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If you're like most fashion hounds in town, you probably need to stop and take a wee break from all the sartorial mayhem bounding down the improvised runways that make up the Collections series. No? Onward, then.

This week sees the last half of the series, one that features some of the best and brightest of Portland's clothing design talent. First, Elizabeth Dye takes a turn to the gothic, with her Charles Dickens-inspired collection for fall. (Thursday, Simpatica, 828 SE Ash, 8 pm, free, cash bar). Next, don't dare to miss church + state, with their knack for designs that appear both historically referenced and thoroughly modern. (Friday, 2201 SE Powell, 8 pm, $2) Genevieve Dellinger and Hazel Cox of Denwave make a splash by debuting "Cloak," an installation of a cloak (duh) collaboration, which will be up in the boutique all month. (Denwave, 811 E Burnside, 9 pm, free) Finally, the Collections come to a close with a highly anticipated installation (modeled by models who are alive, but stationary) by Liza Rietz, Emily Ryan, and Anti-Domestic, entitled "Hoods, Trains, Pockets, and Crowns," which gives you something of a hint as to what one might expect to see in the clothing. (Sunday, Rake Art Gallery, 325 NW 6th, 8 pm, free) Stick around the gallery for the Collections after-party at 9 pm!

As if that weren't enough to keep your fashion calendar hopping, a couple non-Collections events are taking place this week, showcasing two brand-new local lines. Beauty Mark Designs debuts with a collection aggressively titled "URBAN Legends... A Lesson in Style." Very interestingly, the pieces boast functionality in addition to style, even vaunting their ability to abolish the need for "pesky purses." The horror! (Thursday, Hovercraft, 328 NW Broadway, #114, 6 pm, with Advisory and DJ Spoiler) Additionally, SE Belmont hair salon KOiPOD is debuting the fashion of founder Kahala Orian, KOiPOD Apparel, at "Personified," a show that also features local boutiques Moxie, Pin Me Apparel, and Local.35. (Saturday, KOiPOD, 3442 SE Belmont, 2 pm)

Speaking of hair, drop in at any Bishops location on Tuesday for a cut, color, style, or product, and they will donate part of the proceeds to p:ear. (326 NW 21st, 210 NE 28th, 3742 SE Hawthorne, 1031 SW Columbia, 2132 NE Alberta) And, if you missed the Art Institute's runway show of Lia Griffith's dresses from paper, "Papier Couture," check out the month-long installation instead. (Reception Thursday, 5 pm, Art Institute of Portland, 1122 NW Davis)

A final word on shoes: Donovan Skirvin, local maker of shoes, can now be found at Una (2802 SE Ankeny), so hop over, quick-like.

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