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Portland Fashion Week set to wow with Project Runway alumni, eco-fashion


September 28, 2011/13.04

Jay Nicolas Sario
Ed Kavishe

Portland, Oregon—the city of fashion-forward, independent designers and sustainability—will be demonstrating its own brand of runway show for the spring–summer 2012 season, with some of the most publicized designers from TV.
   Last year’s Portland Fashion Week had already heated up as a winner and finalists from Project Runway season 7 joined on the runway and completely stole the show.
   This year’s designer line-up is even more exciting and already spreading a buzz across the nation.
   From Project Runway, Seth Aaron, a winner of season 7 will come back to the Portland Fashion Week and take the runway along with a finalist, Jay Nicolas Sario (shown above). From season 8, Michael Costello will showcase his 28-piece resort collection on Saturday, October 8. From the current season 9, Becky Ross, recently eliminated from the competition, will be a contestant of the Catapult emerging designers’ competition. Bryce Black, also recently eliminated from season 9, will be joining among other Project Runway alumni on the 8th.
   Along with those high-profile Project Runway alumni, world-class sustainable designers like Anna Cohen, Ethos Paris, and Lenzanita will show off their own creativity and design in eco-fashion lines, while top Portland brands like Stephanie D. Couture, Ms Wood, Collier, and Amai Unmei will contribute with their local flavour.
   Portland Fashion Week will be held at the Vigor Industry Shipyard in Portland, Oregon, from October 5 to 8.—Yuka Murai

Designers’ line-up
October 5
House of Gunter
Michelle is Well
Silkwood Collection
Chicago Harper by Studio SKB
AM Renegade
Lizz Basinger Designs
Becky Ross for Wicked Quick (Project Runway season 9)

October 6
Leaders in Athletic Wear
Respect Your Universe (marial-arts inspired)
Grenade (skateboard wear)
Earthtec (athletic wear)

Leading Sustainable Designers of the World
Ethos Paris (spring–summer 2012)
Imperial Knits Collection, Creative Director Anna Cohen (fall)
Anna Cohen in collaboration with Imperial Ranch and Earthtec (introduction)

October 7
Amai Unmei (spring–summer 2012)
Stephanie D. Couture (spring–summer 2012)
Ms Wood (spring–summer 2012)
Collier (fall and spring 2012)
Seth Aaron (spring–summer 2012)

October 8
Jay Sario (début of spring–summer 2012)
Helen Sharp
Cardi Wrap
Bryce Black: an Avant Garde Introduction (Project Runway season 9)
Michael Costello (début of resort 2012)

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