This past week was the senior collection fashion show for the Art Institute of Portland. I checked out everyone’s collection and was blown away by the amount of talent and hard work that I saw but one person in particular really stood out to me. Caroline Onzik created a collection based on utilitarian work-wear from the 1930′. The collection was both beautiful and functional. She stated that her inspiration was from the outdoors and always wanting what the boys had. “I really just wanted it to be utilitarian, something that a woman can put her hands and all of her tools in the pockets, and she won’t blow out the knees because they’re reinforced, but she also looks really good with all that functionality,” says Onzik. “For some reason women have had to make that choice between good-looking and functional since the beginning of time.” The looks were created with recycled denim which was an important aspect of Onzik’s collection. Caroline stated that protecting our planet was a big focus for her and that doing something sustainable was necessary.
Onzik’s collection was filled with reconstructed denim that looked effortless and fresh and jumpsuits that were reminiscent of Carhart work wear but for a fashion forward young woman. As someone who isn’t the biggest fan of western inspired fashion, I was in love with the styling that made the looks more downtown and less hoedown. The camel colored jumpsuits with leather details were absolutely beautiful and the ankle boots tied the looks together in a way that made them seem like I could see a number of women wearing these looks while hanging out around town. Caroline Onzik created a stunning collection that embodies what functional fashion is all about. I’m excited to see what else she has in store for us.
This past week was filled with long hours and not enough sleep so I’m definitely looking forward to the weekend. Luckily, the sun is out and it helps make long days go by faster. Over the week, I’ve found some great new blogs and designers that I can’t wait to share with you in the upcoming week. With that said, I’ve complied a list of links of articles and blog posts that I can’t wait to explore. I hope you enjoy them as well. Have a wonderfully productive (or relaxing) weekend!
Need to take a weekend trip somewhere warm? Check out this guide to LA. (via The Coveteur)
I’m thinking about redoing my apartment in the near future so these tips for sustainable interior design will come in handy. (via Apartment Therapy)
This fashion editorial is a beautiful representation (and maybe somewhat stereotypical) of Portlanders. (via Marrow Mag)
These diary entries are amazing examples of the difficulties of growing up. ( via Rookie Mag)
A great guide to finding your signature style using spring trends. ( via Clementine Daily)
Ron Issac’s Trompe L’oeil painted constructions shows the beauty of melding fashion and nature together. (via I Need a Guide)
I wear black almost daily and I love it. I like the way black works with my skin color and hair. I like the way it wears so well in the city. Mostly, I like the way it can be worn in any fashion and with whatever accessories I feel drawn to that day. Sometimes I feel uninspired by it though. This feeling usually occurs on a spontaneous, albeit much needed, sunny day in Portland. I start to feel misplaced, like i showed up to the beach in a head to toe snow suit. On these days I long for something clean, colorful, and easy-to-wear. I want to take advantage of what the bright skies have to offer. As Portlanders we treat unexpected sunny days as a second chance at a missed opportunity and blithely rush out into the streets to hang out with friends, take a walk around the park, or just plain sit in the sun. So in honor of impromptu sunny days in April, I’ve included some items by sustainable designers that might help you embrace everything spring has to offer.
Alicia Wood is the type of designer that represents what the Portland fashion scene is really all about. While we don’t have the same type of industry backing us up as New York City or LA, we take pride in the artistry behind the things that we do. Ms. Wood is the name of her design company and she creates beautiful clothing that is both fashion-forward and functional. Her husband helps her create the wooden pieces behind some of her shoes and they work together to create one of a kind pieces that are sure to resonate well with Portland women.
State of Style did a great job representing the Portland fashion scene and highlighting one of it’s top contenders. It’s important to include how fashion works in our everyday lives and the hard work and dedication that these designers put into it. State of Style provided an insider look into Alicia Wood’s home and design space andgave us some insight into how she balances her life without sacrificing her personal style. Portland fashion can’t be summed up with designer names, it comes from an acute understanding of how important hand-crafted details are along with supporting local designers who put their heart and soul into the work that they do.