I'm delighted to include this review by special guest author Ashkan, accompanied by photographs by Jaycob DesRosiers.—Ed
It can be difficult for people to envision summer in June in Portland, since the sun usually doesn’t make a daily appearance until after the 4th of July. However, summer was created last Friday evening through the eyes of Visage Eyewear with hot, bright lighting effects, dashing eyewear by Sama, and the summer fashion collections of Popina Swimwear, Mabel & Zora boutique, Magalí Corzo, and Olive shoes.
Our delightful picks from the collections included the practical and flattering jersey looks of Argentine designer Magalí Corzo, as interpreted in the form of a coral shift dress tastefully gathered at the bosom. Always a classic is the color charcoal grey. Magalí showed a flouncy charcoal jersey dress with bow tie pockets at the waist.
A new boutique in NW known as Parallel Clothing debuted its designs, and they stole the show with complex yet simple and elegantly tailored pieces for those more formal summer occasions. Parallel showed a delicate white summer pinafore with yoke collar and keyhole cutout at the chest along with a tiered hem of the same fabric. The Dawn dress was the darling of the show, eliciting applause from the spectators. The form fitting beige, silk dress became sheer as it approached the neck, where it lay slightly gathered.
What is summer without a bathing suit? The go-to in Portland for swimwear is Popina, and designer Pamela Levenson showed pieces inspired by the Mexican Riviera, such as a graphic print tankini with black bikini bottoms and the peach with white polka dot bikini knows as the “Maggie.”
The boutique Mabel & Zora welcomed their new Pearl District store location with a few looks from their armoire. We adored the lemon and white tennis dress, as it reminded us of one our favorite fashion icons, Jackie Kennedy. Another fashion icon-inspired dress was the 1970’s Talitha Getty floor length brown halter dress with green frond graphic print.
Whether the sun decides to come out or not this summer—all those dismal global warming reports—pick up a pair of wraparound, fabulous Sama sunglasses a la Elizabeth Taylor, look amazing, and just “envision” summer.—Ashkan