Design Week vs Portland Fashion Week: The Must-See Events

As we head into the madness of October events, we've whittled down our short list of what to do with the convergence of DWPDX and PWF.

By Eden Dawn September 30, 2014

Design Week

As #DWPDX begins, there is a full run itinerary with some fantastic events for the style inclined (see the full run of shows here, and some of PoMo’s picks here), but before that happens there are always a few events to get the festivities going. Here are our top three:

Designer Adam Arnold

Adam Arnold Fashion Show

Wednesday, October 1, 6pm, Free
Museum of Contemporary Craft

 The city’s most fastidious tailor debuts his fall collection on Wednesday night in what is sure to be an entertaining event. Arnold has a knack for always leaving an impression in his shows be it his impressive wool suits, having models step through an installation on the runway, or even popping on a prosthetic nose for his end walk. Come see what he has up his sleeve this time around at his free fashion show.

The Debut of SixSeven

Thursday, October 2, 5–8pm
Museum of Contemporary Craft

Design buffs, be prepared to have your fashion bones tickled. Long time Portland designer Liza Rietz–known for sculptural and architectural women’s wear–teams up with Emily Bixler of Boet’s crocheted accessory fame for an impressive collaboration. Come to the reception for first peeks at the now designing duo’s debut with items exclusively on sale in the museum’s shop. Attendees get an extra treat with free admittance to the Fashioning Cascadia exhibit that ends October 11.


Design by Joel Wakeman

ShowPdx2014 Opening Reception

Wednesday, October 1, 6pm
380 NW 13th Ave 

 Furniture lovers head to the 10,000 square foot Fisk Tire Building (formerly known as Cargo) for Show2014. A massive collaboration produced by Fix Studio, the biannual show brings together 75 furniture designers to show their most unusual and stunning pieces. Sip and snack on items from the likes of Broder Nord and New Deal Distillery while mentally redecorating every room in your house.


Has it already been six months? The fall edition of Portland Fashion Week is here, with a new bold venue and a wide variety of designers. Finally eschewing the dark caves of the Convention Center and Memorial Coliseum for (hopefully) greener pastures, the fashion frenzy takes over the next three nights setting up camp in Pioneer Square.

To entice you into the tents, producers have made it easy for guests with your one (hefty) general admission ticket including first-come, first-serve seats, raffle tickets, an onsite bar and food carts, plus tents overhead (so no need to worry about the weather).

Portland Fashion Week                 Sept 30–Oct 2                       Pioneer Square, Tickets $55 In addition to the designer line up (with a mix of familiar and new faces), celeb hungry Portlanders can get their fix by attending events with Naima Mora, winner of Cycle 4 of America’s Next Top Model or meeting red carpet stylist Robert Verdi, who will also be on hand to show his new line of handbags. Space for meet and greets on these two is limited, so RSVP now if they’re on your bucket list.


*Editor's Picks


Designer Brady Lange's cat pants created quite a stir on the runway last go around. Tuesday night he returns to jazz up the runway.

West Daily
*Christie Chanthakhoun 
Copper Union
Sweet Jayne
*Brady Lange
*Katie Guinn
KLÄD *Seattle
Sister Fresh
*Tati & Me







Sunjin Lee's effortless take on bridal with clean, modern lines makes for a beautiful runway show (regardless if you're a bride-to-be).

O’Pearl Brands
*Sonia Kasparian
Wendy Ohlendorf
*Devonation - Seattle
Oscar Lopez - Emerging Designer Winner
*Sunjin Lee Design { Bridal }
Isa : Nature of Isa { Bridal }
Kimmi Designs - Seattle { Bridal }
Kates Couture - Emerging Designer Winner { Bridal }









Design sketch by German Madrigal for Act I of The Art Institute showcase.

*Act 1: EcoCoutue: The Art of Denim Repurposing
Mandy Nelson
Bianca Spring
Hannah Pare Condon
*Melissa Dixon
Anya Shevchenko
Tania Naef 















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