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From glitzy gowns to tailored suits, Portland’s designers can do it all. See for yourself in our biggest all-local fashion feature ever.

By Eden Dawn Photography by Christopher Dibble March 25, 2016 Published in the April 2016 issue of Portland Monthly

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Flowing silhouettes, textured textiles, and minimalism come together in jumpsuits, separates, and dresses for streamlined monochrome looks.

(From left to right.)

On Maile: Kate Towers White Collar dress, $422 at katetowers.com; Mystic Arch turquoise earrings ($200) and Lorica necklace ($200) at demimondeshop.com; Johnston and Murphy Gwyn loafer, $188 at shoes.com

On Courtney: Olderbrother Geri short-sleeve shirt ($275) and Forty-Five trouser ($250) at olderbrother.us, Seaworthy Oleria necklace ($110) and Monde bracelet ($74) at seaworthypdx.com; Not Rated Footwear Hamilton bootie, $65 at shoes.com

On Keely: Laurs Kemp Sonja crop top ($118) and Nina skirt ($168) at laurskemp.com; Seaworthy Oleria earrings, $78 at seaworthypdx.com; Dr. Martens 1461 3-Eye shoe $115, at shoes.com

On Sarah: Howard banded jumper, $431 at Frances May; The Salt Empire Dusting earrings, $89 at thesaltempire.com; Seaworthy Blason cuff, $76 at seaworthypdx.com; Naturalizer Danya heel, $79 at shoes.com

On Simone: Alexa Stark White Denim for Denim dress, $458 at alexastark.com; Seaworthy Monde ring, $44 at seaworthypdx.com; Wanted Babe oxford, $50 at shoes.com

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Portland fashion can’t always be categorized. Designers like Bryce Black and Veil & Valor embrace the avant-garde, while individualists flock to the fun of Brady Lange, Sara Bergman, and Wildfang’s in-house line.  

(From left to right.)

On Courtney: Bryce Black Rain ribbed tank dress ($225) and Sunset velvet jacket ($995) at bryceblack.net; Seaworthy Naef necklace, $115 at seaworthypdx.com; Strathcona black floral knee-highs, $36 at strathconastockings.com; Not Rated Footwear Hamilton bootie, $65 at shoes.com

On Sarah: Brady Lange Paint crop top ($45) and Paint denim short ($125) at bradylange.com; GX by Gwen Stefani Marion heel, $120 at shoes.com

On Simone: Wildfang Kahlo blazer ($148 ) and Depp pant ($98), at wildfang.com; The Salt Empire Archer necklace, $72 at thesaltempire.com; Sam Edelman Leopard boot, similar styles at shoes.com

On Maile: Sara Bergman striped tee dress ($88), Creature Print bomber jacket ($248) and Double Knot necklace ($68) at ilovesarabergman.com; Isola Breanna sandal, $100 at shoes.com

On Keely: Veil & Valor Wings to Fly caftan, $350 at veilandvalor.com; The Salt Empire Statement Archer necklace ($129), Scallops necklace ($56), and Cosette earring ($84) at thesaltempire.com; Splendid Jaylen boot, $179 at shoes.com

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Sleek tailored trousers, ’60s-style bow-tied blouses, and perfectly sewn shift dresses abound: office options without a hint of drab.

(From left to right.)

On Courtney: 6/7 triangle tunic, $328 at Six/Seven; The Salt Empire Mountain/Triangle stacked bracelets, $24 each at thesaltempire.com; Isola Breanna sandal, $100 at shoes.com

On Keely: Lizz Basinger Bent Dart romper, $179 at lizzbasinger.com; Demimonde turquoise and brass ladder necklace, $158 at demimondeshop.com; The Salt Empire Crown Chakra hair accessory, $34 at thesaltempire.com; Guess frames, $200 at visionworks.com; Nine West Tatiana pump, $79 at shoes.com

On Maile: Myriam Marcela Ayana floral dress, $478 at myriammarcela.com; Demimonde As Above So Below earrings, $168 at demimondeshop.com; Via Spiga Tiara sandal, $250 at shoes.com

On Sarah: Tiffany Bean bow-tie top ($128) and high-waisted skirt, $148 at Mabel and Zora; The Salt Empire Cosette earrings, $84 at thesaltempire.com; Just Cavalli frames, $200 at visionworks.com; Calvin Klein Gella pump, $109 at shoes.com

On Simone: Michelle Lesniak Promise pant ($250) and Rose blouse ($175) at michellelesniak.com; Seaworthy Cuate necklace, $140 at seaworthypdx.com; Vince Camuto Carlotte pump, $129 at shoes.com

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Portland may have more special-occasion wear than actual special occasions. With options from custom couture capes to off-the-rack chiffon, the only limit to your dream dress is price. 

(From left to right.)

On Maile: Elizabeth Dye racer back georgette gown, $900 at elizabethdye.com; The Salt Empire Triangle earring, $84 at thesaltempire.com; Seaworthy Lazlo necklace ($136) and Verte cuff ($62) at seaworthypdx.com; Via Spiga Tiara sandal, $250 at shoes.com

On Keely: Wendy Ohlendorf three-piece Francesca ensemble (pant not pictured), $2,500 at Boulevard de Magenta; Seaworthy Orina cuff, $68 at
seaworthypdx.com; Vince Camuto Carlotte pump, $129 at shoes.com

On Sarah: V Thongrivong custom Privy gown, price upon request at [email protected]; The Salt Empire Shield ring, $64 at thesaltempire.com; Carlos Santana Posy stiletto, $79 at shoes.com

On Courtney: Holly Stalder strapless silk dress with train (price upon request) and lace capelet ($145) at Haunt

On Simone: Sonia Kasparian gold sequin gown, $3,800 at soniakasparian.com; Seaworthy Ceylon ring ($68) and Palmae hairpin ($78) at seaworthypdx.com

Styled by Eden Dawn
Photographs by Christopher Dibble
Wardrobe Assistant: Sarah Cadwell
Photo Assistants: Joseph Eastburn & Evie McShane
Hair and Makeup: Kelly Peach
Assistants: Marissa Freeman & Sheri Mendes
Models: Courtney Bryant, Simone HowardMaile Kam, Sarah Schroeder, (all with Option), & Keely DiPietro

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