After way too many cancellations and reschedules, it's time to get back the hell on track with the program. For instance, tonight's Unmentionable lingerie show at the Doug Fir is 100% on schedule. It's got a loose Valentine's Day theme, with tons of skivvies—from the everyday cotton pairs to lacy one-off boudoir ensembles—most of which are designed and manufactured here in Portland, plus the addition of small businesses like Lille Boutique, which in turn researches and sources their inventory from small businesses throughout the world. As one of the organizers, Cassie Ridgway (who's also a MOD contributor) told me, it's meant to show the audience the "full spectrum" of what's available locally. Plus if you need to pick up and V-day-related schwag, there will also be a slew of local vendors (perfume, jewelry, lipstick, candles, etc).
To get you in the mood, one of the lines showing tonight is Rachel Rector's, who recently moved to New York after stirring up excitement here with her saturated hued, color-blocked collection. She's making a go of it in earnest with a Kickstarter campaign to get the line off the ground, and it's one of the most pleasant (and maybe the only Amelie-inspired?) Kickstarter videos I've ever seen. We've got more on her line and the project here, and a full schedule of news, announcements, and eye candy going all dang day. The show starts at 8 tonight (doors at 7), so slosh on over to buy tickets here.