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Thursday 09.08.05

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Portland Influence

It's no surprise that Portland is influencing other less "fringe" places, this is a city that allows innovative ventures without 150 million in the bank. Now, Ultra PDX, (our city's best fashion blog) points out another instance of Portland's (aka PDX) influence over fashion centers. It's not like there aren't trend spotter all over the city (occasionally with video cameras).

Posted by Jeff Jahn on September 08, 2005 at 19:02 | Comments (2)


Your enthusiasm for PDX is ever so inspiring, but it will be decades, if ever, till this town says a thing, style and fashion-wise, over a place like NYC, where the entire world meets. Check out the local images and then read the latest news in the Times (which believe it or not, has a handle on things more than the beloved Ultrapdx, which I read faithfully). The clothes we are seeing here which are oh so 'new' are 7 years behind many parts of the world. And that is being generous.
It's OK. But let's not fool ourselves. The rest of the world is way tired of uneven hemlines, and bedheads. Actually, years ago.

Posted by: lsd [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 9, 2005 08:31 PM

...I'm with you on this... I not suggesting all PDX designers are driving all trends but like all things, trends never really go away. Note, the ultra pdx article indicates that the 2 designers had been on this particular style (rut?) for years so they probably caught the first train.

...honestly my attention span is a bit too long for the whole fashion thing. The trends circle each other like buzzards over a carcass on the African Veldt. Also, I wish I had a gallon of gasoline for every time the Times, W, or Vogue has proclaimed animal prints ... in or out.

I doubt the Visigoth's felt they were bringing a new focus on animal hides to the toga clad Romans. Still, it is a visual thing so its fair game and some PDX designers are becoming quite successful and are in much demand in the high-end-elsewhere.

My favorite Portland trend was the whole neo-amish beard thing in 1999.

Truth is though Ive seen plenty a tired Portland trend turn up in Brooklyn 2 years later. It goes both ways and it makes sense PDX will latch onto some odd bits. Does anyone deserve credit for it?... it's kinda like saying you invented Salmon or potatoes.

still I'm awaiting the big codpiece revival of 2005.... word up cameo.

Posted by: Double J [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 9, 2005 11:40 PM

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