Photos from Wednesday's Dress/Undress Planned Parenthood fashion show benefit landed in my inbox last night courtesy of Minh Tran. There are a lot, so I'm breaking it into two parts, starting at the beginning (where else?).
Yo Vintage! opened the show with sky-high platforms and a few wobbly walks. And while the clothing was fun, it was RillRill that stole the show with its garter belt chains and hippie princess headbands. It didn't hurt that designer Katie Freedle modeled in the show, revealing to everyone how utterly cute she is as well as talented.
Next up was Golden Rule, whose aesthetic was a somewhat darker counterpoint to Yo Vintage!'s sunny vibe, with a few collector-worthy pieces that really stood out including an amazing beaded shawl dress (modeled by newly christened Mercury intern Rebecca Peel, at that), a shirtwaist dress with a fabulously golden sheen, and a bustier that would make you feel like you were on vacation even if you wore it to a board meeting (which you probably shouldn't). They also got a boost of strong jewelry from Kat Seale.
Midge Loungewear showed its range, opening with a couple lingerie looks with color blocking that seemed to borrow a page from VPL, but then expanded into a couple bouncy slips and an adorable striped slip that could pass easily for a sundress, followed by a matching short robe—adorable.
Heather Treadway was concentrating on ponchos last time she sent something down a runway, though this time around she turned her attention to include dresses and separates, with a jewelry boost from Sword + Fern. Some of her greatest hits (like her futuristic zippered vest/jacket) were on display as well as new work like an effortlessly dramatic sheer white blouse.
Bryce Black for Studio SKB was a reprise of Portland Sewing's Garden Party fashion show earlier this year, consisting of pieces that can all be worn two ways, as demonstrated by Sharon Blair and an assistant.
IDOM took the cake for best cover in a pleated shirtdress that many said was their favorite look of the evening, and as usual showed a wide range of ideas and dresses in many different shapes to suit varying tastes and figures.
The evening ended with Benjamin Blak's parade of mohawks and wild manties. If you thought it was racy with the lights dim, you weren't sitting in the front row when the lights came on and illuminated what was underneath those mesh panels...