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Fashion doesn’t travel at the speed of light. It’s a slow progression that eventually ends up with year-old trends hitting the shelves of regional department stores. In Portland the trends come especially slow. But if you’re a clever shopper with a pretty penny to spend, there are a few places to get the freshest styles straight of the streets of Paris, London, New York and L.A. Add another ...   More
Thursday, May 19, 2011 ASHLEY COLLMAN

GET TRASHED: Junk to Funk's Newest Garbage Fashions

High fashion at its trashiest—now, year-round.

Beached Male

Arts & Books
When Traci Price found a hot pink raft abandoned on the banks of the Clackamas River last summer, her first instinct was, naturally, to take it home and make an outfit out of it. The result is a sporty and spacey head-to-toe garment, complete with sunglasses made from the busted brake light on her car, that she calls "Beached Male." "The inspiration of this piece was part Jetsonian, part 20,000 Leagues ...   More
Monday, February 7, 2011 Christina Cooke

RETAIL THERAPIST: This Weekend in Shopping

There's a crazy spate of sales going on this weekend, starting this evening at Pigeon Toe Ceramics (727 SE Morrison St.), where proprietor Lisa Jones promises "up to 50 percent off...seconds, prototypes, one-of-a-kinds, clearance and discontinued designs," plus 10 percent off all merchandise store-wide. Here's your chance to pick up some cool mason jar lamps. The sale runs 6-8 pm tonight (Friday, ...   More
Friday, September 17, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

RETAIL THERAPIST: Project Runway, Season Eight: Portland's Gretchen Called a Manipulative Nazi!

Geez louise. Last night's Project Runway produced many, MANY cringe-worthy moments as Portland's hometown gal Gretchen (pictured above) careened from one horrifying moment to the next. In this episode, the fifth of Season Eight, the 12 remaining designers were split into two teams of six and asked to create collections inspired by current trends. Michael C., having won last week's challenge (and ...   More
Friday, August 27, 2010 Retail Therapist

Project Runway 7, Episode 11: The Story of Anthony and Cleopatra

Top Five reasons last night's episode of Project Runway was the best of the season so far: 5) The incessant product placement did not make Retail Therapist hit mute repeatedly. 4) Designers were asked to make clothing viewers might actually want to see—a red-carpet dress for show runner Heidi Klum—instead of outfits for one-legged breast cancer survivors, preteens or puppies. 3) ...   More
Friday, April 2, 2010 Retail Therapist

Project Runway 7, Episode 8: The Four Elements

Peaches and cream unexpectedly joined earth, wind, fire and air as the fifth and sixth elements of the natural world, thanks to Project Runway's latest episode: "The Elements of Fashion." Last night, the final nine designers on the show created outfits based on one of the four classical elements. Jonathan—the winner, whose inspiration was "air"—interpreted the task liberally by making ...   More
Friday, March 12, 2010 Retail Therapist

The Oscars: Is That What You're Wearing?

Retail Therapist was horrified—just horrified—by the sartorial crimes committed with so much malice aforethought at last night's Academy Awards ceremony. Charges should be brought against Charlize Theron for ruining what was an otherwise perfect dress with satin cinnamon buns sewn onto both her breasts. Zoe Saldana wore a dress that was actually two garments brought together in an unholy ...   More
Monday, March 8, 2010 Retail Therapist

Pin Me Please

Although they've long been though of as more punk than princess, designers are giving safety pins a serious attitude adjustment. Safety pin accessories are popping up all over, this time with a sophisticated, ladylike bent. Wearing these are a great way to give your outfit some downtown edge without looking like a depressed 15-year old. The oversize Mulberry brooch (above) would up the cool factor ...   More
Friday, September 25, 2009 Retail Therapist

The Merc's Forecast: Spring 09 is the Season to Nurse Dying Farmhands to Life

(pictured, design by Sarah Wizemann's Gatsby lingerie) Blah blah blah, Leanne Marshall, Portland's fashion scene. I am of two minds of this alleged fashion blossoming in our fair city of roses. Yes, Marshall's work is feminine and graceful, and yes, her success has encouraged a heretofore unseen number of young local designers. But. Does that make her an artist? Or even a good designer? I just ...   More
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 Adrienne So

Fashion with a hint of panic

Who knew shielding half your face from the dreaded swine flu could be so fashionable? The pandemic of panic surrounding the mutated flu has created an entirely new must-have accessory—the face mask. Companies like MedExSupply may have simply had too much time on their hands when its worker bees found rubber gloves and face masks in all colors of the rainbow (some featuring Disney characters) ...   More
Friday, May 1, 2009 Heather Morse


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