Portland’s Newest Bridge Meets the City’s Sharp Architectural Fashion

Tilikum Crossing serves as a fitting stage for local designers' structured and trussed dresses, suits, and separates.

By Eden Dawn October 5, 2015 Published in the Design Annual: Fall 2015 issue of Portland Monthly

The newly opened Tilikum Crossing has unleashed an architectural specimen of soaring cables and brawny concrete spanning the Willamette River. With a similar dual focus on style and structure, local designers Liza Rietz, Emily Bixler, and Alexa Stark inspire with exquisitely tailored, multidimensional fashion.

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Liza Rietz asymmetrical tiered dress, $375 at Six/Seven; boots and knee-highs, stylist’s own. 

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Alexa Stark Sitzler dress with fiber sleeve details by felt artist Tash Wesp, $650 at

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6/7 (a collaboration between Liza Rietz and Emily Bixler) cropped bias tank ($98) and scoop pant ($236), and Boet by Emily Bixler artichoke armor necklace ($425), all at Six/Seven (811 E Burnside St, #111,; heels, model’s own.

 Model: Ravenna Stirling/Option; Hair/Makeup: Sheri Mendes; Photography Assistant: Laura Jennings
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