Portland’s Fashion Week has long been a stage for emerging designers to showcase their styles and new ranges and the 2011 event is no different as it welcomes 3 new up-and-coming fashion designers and hopes to propel them onto a wider audience.
The House of Gunter is somewhat unique in that it produces it clothes from vegetable dyes and recyclable polyester. Such is the eco-friendly nature of the fashion label that it ensures that its clothes are strong and long-lasting while feeling soft at the same time and the northwest based designer Summer Benavides Gunter will be hoping for some justified exposure from the Portland Fashion Week after spending the last 10 years designing and producing clothes.
Mihaela Munteanu’s range, Mootness, is another debutant to the fashion week and her swimwear pieces gained some valuable attention during the 7 day event. Indeed, Munteanu revealed that she is already experiencing an increase in both interest and sales from the Portland event and that her inspiration for the Mootness range came from being unable to find or see a well designed and elegant range of swimwear in the northwest.
Finally Sandy Varzarschi revealed her second location for her label Silkwood that specialises in clothes for women and children. Varzarschi only began designing clothes under her own name earlier on this year and used the Portland Fashion Week to gain some much needed exposure and overall she said that it has been a very rewarding experience and has greatly improved her reputation and image within the Portland and northwest fashion scene.