At the end of the year, everyone makes their "best of" lists, but I thought it was more appropriate in a fashion context to switch gears and look ahead to 2009. Bearing that in mind, I asked a number of Portland designers and shop owners for their style wishes, predictions, advice, and more to carry into the new year, including baggage from 2008 that they'd like to see left behind. I didn't get to ask nearly all the people I'd like to hear from, though, and the limitations of print journalism mean that even the people I did hear from had to be edited. I'd like to post all of the unfettered responses here, though, in the final weeks of 2008, and I would encourage everyone to jump in and add your own responses.
“In 2009, keep it simple, keep it local. Glamour, decadence, and frivolity are so ‘80s. Self-loathing, indifference, sagging, and slacking are so ‘90s, and time for a change means more than your underpants. Responsibility and accountability are the new black. Keep a watch for new lines using Pendleton wool—the local sheep shearer will be back in a big way. Moonwoods will be using their superior fabric as part of our casing design in theme with keeping it local.” —Danielle Higgins, Moonwoods