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!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Portland Fashion Week- Part 2

With three full days of Fashion Week under our belt, by Saturday we were starting to drag. With all the excitement around Seth Aaron and the other 3 Project Runway alums showing that night, we knew we had to "make it work." We rose to the occasion with venti lattés in hand, threw on our favorite new Nuj Novakhett dresses and shoved our throbbing feet into our 4-inch pumps. As we expected, the show did not disappoint. All of the Project Runway designers know how to put on a show, and the Shipyard was packed to the brim with fashion aficionados from far and wide.

Jonathan Joseph Peter's Collection was my favorite from the night. When I spoke to him at the wholesale market he told me that he wanted his collection to have a sense of humor, so he added these gorgeous bold prints at the last minute to lighten it up. JJP's looks were very on trend as the fashion tide is turning toward more classic & chic, ladylike silhouettes. The full circle skirt, high-waisted trousers, and cropped jackets add balance and sophistication to the bold prints, accessories and sequins.

Jay Sario was as amazing as we'd expected. I love how he balances the masculine and the feminine by using heavier fabrics and metallic hardwear to toughen up the plunging necklines and flowing gowns. And those knee-high leather spats...I almost pulled them off the model backstage and ran out the back door. Soooo hot! Jay brings out my bad girl side and makes me want to hop on the back of my boyfriend's motorcycle.

And of course there was the much anticipated Seth Aaron Solar World collection. Not RTW by any means, but boy was it a good show. Shiny pleather, exaggerated silhouettes, surrealist masks, and metallic gowns. Über futuristic and fierce!

 Models Arti Danes and Libby Boggs in looks by Goga by Gordana

 Erika, Kayla and I with Jay Sario!

Susan, Kayla and I at the after party at Element

 Jessica with Seth Aaron and DJ Evan Alexander

 Jessica with Anne Bocci and Exec Producers Chris Cone and Tito Chowdhury

 Jessica and Susan with Chris Cone and DJ Evan Alexander

Portland Fashion Week- Part 1

Portland Fashion Week has come and gone once again. Since Bubble is the go-to shop for flirty party frocks in Portland, we Bubble girls had to represent. We partied it up and rubbed elbows with Portland's most fabulous fashionistas, dancing the night away at an after party or two (or five). But it wasn't all fun and games – we worked hard too. I was the behind-the-scenes stylist, and head of the Buyer Relations committee with our amazing Bubble gal Susan by my side. Jessica sat on the Emerging Designer Judges Panel with Project Runway winner Seth Aaron and other local fashion experts, while our lovely ladies Josie and Donilee sat VIP, dressed in Bubble frocks of course, weighing in on what they would like to see gracing the racks of Bubble come Spring '11. We were beyond impressed with the designers that showed their collections on the solar panel runway and are so excited about bringing some of them to you via Bubble next season. Sorry to post a little late but we've been recovering from all the hard work and fun that was had! Here are some highlights from Thursday & Friday night...

Gorgeous colors flowing down the runway at Lizzie Parker.

An awesome Ms. Wood ensemble. photo by Becca Smith-Morgan
 Two of our fave looks from Ms. Wood, winner of the Catapult designer competition.
The hat, the leather fringe skirt, the shoes, the bag... did I mention the shoes? We LOVE Ms. Wood!

Looks from the amazing Seattle based designer Jesica Milton, who we had the pleasure of
getting to know this past week. Her collection is so simply feminine and understatedly sexy and she couldn't be sweeter. A Bubble contender perhaps??

A look from Seattle based designer Suzabelle at the Friday night show

Portland designer La Vie by Michelle DeCourcy also Friday night.

Proprietress Jessica sitting front row judging in the emerging designer competition.

 Models backstage in looks by Cardi Wrap!

 Models Megan Keller and Arti Danes in looks by Jesica Milton and Cardi Wrap, backstage before the Thursday night show!

Designer Melissa Gaynor with model Rachel Gregg in a look from her collection, and designer Johanna Lindstrom with Tiffany modeling a piece from her collection. We love these girls!!

Models Arti Danes, Megan Butler, and Rocky Coates rockin looks by Devonation.

Donilee, Jessica and I on the Paparazzi stand.

Jessica and PWF Exec Producer Chris Cone at the After Party!

Runway photos by Ed Kavishe of Fashion Wire Press
Backstage photos by Arti Danes