall vision together. It was a joy and pleasure to bear witness to her craft.
You have heard her name here and you will again as Abibat has her hands in some exciting up and coming projects that will showcase her raw natural talent as an artist here in Portland and beyond.
While flea markets do not usually conjure visions of high design, the Portland FLEA is different. The event presents an amalgamation of Portland's finest goods from Portland's finest vintage and design folk. This Saturday marked FLEA's launch and, let me tell you, the crowd delivered some slam dunk styles. No dusty carpet bags or outdated shoulder pads here. I managed to snap some shots outside whilst snacking on Taco Pedaler delights.
I was out and about in Chinatown just as the good weather rolled in.
Here are some of the hotties that I bumped into on my crawl!
Hi All! It's been a while since I logged into the Portland Mercury to blog. While I used to be an intern for Marjorie, now (full disclosure) I sell ads for the paper. Blogging here would usually be considered a conflict of interest, but when Marjorie approached me to do what I usually do at my blog Portland's Pretty for her at Open Season, I jumped at the opportunity. While there's a lot of readers here at MOD that may be familiar with my blog, if you're not, what I usually do is go around to events and take pictures of people that I think are dressed particularly cute and fashionable. The only difference this time, is that instead of me hopping around with my lil' Nikon point-and-shoot, I had a real live photog, Chris Forns, to grab some snaps for me. I have to admit this event was so fun, I spent most of the time mingling and catching up with friends, so I lost my photographer for a good chunk of the show. But without further adieu, here's what we got.
Lots more shots after da jump!
Sure, perhaps the whole
people as commodities friends as accessories analogy is a bit reductive. However, I could not help but notice: These folks make each other look good.
Case in point: This group of gentleman. Two pairs of horn-rimmed specs, vintage denim, and old school kicks all around up the hot factor by a bajillion.
Initially, I stopped this pair to ask about that killer trench (it's Margiela via Odessa) and that clutch (it's vintage via San Francisco) but was charmed by the pair's sweet demeanor. Look at those smiles!
This babe's combination of a breton-stripe shirt with a menswear overcoat intrigued me. Very Anna Karina-chic. Kind of like her haircut, which was freshly coiffed by friend Jodi of The National Beauty.
Apparently, all those mushy gushy, heart-melting friend vibes don't just boost your mood, they boost your outfit.
What's better than one pair of sexy boots? Two pairs. When I (somewhat aggressively) chased this duo down and yelled, "I looooove your boots!" they simultaneously turned around and replied, "thanks."
Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Isaac Hers' Chambers event, a mindblowing blend of designs from Isaac Hers, The Woodlands, and freshly launched Pino. One might assume that, amidst the sea of beautiful people, I'd be drawn to models, designers, or even party-goers. Alas, I developed BIG crushes on the press.
Here is Natasha, a 19 (yes 19) year old photographer who has stolen the Portland fashion scene's heart.
What hooked me? Her all-America ensemble: flag cutoffs and a vintage, western Pendleton. Yee-haw! Browse her work at Haunt's First Friday exhibition and watch for a guest appearance by those patriotic jorts.
This lady covers all the bases. Her treasure trove of necklaces were gifts from friend Emily Baker of Sword + Fern. Of course. Get yours here.
I was lucky enough to attend Weekend 2 of Coachella for one of my besties' bachelorette parties, and whoa I would highly recommend anyone thinking of going to definitely attend next year’s festivities. I can still feel the bass from Swedish House Mafia ringing in my ears, and sweet sweet Florence’s voice. Ok, now onto the important stuff like fashion and celeb spottings. I am in no way a professional paparazzi, but these are few of my favorite looks from real festival goers and celebrities who rocked Coachella.
I know, I know, music festivals are supposed to be all about the music, but Coachella takes the cake on the most major fashion moments out of any festival of the season. Here are a few of my favorite looks from weekend 1, including RiRi’s super studded shorts, Katy Perry’s purple locks, Whitney Port’s of the moment neon top, and who could discount hologram Tupac? What was your fave look? Going all out is pretty much the theme of Coachella, so a little rain on the first day didn’t seem to get these guys in low spirits. Stay tuned for best of Coachella weekend 2!
While Sabrina's yellow dress, belt and eyewear are all thrifted, Cara sports a fresh pair of Amy Sacks shades, a Pillars of Creation nebula scarf, and a pale shade from PDX Black Lipstick Co. on her kisser. Find these Portland-designed gems here:
A search of mancessory on Urban Dictionary proffered two results:
Manccessory: A male companion to a female. They can be seen together almost all the time. Usually they are dating.
Mancessory: Metro-esque accessories that men utilize when provoking the approval of hip crowds.
Somehow, neither definition seems to do the surge of accessorized men I've noticed justice. The mancessory is subtle. Like these Danner laces on a pair of work boots:
or this canvas Herschel pack:
Well done men of Portland. Well done. You do the mancessory proud.
The Fade to Light fashion event goes down this Wednesday. Make sure you have your tickets and come dressed to kill, because the winner of the Look of the Night contest will snag free Solestruck shoes and Black Milk swag. If you aren’t familiar with Australian based brand Black Milk you will swoon for their graphic print swimsuits and leggings. Rock your best getup and get ready for some stiff competition. Here are the rules: Find the Solestruck booth once you arrive, pose for your photo-op, then it will be uploaded to the flagship store FB page. The person with the most likes by midnight on Sunday, March 4th takes home the grand prize. See you there!
Melissa LaChance, manager of Solestruck’s flagship store was recently profiled in the ongoing Isaac Hers Style Series, first mentioned here. Photographed by Lavenda Memory, the shots are gorgeous, dreamy and effortless- much like Melissa herself. LaChance wears the Bachelor dress from one of Ms. Siepp’s most recent collections. Perfect for an upcoming holiday event, Ms. LaChance pairs the frock with the Opening Ceremony Bernadette 2 Platforms from Solestruck. Inspired by her fashionable friends, and noting one of her favorite quotes by Palahniuk as a summation of her personal style, “Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I’ve ever known.” Whether she’s slangin’ shoes, or out on the town, LaChance always showcases her signature style. To shop Melissa’s look and scope the whole interview click here.
The thing about having Halloween fall on a Monday is that it essentially makes the holiday four or five days long, spanning over the weekend. Portland whooped it up hard this year (a little too hard, some members of law enforcement might say), and people really brought it in the costume department. (It was a good year for garden gnomes.) Jim Baaske worked the party circuit to document some of the better costumes that were out and about. Something to peruse while your liver recovers.
Local photographers Amy Wennerlind and Kaitlin Emmerling scoured the city in search of inspiring street style that represents our lovely Rose City. Part of the monthly art installation called “Leanna Loves Local Artists” Wennerlind and Emmerling aimed to showcase what is special and unique about Portland style. The street style exhibition will be on display through the month of October. Stop in and check out Leanna’s new fall merchandise and sneak a peak at some great portraits of local Portlanders. Leanna NYC is located at 402 NW 12th Ave.
Barbara Seipp wears many hats, designing the Isaac Hers collection as well as running the store under the same moniker. For her Fall collection, Ms. Siepp came up with something fun and creative: Enter the Isaac Hers Style Series. Each Thursday a new customer will be featured on the Isaac Hers blog wearing a piece from the Fall Collection, then incorporating their own garments to style how they would wear it. Using real customers of all different ages, body types, and personal styles is refreshing and exciting and kicking of the series (wearing the Isaac Hers Smithrock Raincoat) is Anna Branch; a savvy employee at Solestruck ‘s Department of Antiquities.
Also save the date for Isaac Her's upcoming fashion show "Con el Sol" on October 6, 2011 at Really Big Video Studios, for more information and to purchase tickets click here.
No matter how many of them proliferate, street style blogs never get old, at least not any more than going new places and meeting new people gets old. Straightforward, tiny capsules of time/place/culture, I always like the comparison Virginia Heffernan made in a 2008 NYT piece between surfing the web and exploring a big city: "Tellingly, the major Chinese search engine, Baidu, takes its name from an ancient poem about the search for (what the portal’s FAQ calls) 'a retreating beauty amid chaotic glamour.' Anyone encountering the bedlam of the Web seeks a resting place, even—at times—a literal or figurative embrace. The suspense of that exploration is mirrored in the story you find on the street-style blogs: the search for a quiet connection with beauty in a metropolis of strangers."
In Portland, the most prominent street blog is Urban Weeds, headed up by popular photographer Lisa Warninger and often profiling members of the fashion and design community. There are certainly others knocking around, but none that have attained the same level of prominence or as impressive a sponsor list (Ace Hotel, Yo Vintage!, etc). Emilly Prado is making a go of it, though, with Ahora Mismo, posting daily photos of people in Portland, mostly, though her camera follows her out of town—there's a fair amount of the Bay Area represented, too. Claiming that it has received "nearly 6,000 visits from 70 countries," she says of her main competition, "While Urban Weeds is a great Portland based street style blog, I felt that there was still a demand for quirkier, unique Portland fashion. Thus, Ahora Mismo focuses on eclectic individuals making statements with their wardrobes."
While she doesn't have anything on Warninger in the photography department, Prado's version is more raw and unscripted (I once posed for Urban Weeds and had several days' notice to figure out what I wanted to wear), which certainly has its pros and cons. She also seems interested in catching the zany along with the fashionable (example: someone named "Wizzard" with a stuffed animal helmet and full length black trench coat). And while she's proud of the handful of celebs her lens has bagged (Calvin Johnson, Little Wings, and GrandMarnier of Yelle), they're far from the most interesting dressers. Personally I prefer subjects like this Portland goth/glam woman:
Yesterday we recapped the Alley 33 runway show, but there was plenty of eye candy off the runway, too. My, what a stylish crowd:
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