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Winter's Last Dead Leg

Seasons, which are so essential to the fashion world's ebb and flow, can be frustrating when they refuse to wrap themselves up in time for the prescribed wardrobe trends of their successor. I'm ready for bare legs and fresh pedicures, and losing my enthusiasm for thick tights and sweater dresses, discounted though they may be.

The exciting news is that as the sales wind down, new merchandise begins flooding into the boutiques (two favorites to watch: Souchi and Le Train Bleu), and up on NE Alberta, 10 stores are conspiring to snap you out of your doldrums with an event called The Sugar Shuffle.

Similar to the Alberta crowd's pre-holiday Fashion by Flashlight event, the Sugar Shuffle will feature complimentary sweets and drinks at each participating location up and down the strip, as well as sales and other specials. Relative newcomer to the area Garnish boutique, which features the clothing of local designer Erica Lurie, will also be hosting live music from local duo Mouse Knuckles. Other participants are Spank Hair Salon (1433 NE Alberta), Mabel & Zora (1468 NE Alberta), Donna & Toots (1631 NE Alberta), Poppy & Ivy (1703 NE Alberta—another newcomer featuring vintage and vintage-inspired home décor), Digs (1829-B NE Alberta), Ciao Vito (2203 NE Alberta), ped X shoe shangri-la (2230 NE Alberta), Ella's Boutique (2529 NE Alberta), and Frock (2940 NE Alberta). (Thurs Feb 8, 6-9 pm)

In the Mississippi hood, the closing sale for Duchess (909 N Beech) is in its last phase: everything is at least 40 percent off, with many items marked down to as much as 50 percent off, plus vintage fabric and yard on the cheap—February 11 is the last day to take advantage.

More cheerful news: Rock meets rocks at a runway show for Kicklet Kreations, the work of Portland jewelry designer Andrea Dreyer, who favors big, floral pieces in bright colors that anticipate spring and summer. The event also features music from Stalking Jane. (Mon Feb 12, Ash St Saloon, 9:30 pm, $5) In other rock-meets-fashion news, the fourth annual Doomtown fashion show comes around again in a city that's got its hot rocker gear way, way down. (Fri, Feb 9, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 9 pm, $7-10).

More fun: Watch three contestants race naked through the store at the Red Light's Naked Shopping Spree, piling on as many articles of clothing as possible in three minutes—the winner with the most gear on gets to keep it. Those on the sidelines can enjoy live music from Role One, plus door prizes. (Sat Feb 10, Red Light, 3590 SE Hawthorne, 7 pm)

Pile it on: marjorie@portlandmercury.com

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