Nicole Portrait styles a model, who wears a Holden jacket, backstage on Wednesday night. The Big Chill fashion show presented looks from Holden (a Portland-based creator of snowboard apparel), Icebreaker (a New Zealand based outdoor-apparel maker), and Lizard Lounge (a California-based chain with a store in the Pearl District).
Nicole Portrait, a student at Paul Mitchell the School, styles Bonnie Royle’s hair in the makeshift dressing rooms at the bowling alley. Students from Paul Mitchell did the styling for all three designers. The model’s jacket is by Holden.
In its segment of the show, Lizard Lounge incorporated looks by Nau, the Portland-based outdoor/lifestyle clothing manufacturer that folded last year after a brief (but critically acclaimed) run, only to be revived by Horny Toad, the clothing company that owns Lizard Lounge.
“What made the brand [Nau] great the first time out of the gate is still there—even better, I think,” says Lizard Lounge marketing manager Sean McGuirk. “The looks are edgier and more form-fitting. There’s also more color in both the men’s and women’s lines. We mixed Nau with pieces from Lizard Lounge for a really great urban effect.”
The models’ dark nails and sexy footwear (like the pumps worn with skinny jeans and a parka), are spot-on for Portland, Jill notes. “This is the way we want to dress: inspiring, thought-provoking, and clever, with just a dash of the ‘you-and-what-army’ attitude that makes us a fashion mecca.”