Portland Fashion Week: Bridal Show (From a Non-Fashion Person)
i had the opportunity to attend an evening at portland fashion week, and apparently “Portland Fashion Week was born in 2002 from a Portland fashion incubator and is now the 3rd longest running fashion week after New York and LA. Portland Fashion Week was the first fashion show in history to present 100% sustainable fashion designs, as hailed by VOGUE Magazine.” so fancy, right?
let’s just get this right out in the open…i know nothing about fashion and i’m not of the ‘fancy’ sort. even though “style” is in the new wifestyle, it does not relate directly to fashion. this means i spent half a day figuring out what the heck to wear to the fashion show since i’d never been to one before. the pressssssure.
i opted for this:
the most fashionable thing i own is my leather jacket from russia! see how i tied in that orange bracelet to the orange scarf? that’s fashion, right?! good. also, how cool is it that the fashion show was set up in downtown portland in pioneer square? very cool.
the top of the tent was transparent so you could look up and see the buildings!
let’s get to the photos:
i am always drawn to the back’s of the dress the most. i feel like it’s a surprise attack (a good one, not like a mugging on the streets of NYC) with it’s element of surprise. the back of the dress is the reason i chose my dress!
some of the dresses were wild and unique. i started out watching the show trying to picture myself wearing each and every piece and some were interesting but hard to picture myself wearing. the first photo up there of soldier bride and maybe this one:
amazing fact about the above dress-it was designed by a 15 year old who won the 2014 emerging fashion designer contest, kate miles!
what i came to appreciate about fashion is that it is an art form and this is how designers express themselves. they weren’t necessarily making the dresses or pieces to be worn by each and every person like a lot of the other ‘bridal uniform’ shops (terminology taken from a designer). they create this as art to be worn by women it speaks to and after i realized this, i was much more enthralled.
this one isn’t bridal but it was certainly unique and made me immediately need to take deep breaths because i can’t even wear turtlenecks.
i had the opportunity to interview three of the fabulous designs and i asked them each two questions:
where does your inspiration come from and what are the characteristics of the woman who wears your wedding dress design?
first up is kimmi of kimmi designs. that is her looking fabulous in the sun glasses strutting her stuff between her gowns!
i connected with her immediately after she saw my husband helping me out by recording the interview. she said her husband comes with her often to her shows and provides amazing support and encouragement. i love hearing that. almost all of her designs are made from re-purposed fabric and are eco-conscious, something very important to her. she’s inspired by the comfort of the garment (my kind of lady!) because it’s such a special day so the bride needs to be comfortable.
she was also very creative – look at this piece! that stuck straight out from the back of her!
the next designer i got to chat with allison johansen, of isa: nature of isa
just know that myself and the rest of the audience totally all whispered “elsa!” when that woman came out with the blonde side-braid. allison incorporated real flowers and greenery into her dresses and i loved the nature-y feel of her designs!
her inspiration is about making the woman feel confident and beautiful while complimenting the female form. she’s inspired by nature and melding the 1920s and 1940s into today’s fashion.
the last designer i got to interview was sonia kasparian of urchin redesign. she also does designer lingerie, seen towards the back and i loved them! they felt like they had elements of earthy style mixed with a bit of the 1920s.
her inspiration comes from vintage heirloom and new materials. she told me she loves to incorporate a bride’s mother’s or grandmother’s dress and re-create to fit what the bride is looking for. she loves melding history with the custom and contemporary look for her brides.
her ideal bride: “the girl that gravitates towards my dresses is a woman a little bit more off the beaten track. i don’t get the cookie cutter bride…she wouldn’t be attracted to me and i couldn’t give her what she wants either.”
i also towered over her by about 6 inches so i squatted down so i didn’t appear as a giant. ha!
it was quite the night of experiencing a new scene for me and getting to know some great designers. my husband is much more into fashion than i am and often helps me find great clothes. i love that he’s confident in trying new fashion trends and has an eye for style. he helps me step out of my comfort zone and try new looks too (although i did put this outfit together all on my very own!)
his most recent comment about my style:
him: “wow. how do you manage to dress like an 18 year old while at the same time looking like you’re the mom of an 18 year old?”
me: “it’s a gift, really.”
1) do yo follow and keep up with fashion?
2) what did you love most about your wedding dress?
3) who is the more fashionable one in your relationship?
i was a guest at portland fashion week but all thoughts and opinions are my own!