AS THE BIG fashion weeks wind their way 'round the world, so too does the runway scene pick up in Portland. Portland Fashion Week begins its spring cycle with a three-night run of shows. Broken into themes, there's Ready to Wear, Couture/Bridal, and a night featuring students of the Art Institute of Portland.
The lineup is a blend of mainly Portland and Seattle brands, and it's always a bit of a mixed bag, but we've got our eyes on the latest from Copper Union, a new line of days-of-the-week underwear (!) from Brady Lange, and of course the reliably show-stopping bridal designs of Sunjin Lee. Portland Fashion Week, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th, Tues Sept 30-Thurs Oct 2, 7 pm, $55 nightly, portlandfashionweek.net.
This week also marks a night of fashion aimed at an underserved community of women and transmen seeking menswear styles that fit them! Swagger: A Hot and Dapper Fashion Show features everyday casuals from brands like Dapper D and suits by Saint Harridan. Crush, 1400 SE Morrison, Thurs Sept 25, 8 pm, $5
• Rescheduled from its original date last week, Indie Ella is closing out summer with an end-of-the-season sale, featuring discounted summer goods as well as new fall pieces. They'll also have drinks and snacks! Indie Ella, 333 NE Hancock, Thurs Sept 25, 5-9 pm
• N Williams recently became home to Workshop Vintage, a boutique offering home decor of yore and select vintage clothing for men and women, plus custom workwear and accessories by in-house designers Audra Santillo and Nate Moore. Workshop Vintage, 4011 N Williams, Fri Sept 26, 6-10 pm
• The Hollywood Theatre's Fashion in Film series (co-hosted by me, along with writer/stylist Eden Dawn) is back with the director's cut of Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous. And one of the film's real-life inspirations, Pennie Lane, will be making a rare public appearance to introduce the film, plus there'll be a '70s rock photography tribute from Roni Hoffman and a performance by singer Haley Johnsen. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, Fri Sept 26, 7:30 pm, $8
• Portland Veg Fest is a convention based around a vegan lifestyle, and this year's roster of events also feature speakers from the fitness, beauty, and apparel sectors, and vendors like Herbivore, Pacifica, OM Botanical, and Dr. Bronner's. Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK, Sat Sept 27 & Sun Sept 28, 10 am-6 pm, $8, nwveg.org
• The September edition of the Sunday Emporium returns, with your favorites from the Portland Flea, plus an added boost in the housewares department courtesy of host Rejuvenation. Rejuvenation, 1100 SE Grand, Sun Sept 28, 11 am-5 pm