I stumbled upon this week’s collection via Portland Fashion Week (October 7-10, 2009). The designer, Angelia Sasmita, currently resides in Shoreline, Washington. Another local talent! Her Spring collection is inspired by all things natural: water, wind and the heavens.
Soft and flowy fabrics that move with the wind are key characteristics in Angelia’s collection. Light and airy chiffons and french lace recreate nature’s best on the body. While heavier silks like duchess satin helps frame the body with sumptuous fabric. Subtle earthy colors such as ivories, creams and pinks are prominently found. Details are abound! Scattered beads, pearls and stones hems show off Angelia’s artistic steer towards the sparkly stars in the heavens.
Brooches and bows literally tie each of the designs together. Dainty peplums and ruching around the waist detail add texture and drama to the skirts. While the bodice and neckline showcase her exquisite beading and detail.
Her prices range from $850-3500.
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A family run mill outside of Calcutta India produces luxurious silks. Free trade fabrics, hand-stitched designs and chic dresses are found in a little boutique on NW 23rd. The huge picture windows tease the eye with bold colors and raw, textured silk. Across the street is the bridal atelier. The owner of Lena Medoyeff and Lena Medoyeff Bridal, Lynn Medoff was in the Peace Corp in Guatemala and learned how to sew. This was the humble start of Lena Medoyeff. Her silks come from the free trade silk mill in Calcutta and every bit of their effort is recognized. Did you know it takes four people two weeks to make 12 yards? She was also a Duck (University of Oregon)! How could I not love her ingeniously ideal designs that look striking all body types?
(Heather Hawksford Photography)
Diamond in the Rough: This absolutely stunning silk masterpiece accentuates the body with its smooth lines and structureless composition. A sweetheart neckline was added by the bride’s seamstress to add more to a small bust line.
(Remembrance Photography; Mosca Photo)
1) Silky Soul: This floor length silk dupioni gown has a nubby texture which is gives it refined roughness. Silk halter straps wrap around the neck and are tied into a knot, while the remaining straps cascade down the back. The bride raised the hem to make it a tea length dress.
2) See description (#3) below for this lovely dress
(jenstire; personal; tapiak)
1) Pull the Reins: The waist line is empire and creates an illusion of length. Triangle straps tie neatly in a bow at the nap of neck. The hem stops at the floor and can be altered for any shorter length.
2) Short and Chic: This strapless silk column dress is a basic silhouette. The hem hits below the mid-calf and the bodice is made to fit. It comes in several sizes and can be altered to fit your body like a glove. Colorful silk sashes are also sold in the shop to wrap the waist in a colorful hug.
3) Social Butterfly: The silk under layer lays the foundation for this lovely fluttery frock. The top layer is layered with silk organza that catches with he slightest breeze. The bias cut gown is paired with a cream colored sash
The classic designs and natural fabrics are appealing and stately. The detail of the bead work and hand painted fabrics you are masterpeices all on their own. This is a dress shop for the bride with discriminating taste.
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This week’s collection is really a focus on one style or fabric, but more of a glimpse into the local Portland designer scene. I promise there is no hoity-toity here. So put down your guns and hold your breath, as I uncover surprisingly delicious designs. Feast your eyes on these lovely frocks as Portland designers bring sustainability and art together in a style savvy silhouettes.
Unexpected Remix: Julia creates one of kind wedding dresses by deconstructing vintage and recycled materials, an up-cycling process if you will. Crinoline, silks, vintage lace, caged hoop skirts and non-conventional fabrics (ie canvas from a fishing box) are used in an artistic and feminine manner. Find your dress inspiration and be a part of a living art installation. (Frocky Jack Morgan; $99-$2000).
Fearlessly Feminine: Elizabeth Dye is a talented designer that creates wedding dresses that seamlessly fit your body. Delicate detailing and handmade pieces makes the refined bride feel ethereal. Discover your inimitable show-stopper of a gown fit for a queen on any budget. (Elizabeth Dye; affordably priced)
Modern Romance: In Holly’s designs, the glamour of the silver screen are interwined with vintage fabrics and antiqued fabric trims. The reconstructed gowns featured in her inspiring collection of one of a kind or limited run designs. Make a fashion statement as you walk down the aisle in one of her fanciful frocks. (Holly Stalder; $265+)
Would you wear a custom gown for any occasion (not just a wedding) if it was affordable?
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