OPEN SEASON: WHO’S WHO
Four days. Seven of Portland’s emerging fashion designers. Next week, the Portland Mercury is hosting its ninth annual spring fashion show, “Open Season: Fashion Lives Fast.” The four-day event will showcase some of the city’s most anticipated collections at intimate venues across Southeast Portland.
Get the lowdown on each of the featured designers:
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Holly Stalder is known for her fairytale-worthy gowns and dresses, many of them for bridal wear. Her soft, feminine designs have vintage allure and are made from salvaged materials and hand-dyed fabrics.
Liza Rietz, a regular at group and indie fashion shows since 2001, crafts structured custom and retail pieces and play off exaggerated shapes. She uses natural fabrics such as cottons, silks and bamboos in her collections.
Emily Ryan, another longstanding designer, produces two small collections a year. She’s inspired by 1920s costumes, science fiction and Japanese fashion, such as her origami swing dress in her Etsy shop.
Lindsey Reif brings elements South Dakota, her home state, to her urban line of women’s sportswear — you may have seen her geometric-printed head wraps around town.
Brady Lange, a newcomer to the Portland fashion scene, debuts his collection online with beachy casual wear and comfy knit dresses.
The Portland Collection, a collaboration among three Portland designers, merges the iconic tradition and quality of Pendleton with contemporary design. Rachel Turk, Nathaniel Crissman and John Blasioli, the faces behind the collection, will present the third line of desert tones mixed with jacquards from Pendleton archival blankets. And if that doesn’t get you excited, the local Portland band, LOVERS (we wrote about these gals when we first started and they are amazing) will be accompanying the FALL2013 presentation.
Image courtesy: http://portlandcollection.net/
Dig A Pony
Immaculate Martin is Open Season’s enigma: This partnership of two apparently well-known Portland designers are held tight under wraps. According to the Portland Mercury, neither has participated in a show of this kind for more than a year.
Written By: Dominique Fong