THIS YEAR marks a new decade for the Portland Mercury's annual spring fashion showcase. Open Season—a four-day series of happy hour fashion shows—celebrates its 11th birthday with a fantastic lineup of design talent. All shows start at 6 pm (but get there close to 5 pm to claim a good spot and a drink or two) and are just $6 ($9 at the door; pro tip: a series pass runs just $20!). You can buy your tickets now at portlandmercury.com/openseason, and take advantage of this unfussy opportunity to get to know some of your city's finest fashion designers:
MONDAY, JUNE 15: ALTAR
White Owl Social Club, 1305 SE 8th
Formerly known as Mag-Big, Altar is the in-house line at the SE Hawthorne boutique of the same name. Think metal and goth, cut with bohemian new age in the very best way.
TUESDAY, JUNE 16: BRADY LANGE
Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside
Sometimes fashion can take itself too seriously, and that's where the wit of a designer like Brady Lange saves the day. There is probably no one else in the world who can make a beige cat upholstery fabric look as deadly good in the form of a moto jacket.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17: REIF
Rontoms, 600 E Burnside
One of the city's most wearable womenswear designers, Lindsey Reif's clothing puts imaginative twists on pieces you'll reach for over and over again, including intimates and neutral layering pieces in her complementary REIFbasik line.
THURSDAY, JUNE 18: ADAM ARNOLD
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi
Adam Arnold is a local institution, and if you don't already know and love him, you're about to discover one of the city's most interesting design minds. His men's and women's bespoke clothing boasts serious tailoring, and his ideas are often surprisingly intellectual and unique.
Read more about the designers of Open Season and score your tickets at portlandmercury.com/openseason!