PDX Fashion Week(end): Day Three Recap, "Casual" meets "Sustainable Chic"
The third night of Portland Fashion Week was mellow .
Those who came early enough could even catch half-make-uped models chowing down on cold turkey sandwiches and veggie wraps while balancing in stilettos. The only exception to the mellow mood was executive producers Tito Chowdry , Christopher Cone and Tod Foulk who could be seen dashing around the cube, mumbling orders into their headsets like a SWAT team ready to pounce .
Even Seattle-based designer Antonia G was calmer now that she had already presented her line, In Harmony , the previous night. She chatted with WW in the VIP lounge upstairs. The Russian designer's line is based around silk, sustainability and harvesting green practices.
"Labor is my pet peeve," she tells WW . "You have to be careful about how [businesses] use the word 'green' these days. Some do a little green practice, but blow it up, and use it just to be famous." The ex-Microsoft employee designs clothes geared for the 30-and-older sector of ladies. Her line shows influences from her Russian heritage as well as her previous hubs--Japan, Spain and Southeast Asia. This was her first time presenting in Portland and she dubbed the city as "laid back and easy-going," but was impressed with the quality of local sustainable fashions. Today, she says, it's hard to find people with that sort of passion.
"The art of sewing is really dead today." She's persnickety about the quality of her silks: hand-loomed, only from Bali and utilizing a woman's co-op group that uses all-natural dyes (such as mango leaves). "Feel!" she says and offers a sleeve of her khaki-colored Batik tunic top. (It was pretty smooth...)
The show began--fashionably late by half an hour--with the premier of mens wear. Tony Dimitri's"Killing Beverly" collection opened the show with bold colors, tight t-shirts and scandalously deep v-necklines. His shirts sported graphic prints of spiky-haired women, angel wings and elaborate vintage borders.
SameUnderneath's men sported light flowing white, sea foam green, and khaki pants paired with collared-fitted shirts, clean cut jackets and hoodies. Designer Joseph Davis Christiansen opened SameUnderneath with a short skit of a traveling couple ready to board a plane that got the crowd ooh-ing and ahh-ing.
Nike Considered's line sported half-zipped hoodies, baggy graphic t-shirts and polos. Not a far cry from upscale college dorm-wear.
For the women's apparel, Nike modeled bright purple leg warmers, gray muted leggings, layered t-shirts and even a backpack.
Alula's line came in even bolder colors--to contrast the gloomy Seattle weather according to designers Katrina Thomson, Beth O'Leary and Chelsey Burton --with doll-like dress and simple cut tops their line was basic and clean with a sweet undertone.
May Tee's dresses boasted high neck lines, asymmetrical cuts and silk linings. Her pantsuits, blouses and skirts were sleek and tinged with an Asian theme but masked with mature colors like beige, red, black and white.
SameUnderneath was the clear star of the evening. The women's line presented delicately crocheted dresses, scoop-necked silky blouses with slitted backs and shirts with leafy graphic prints.
Stay tuned for Day Four with Christopher Beven's suit collection and Seattle's Lizzie Paker designs.