Dreamy Visions from Portland Fashion's Upcoming Spring Lines

We asked three local designers to share tips for rising to the occasion of the warm-weather wardrobe.

By Eden Dawn March 2, 2015 Published in the March 2015 issue of Portland Monthly

From left: Spring 2015 design from Alexa Stark; Hand-dyed textiles by Rachel Ancliffe; Lindsey Reif of Reif Haus Spring 2015

Rachel Ancliffe

Ancliffe spent 15 years working for the likes of Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger, and Ralph Lauren before turning her focus to an eponymous line of hand-dyed textiles and streamlined looks.

“A great wardrobe consists of items that can be worn together, layered, mixed, and matched with ease. For spring, think a midlength skirt. Skirts of all lengths are in right now, but to me the most flattering falls a few inches below the knee. And a well-tailored blazer is great for work, or going out. Get one in a beautiful denim fabric and you take away the conservative feel by letting it get a little worn and be a bit wrinkled.”

Lindsey Reif / Reif Haus 

Since 2008, Reif has dolled up her devoted base with everything from printed turbans to minimalist jumpsuits, plus a line of comfy knit basics for everyday life.

“Spring 2015 is all about minimalism. I’m feeling clean whites and everything denim. Coordinated separates and color blocking are a big focus in my spring/summer 2015 collection, Palmera. I think that utilizing color and texture is the most sustainable way of building a wardrobe. Luckily, fashion is moving away from fussy, fitted silhouettes into a resurgence of timeless shapes, such as the culottes pant, that are classic—and most importantly, comfortable!”

Alexa Stark

This New York transplant’s line focuses on classic silhouettes with a twist—inside-out denim, exposed raw seams, and fringe made from sustainable wool.

“This spring, designers are turning to time-honored silhouettes that embrace function. The details that set this season apart are raw edges, soft colors, and subtle seam placements. The simpler the garment, the more control the wearer has with styling—whether feminine or more androgynous, a minimal design can mold to your personality.”

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