Yet again Portland’s fashion community impressed and confused an audience of fellow designers, shopaholics, and fashion design students at this season’s Fade to Light fashion event. And of course womenswear ruled the catwalk with inspiration coming from Cuba’s capital, Greek psychedelic rock bands, and the beloved PDX carpet.
Check out our recap below.
Slouchy silhouettes were combined with little surprises like gold charms and unexpected cut outs in Sara Bergman’s health goth and street style inspired collection. The platform sandals and half up half down hairstyles worn by the models, further drove the idea of effortless comfort. The collection seemed to capture the ease of street style muses in the latest posts of The Sartorialist or Bill Cunningham’s On The Street.
Portland Sewing’s scholarship winner Eva Boryer brought Cuba’s capital city, La Habana, to the Portland masses. While salsa dancers worked the runway with plenty of spins and smiles, models glided through the catwalk with messy braided updos. Some favorites included a light green vintage inspired dress with palm tree printed slits, while others border lined on shapeless and unflattering.
Bryce Black was a crowd favorite even before his collection hit the runway. Basically, he had everyone screaming out “Purple Rain,” as the words popped up on a screen. A harsh crack from the sound of a thunderstorm introduced the first garment, a light denim dress, followed by pink pastel monochrome outfits. The collection seemed a lot more carefree and fun, compared to his last Fade to Light collection of over the top dresses and bumble bee coats.
#onlyinpdx would we see a collection entirely inspired by the airport’s beloved teal carpet. As the first pdx carpet garment walked the runway, many could’t help but laugh or scratch their heads in confusion or disbelief. The collection featured very basic summer essentials like tanks, swim trunks, rompers, and a tent dress. Overall Joshua Buck and Jeanne Tunberg of W.W.J.J.D. reminded us that fashion doesn’t have to be serious.
Stefanie Houlis of Stefanie Says combines sharp angles and architectural silhouettes to create futuristic and one of a kind designs. Certain elements like the strapless blue and white dress with side cutouts, carried on her trademark geometric elements. But overall I could only imagine a futuristic young 20 something raver wearing the garments.
Anna-Marie Cooper designer of Rogue: Minx, debuted a large collection of transparent muscle tank tops, velvet shorts, and sheer overlay dresses. The collection was the most versatile, and perfect for the woman who rocks out to The Kills but also likes flirty details like sexy velvet.
Deatherage took the audience to Hogwarts, with his whimsical and cinematic collection. Professor McGonagall would be proud to wear the quirky headpieces and heavy winter coats. The styling (think dark thick rimmed glasses, vintage binocular necklaces, and plum lips) was executed perfectly and complimented the academic vibe to a T.
Cassie Ridgway of Altar joined forces with fashion producer Elizabeth Mollo to bring a collection heavily influenced by ‘60s Greek psychedelic rock bands and Greek Orthodox Vestments. This was yet another collection that was practical (yay separates!) and on trend. You can’t go wrong with leather harnesses and all black color scheme.