(Unfortunately I couldn't take any good pictures myself, and these are the only ones available)
About a week ago I got the opportunity to attend a night of Portland Fashion Week, in which emerging Portland designers were showcased. Though the extravagance, as well as the innovation, fell slightly short of NYFW, I still reveled in the opportunity to attend my first ever fashion show. The clothes may not have been up to par, but sitting in row three (of the five) and watching the zoom lenses snap shots of sky high models made me feel oh-so-important, while the sustainable, recycled runway made it feel oh-so-Portland.
Many of the collections were a nod to the sixties, with structured dresses and short hemlines, and let me be honest in saying that the overdone models, sporting twiggy-inspired polyester nightmares, who kicked off the show left much to be desired. The entire collection was badly styled and badly executed, showcasing an utter lack of taste. And while the "Moontess" collection left me equally as horrified, a handful of pieces provided real inspiration.
Amanda Grisham's "Grishley" collection, which combined navajo with leather in dresses and jackets, felt very of-the-moment, while the collection entitled "AM Renegade" played with asymmetrical cuts to liven up the show. "Studio SKB Chicago Harper" had an interesting and perfectly-tailored twist on menswear, while Lizz Basinger almost got it right with her high-waisted shorts. And despite the emergence of star-struck Rachel while chatting with Becky Ross from this season of Project Runway, her ready-to-wear clothes seemed a bit too ready, lacking any real creativity. In the end Grishley was the clear winner (by attendees votes), with bits and pieces of other collections sharing the spotlight.
Sources: Portland Fashion Weekly