Fall Fashion Forward

“The venue, the venue, the venue,” Eugene Fashion Week co-producer Grace McNabb says, laughing. “We christened that venue this weekend.”  Despite the power going out in the hair and makeup room on Saturday, McNabb says EFW, which ran Oct. 6-12, went off without a hitch, and part of that success was the new location at the Ninkasi Administration Building in the Whit. With the runway butted up against a climbing wall, local models sashayed in lingerie, ready-to-wear and avant-garde lines. Continue reading 

Oregon Chic

Homegrown designer Korina Emmerich may take the win on Project Runway

Emmerich in the workroom with co-host Tim Gunn. Emmerich’s winning design for Sept. 4 episode of Project Runway.

With Eugene Fashion Week in full swing, EW thought it high time to catch up with one other Eugenean making a name in the world of fashion: Eugene native Korina Emmerich. The now Brooklyn-based designer is currently a finalist on season 13 of the popular design competition reality show Project Runway, where she has been spinning out a distinctly Pacific Northwest style. With the show’s finale airing Oct. Continue reading 

Fashion Brews in the Whit

Eugene Fashion Week takes over the new Ninkasi administration building

Hot on the trail of Portland Fashion Week, the 5th annual Eugene Fashion Week (EFW) is upon us and much has changed since its humble beginnings. New venues, new faces, new lines and new ideas will pop up Oct. 6-13 across downtown and the Whit. The week kicks off with a meet-and-greet where the public can rub shoulders with local designers, stylists, makeup artists, photographers and shop owners 6 pm Monday, Oct. 6, at Belly, 30 E. Broadway. Here’s a runway rundown of what’s new and what you shouldn’t miss at EFW 2014. The Turquoise City Continue reading 

Eugene Fashion Week and Ninkasi pair up

Last night at the Summer in the City runway show, the team behind Eugene Fashion Week announced the new location of the next fashion week: Ninkasi's new administration palace, err, building in the Whit. Eugene Fashion Week will take place the second week of October this year, rather than its usual springtime dates, shortly after Portland Fashion Week (Sept. 29-Oct.  2). Eugene Fashion Week has also added a fourth show to the festivities this year. In addition to lingerie/swimwear, ready to wear, and couture, audiences will also see a retail show. Continue reading 

Summer Strut

Celebrate your body and America with made-in-USA Allihalla swimwear and lingerie

Allison Ditson

Nothing says ’Merica like star-spangled hot pants.  Allison Ditson flips through a stack of her handmade garter shorts and swimwear while Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U” fills her warm attic studio. Fabric is draped over every nook and cranny — in stars and stripes, neons and florals, glittering golds and black mesh — making the cozy space look like the shared dressing room of Wonder Woman, Betty Grable and Katy Perry. Continue reading 

Runway Reflections

What can I say about the fashion scene in Eugene? It's slowly but surely growing up. Last Sunday night, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art hosted St. Vinnie's Metamorphose Upcycling Design challenge: 10 local designers on a $40 material budget to be spent at St Vincent de Paul were tasked to create three runway-ready looks in the categories of Ready-to-Wear, Evening Wear and Designer’s Choice. Continue reading 

Project Runway

Nothing makes art come alive like seeing it strut down the runway. Sunday, May 4, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art hosted St. Vincent de Paul’s Metamorphose Upcycling Design Challenge — in a nutshell, Eugene’s own Project Runway. Ten designers had eight weeks to transform $40 worth of materials from SVdP into three catwalk-ready looks — Ready-to-Wear, Evening, Designer’s Choice — to be judged by a panel of local fashion-forward celebrities. Here are the winners by category, plus an EW pick. Continue reading 

Launching an industry

The Redoux Parlour and Grrrlz Rock join forces

Taylor Made

On Nov. 20, The Redoux Parlour and Grrrlz Rock joined forces at Territorial Vineyards to host a sold-out fundraising event to kickstart Eugene’s up-and-coming garment production house, Silver Lining. Territorial’s back room dazzled with lights (which looked especially cool against a backdrop of wine barrels), music, chatter and the latest in local fashions from Sweet Skins, Revivall, Sew Fresh, Stitches by V, Kendra Grace, Sparkle Glitter Glow and Taylor Made (who ended the show with one hell of a maternity dress — see no. 11). Continue reading