Back for its ninth time, The Portland Mercury brings us one of the most reliably fun fashion fun events of the year–Open Season. While the show usually manifests itself in one big night, show producer Marjorie Skinner says this year is going to be a bit different.
"Those of you who attended last year's Open Season—an annual showcase that we've been doing to showcase Portland design talent since forever—will recall how the designers practically blew the doors off of Sandbox Studio. Rather than try and top a huge event like that, this year we've been cooking up something a little different....
Open Season is no longer just a one-day affair. Instead we've tapped some of the most well-respected names in Portland's apparel design field to participate in a four-night series of shows (sort of like a mini spring fashion week, but you know, without the loaded term). You'll be able to see the latest looks from an all-star roster than includes Holly Stalder, Liza Rietz, Emily Ryan, Reif, Brady Lange, Pendleton's the Portland Collection, and! A super-duper top secret, brand new collaboration from two of the hugest names in town. We can't tell you who it is, but you can call them: Immaculate Martin.
It's going down May 13, 14, 15, 16, which—I, know—are school nights, but they're all early happy-hour timed shows (doors at 6 pm!), so you can still get your beauty rest. Here's the full schedule and venues:"
Monday, May 13: Holly Stalder, Liza Rietz, and Emily Ryan @ the White Owl Social Club
Tuesday, May 14: Reif and Brady Lange @ Produce Row
Wednesday, May 15: Pendleton's The Portland Collection @ Rontoms
Thursday, May 16: Top secret surprise collection: Immaculate Martin @ Dig A Pony
Tickets are now on sale for a measly $5 a night or one $20 ticket secures you entry for each night. To publicize the show, Sold Out columnist Marjorie Skinner and stylist Kayla Rekofke put together a goegeous shoot by photographer Ray Gordon with ensembles from the participating designers. Catch a glimpse of them below and pick up this week's copy of The Mercury to see the spread in its entirety.