The runway is gone, the tents are put away and the buzz in the Pearl has returned to its normal routine, but FashioNXT’s nights haven’t been forgotten. The four-night event running from Oct. 8-11 in the tents at Northwest Ninth and Northrup held a fashionable crowd waiting to see what styles will be next season’s trends.
With Shen Zhen designers from China, to Seth Aaron’s quasi-futuristic white show, to Michelle Lesniak’s throwback of Depression Era designs, the runways were a mix of taste and style. With the Emerging Designer contest and a Wearable Technology Fashion Competition, you had four nights packed with something for everyone.
The tents were comfortable, the lighting was good, and people seemed to have no problems with the logistics of things. The bar was always packed. It seemed as if the VIP seating/standing area may have been a bit overcrowded. (Portland is one of the only venues, besides LA, where the line between the regular public and a VIP gets blurred… everyone wants to be a VIP and for the right price, you can.)
I asked Executive Producer Tito Chowdhury what he thought about this year’s FashioNXT. “The experience of what’s next in fashion, the Wearable Technology Program that we have done for the first time, our Emerging Designer Competition, which was the best ever talent, and serious engagement with international delegates from China, and the best ever designer line up in the fashion show history of Portland, this year’s FashioNXT was the best ever for us and the city,” Tito said.
Slide show photos by Hal Harrison. Click arrows to view.