THE OFFICIAL Portland Fashion Week may have come and gone, but this week sees two collections of note making their debut. One is an artistic collaboration between a photography artist and an apparel designer, the other an in-house line of modern, adaptable basics from the city's premier production house for independent design.
Devon Yan-Berrong's last collection for his Devonation line took a page from Madame Butterfly, a theme he is continuing to develop with Modern Butterfly. Yan-Berrong met fashion photographer Choiyee Wong after she modeled for another designer showing alongside Devonation—impressed with Yan-Berrong's clothing, she approached him about putting together a photo shoot. The result is To Sacrifice Is to Love, which Yan-Berrong says worked well because of a shared cultural understanding of what he was trying to convey. "Embracing their Chinese roots, fashion designer Devon Yan-Berrong and fashion photographer Choiyee Wong have turned the clocks back to the old society," the official statement reads. "A deeply moving collection of photos based [on] three different parts of love stories from the early 1900s to the 1930s that express the desires and needs to be loved, but also the reality of feudatories, prejudice, and arrogance in the old Chinese society at that time, which would not allow such a love to thrive."
Fans of Yan-Berrong will want to take special care not to miss this show, as it will most likely be his last in Portland. "In Portland, it's still a little bit difficult for us to survive," he says of his impending relocation to Seattle. "A lot of people appreciate designers' work, but not a lot of people can spend the money to support it. I thought maybe it would be better to have my workshop in a bigger city." theSlate, 2011 NW 19th, #104, Thurs Oct 20, 6:30 pm doors, 8 pm show, $10
Speaking of expansion, the Portland Garment Factory production house is one outfit that has managed to do so on local soil. This week they celebrate their third anniversary with the unveiling of HouseLine—literally, their in-house line of what founder Britt Howard describes as, "modern foundation pieces that are really well made." The fall collection, heavy on wool, includes a hooded cape, drop-waisted shift dresses, and high-waisted circle skirts that are designed to complement many of the lines the factory produces. Tackling two seasons at once, they'll also be showing a spring line with items like shorts, pencil shirts, and a shirt dress in linen.
Accompanying the show—set to take place in their 5,000-square-foot factory space—will be a small exhibit featuring friends and clients like Seattle shirt company Tarboo, Laura Irwin's Precious, Stephanie Simek jewelry, plus DJ Ray Ray, who specializes in doo-wop and old rock music. "We thought it would be fitting," explains Howard, "because we think of HouseLine as very American." Portland Garment Factory, 408 SE 79th, Sat Oct 22, 6 pm doors, 7 pm show, $10
One of the West End's most loyally committed boutiques for regional design, Radish Underground is kicking out the stops to celebrate their third anniversary, with a huge number of raffle items and other prizes, carnival games, and more. Radish Underground, 414 SW 10th, Thurs Oct 20, 5-9 pm, free
Committed!, Portland's alternative bridal event, promises a festive environment for brides and grooms to gather inspiration and information on the style of their upcoming nuptials. Complete with a DJ, a whiskey lounge, and separate runway shows for bridesmaids and groomsmen, and brides and grooms. Ambridge Event Center, 1333 NE MLK, Fri Oct 21, 5-9 pm, $8-12
Long-standing resale boutique Here We Go Again celebrates 20 years in business with refreshments, prizes, and a treasure hunt. Stop in either location to enjoy the festivities and eye discounted pieces from lines including True Religion and Marc Jacobs. Here We Go Again, 2438 NE Broadway & 0511 SW Carolina, Fri Oct 21, 5-8 pm, free