Portland Sewing has announced the seven designers set to be featured in this year's Fashion Forward show—all of whom are already working within the apparel industry and have produced new lines for the show with concentrations on growth in areas relative to their current experience. This show always yields interesting results—it's not exactly a student show as much as it is people in various phases of their career who've completed an intensive seminar. That said, it's still an opportunity to see new work from designers you're most likely unfamiliar with, and who have used the Fashion Forward program to collect their focus. Check out the names and brief descriptions of this year's crop, showing on Saturday, April 12 at RefugePDX (116 SE Yamhill).


Jessica Caldwell for Machine. Her line provides modern, motorcycle-infused street wear with polish and attitude. "I'm inspired by technology and its influence on the future of fashion," she says. Caldwell is currently a design intern at Bridge & Burn. (Full disclosure: She's a freelance writer for MOD.)

Rachael Cruthirds for Drift — a line with "the ability to make any occasion special." Cruthirds is a recent graduate with a degree in Fashion Merchandising, Interior Design and Psychology. She now works for Mallet Bespoke Furniture and interns with designer Holly Stalder of Haunt.

Stephanie Hutton for SKPDX. She calls her line a "Uniform for Living”. It is for the "emerging young woman who is ready to take on the world." Hutton works for Nordstrom while she interns for StudioSKB apparel.

Claire Doody for Copper Union provides a mix of daily separates and adornments for the feminine warrior. She says, "I create must-have pieces for the fabulously curvy woman. My extended sizes make women feel confident, fun and flirty." She works in costume design and fiber arts.

Lucy Egging for Whiskey Ginger, a line of classic American sportswear she calls "dresses and separates for daytime to drinks." Egging works on the business end, pricing products based on materials, competitor prices and market segment. She has her business plan and is lining up backers.

Christine Van Abkoude for Perilous Activity. Van Abkoude’s early apparel work in lingerie and costume brings a provocative edge to the activewear she designs today. Perilous Activity "bridges the gap between stylish and edgy street clothes with high-performance activewear for the woman who wants to express herself through her body and what she does with it." Van Abkoude now works as a pattern maker for Carson Footwear.

Jessica Van Hulle for The Lady Jessica. Vixen, her Fall 2014 collection, offers tailored women's wear with a Neo-Victorian twist. "I believe that when you decide you are beautiful and valuable, the rest of the world does too," she says. Van Hulle works as a costume designer and displays her artwork in galleries.

Intriguing, no? Tickets to the show are $20-25 or $35 VIP—get 'em here.