Oh, how the time does fly. Just ask the folks over at Pala, who are celebrating their one-year anniversary. Part music, part lounge, and part fashion, Pala has been home to everything from runway shows to modeling cattle calls over the past year. Naturally, the anniversary extravaganza (titled Fashion a Go Go), will feature a runway show, with designs from Magalí Corzo (a favorite, the Argentinean designer is an alumna of the first-ever Mercury fashion show two years ago, whose dress designs are inspired by tango), Mishka, Karlinez, Ancient Inc, and SameUnderneath (hiphop-flavored designs that are earth-conscious—they have recently featured clothing made from sustainable bamboo fibers). Also included are Libby Smith, Rain City's Ascension, Marshall and Vincent Dupontreve, plus the debut of K-9 Fashion by 5elements, and jewelry by Akiva Design and Shira Loa (also DJs, hiphop dancers and live music). Prior to the fashion show, there will also be a market of local designs, and a silent auction. The whole shindig is hosted by Starchile, and all proceeds will benefit local breast cancer support nonprofit Breast Friends. (Sat May 13, Pala, 105 NW 3rd, 5 pm market opens, fashion show 7 pm, $5 donation)
And in boutique news, one of Portland's most intriguing spots, Duchess, has united with Memoir, creating one superstore where you can find all of Memoir's delightful paper goods and Duchess' vintage re-creations under one roof, in, as Duchess proprietress Seyta Selter puts it, "an enchanted kingdom." (On a related note, Selter will soon be offering made-to-measure 1960s mod suits for men, hopefully within a month's time.) They're celebrating with a re-opening party in conjunction with N Mississippi's Second Thursday Music Walk, encouraging party attendees to dress up. and enjoy refreshments from the Victorian Age. (Thurs May 11, Memoir & Duchess, 909 N Beech, Studio A, 7 pm)
There are also some minor changes afoot, with Jolie Shoes (formerly of 410 SW 13th) having closed its doors. The upside is that the smashing Odessa boutique will be moving in to replace it, from its current location at 718 NW 11th. Plus Souchi is moving to 807 NW 23rd on Monday, where it will offer an expanded selection, including locally designed a broken spoke jeans for women!
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