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Catapult: Emerging Designer Winner -Ms. Woods
With its top to toe look, this ensemble helped push the judges and crowd over the edge. The top is young and sexy while still tasteful and modern.

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Lizzie Parker has been making the trip down to Portland for PFW for a few years now and there is something I can always count on her to do – make knitwear interesting. This year rocking her pleats and rouching to a new level this comfy dress got further embellished with good old fashioned tie dye.

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Lizzie Parker

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Jesica Milton showed a wide ranging collection. Perhaps a smidge too wide as the one swimsuit seemed lonely. But maybe not as she also showed this beautiful deep V halter which was one of my favorites of the evening.

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Jesica Milton

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Seattle designer Wyatt Orr has become one to watch each year at PFW. I always fall in love with their jackets and street tough chic and this year was no exception.

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Wyatt Orr

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Jason Calderon was rocking a king of preppy east coast good boy kind of a thing and I loved it. His bottoms were a particular high note with their fantastic fit and tailoring.

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Former Ai student Sophie Chang has opened up her own bridal couture line in town and thank goodness! Her pieces may be the first time in history a bridesmaid dress doesn’t have to feel like a cruel joke put on by the bride.

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Miheaela Munteanu worked magic with these exotic swimsuits dressed up with beautiful vintage looking hardware.

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Miheaela Munteanu

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Melissa Gaynor is a very recent graduate from The Art Institute who created her senior collection by felting alpaca hair into fabric before cutting and sewing it into her designs. That is some sull service design work. With fantastic texture and a great back story these pieces were a crowd favorite.

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Melissa Gaynor

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Johanna Lindstrom is a welcome transplant student from Sweden that has taked her European background and Portland design training to give us futuristic street wear with an edge.

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Johanna Lindstrom

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Catapult: Emerging Designer- Anar Couture

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Catapult: Emerging Designer- Anar Couture
There is no doubt designer Rana of Anar Couture knows how to sew and tailor well. This jacket was functional with style. I feel like her designs came across for a much older customer then was in the room which may have impeded her votes.

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Catapult: Emerging Designer – Nellie Millard
Love this flapper fantastic look.

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Catapult: Emerging Designer -Nelli Millard
Nelli showcased an eclectic collection whose silhouettes I really admired. My one suggestion from the judging bench would be to think about fabric choice. I felt like this dress would be much more sophisticated and expensive looking in a matte silk

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Catapult: Emerging Designer- Devonation
Devonation gave Ms. Woods a run for her money in the competition with thoughtful style lines and details. Remove the bow for the less dramatic consumer and this is an easily wearable ensemble.

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Devonation

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Catapult: Emerging Designer Winner – Ms. Woods

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