PostHeaderIcon Marissa's Musings: Merc's Open Season Fashion Show


Project Runway winner Seth Aaron Henderson backstage at Open Season

I love fashion scribe Marissa Sullivan. Not only does this local writer/gorgeous gal love a good pair of pumps, but she also loves a great party. For Open Season she was able to combine her two loves. Here's her musings (and photos) from the recent fashion event.

FASH' ON: Saturday night marked The Portland Mercury’s seventh annual spring fashion show, Open Season. And while I cannot speak from experience, as this marks my first annual attendance of said fashion show, I believe year seven has had THE most hype of all of them. Judging by star power alone - not one but THREE Project Runway champions (all from Portland) showed their lines.

The night, MC’d by hilarious local comedy group Comedy is OK, started, albeit a tad late, with a very unique presentation of up-and-coming designers having a chance to show their Vitamin Water inspired garments. A special finale included a garment made by Project Runway season seven winner Seth Aaron.
Rachael Kranick won the top award and received a giant $1,000 check from Vitamin Water!

After a break the supporting acts took over with a massive line-up of local talent. Coco Cardenas, Heather Treadway, Ms. Wood, Reif, Isaac Hers’, Sara Bergman, Ruki, Dawn Sharp, and Boet all had solid showings. Though Bridge & Burn and Midge loungewear really stood out above the others, with faster pace, more fun, and just plain cooler shows. The bomb of the night came from experimental menswear line Too Naughts, which got many a confused look from the crowd. The three headliners - Leanne Marshall, Seth Aaron and Gretchen Jones – did not disappoint all earning big wows.

I saw many looks on Saturday, some good some, some great, some meh, and some dumbfounding. But what I walked away with is that while Open Season is a fashion show, it’s more a social event for most of Portland. Not many people paid attention to the MC’s, the Vitamin Water show, or the show itself, it was loud and crowded and when the show started no one seemed to bother watching – let alone stop talking to their friends. I was there for the fashion but I almost enjoyed the people watching as much as the show. - brewery near me here is one more step to enjoying great florida craft beer. It was a who’s who of fabulous Portlanders and it made me happy to live in such an awesome town where something like this is possible, which in turn is why we’ve had so many winners of Project Runway right here in PDX! —Marissa Sullivan

Last Updated (Wednesday, 14 December 2016 08:21)

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