Celebrating their first anniversary in style, Portland Sewing is holding a fabulous garden party event Saturday, April 16.
The sewing room will be transformed into a lush indoor garden. All proceeds will benefit the Peace Garden at the Coburn Place Women’s Safe Haven. $10 in advance/$15 at the door, show starts at 8pm. Contributing to a great cause, and viewing the latest fashions = tres chic indeed.
Showcasing Fall 2011 looks from:
Bryce Black for StudioSKB, Grey Garden
StudioSKB is Sharon Blair’s line of clothing. This year she is turning it around and using the label to launch a designer a year. This year, the designer is Bryce Black. Black soon will graduate from Art Institute. His clothes have been featured in Portland Monthly. His Fall 2011 collection, Grey Gardens, set the tone for the garden party fashion event. It is inspired by the documentary and film about Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis’ relatives.
Alicia Wood, MsWood
Wood studied at Parsons before coming to Portland and Portland Sewing. She combines draped kimono sleeves with fabrics such as silk, chiffon and leather. Her line includes obi belts, hats, bags, jewelry and handcrafted shoes. She was named Best Emerging Designer of 2010 at last year’s Portland Fashion Week.
Tiffanee Bean, Mabel & Zora
Owner for five years of Mabel and Zora, a boutique in Portland’s Pearl District, Bean is launching her eponymous line at the garden party event. She describes her line as “inspired by Doris Day and James Bond movies. My line has a 1960’s influence, bright colors, bold prints and flattering, feminine silhouettes.”
Alyson Clair, Clair Vintage Inspired
Clair aims to flatter all womanly figures, her line ranges from XS to XL and is made primarily of knits. “I take a lot of pride in the fact that my entire line is designed and manufactured right here in Portland, Ore.,” she says.
Stephanie Dong, Stephanie D Couture
Dong employs her bachelors degree in apparel design to create ready-to-wear, bridal and custom-made garments. After five years in the business, she is in the process of opening her own boutique.
Robin Forsythe, Estate
Estate is sold at Portland boutiques Union Rose, Sofada and Tumbleweed. Estate upcycles fabrics to create apparel from existing fabrics, preferably made from natural fibers.
Nyla Jano, Torrain
Jano recycles rice bags into purses, wallets, handbags and backpacks, and wants to encourage style mixed with a global conscience.
To's well-constructed silhouettes are sold in boutiques in Salem, Ore., and will soon be sold in a boutique of her own.