TWO EVENTS of particular interest this week couldn't be more different.
First, it's time again for the Portland Fashion and Style Awards, which acts as a goofy topper on the fall season as we stumble into holiday mode. If past years are an indicator, expect it to feel a bit like prom night with even more booze. And while last year's onstage antics were wildly entertaining, this year comes with its own brand of intrigue: Daniel Baldwin has taken up emcee duties! What can this mean?
As for the finalists, they cover the usual expanse of the city's industry, from boutiques to designers to stylists and show producers, with a "people's choice" option in each category. And here's this year's most mystifying detail: Why is Seth Aaron—who's also an award presenter—a finalist in the "Menswear Designer" category? (Because... he's a man?) Portland Fashion and Style Awards, Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park, Sun Nov 9, 5 pm, $35.
On a more serious note, the fashion industry is past due for a meditation on "thoughtful, collaborative partnerships [with] Native communities," but that's just the aim of a recent project helmed by online gallery Native(X) and Albuquerque artist Dustin Martin in honor of Native American Heritage Month. Working with Pendleton Woolen Mills, they created a woven pattern called "El Malpais," which was then used to create a collection of diverse products designed by Portland firms Beam & Anchor, Harding & Wilson, Lift Label, Tanner Goods, and Wood & Faulk.
The collection debuts along with an art show featuring Cheyenne Randall, Jaque Fragua, Sho Sho Esquiro, Toma Villa, Yatika Starr Fields, and more. See it first at the party, and find it later at the Wieden + Kennedy gallery. Twenty percent of sales benefit the Native American Youth and Family Center and the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. Union/Pine, 525 SE Pine, Thurs Nov 6, 6-10 pm
• Marine Layer has its own Airbnb loft, because why not? People come to the city to shop (tax-free!) after all. They're inviting all to come check it out at a "Staycation" party, which involves—you guessed it—adult beverages. Marine Layer, 828 NW 23rd, Wed Nov 5, 6-8 pm
• As seen most recently at FashioNXT, Wendy Ohlendorf's Boulevard de Magenta clothing is inventive and rather futuristic, which complements the aesthetic found at John Fluevog, too. So it makes sense that they're teaming up for a trunk show/holiday mixer, featuring a "surprise" local winery, to boot (ahem). John Fluevog, 1224 SW Stark, Thurs Nov 6, 6-9 pm
• Michelle Lesniak has returned to reality TV with Project Runway All Stars. Show some support for her and come out to the weekly viewings she's hosting, where she'll award raffle prizes and share off-screen anecdotes! Back Stage Bar, 3702 SE Hawthorne, Thurs Nov 6 (and each Thurs thereafter on Lifetime), doors at 8 pm
• The name MadeHere PDX pretty much says it all. The new 3,000 square-foot retail space "epitomizes the strong values Portland holds in regard to supporting and buying local... MadeHere PDX features an unparalleled selection of products ranging from edible delights to bikes, surfboards, fine art, furniture, and beyond." MadeHere PDX, 40 NW 10th, grand opening Thurs Nov 6, 6-9 pm
• Animal Traffic celebrates the grand opening of the Annex, dedicated to footwear for men and women. In keeping with their rustic-leaning tastes, the shop will feature exclusives from Red Wing Heritage and the West Coast debut of Woolrich footwear. The Annex, 4018 N Mississippi, Fri Nov 7, 6 pm
• Union Rose celebrates First Friday in Montavilla with a trunk show for Rubygirl jewelry and Hubris Apparel. Take 15 percent off your purchase of their products during the event, which you can peruse over bubbly adult beverages and light snacks. Union Rose, 7909 NE Stark, Fri Nov 7, 6-9 pm
• The Grand Marketplace vintage/antique (and more) mall—which features 24 vendors (and a waitlist of 200!)—is celebrating the completion of its first year in the historic Arvey Paper Building. The celebration includes food and drink, music, and dancing, as well as a raffle. Grand Marketplace, 1005 SE Grand, Sat Nov 8, 7-10 pm
• Montavilla's bohemian-inflected source for tastefully curated (and surprisingly well-priced) vintage, Maven Collective celebrates two years with artisan cocktails, music, and a "special" pop-up. Maven Collective, 7819 SE Stark, Sat Nov 8, noon-8 pm
• The third annual 525 Design pop-up shop features more than 40 designers, including many who hold down day jobs at Nike. Here they'll sell work from their side projects, including our favorite: Chiyo Takahashi's Crazy Wind! Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate, Sat Nov 8, 10 am-4 pm