At the end of the year, everyone makes their "best of" lists, but I thought it was more appropriate in a fashion context to switch gears and look ahead to 2009. Bearing that in mind, I asked a number of Portland designers and shop owners for their style wishes, predictions, advice, and more to carry into the new year, including baggage from 2008 that they'd like to see left behind. I didn't get to ask nearly all the people I'd like to hear from, though, and the limitations of print journalism mean that even the people I did hear from had to be edited. I'd like to post all of the unfettered responses here, though, in the final weeks of 2008, and I would encourage everyone to jump in and add your own responses.

Next up: Sarah Wizemann of Lille Boutique:

“Nipped in waistlines; lots of belts—high waisted trend continues. Sober, minimalist style—no more flashy logos and brand name flaunting. Sheer blouses and knit tops with visible bras. Vintage pieces incorporated into new looks, recycled materials, intentional holes, and tattered garments. Spring’s bold colors and prints will give way to fall’s muted palate, darker shades, and introspective styles… lots of black. Punk and goth influences (plaid, leather, lace, velvet). Conscious consumption—less shopping sprees at H&M and Forever 21 on disposable trends, more carefully considered purchases. Quality versus quantity. Investment pieces that will last will be key for ’09 looks. A trend I’m looking forward to is more racial diversity in the fashion world, and not invited back to ’09 are actresses launching clothing lines.”


VPL Tri-Unity belt


Princesse Tam Tam Pudding Soft Cup Bralette