The third annual Unmentionable lingerie exposition, produced by Elizabeth Mollo, Cassie Ridgway, and Siren Nation, was held here in Portland early last week. My second year attending, I went with high expectations for lovely lingerie and a fun atmosphere – and I wasn’t disappointed on either front. Focusing on locally produced garments, there were a few exceptions this year with headliner Rachel Rector Lingerie (a former Portlander, Rachel now calls Florida home) and Whiskey Dog Wares (a frequent Portland visitor with a local retail presence). Emceed by the lovely Marissa Sullivan (who looked smoking hot in an all-white number by Opening Ceremony), there were no verboten photography kerfuffles this year (though it was kind of awesome that one time it did happen) and the show went off without a hitch.
Up first and showing her first lingerie collection, Eve Styles (whose Eve Skywalker tights are popular sellers at Altar boutique), presented a flirty collection featuring versatile separates in velvets, laces, and a really lovely metallic brocade -
Next up was Iron Oxide Designs, which showed designer Amy Fox’s beautifully detailed body chains over black basics. I’ve been an Iron Oxide fan for a while now but I was really blown away by the sophisticated and sexy designs Amy came up with for us and I was especially stunned by the last piece, a veritable flapper dress made of chain -
KD Designs is produced by local designer and model, Katrina Dimick. This was the first lingerie collection for KD Designs and though pieces were on the simple side and in mostly black, I found the collection to be one of those most impeccably constructed of the evening as well as the most wearable -
Shawna Farmer of Chubby Cartwheels repped for the plus-size ladies with her first lingerie collection, featuring sensual designs in lace that were definitely a crowd favorite -
Suite No. 237 is handmade here in Portland and may or may not have taken name inspiration from the infamous Room 237 in ‘The Shining’ – or maybe I just watch too many horror movies. There was nothing scary about the designs though, which were presented in beautiful laces and silks. I would have liked to have seen better pattern placement in the pieces from my favorite look (seen in the first photo below), but otherwise the designs were glamorous and fun -
The Altar Houseline was another favorite. Designed by Unmentionable producer, Cassie Ridgway and team, and styled with faux fur accessories, I thought the pairing worked well visually if perhaps a little unrealistic IRL. Then again, I’m always cold! Maybe they’re on to something -
As mentioned earlier, Whiskey Dog Wares hails from Florida but designer Emily Miller is no stranger to Portland. Presenting basics with enough details to keep things from skewing too #basic, I enjoyed the pops of color and flattering silhouettes -
Local boutique, Lille, reps brands from around the world and their selections are always a highlight of the Unmentionable experience. I’ll give you two guesses as to my favorite …
Portland-based MoWest Creations followed Lille with it’s offbeat and er, cheeky designs -
To close the show, former Portlander Rachel Rector showed off her latest designs. While giving a nod to previous seasons with her trademark color blocking, she kept things fresh with a simultaneously soft and bright color palette, the addition of print, and swimwear inspired details. Topped off with porcelain jewelry from Barrow, Rachel Rector Lingerie was definitely the feather in Unmentionable’s cap -
Overall, Unmentionable was an unforgettable experience and I have to give shout outs to the vendors who rounded it all out: Imaginary Authors Perfume, She-Bop, Missionary Chocolates, Dartheart Pdx, Briana Morrison Photography, and Altar Boutique.
Until next year …