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Monday, September 26, 2005

SEMPER FASHION/SAFFRONA PORTLAND FASHIONWEEK O5 POSTLUDE. ITS A WRAP!


Well, the bully pulpit is a fine runway may I proclaim!
That disclaimer aside, its time for Portland to thank all who participated behind the scenes helping to make the Saffrona/Semper Fashion Portland Fashion Week the week that was.

First off ty(thank you) to sierra bravo, sb, or to the rest of the civilized world- Sarabeth Chambers of Saffrona! She being the reason for the season, carrier of our esprit de corps, and most inspirational couturess to all.

(Me, Sarabeth's sister Melindaruth, and Sarabeth sharing 'something liquid, enchanting, and delicious' at Pala after a guerilla limo show.)


Next of course thanx be to the designers for their visions, grace, talents, and friendships.

So Portland now thanks you Sarabeth Chambers of Saffrona www.saffrona.com.
Fiona Foulk of DoubleCross Belt Co.www.doublecrossbeltco.com.
Nicole Flood of Flood Clothing www.floodclothing.com.
Michelle Adler of Adrianna by Michelle.
Akiva of akivadesigns.com.
Nora Catherine of Nora Catherine Boutique.
Laura and Lily of ohBaby 1320 N.E. Broadway 503 281 7430, and 722 N.W. 23rd ave. 503 274 4190, Portland.
Anna Meherer
Alison MacMillan of Ali May Designs.
Wendy Martin of WeMa, www.wema.com.
Lori Borris of Tres Savvy Boutique 728 N.W. 23rd ave 503 295 2885.
Eden Harrington of Eden Dawn www.edendawn.com.
Stacy Joines of Bella Bridal Boutique in the Galleria.
Ivory Hannah of Awearness Clothing.
Allison Sumner of Bossy Boots.
Peter Van Alphabet of HartMindSoul www.hartmindsoul.com.
Naomi Ellis of Naomi Raquel www.naomiraquel.com.
Aysia wright and her Greenloop Boutique 1785 Willamette Falls Dr. West Linn 503 656 5483.
And Buffalo Exchange for offering some dynamite denim duds.

What would a runway be without models I ask myself? Or an entire Fashion Week for that matter! Now take a bow Dione Fernandez, Autumn Day, Angie Goodness, Tamera, Kristin Michelle, Blanca Blanco, Evonne De La Fuentes, Esmeralda Roth, Kristina, Marie Saturn, Audrey Goldfarb, and Rachel for walking in almost every show, and Tara Piccolo, Amanda Amandor, Glady lee, Matt, Austin, Jason, Craig, Nick Z., and about 50 terrific talented models whom I never learned their names for helping out in individual shows. Thanx too Giorgio Johnson of EEI models Int. and Keri Murphy of Murphy Model Mgt. for the support and terrific talent they provided for Portland Fashion Week 05.

What about the hair and make up artists? Well a screaming thank you at the top of our collective fashion lungs to Kristin Arnette of Inspired Makeup Artistry www.InspiredMakeupArtistry.com 503 756 6455, holla' holla'!
A big 'woo hoo grrl friend!!' to the hair styling wizardry of Chelsea Pickthorn, of Roberts of Portland at 5131 S.W. Macadam ave. Portland 503 222 4301.
Two high fives with change to Deeanne Ostrander- mannequin69@hotmail.com for her FW05 efforts,and to her friends Kristi and Kahalo for both hair and make up during Dante's- making it a fashion show I was most fearing.
Thank you too, Melanie of Cutting Crew (that was supposed to rhyme) on 3621 S.E.Hawthorne 503 232 2404 for the finale' and Cusina shows.

Fear Kristin Michelle in make up and hair from Kristi of Transformations post Dante's show.


Event Photographers...front and center!
Thanks, spanks, and hugz to Marie Saturn of www.saturnstylestudios.com for the models' coaching, choreography, location shoots, organization, inspiration and modeling.
Domo arigato to Kenji of www.ninjaphotography.com for pix, cool vibes, and friendship. Good thing he is a ninja.
Muchos gracias por Nina S. who had the event's pix of the night up for us all to see even before we woke up to see them! Who does that??! :)
High five with a reverse twist to the 'talented and lovely' Eric Christensen for video, stills, organization, patience, funding, and being so cool.
Good night John Boy, Mary Ellen, Gracie, and thanx to Steve Lenze for his creative photography, professional 'tude and demeanor, and posting his images asap too!
Thanx again Kim Peck www.gloss-photography.com and also www.scene7photography.com.
And thanks to Pete Springer of OPB for bringing another camera to the events and especially for his support of Portland fashions.

I can't forget our wonderful venues and hosts for Fashion Week 05!!
Pala Lounge -Imade Sukarna
Dante's -Frank Faillace'
Greek Cusina Minoan Room -Ted Pappas
Voodoo Lounge -Sugar Ambrosia
Green Loop Boutique -Aysia Wright
Crush Bar -Mithch Calhoun and Woody
and
The Pearl Dist. 1st Thursday Sept. event attendees.

Now we get to thank our major media friends who's getting the word out helps immensely............
Pete Springer of OPB for getting the word out via OPB radio and incredible photgraphy.
Marjorie Skinner of the Portland Mercury for her tale of two fashion weeks.
The Oregonian for the upcoming events section they graciously plastered with FW05 info.
The Willamette Week for their what's happening blurbs mentioning FW05.
The Portland Monthly and Stella farina for stopping the presses just to run a lil something something for lil old us.
PDX-Posed and our friend Portland Fashionista Jon Olson and his posse for the links and timely television coverage.
Eden Dawn who did the smash up job posting us all over the internet. She even got FW05 onto Lindsey Lohan's site.
Ray Solaris for his awesome videography, editing, production and inspiration.
MCTV
Vancouver Public Access TV
Google for dumping the metatagers abusing semper fashion as a key word.
Ultra PDX- you better read it everyday or you will miss something!
Lisa Radon
Ashkan
Jaycob
Super man Austin Reed and his American Teen TV Network.
And even Mr. Frank Fallaice' of Dante's added us to their upcoming events they run in the Merc and WW.

I saved the nicest guy for last....St Tom of Fiesta Limousine for always being so gracious with his time and services. He is just a great man and runs his company like a real pro, treating everyone with courtesy and respect even when an occasion doesn't warrant it. That kind of personality and professionalism are apparent and appreciated.
Fiesta Limousine Services 503 533 5758
360 693 5758 www.fiestalimousine.com.


Inside a Fiesta Limousine 36 foot Excursion.


The ladies of guerilla fashion.



Guerilla fashionistas at ease.

OK, here are some pix that either Kenji, Eric Christensen, Steve Lenze, or myself took during FW05.


Autumn Day and her customary happy smile at boot camp proving they got there first.



Kristin Arnette and Kristin Michelle in pre-show make up.


This is Tamera Hansen, not Audrey Goldfarb like silly me has been saying, in ohBaby being properly fearsome at Dante's 'I want to be feared' fashion show.


Autumn Day inducing fear at Dante's in ohBaby. Just turn sideways to see the picture in its correct perspective. Or drink a 5e's or two at Pala to achieve the same result! ;)


Glady working it while wearing Eden Dawn at Dante's.



Blanca at Dante's wearing a Saffrona resortwear piece.


Awearness Clothing, and a crocheted hat by Flood Clothing at the Minoan Room show.


Angie for the finale' wearing what simply became known as 'THE dress', from Bella Bridal and Stacy Joines.


Esmarelda in Saffrona.


Allison MacMillan from Ali May Designs at the finale'.


Someone always ruins a good picture it seems. Good job Tod.



Model/Photgrapher and Harley Davidson enthusiast Rae Jones www.raejonesmodeling.com and wingman/bean counter Gary Peyton are thinking of popping wheelies at Pala.


Me (Tod) and jewelry designer Akiva, post finale'. Hiding out back at Pala and conspiring on future fashion conquests.


Michelle Adler of Adrianna by Michelle, Me of me, and model Naomi Ambrose post Finale.




Now for some of the juicey gossip!!!!!!!!!!!

Well thankfully FW05 didn't have any Diane Von 'Fiasco'bergs, no lighting collapsed, no wardrobes malfunctioned, no heels or ankles were broken, but ANGIE GOODNESS lost one of her acrylic 6 inchers at the 'Its still summer and still hott' show at Pala just like a modern day Cinderella would. I think Prince Charming in a 700 series BMW found it for her too.

Did you hear one of the supposed adults supervising the whole FW05 thang got himself caught smack dab front and center in a good olde fashioned, all out, hair pulling, cat scratching, chick fight between to obvious karate practioners if the well placed, jewel crushing, double snap kick at lightening speed he received while reconning one of the FW05 venues a week before was any indication.
The supposed adult and his childhood best friend were at the max packed club at the invitation of the management, and were just getting the spat under control whe one of the club's bouncers, grabbed the supposed adult in a near death experiencing rear choke hold, crushing a perfect molar into 2 large pieces in the process, not mentioning a good lateral head compression that left courdaroy sleave imprints imbedded in his face, DR. Noah to ER stat! No harm no foul the supposed adult thought since his head returned to its normal football shape after a few daze, and his dentist said he will live till he gets a gold crown.

A few designers needed to bail from the FW05 festivities for whatever reasons too. Some good some lame. The best ones being "A dog ate my spring collection '06", and "I thought it was fishin' week 05 and caught a 6 foot sturgeon instead."

The models were all terrific, showing up promptly, enduring hair/make up and the normal snafus, but to a couple of you....you can't pour yer own! OLCC says. As does Simon, Paula, Rueben, and 9 out of 10 dentists surveyed. Even that Geico guy saving money on his car insurance says no. So do bar owners.

Also no more wheelie popping or cycle jumping off the piles of construction sand around China town any more ok you guys (grrlz)? Event insurance doesn't cover Evel Knevel stuff. Only lost contacts and broken heels. No more back flips down and off the runways; pyrotechnics or explosions; vodka, red bull, or rock star chugging, or Pala potsticker or Kobe beef burger eating contests either; no more mauling Portland's finest or their cycles, autos, helos, horses, or fire arms. Yes I am talking to you! You all know who you are. Baad models!

Who all was drinking the Voodoo Lounge raw oyster and stoli vodka shooters at the 'Laid back and casual' show Eric and SB? Fear is no factor for some.

Hi Sgt. Mjr. Kim Peck. Did you think you would escape my wrath? Kim Peck who we made shoot the models from odd angles with no lighting or back grounds and who came up with good stuff anyways? Oooh Kim, know my wrath from afar. I so want to spill how cool you are. Can I? Please? But let me say 36 foot Fiesta limousines make good hook up locations we hear from both Tom and Kim Peck. You can see her work and some more FW05 pix at www.gloss-photography.com and www.scene7photography.com.

I will spill that Evonne De La Fuente got her hair cut! But I can't tease her cuz it loox so fab! Dang.

Michelle Adler of Adrianna by Michelle seems to have lost a big umbrella and some other stuff in a white canvas bag, so whomever picked it up for her, Madler is frantic as that umbrella saved her life in the Croation army once and she wants it back, please with shugar on top. Actually some of the items in it are not hers, so please, if anyone knows of this let me know asap!

After the first Crush show teaser, Craig from Pala who doubled as a model for the night was heard to say "That was almost emberassing'. That was more than almost funny.

On a different note.....I gotta give Alison Sumner of Bossy Boots a big woo hoo for having the most "Fearsome Fashions" in all of FW05!!!! I was properly fearing that! And in a show that was properly fearsome that was a roar!



Speaking of fear.....Dante's owner and mangement seems to have hosted a big after party for the Portland Music Festival the night before our "I want to be feared" fashion show, leaving us to do make up and hair in the parking lot out back till Kim Peck and kristin Arnette called some of their people to get the bouncers in early for us!
I was feeling the fear thinking they may have forgotten us all together! Until I remembered Mr. Faillace' had posted our show at his expense in the upcoming events Dante's runs in the local 'papers. Then Kim opened the door and rescued us anyways. Drama.

Portland's own Ashkan and contributor for Ultra PDX voted the long white number that Bella Bridal and Stacy Joines contributed to the Minoan Room show as one of the prettiest dresses of all FW05 and every girl (and a few boys) dream!

Thanx again to Sarabeth and Eric for the limo ride in Fiesta's big bad 36 foot excursion as an after finale decompression time, too bad someone (Shane and Autumn) got their car with their dog in it towed from a no parking zone and cut the limo ride short for everyone. But I gotta rib those guys they are so cool. Sorry about the doggie bail though.

Fun Semper fashionista fact: A flock, herd, scrum, tango, or murder. Which is the designated unit of measure for a group of models? Answer someplace below.

Shaun the lead security guy from Pala had an after the Finale' party that only the coolest peeps were invited to. Keeping in formation with his security lifestyle it was on a need to know basis. How/why I was invited still escapes me. Gotta thank Shane and Autumn for leading me and my wingman outta the neighborhood since we were both so lost it wasn't funny. It was sooo hard leaving at 0530 hrs (Shaun speake) when 1/2 of the Pala bouncer contingent had a big $ poker game going, and the other 1/2 were slamming my new favorite game dominoes.

Thanks to Rock Star energy drink with its taurine, caffeine, l-carnetine, guanine, trinitrotoluene, and uranium. You kept me going pal.

FW05 was one long, ambitious, and crazy week, and I wouldn't take money to do it again, nor to never have done it though. Or whatever I mean to say. Alot of peeps busted their behinds and sweated this one out to help keep Portland on the fashion map, I know their efforts were appreciated.

Keep watching this for updates on when we will have a disc party, etc.
It will be soon!

Thank You Portland!

Be good, see you on the runways.







Answer to 'what is a group of models called?' .....Its a tango of models.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

PORTLAND FASHION WEEK SCHEDULE OF EVENTS..... And what others are saying about us....

OPENING SHOW
THURSDAY SEPT. 8, 2005


DESIGNER

SAFFRONA SWIMWEAR
B AND B BRIDAL
WEMA DRESSES
SIZZLE SWIMWEAR
ALI MAY DRESSES
TRES SAVVY DRESSES
ROCKET MEN'S
EDEN DAWN LINGERIE
SAFFRONA GOWNS
NORA CATHERINE JEWELRY
AKIVA DESIGN JEWELRY




CRUSH BAR LIMO SHOW
FRIDAY NIGHT SEPT. 9, 2005


SAFFRONA JOHNNY SPANKY PANTS
HART/MIND/SOUL ENSEMBLES
BOOTS ENSEMBLES
ROCKET ENSEBLES





SATURDAY INVITATIONAL
PALA FASHION LOUNGE
SEPT 10, 2005 8:00 PM. LIMITED SEETING AVAILABLE


SAFFRONA SWIM WEAR
WEMA DRESSES
SIZZLE KNITS
SAFFRONA EVENING WEAR
DOUBLECROSS BELT CO. PURSELETTES






DANTE'S FIERCE FASHIONS
SUNDAY NIGHT SEPT. 10, 2005
8:00PM DOORS

SAFFRONA SWIMWEAR
MAGALI CORZO DRESSES
OH BABY LINGERIE
SIZZLE SWIMWEAR
HART/MIND/SOUL ENSEMBLES
BOSSY BOOTS MEN'S
EDEN DAWN LINGERIE





SWIMWEAR LINGERIE
PALA FASHION LOUNGE
TUESDAY NIGHT SEPT. 11, 2005
8:00 PM DOORS

SAFFRONA SWIM WEAR
OH BABY LINGERIE
NAOMI RAQUEL SWIM WEAR
SIZZLE SWIM WEAR
EDEN DAWN LINGERIE
SAFFRONA RESORT WEAR






"GREEN" FASHIONS, FASHION SHOW
FROM GREEN LOOP BOUTIQUE, WEST LINN OREGON. ALL AGES SIDE WALK SHOW, FREE TO THE PUBLIC. FEATURING ECONOMICALLY FRIENDLY 'GREEN' FASHIONS SAFFRONA, DOUBLECROSS BELT CO. AND AROUND THE WORLD!




WINTER FASHION
MINOAN ROOM
WEDESDAY NIGHT SEPT. 12, 2005
8:00 PM DOORS, ALL AGES SHOW

WEMA DRESSES
HART/MIND/SOUL ENSEMBLES
ALI MAY DRESSES
TRES SAVVY ENSEBLES
BUFFALO EXCHANGE DENIM ENSEMBLES
AKIVA DESIGN JEWELRY
DOUBLECROSS BELT CO. BELTS/PURSELETTES





CASUALS
VOODOO LOUNGE
THURSDAY NIGHT SEPT. 13, 2005
7:00 PM DOORS. BENEFIT FOR
AMERICAN RED CROSS HURRICANE RELIFE EFFORTS

SAFFRONA DRESSES
MAGALI CORZO DRESSES
ALI MAY DRESSES
HART/MIND/SOUL ENSEMBLES
EDEN DAWN LINGERIE
BUFFALO EXCHANGE DENIM ENSEMBLES






CRUSH TOO
THURSDAY NIGHT SEPT 15, 2005
7:00 PM DOORS
PURPLE PASSION PARTY, DRESS IN PURPLE FOR RIBBONS, AND THE MOST PURPLE WINS...??? :)

ROCKET MENS' WEAR
SAFFRONA SPANKIE PANTS
HART/MIND/SOUL ENSEMBLES
BOOTS ENSEMBLES
BUFFALO EXCHANGE ENSEMBLES






FASHION WEEK 2005 FINALE
PALA FASHION LOUNGE
FRIDAY SEPT 16,2005
8:00 PM DOORS
DRESS TO IMPRESS!!!


SAFFRONA SWIMWEAR
DOUBLECROSS BELTS/PURSELETTES
BELT CO.
WEMA DRESSES
SIZZLE SWIMWEAR
ALI MAY DRESSES
ADRIANNA BY MICHELLE DRESSES
OH BABY LINGERIE
GREEN LOOP DRESSES
B AND B BRIDAL
EDEN DAWN LINGERIE
SAFFRONA EVENING WEAR
CAROLYN QUINN JEWELRY
NORA CATHERINE JEWELRY
ANNA MEHRER JEWELRY
AKIVA DESIGN JEWELRY



AND WHAT EVERYONE IS SAYING ABOUT US...

THE MERC SAYS.......
SEMPER FASHIONS' PORTLAND FASHION WEEK 2005
Sept 8-16

A Tale of Two Fashion Weeks
Portland Joins Paris and New York in Promoting Local Designers—Now with TWICE the Fashion!
BY MARJORIE SKINNER

We may be small, but we're nimble.

Unlike San Francisco, which is only on its second year of joining established fashion capitals like New York and Paris in hosting "Fashion Week(s)," Portland is already on its third consecutive year of showcasing local designers, with a sprawling schedule of shows spread through September 16. And, if you attended Emily Ryan and Liza Rietz's Wednesday, September 7th show at Savoy, you could actually pack in more than two full week's worth of daily shows.

This year our city has managed to sprout two separate and overlapping Fashion Weeks—one helmed by boutique star Seaplane, the other by Semper Fashions. Together, they represent two tiers of the local scene; while Seaplane's series, titled "The Collections," features some of the most recognizable names in town, Semper's affair features newer, less established designers.

For years Portland has been building momentum towards national and international recognition, thanks to magazines like W, Elle, Lucky, Bust, Women's Wear Daily, and Venus—the attention being mainly focused on Seaplane. The women behind the store, designers Kathryn Towers and Holly Stalder, are already well known, as are others featured in The Collections (Adam Arnold, Elizabeth Dye, Emily Ryan, etc.)—at least locally. And while these are Portland's rising stars and among the most likely to catapult into world-class status, the scene remains too small to attract the kind of international press that was summoned to cover the collections displayed in San Francisco—much less the turnout that routinely show up in Paris.

And while snobs could dismiss Portland's efforts on grounds of size, geography, reputation, and the economics of the local industry, our small scene of creatives continues to thrive in its native environment—marked by resourcefulness and independence. This perseverance will eventually pay off, and in the process offer an excitingly new and accessible scene, ripe for expansion.

Another example of the personality Portland brings to the table is the execution of Semper Fashion's own series of Fashion Week shows. A loose affiliation of designers and show producers, Semper Fashion's Tod Foulk, along with close friend SaraBeth Chamber of the Saffrona lines, took up the task of masterminding their own Fashion Week. Not only interested in showcasing the designers and their creations, Semper's events aim to benefit the models, stylists, and boutiques involved in the project.

Further, these events act as benefits for the Multnomah Co. Animal Shelter and Maiti Nepal, an organization that works to prevent the trafficking and exploitation of Nepalese girls, in part rehabilitating them by teaching them culinary and craft skills. Semper's Fashion Week will incorporate purses made by some of these young women, each tagged with the name of its creator. On top of that, a can of food for the Oregon Food Bank knocks a dollar off the price of admission. In the end, the hope is that many of the designers will be picked up by some of the 400 retail buyers invited to the Semper shows.

While both wings of Portland 2005 Fashion Week promise to be distinct in terms of aim and execution—"The Collections" being a sleek, concise affair, while Semper is sprawling and a little nutty—for the rest of us it's playtime; a chance to sample a wide variety of what's to come from the many tiers of the Portland fashion scene.


Opening Night—The first night of Semper's extravaganza will feature everyone involved in the shows—every designer, stylist, and model will have a hand in it. Some examples of the lines you'll see are Adrianna by Michelle's clubby, hip, youthful dresses; Saffrona's classy formal dresses (which often feature imported silk and Swarovski crystals); Sizzle's (aka Ray Solaris) hand woven chenille-infused sweaters; WeMa's streetwear-oriented skirts and tops; Ali May's (aka Alison MacMillan) boldly colorful contemporary women's wear; Afrodijio's hiphop chic-wear; and Magalí Corzo's salsa inflected dresses and separates. Thursday, Sept 8, Pala Fashion Lounge, 105 NW 3rd, 8 pm, with shows on the hour until midnight, $10

Menswear—In a rare turn of events, tonight's show will focus exclusively on clothing for men, including Rocket (Ray Solaris' menswear answer to Sizzle for women), Saffrona's swimwear for men, and more. Also, there's a purple theme, so dress accordingly. Friday, Sept 9, Crush, 1412 SE Morrison, 9 & 11 pm, free

Industry Party—Four hundred NW regional apparel buyers are invited to view lines like WeMa, Sizzle, Rocket, Saffrona, and Adrianna by Michelle. Saturday, Sept 10, Pala, 105 NW 3rd, 9 pm, $10 without invite

"I Want to be Feared"—A racy, exciting show of "Fierce Fashions Full On" including inferno-inspired, wild hair and makeup, fire, barbed wire, and skin. Fashions will include swimwear and lingerie by Naomi Raquel, Oh Baby lingerie boutique (1320 NE Broadway), and Saffrona Swimwear, among others. Sunday, Sept 11, Dante's, 1 SW 3rd, 8:30 pm, $5

The Fashion Glamebago—In one of the week's most original ideas, small impromptu fashion shows will be mysteriously popping up around shoppy areas of town, like NW 23rd and the Pearl. Monday, Sept 12, around town, anytime

"It's Still Summer and Still Hottt"—Another lingerie/ swimwear show, in case you prefer that kind of thing without all the inferno. Tuesday, Sept 13, Pala, 105 NW 3rd, 8 pm, $5

Hot Ice—A showcase of winter fashions from the likes of Awearness (aka Ivory Hannah), specializing in snowboard apparel, Flood's (aka Nicole Flood) Native American inspired hats, and more. Wednesday, Sept 14, Greek Cusina Minoan Room, 404 SW Washington, 8 pm, $5

Laid Back—A show focusing on casual, urban wear from Louise Jeans, Magalií Corzo, Ali May, and more. Thursday, Sept 15, Voodoo Lounge, 53 NW 1st, 8 pm, $5

Menswear Redux—A redo of the earlier show of men's designs at Crush, back with a cover charge. Thursday, Sept 15, Crush, 1412 SE Morrison, 7 pm, $5

Finale—Once again, all designing, styling, and modeling hands are on deck, providing they fit into the night's theme: "Black and White," with an emphasis on showcasing jewelry and accessories. Organizer Foulk's own daughter, a precocious 13-year-old designer, will be included in the show with her line, DoubleCross Belt Co. Friday, Sept 16, Pala, 105 NW 3rd, 9 pm with shows on the hour until midnight, $10


The Oregonian said.....
Shopaholic Confidential


Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Portland Fashion Week
Like New York, our very own Portland is in the midst of its own Fashion Week. Sure, Michael Kors and Calvin Klein are not strutting down the Portland runway - we have something more unique and local! Several of the best Portland original clothing and accessories designers will be putting their best fashion foot forward during Portland’s Fashion Week.

Local designers Saffrona, Wema, Rocket, Tres Savvy, and Nora Catherine are just a few of the names on this year’s list. It’s also a chance to admire some of the beautiful, up-and-coming models getting their start in Portland.

These designers may not be the current labels you drool over on the racks of a major department store, but remember, Tommy Hilfiger and Vera Wang didn’t get their start at Olympus Fashion Week in New York. All designers have to get their experience somewhere, and they’re at a point in their careers where they need your support! It may only be a couple of seasons before you DO see one of these Portland designers dressing celebrities and competing with the current fashion icons, and you’ll be able to brag that because you’re such a forward-thinking maven, you were sporting that designer waaaay ahead of the curve.

Portland’s Fashion Week officially kicked off last Thursday night on September 8th, but is still going strong and will continue with fashion shows and events until September 16th, when it culminates in the Fashion Week 2005 Finale at Pala Fashion Lounge at 8:00 p.m. For a complete list of designers who have already shown at this event, as well as detailed information on the remaining events, go to www.semperfashion.blogspot.com.

Copyright 2005 OregonLive.com. All Rights Reserved.

KIM PECK SAID ABOUT FW05 ON HER WEBSITE www.scene7photography.com.......Fashion Week '05 was a whirlwind of activity. Pala, Dante, Crush, Voodoo Lounge, The Greek and much more!

The models were amazing, the hair and makeup magnificent and I was there to shoot it all! I think I loved backstage best of all though. Watching the transformation of the models from "girl next door" Portland city girl to DIVA was amazing. I think Chelsea of "Wild Eyez" fascinated me the most. She has this infectious energy that you cannot help but get absorbed in (and a great smile). Made my job so much easier!

I want to thank Sarabeth Chambers, Eric Christensen, Tod Foulk, Marie Saturn, Imade' (Pala Fashion Lounge) and all the other hardworking designers that are toooo many to mention.

Photos of Fashion Week will be putblished in a Fashion Week Gallery by the end of this weekend (October 2, 2005). Stay tuned.


And OPB and Pete Springer have a radio segment from "All things considered" at opb.org

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

FASHION WEEK'S SEMPER FASHIONISTAS' HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORT.

In the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, Saffrona and Semper Fashion are contributing 100% of the proceeds from the Voodoo Lounge/Ohm fashion show on Thursday night Sept. 15, 2005 to the American Red Cross.

In addition the following designers to date have contributed items for a silent auction to be held at the "Black and White" finale Friday night Sept. 16, 2005 benefiting the relief efforts as well.

Saffrona
DoubleCross Belt Co.
Sizzle
Rocket
Noracine
HartMindAndSoul
Johnny Spanky Pants

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Guerilla fashions from a Pearl Dist. near you.





Fashion lovers at the Sept. "First Thursday" festivities were treated to a little surprise taste of what to expect out of Saffrona's '06 line. Nine models including Dione Fernandez and Autumn Marshall made the side walks of The Pearl theirs as they modeled some of Saffrona's '06 cocktail and evening gown collections.
Heads turned as the ladies greeted attendees and handed out post cards with FW05 information, but it wasn't only Portland's Top Models or the beautiful Saffrona gowns that caught the attention. Chauffering the precious cargo for the night was none other than Portland's longest limousine courtesy of Tom and Fiesta Limousines 503 533 5758 www.fiestalimousine.com.
The originally scheduled fashion-glama-bago was having a bad hair day, but never to let bad hair (or transmission problems) ruin a good party, SEMPER FASHION's The Nams put the word out and Saint Tom of Fiesta Limousine came to our rescue. Arriving with the 36 foot battle cruiser, (the biggest and baddest limo in Oregon which has everything including a kitchen sink), Tom the company owner took great care of us that night and did so well manuevering this land yacht that we even had enough time for a little show starting out front of Fashion Week participant boutiques Tres Savvy and ohBaby running clear to Glisan for the evening dinner crowds on NW 23rd.

Thanks alot to Tom and Fiesta Limousine, The Nams, Saffrona, the models and of course Portland!