THE TWO MAJOR developments on this week's fashion and retail front could scarcely be more different. One is fierce, unsubtle, and bedazzled. The other is demure, understated, and approachable.
The first is Wonder Quest, a splashy benefit for Quest Center for Integrative Health. Over complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a hosted bar, patrons will experience Portland's first taste of "Project Nunway." An invention of legendary performance art/protest/charity/drag troupe the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence that has had various editions around the country, Nunway riffs on its namesake by challenging designers to a Project Runway-esque project: Create a look using recycled materials, 100 bucks, and a "Welcome to the Jungle" theme. But! The designs have to be over-the-top enough to befit the Sisters that they've been paired with—no small feat when dealing with people whose kabuki-like makeup and extreme costumes have made them famous.
Speaking of famous: Actual Project Runway vets Portland's Bryce Black and crowd favorite/Project Runway All Stars champ Mondo Guerra will emcee the whole shebang. Wonder Quest, Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, Sat June 9, 6 pm, $75-100
Meanwhile, in the world of women's retail, Garnish, the NE Alberta dress shop and design headquarters for Erica Lurie's womenswear line of the same name, is expanding. The second location, which is set for a soft opening this Thursday, June 7, goes right to the throat of Pearl District retail at 404 NW 12th. Known for versatile dresses that lend themselves to embellishment, it will be interesting to see how the arrival influences the neighborhood dress code, and vice versa.