Designer: Crazy Wind

It’s a banner time for the fashion community it Portland. In the first week of May, we’ve ushered in the Notions of Beauty fashion photography exhibit, the opening of Museum of Contemporary Craft’s amazing Fashioning Cascadia exhibit, and gear up to welcome the annual fashion calendar highlight Open Season.

Trust me, you don't want to miss this. Go and buy yourself a 3-day pass to all the runway shows. The tenth annual event, curated by Marjorie Skinner of the Portland Mercury, once again brings us some of the best in the local fashion scene. Eschewing the one big fashion show for casual happy hour style, each night takes over a different bar (read: different crowds, different vibes, different drinks) with short fashion-packed shows.

Normally in a group show we’d list our editor’s picks, but this lineup is too good to miss any night, and at just $15 for an all days pass (purchase in advance), there’s no reason not to.

Designer: Alexa Stark

Alexa Stark & Crazy Wind
Monday, May 12 at 6:00pm
Doug Fir
830 SE Burnside

The double duo of Stark's fantastic textile treatments and the gorgeous prints from Crazy Wind means this show will be a fabric paradise.

Designer: Mag-Big

MAG-BIG
Tuesday, May 13 at 6:00pm
Mississippi Studio
3939 N Mississippi

The little line that comes from its Hawthorne boutique of the same name takes big steps this week moving beyond their traditional ready to wear looks with a thirty piece collection including trousers!

Designer: Portland Garment Factory

Portland Garment Factory
Wednesday, May 14 at 6:00pm
Rontoms
600 E Burnside 

The gals behind Portland Garment Factory haven't graced us with a fashion show for three long years. Not only will we get to welcome them back to the runway, word on the street is they'll have live music from new, and aptly named, Sartorial Excess.

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