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FashionXT: The End

A summary of the final night of FashionXT including designers Stephanie D. Couture, Gordana Gehlhausen and Michael Costello.

By Eden Dawn October 15, 2012

The final night of FashionXT was devoted to something near and dear to my heart – pretty dresses. Local designer Stephanie D. Couture and almost winners from Project Runway Goga by Gordana Gehlhausen and Michael Costello showed spring collections. At the last minute, a second local designer, Silvania, had to drop out due to a family emergency. However, with the massive collections these three sent down the runway it was by no means a short show. How did the three stack up?


FashionXT Show and Market Location

Vigor Industrial Shipyard, Swan Island
5555 N. Channel Ave. 
Portland OR 97217 

Designer: Stephanie D. Couture 

What I loved: Couture’s demographic is the bridesmaid and special occasion customer looking for a dress for a wedding or event. She showed several realistic potential dresses for the Portland customer needing an outfit in an array of well chosen colors.

Hoping to be helpful: The separates did not give off the same classic feeling of the dresses in the collection. They felt less expensive and of a different aesthetic. I’d say cut them or redesign them to align more.


Designer: Goga by Gordana Gehlhausen (season 6 of Project Runway)  

What I loved: Gehlhausen was a flair for high end resort with her printed looks seemingly right at home in Cannes or relaxing on a yacht with attractive rich people who’d pass right by Portland in their lovely flowy dresses.

Hoping to be helpful: The printed looks popped, but the solid ones felt far less interesting by comparison. And that green thing has got to go.


Designer: Michael Costello (season 8 of Project Runway)

What I loved: Costello creates looks that are how women want to see themselves. Effortlessly chic, incredible glamorous floating down the runway with onlookers gawking. At least, it’s how I want to see myself. The king of draping, Costello’s aesthetic and technique continuously propels forward since leaving the show at an impressive trajectory.

Hoping to be helpful: If he needs a muse, I’ll gladly come hang out in the studio trying on any and all combinations of gold lame´.

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