On Sunday night,  we had the opportunity to attend a fashion show, put on by the Portland Art Institute. It was a part of Portland Fashion Week, spring 2014. The show was very well-done and featured many talented young designers. One of our former interns, Caroline Onzik, showed off her western-inspired collection.

Onzik’s collection for Portland Fashion Week was titled “Homestead” and featured western-inspired looks that were created with excellent craftsmanship. Everything about this collection was totally thought-out, from the music, Johnny Cash’s “I walk the line” to the shoes and accessories on the models. Some were wearing cowboy hats, while others had big, bouncy curls reigned in with a cute bandana head-band. She found a way to include her signature styling despite quick changes and little say over the hair and makeup. Models were put in distressed, brown ankle boots This look was not only on trend, but completed the models western-inspired looks without going overboard (cowgirl boots may have taken the look overboard).  It was a very cohesive collection, from start to finish.

Mixed Denim was heavily featured in this collection, from cute vests to skinny jeans and a great mixed-denim tunic. Denim-on- denim can be a tricky look to pull off, yet her spin felt fresh. Onzik definitely proved that denim-on-denim could look fashion-forward.

Onzik’s collection featured more than just denim, there was an amazing jumper that looked almost as if it were “Carhart couture” featuring leather panels and similar pants. One thing I noticed about this collection, whether it was denim or any other of the texiles used, was that fit was incredible. Look at how amazing those skinny jeans are above! The pictures don’t nearly do it justice, but the models looked amazing in the designs. The clothes looked expensive, which is not an easy feat for a budding designer.

Another notable designer was Danielle Grasseth, who really impressed with her beautiful, show-stopping dresses. Here is a pic of the designer and one of her amazing party dresses, one of my faves from the entire show. Grasseth’s collection was filled with sparkly dresses that were red carpet-worthy.








Some of the students put together amazing runway shows, especially considering the fact that they haven’t even graduated yet! And a special thanks to Caroline, for scoring the JLD team tickets to this fantastic event!