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Collection: Local Designers x NW Dance Project

Join NW Dance Project and nine of Portland’s hottest fashion designers (including Amelia!) as we transform a summer evening into one spectacular party.

Sept 10, 2016
5:30 PM
Hotel Modera 

Each designer will create two looks for the NW Dance Project dancers who will perform against the elegant and exquisite backdrop of the Hotel Modera Living Wall.  I'm so happy to be part of this project and to be showing alongside such talented artists! Come see a truly unique collaboration of fashion and dance!

Featured Designers
Michelle Lesniak
Altar Housline
Amelia
Sonia Kasparian
Hovden Formal Farm Ware
Tellurian Fieldwear
MOORE
Piper Dalton
Rogue Minx
Sarah Bibb for Folly
West Daily

Music by DJ Gregarious

Learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1798520060359836/

Tickets:
https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=67780


 

Press

Feature in Portland Monthly!

Portland Monthly featured a piece on some of the city's designers of plus size fashion  - that sentence already makes us happy, but it gets better! We were chosen as one of those designers alongside some of favorite local brands!

Here are some images from the print edition, but you can click through to read it online!


Meet Four Portland Designers Blazing the Trail of Plus Size Fashion

Events

Barrow Jewelry Spring Release Party!

Join us this Saturday for the release of local jewelry line Barrow's Spring Collection.  These ladies always bring new inspiration, shapes, and color to their work. I've seen a sneak peek and you're going to want to be there!

April 30th Saturday | 4:00 -7:00pm | Amelia 2230 NE Alberta St

New Arrivals

New Arrivals!

This week was a doozy for new arrivals, including two new lines we're so pleased to have join us, here's a peek! See something you want? Give us a call or email and we can make it happen!

Barrow on the left, Hubris on the right. 

New styles from local porcelain jewelers Barrow: studs, delicate necklaces, and a couple big statement pieces. Studs start at $40 and necklaces run $55 to $85. 

Hubris Apparel has been bringing us gorgeous and curve flattering dresses since we opened. This season is no exception! The Timo Dress has a reversible neckline for a bateau or a scoop neck, stretchy curved waist band, pockets, and a modern nearly abstract feather print. It pairs exceptionally well with my new favorite Barrow necklace if I do say so myself. ($144, sizes XS - 3X)

On the right the classic Phoebe is back in an all over close-up chrysanthemum print. The twist neckline is ultra flattering but not too revealing. ($152, sizes XS-3X)

The Geode Dress by Hubris Apparel

The Geode Dress has a clean silhouette and princess seams to hug your curves before swinging into a full, swishy skirt that feels so good to wear. ($144, sizes XS- 3X)

Forest & Fields herbaceous sprays are too good not to see in person. 

Wild crafted herbs, organic essential oils, crystal infused moonshine - have I got your attention?

We're pleased to be the first Portland shop to carry Oakland based apothecary line Forest & Fields.  You'll now find their Night Vision Dream Spray, Clear the Air Smudge Spray, and traditional smudge sticks in the shop. The Night Vision Dream Spray worked even on the skeptical sleeper I tested it on and I am definitely a convert. Clear the Air is the perfect solution for purifying and cleansing a space without burning or smoke. I can't wait to see more from Forest & Fields. You're going to love them!

Photo: JaxKelly

JaxKelly candles each contain a crystal - lapis (wisdom), amethyst (spiritual growth and healing), obsidian (negativity blocker),  sea opal (meditation), citrine (success), tiger's eye (power), rose quartz (love), and blue lace agate (serenity). Let the scent surround you as it burns and afterwards keep your stone to keep the energy going. At just $12 a pop these make fantastic gifts and a great treat for yourself. 

New Arrivals

New Arrivals!

The first shipments of spring clothing are starting to roll in! Local favorite Lizz Basinger just brought some deliciously soft, easy and flattering dresses - you've got to see the detailed dart work in person!  To top it off, both are made with organic bamboo fabric. 

Top: Striped Double V Dress with swinging A-line skirt and pockets because you know we love the.  $159

Bottom: Bent Dart Date Dress in blackest black with a sexy cutout. $149

Designer Spotlight

Designer Spotlight: Amelia

While most of you probably have something of an idea about our house line Amelia and the namesake shop owner, we decided to go ahead and interview our own in-house designer Amelia Blakeman. 

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How did you come to be a designer/maker? 

I've always made things, even as a kid I was making tiny creatures out of oven bake clay, trying to weave together pine needles to make the best roof for my miniature lean-to, and sewing rudimentary people shaped stuffed animals with my Grandma.

My first consistent foray into apparel started when I was 17. I learned to screen print at a workshop during this feminist festival in Denver, where I grew up, and then I wanted to print on everything. The number of shirts and bags and dresses I put anatomical hearts and obscure sea life on is kind of mind boggling. I kept on with the printing for a handful of years and eventually started selling my work at craft shows like the original Crafty Wonderland back at the Doug Fir. 

As you do, I got older and my style changed and suddenly I didn't really wear t-shirts anymore and I wanted to make clothing I would actually wear. Thus began the era of dress making. 

Where do you find inspiration? Do you have a method or process of finding inspiration?

I find inspiration in all kinds of random places: movie wardrobes, an intriguing part of some thrifted clothing, or even just a need I see in my own wardrobe. Often times I'll end up just sketching a thousand different ideas and seeing how they evolve.  

Sometimes I like to design without the shop in mind. Its wonderful to refresh my creativity by creating something based on non-clothing subjects like a good mineral specimen, a perfume I'm really attracted to, or an interesting animal. 

What's your favorite thing you've created so far? 

This is a hard question! I'm currently really into the dramatic caftans I've been making and am just finishing up a new type of wrap dress that I think is going to be awesome. The Starlet dress was one of my first dresses and it's remained a classic that I turn to again and again. 

Coco Madrid in the Some Velvet Morning Caftan - coming soon in 2016

Hailey in the original Starlet Sparkler dress. 

Hailey in the original Starlet Sparkler dress. 

Do you have any plans for where your line is going in the future? Any special projects in the works?

In the future I hope my line continues to grow and develop organically the way it has been. I'd love to get my work out into other stores in the world again, but for now I'm more than content with my own little corner of the empire over here on Alberta. 

What are your other passions or projects in life?

I'm really into my pets (as anybody who has Instagram or has met me will know). I get so much joy from hanging out with them. I enjoy reading a lot, doing creative projects with friends (oh, you're turning your house into a swamp for Halloween? I'll make some paper mache monsters,) and trying out new projects. My most recent experiments have been small clay sculptures, biscuit quilting, and aquarium gardening. 

 Is there anything you'd like to add? 

I am so grateful that I'm able to be doing this. It's thanks to all of our wonderful customers, supportive friends, family, and my great team! I hope to be able to keep making dresses and getting them onto people's bodies for years and years to come. 

Amelia and Bambi headed to work.

Amelia and Bambi headed to work.

From Us to You

Slips: The Most Important Part of Getting Dressed That You Probably Forgot

If you, or your mother, grew up in the South you are probably familiar with slips. If not, you might imagine them as the plain, off white nylon layer that overly modest older women insist on wearing. Maybe you saw them hung on your grandma's clothes line - a strange nylon flag waving in the wind. Maybe you associate them with 40's pinups or their revival in the 90's as outer wear by girls with unkempt hair and heavy boots. But a slip is so much more...

My own mother, a native Texan, was always after me to wear a slip with my dresses and skirts. I fought it for years, wearing them only when really pressed to, and really only to make her happy. I have since seen the folly of my stubborn, contrary teenage self. Sure, you would wear a slip with a sheer or light weight dress, but there are other very important reasons to wear one. 

Photo courtesy of Sarah Bibb - the designer who makes these killer slips!

Photo courtesy of Sarah Bibb - the designer who makes these killer slips!

Number one: A good, well fitting slip will make all your clothes look better.

That slippery fabric layer lets your dresses hang smoother and move with you, rather than clinging and bunching. Have a figure-hugging dress that also hugs around your belly button and the curves you'd rather not highlight? Put on a slip. Worried about visible panty or bra lines? Put on a slip. Contrary to what you might think, adding this extra layer will actually make your clothing more flattering. It's called a foundation garment for a reason!

Number two: Tights, stockings, leggings.

If you want to wear dresses year round, at some point you'll need to wear something on your legs to keep out the cold. I'm sure we've all gotten dresses, walked confidently out into the world, and discovered that with every step your tights are encouraging your skirt to get clingy and ride up. A slip lets your skirt glide over the tights without getting caught up. No amount of Static Guard can fix this problem like a slip can. 

Number three: Layering is the name of the game.

Want to bring up the neckline on a low cut dress? A slip is a feminine, stylish way to solve the problem. A little lace in a coordinating color can add that extra oomph to your outfit and that extra inch over your décolletage. Wearing a wrap dress? A slip can add the confidence that a sudden gust of wind or inopportune movement won't result in your skivvies being on display. 

Despite my young reluctance to adopt the slip, now days I am rarely caught without one. I feel under dressed without a slip. No matter what I'm wearing my slip is my sleek, sexy under layer that has come to feel like a second skin. 

As Sarah Bibb, designer of our favorite slips the Ava and Erin, always says "A good slip can change your life!"

Photo courtesy of Sarah Bibb

Photo courtesy of Sarah Bibb