slides: PFW Recap: Ready To Wear Collections
Thursday, October 02, 2014
Naima Mora, the lovely Cycle 4 America’s Next Top Model Winner, kicked off Portland Fashion Week’s first night on Tuesday, introducing her new inspirational book "Model Behavior," and wearing designs by Melanie Trygg of KLAD.
R&B soul musician Motaz took the stage next, and got the crowd warmed up for a night of fashion with two original songs.
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A male model wearing brightly printed briefs (with the word Monday plastered on the butt, similar to the PINK sweatpants), plimsoll canvas shoes, and a clear plexiglass backpack walked down the runway, setting the stage for Brady Lange’s “Let’s Play” collection.
Overall, Lange’s collection featured bubblegum-smacking models strutting down the runway with athletic inspired crop tops, printed underwear, and athletic knee-high socks with chunky sequined heels or regular sneakers.
KLAD’s garments were a complete contrast to Brady Lang’s bubblegum theme. Instead of bright colors, Melanie Tygg’s garments were in sophisticated black and dark blue. Her floor-length cardigans had a lovely flow to them, and the dresses were strong looks that added a unique and alluring quality to the overall collection.
Sister Fresh and Tati & Me
The audience couldn’t resist laughing and cheering on the child models for children’s designers Erin Keys of Sister Fresh and Katy Hadad-Dyler of Tati & Me. Some of the 5- to 10-year-old models seemed in their element, moving their hips and smiling to the crowd, while others walked head down with the intention of getting backstage as soon as possible.
Memorable garments from Sister Fresh include the bright pink dress with orange trim and ruffled long sleeves, and the white rosette dress, both appropriate for the age group. Tati & Me had a great mix of print dresses such as the cute polka dot and vine-patterned dress.
The last designer to show her designs on the catwalk before the intermission was Katie Guinn, whose garments were very commercial, with white graphic tees and plaid skirts.
After the models walked off the stage, a runway crasher in a green cap and plain t-shirt and jeans walked the catwalk with an unsteady rhythm before a security guard forced him off the runway.
Christie Chanthakhoun’s “Enlightenment” collection began with a traditional Lao dance performance that included extravagant hand movements and glitter thrown out to the crowd. A fabulous gold tunic dress came down the runway and looked like something Beyonce would wear while strolling down the beach.
Jaefield was a crowd favorite, with obvious fans and friends rooting him on. The jackets and padded vest were on point, and the added leather touches on the mustard colored jeans upped it a notch.
The Portland boutique Sweet Jayne showed garments from 20 local artists. The looks were all about layering, with knitted circle scarfs, long printed cardigans, and a variety of different hats.
The merino wool overalls and halter crop top combo that walked down the runway for West Coast-inspired brand West Daily, stole the show. The merino wool that was incorporated into the jackets as well, comes from New Zealand and can be a bit pricey. The garments designed by Jason Calderon exemplified the laid back attitude of Northwest style because the designs weren’t too flashy and had just the right amount of structure and detail.
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At Portland Fashion Week, Pacific Northwest Ready to Wear designers showed their creations at The TENTS in Pioneer Courthouse Square, Tuesday night.
- PFW Day 1: Ready to Wear Preview
- PFW Day 2: Bridal and Couture Show
- PFW Day 3: The Art Institute of Portland
- Teen Fashion Queen: Kate Miles, PFW Emerging Designer Winner
- Ready-to-Wear Couture: Oscar Lopez, PFW Emerging Designer Winner