So you go to the farmers' market to buy produce, drink organically grown fair trade coffee, and listen to indie music.
Are you really going to wear a little dress mass produced by desperate children in developing nations? It's cheap, sure, but doesn't it make you feel an itsy bit dirty? Do clothes have karma or do you just feel better when you know the person who made them? Are locally made clothes, like locally grown produce, fresher? Or just sassier? If independent designers get together to put on a show, are they still independent?
Questions to ponder while waiting for the indie fashion show to begin.
Four independent Portland designers Idom, Fuchsia Lin, Emily Ryan and Liza Rietz join forces to showcase their collections at Portland Center Stage on Monday evening.
"We feel so fortunate," says designer Liza Rietz, "to work in a city where people truly appreciate independent design."
Fuchsia Lin creates fashion, sculpture, costumes and installations where her exotic apparel pieces are featured in environments. fuchsialin.com. Emily Ryan produces small collections and custom pieces. Her latest collection is inspired by 1920s couture, science fiction, Japanese designs, landscapes, and architecture. emilyryan.etsy.com. Liza Ritz designs structured yet feminine pieces and has been selling in Portland since 2001. www.lizarietz.com. Raised in Bangkok, Modi Soondarotok, graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York and worked for designers Peter Som, Donna Karan, Armani and Twinkle. She moved to Portland and launched IDOM -- psst, her name spelled backwards -- a unique line that often features unusual draping. www.idomdesigns.com
They're all worth seeing. And, lucky for you, they're all on one ticket.
What: Fashion show
Who: Idom, Fuchsia Lin, Emily Ryan, & Liza Rietz
When: Monday, October 12
Time: Doors open 7:30 p.m.
Where: Portland Center Stage; 128 NW 11th Ave., Portland OR
Tickets: $8 advance, $10 at door