Last week's Pink Carpet Project fashion show benefit for Planned Parenthood was a nice little capsule of the diversity of apparel design happening in the Pacific Northwest, from hot little bikinis to fashion forward menswear (look for a re-cap of the whole thing coming up soon). I had a pretty sweet view of it all from my vantage as co-emcee, and was thrilled to see many of the designs on a runway for the first time. One brand new designer I particularly had my eye on was Brady Lange, showing his designs for the very first time.

I first met Lange as an assistant to Adam Arnold, then later when he began working with Grayling and Blackbird—pretty great influences for a budding designer.

Why yes, that is a unicorn.
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  • Why yes, that is a unicorn.

When I first saw his models clustered around backstage—all in pink, an event-specific capsule collection featuring florals and denims—I thought it was new work from Joshua Buck, one of Portland's most avant-garde menswear designers, who was there showing his Chicago Harper collection for Studio SKB. Like Buck (and every good men's designer), Lange's work walks the line of outrÉ. He demonstrated some mean tailoring skills (the denim jackets and vests were perfect) as well as a flair for the dramatic and fantastical, a mood that reached its zenith in his finale cape ensemble:

Though narrowly dominated by menswear, Lange added a couple womenswear looks as well, proving his dexterity.

One of these was my favorite look of the night, a sharp pink denim jacket over a long, sheer dark pink layering piece and teensy tiny floral micro-shorts.

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