On Saturday night a fashion crowd beyond the usual regulars gathered at the Portland Design Collective to see the Isaac Hers fashion show. It was the first solo show for the designer and in a city that has a million bands, shows and parties to compete with every night I thought the turnout was pretty good. The PDC is a gorgeous space and producer Jillian Rabe did an excellent job of putting together a smooth and professional show.
The runway extravaganza began with the spring collection fresh off from Open Season before getting into the promised and never before seen fall collection. The grouping, named Goldstruck, was inspired from Isaac Hers designer Barbara Seipp’s time in the Eastern Oregon desert with her family. Basic pieces like shift dresses, tailored jackets and mid-length skirts walked down the runway in sky-high Jeffrey Campbell heels with a video installation of rustic barns and desert scenes played in the background.
While I took objection to some of the styling for Isaac Hers Open Season show, it was right on point this time. The clothes themselves are pieces even a non-adventurous dresser would feel comfortable in. But, the styling took the easily sellable items up a notch into fancy sellable items with rich colors (black and camel together = love), fashion forward shoes and belts. The belts were little leather badges of cool and the first time Isaac Hers has had such pieces. They completely made the outfits for me and are officially added to my mental “must haves” list.
Check out the brand new Isaac Hers store in Burnside’s new Blackbox development.
415 SW 13th Ave., Pdx
503 284 1264
Mon – Sat: 11-7pm