introducing vgs frère + look book : frances may ‘don’t just stand there’

June 23, 2015

It came as a bit of a surprise to me, but apparently VGS is being read by at least a few dudes. I know this because a few of them have asked me if I would consider covering dude fashion. The answer is yes, I would consider it. Wait, no – I did consider it and I’ve decided to give it a go.

A well-dressed man person will always get my attention and approval, but I’ve honestly never given much thought to the male fashion world so this is definitely new and kind of odd territory for me. I’m excited to give it a whirl!

With that, first up in the new VGS Frère series is the latest look book from Portland purveyors of super cool high fashion, Frances May. Forgoing plaids altogether (it is summer after all), the major theme in this Euro-inspired round up is best described as clean and monochromatic. While I would be doing everyone a disservice if I failed to mention that I don’t at all care for the sole pair of sack pants in the mix, all the other silhouettes are definite dude do’s –

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For these looks and more, hit up Frances May at 1003 SW Washington St. in Portland, Or. or shop online here.

around portland : open season 2015 : adam arnold

June 22, 2015

A native Portlander, women & menswear designer Adam Arnold is a beloved stalwart of the local fashion community. Busy keeping up with his devoted client base, he tends to keep a low profile but my interest only grew as I caught glimpses of his work over the last two years.

After I viewed a small collection of Adam’s uniquely mod-inspired designs at last year’s Fashioning Cascadia exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Craft and heard him speak about his process, I decided to visit his studio on behalf of Honey Kennedy, and couldn’t help but fall in love with his clothes. A master of construction, Adam has an expert eye for color, pattern, and texture. Working on a pattern for a custom pair of jeans for a ballerina as we chatted, Adam gave me the impression of someone kind, grounded, fun-loving, and incredibly smart.

Reviewing my photos from that day, I can’t help but notice a playful gleam in Adam’s eye and it makes perfect sense that he has a wicked sense of humor when it comes to fashion. Of course he does, and at last week’s final presentation of Open Season 2015, that sense of humor was out in full force. Changing locations days before his show, attendees entered SE 82nd Avenue’s dark and mildly dank Canton Grill bar where psychedelic video projections served for lighting. Come showtime models reportedly wielded fart spray (thankfully, it didn’t make it to my nose) as they shimmied and sashayed up the darkened runway to a pulsing house soundtrack.

The clothing ran the gamut from Adam’s deft interpretations of summer staples including geometric print shorts, logo t’s, and shirt dresses to his past work in a bomber jacket resplendent with silver stars and zodiac symbols; there were even nods to the previous evening’s designers in swimwear a la Altar, brushstroke print jeans a la Brady Lange, and a split-back denim sundress a la Reif.

Incredibly difficult to photograph without a flash and determined not to be ‘that person’, I soldiered on at a ridiculously high ISO and was rewarded with the grainiest of dark & grainy shots. Instead of declaring a total loss, I decided to show Adam’s trippy summer vision pretty much exactly how I saw it – which required quite a lot of time of my part as I had to learn how to make – and then actually make – GIFS. You’re welcome!




In the end, I concede that the drive out to 82nd was well worth it as I had a great time taking in Adam’s fashion-art spectacle.

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Keep up with Adam via Instagram @adamarnoldstudio and visit for more info.

around portland : open season 2015 : brady lange

June 17, 2015

The Portland Mercury’s Open Season fashion showcase continued last night at The Doug Fir. The second of four installments featured women and menswear designer Brady Lange.

I’ve long been a fan of Brady’s playfully sexy pop-art sensibility but past collections have seen me wanting just a titch more polish. The good news is that Brady’s latest collection has polish in spades. On display were lots of crisp whites and chambray blues, graphic splashes of black and gold foil prints, flirty sheer details, palm print swimwear, lucite accessories, and even some sequin action. Needless to say, I want one of everything.

Good news usually comes with bad, and in this case, it’s that I don’t have every single look for you. I tried and got close but like Zoolander, some of the models apparently don’t know how to turn left – or right – and I got lots of bums only. Everyone likes a good bum, I know, but the looks were so much more than that. I highly recommend that you check out for more –


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See you tonight at Rontoms for the always awesome Reif!

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