Fashion Week – Backstage Pass to Portland

DX Fashion Week. I was there. Backstage taking it all in. In the midst of your typical flurry of backstage activity, the color of Portland fashion emerged and it was green.

Eco-showcasing was the running theme. Seth Aaron’s vision was part recycled plastic bottles, part London’s Underground and a touch of Warhol all blurred together. Or was it recycled plastic bottles that he found in London’s Underground? Regardless, the collection was spot-on.

Eco-conscious faces ranged from pretty to plastic. Aaron’s models wore an oval-shaped beauty mask made from recycled plastic bottles and a black bobbed wig, also fashioned from recycled plastic.

Anna Cohen’s inspiration came from local Imperial Ranch whose sumptuous organic yarns were the spirit of design for hair and clothing. Ms Wood’s shoe collection utilized vintage wood in her very now platform design. I can’t wait to get wrapped up in her custom-made ribbon platforms.

Backstage looks like designers, hair and makeup artists, models in 5-inch platforms, assistants, reporters and organizers squeezing past each other in a small space with blinding lights. With many hands, designers watched their creations come to life and hoped their collection would have a sustainable impact.

PDX Fashion week because of you, we’re inspired to take our fashion to the green side, true to Portland style.



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