Your Guide to January's Top Style Events

Design classes taught by local fashion favorites, drag queens on tour, and boutique anniversaries. January has it all.

By Eden Dawn January 15, 2016

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Sharon Needles/Taxidermy Tour
Saturday, Jan 16, at Dante’s 

Style (drag) Queen Sharon Needles, winner of season 4 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, comes to town this weekend to shock and awe with her goth gear and new album. There’s a pre-show meet-and-greet (tickets required) for photos and style advice from Ms. Needles before she hops on stage to werk.

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Varsha Pop Up Shop
Saturday, Jan 16, at Mabel & Zora

Mabel & Zora, long known for championing independent designers, hosts a pop-up shop for Seattle-based line Varsha. The line wowed the crowd as part of FashioNXT’s Emerging Designer competition this year with chic leather shift dresses and perfect fit. Meet the designer, sip bubbly, and shop it up Saturday from 12-2pm.

Altar’s Anniversary Party
Thursday, Jan 21, at Altar 

The dark bohemian gem of Hawthorne, Altar celebrates its first year with a party. Owners Cassie Ridgway and Amy Lee Fox promise booze, raffles, dancing, and a “lunar photo booth.”

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Alexa Stark Re-Fashion Course
January 26-April 5 at OCAC

Portland designer Alexa Stark, known for her meticulous, fashion-forward denim creations, is set to teach her first fashion course at the Oregon College of Art and Craft. Per the course description: "In this design class, you will explore experimental fashion techniques to create a series of clothing. Through examining the effects of culture, history and place on fashion, you will be encouraged to consider the different definitions of dress, garments and accessories within the context of sustainability. Class projects will include experimentation and exploration of design through the deconstruction and reconstruction of clothing. We will study materials, forms, construction, color and issues of representation through both research and hands-on tutorials, making approximately one garment a week. Join us for this unique opportunity to work with local clothing designer and artist, Alexa Stark."

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PDX Collective Sale
January 22–23 at The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel

What's better than one rack of garments on sale? Many racks of clothing on sale. The PDX Collective Sale returns for another year with another collaborative sale. This time around, find steals and deals from:

  • Animal Traffic
  • EcoVibe Apparel
  • Fortress of Inca
  • Adorn
  • Foll
  • Radish Underground
  • Physical Element
  • Bridge + Burn
  • Hot Box Betty
  • Parallel
  • Parts + Labour


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