Celebs Dish and Diss on PDX's Fashion WeekSeptember 10, 2007
Photos by Vivian McInerny
NEW YORK CITY -- This city is trying to rework its image. Signs declare it "The Big 'Green' Apple." Even Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week tried to green up the shows by not giving away bottled water as usual to thousands of attendees.
Now Portland, land of the green vibe, will have its own fashion week in October. The themes? Sustainability and regional design.
A few front-row guests in New York shared their thoughts on Portland having its own fashion week:
Ellen Barkin (above), actress, deadpanned: "Sustainable, meaning you can wear it forever?"
Ivana Trump, famous divorcee of the Donald: "I think it's fantastic Portland has a fashion week. Each part of the country has different dress codes. I think Oregon will be very casual. Portland fashion week would be easier, I think, not so hectic and crowded as New York if I go." Wait a minute, would she really consider attending Portland Fashion Week? "Yes. I would be happy to come. Absolutely!"
Jane Krakowski, actress ("Ally McBeal" and "30 Rock"): "I don't want to play into that stereotype. It would be cruel. Lots of fleece? I shouldn't say that. I have friends in Oregon who say it's the most beautiful place on Earth."
Allison Janney, actress ("The West Wing"): "Raincoats and a good pair of walking shoes; bluejeans and rain boots. Portland is having a fashion week? I love it!"
Fern Mallis, senior vice president of IMG Fashion, which produces Fashion Week (above right, with Jessica Simpson and a giddy Joan Kors): "I don't know if people can add Portland to their list. They're already going to back-to-back fashion weeks (New York, Milan, Paris, London, Los Angeles, Miami). But, hey, whatever it takes in every city, if people become more aware of fashion -- it's good."
Mya, singer: "Portland is so far removed from the entertainment world I would think the designers there would relate well to everyday people. Sometimes when I buy clothes in L.A. or New York, I can only wear them in L.A. or New York."
Nigel Barker, photographer and judge on "America's Next Top Model" (here with Beth Ostrosky): "When I think of Portland, I think commerce more than fashion. I know you have that famous old department store, what's it called ... Meier & Frank. Years ago, I was there for work. Not as a photographer, a model."