April 29, 2014

Portland Fashion Week SS2014

This past weekend was a big deal for me.  As I mentioned in a previous post I was accepted onto the Portland Fashion Week Style Collective which meant I got tons of VIP treatments.  I got to go to swanky meet and greets, have a facial spa experience care of the Aveda Institute,  and was offered a styling consultation from Dosha with their style experts for my look for for runway shows.  This was all leading up to the fashion week itself.  Being on the collective, my good friend Coco and I got free tickets and front row seats at all the shows not to mention fun little swag bags from their sponsors.  Red Bull Blueberry and Cranberry are a dream come true for me by the way.  
I sadly missed friday nights shows due to illness but I made sure if I was going to miss it I would take in as much rest as I could to be ready for the following two nights.

Saturday night was amazing.  I was literally sewing my outfit the day of the event.  I am just so indecisive.  My first look was all Chubby Cartwheels.  Duh.  But not from the shop pieces.  A dress and hologram crop top I have only ever made just for myself. Adding some OneStopPlus tights, Torrid boots, an AMAZING Hairspray inspired clutch from Candy Strike and a crystal quarts crown by Fancy Lady Industries.  I felt rather snazzy.

I absolutely walked away from that night with a new favorite local designer.  Hello Eliza.  That collection was just screaming my name.  It's the only one I felt like I wanted to share the video from.  The fabrics, prints, fun style.  It just made me feel inspired about my own pieces and shop.   I did a collage of some of my favorite pieces from over the whole night.  I mean who doesn't like a bridal model with bunny ears and sunglasses?

Sunday Night was hectic to say the least.  I thought the event started at 8, but it apparently started at 7.  Rushing to get a cab to pick me up I offered a large tip if he got me there ASAP.  He did but he also farted in the car on the way there.  Thanks for rolling that window down sir.  I got there with plenty of time to spare as it happens so crisis averted!  I was apparently feeling a bit feline that night as I wore a tea length leopard print skirt I made with a black tank and fur collar cardigan both from Torrid.  The best piece of all was my black cat clutch.  It's a show stealer. 

 This evenings show was featuring the Art Institutes graduates collections.  It had a very different feel than the night before.  There were 20 collections being shown and most all of them were between 4-5 pieces per designer.   We saw a lot of super mini dresses which were nice but there was not a shortage of them, thats for sure.  However there were a few collections that really stood out to me.   One would be "Homestead" by Caroline Onzik.  It was a breath of fresh air to see not just denim but well made denim products with a great modern flair come down the catwalk to a Johnny Cash song.  But my absolute favorite collection of the evening was "Notre Dame de Nuit" by Danielle Grasseth.  Not only did this designer have absolutely gorgeous fabrics with textures I didn't see anywhere else in the evening, she had full on formal gowns and a 7 piece collection at that.  I was impressed by all angles.  Im adding a video of both collections final walks.

It was such a great experience!  I really look forward to PFW Fall/Winter 2014 and crossing my fingers hopefully will get to be on the style collective then as well.

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  1. Awww. looks like you had fun! You ladies are all so beautiful!

  2. Agh, so much fabulous in one post! Loooove your outfits and as Beverly said, you all look stellar!

  3. I am living for that black skirt with the cutouts from your Saturday outfit! I would definitely buy it if you ever decided to sell them.

  4. I was seriously skeptic on purchasing an expensive dress online, however for the price I was left with no option. However the dress was spot on. It is the most beautiful thing I have ever saw.

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