Thursday, December 23, 2010

"Tinsel Town" A Holiday Fashion Show Affair

Yes, it has been a minute since our last post, please forgive us dear friends. We feel that planning our annual Holiday Fashion Show event is however quite the excuse and we hope you agree. We like to think of ourselves as the go-to Portland shop for your party frock needs and therefore felt that we owed it to you to feature our glittzy garb in a fun and festive Holiday event. Since we Bubble girls don't believe in doing anything half-heartedly, we felt the need to make this into an über-glam catwalk affair to bring on the Holiday spirit, and most of all, inspire you to get gussied up!!!

We've had our eye on talented LA designer Heidi Merrick for quite some time, and have been very excited about introducing her to Portland come Spring 11'. While thumbing through the pages of her Holiday wares, visions of fashionable sugarplumb fairies began dancing in our heads and we knew we had to bring you a little sneak peek. Her gold sequined tops, mini skirts and leggings reminded us of the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown and retro Hollywood divas, and our event was born. Heidi's show-stopping looks, complimented by fellow LA-based collections Myne & Aaron Ashe, became a match made in fashion heaven. Here is a look into our show. We hope you enjoy and get inspired to up the ante for the Holidays! We still have some dresses in store, hot off the runway, so stop in or call us to get your hands on one of these show stopping looks that simply command a champagne toast on NYE!

Model Donilee in Hair & Makeup w/ Sarah Adams & team from 77 Salon

Models backstage pre show

Donilee in Heidi Merrick

Megan in Myne

Libby in Heidi Merrick

Katya in Aaron Ashe

Models walking the finale

Melissa (stylist) & Jessica (Proprietress)

DJ Evan Alexander
Guests getting a closer look at Heidi Merrick pieces
Our lovely helpers, Nicole, Susan & Kayla
Models Donilee & Megan after the show
Guests enjoying DJ Evan's grooves

Models Libby & Katya

Happy Holidays from Bubble Boutique!!!
photos courtesy of Josie Fox
for a look at all of the event photos visit our facebook page

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Black Friday SALE

Little Black Friday SALE

30% off Little Black Dresses
20-30% off Fall Merchandise
Friday, November 26th

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tis the Season

Like it or not, the Holidays are right around the corner. Christmas decor is popping up left and right, Starbucks holiday cups are in hand and there is talk of possible arctic blasts coming our way. To me this all means one thing; it's time to start weighing my holiday dress options. I may not be a fan of the chillier weather, but I always welcome these days of eating, drinking, being merry with my family and friends, and the numerous excuses to get all gussied up. There is something magical about getting dressed in sequins and faux fur and freezing your butt off as you hop from one holiday party to the next, drinking eggnog and singing Mariah Carey's "All I want for Christmas" at the top of your lungs. Tis the season right?

A serious contender for one of my many fête frocks this season is the Nuj Novakhett strapless mini dress. I love the exaggerated petal hips, back cut-out and mini length. I truly adore everything by this native Thai designer, a new addition to Bubble this Fall. Her silhouettes are feminine yet innovative, and each piece is sophisticated with a hint of whimsical fun. Here are some pics of the dresses we have in store from her amazing Fall lookbook. I want them all!

Mini Dress
Ridinghood Dress
Taylor Swift Dress
Laurent Dress

Friday, November 5, 2010

Le Phare de la Baleine Fall Lookbook

Stylist/Art Director/Makeup: Melissa LaChance
Photographer/Producer: Josie Fox
Model/Location Scout: Donilee McGinnis
Hair: Mackenzie Barber Salon 77

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Behind the Shoot

We've been seriously obsessing over our newest Fall shipment from French line Le Phare de la Baleine since its arrival last week. The chunky, coastal cable-knits, seamless v-neck cashmeres striped in marine blue and heather gray, chocolaty turtleneck ponchos, delectable double-breasted and bubble hemmed coats & cozy knit scarfs and hats have been haunting our fashion dreams! We felt that these fab French clothes were deserving of a photo shoot for the website and assembled the Bubble team to make it happen! We scheduled the project for yesterday, and although we were cringing at the weather report all weekend long, we pushed forward and worked around the rain and blustery winds. We're working on the photos and can't wait to share our new Fall lookbook with you! Here are some behind the scenes photos to tide you over...

The Dream Team getting caffeinated pre-shoot.
Model Donilee, Photographer Josie & Stylist Melissa.

The Proprietress getting us psyched up & trying to convince us to use lots of props!
First shot of the day at Cathedral Park!
Photog Josie and Donilee :)
Donilee with an outside-in umbrella walking across the very long St. Johns bridge in the rain!
Shooting on the St. Johns Bridge.

Determined to shoot, rain or shine!
Unloading the car of French clothes and props!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Portland Fashion Week- Part 3

Bubble Boutique girls are always ready to talk fashion, play dress up and have a good time. We'd be lying however, if we said that we weren't a little delighted when Sunday arrived and we could see the end of fashion week drawing to a close. While we were sad to see such a good thing come to an end, our fluffy beds, pedicures, and take-out menus were finally within reach. Luckily, Sunday night's show was packed full of collections we were dying to see. 

Established American heritage brand, and iconic Oregon native Pendleton and their younger, edgier counterpart: Pendleton Meets Opening Ceremony, was among the list of collections I was eager to view. We've depended on Pendleton for over 100 years for their classic woven wonders, iconic plaids and jacquard patterns, but never really thought of them as a fashion pioneer. Pendleton's unexpectedly hot affair with the young hip label Opening Ceremony has rejuvenated the brand with trendy pieces that style gurus everywhere are swooning over. This buzz-worthy collaboration has graced the cover of magazines like WWD and it was an unbelievable thrill to have it walking the Portland runway.

Eco-friendly Parisian fashion house Ethos Paris brought us the accessible, effortless & always polished feel that we count on from our Parisian friends across the Pond. The French have a certain 'joie de vivre' that we are always aiming to live at Bubble. We'll be bringing you a bit more of this joie via Ethos Paris come Spring'11! Oui, c'est vrai! – in a few short months you'll be able to pluck these French frocks right off the Bubble racks! Innately feminine and impeccably constructed, these dresses make it so easy to be chic. We don't have pics of all of the pieces that will be in store, but stay tuned for updates!

Another favorite of the night was Souchi, a luxe knitwear line that we are proud to call a local collection. Designer Suzi Johnson blew us away with a mix of muted neutrals and colorful stripes in the form of ultra-comfy and sexy designs that left us dreaming of tromping around the house (or a Mediterranean villa..) in knit undies, bras and turbans.

Colombian designer Amelia Toro rounded out the evening with a mesmerizing collection dedicated to the heritage and tradition of Hispanic culture. Toro used a technique called the 'mola' which involves hand-sewn quilting and layering of fabric. Impeccably coiffed models were sent gliding down the runway in intricately crafted dresses with brightly hued panels of hand-embroidered animal prints and geometric shapes. Unexpected accents of lace and sheerness lended a lightness to the weight of such heavily embroidered garments. The result was a richly balanced look, both edgy and girly. What I wouldn't do to get my hands on that ivory dress or that beaded bag!

 Models Mandi, Malene, Patience and Arti backstage in Ameila Toro.

 Bubble gals après-runway-show on paparazzi stand!