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slides: Recap: 1st Annual Fashion Meets Film Runway Show

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

 

Andrew Dyrdahl design.

Two Northwest designers stood out from the rest, at the first annual Fashion Meets Film event this past Saturday at OMSI. 

The sold out runway show started 45 minutes late in typical Portland fashion. By 7:14 p.m., VIPs were still waiting for a seat or sitting on the runway as rows were being built from chairs found in OMSI storage. “We paid a hell of a lot of money for a good seat and now I’m sitting in the back row,” said one woman.

By 7:30 p.m. a backstage organizer came out saying “anyone in the first row who does not have a wristband, please stand up.” After a couple of laughs from the audience, refunds were offered and seating was placed near exits.  

See Slides Below: Fashion Meets Film Review

The whole Fashion Meets Film event title was a little misleading. I wasn’t the only one expecting designs inspired by favorite fashion films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Mahogany, or Sex and the City. Instead we got hard to hear video interviews about each designer, that were unfortunately a

Interpretive dancer in a Kikuchi design.

waste of time. Although the event started off disorganized and unprofessional, the amusing and eye catching designs made up for the bumpy beginning. 

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Noriko Angeleen Kikuchi

I was pretty overjoyed to see something other than the same tired basic strapless dresses, and white lace on the Fashion Meets Film runway. Kikuchi showed a subtly beautiful avant guarde collection, that may have been misunderstood by this Portland audience. There were no sparkling accessories, tight dresses, or attention grabbing colors. Instead transparent fabric, nonfitted silhouettes, and white tipped hair made an appearance.

A interpretive dancer came out first, wearing a pale beige dress with a middle section of different layers of light fabric in burnt orange and pale yellow. 

Speckles of the light  fabric seemed to be floating up towards the lights as models with silver white eyeshadow walked slowly onto the runway as Bjork played in the background. There seemed to be order to the knitted and twisted chaos of some of the yarn dresses that incorporated what looked like a dip dye technique.
 
The collection’s color palette overall was very minimal with all white, cream, and light gray ensembles (#palewave). There seemed to be a balance as well as juxtaposition between the bulky knotted yarn and light twisted fabric dresses.

Andrew Dyrdahl

Designer Andrew Dyrdahl

Bridal and couture designer Andrew Dyrdahl from Seattle, Washington, has worked with Nordstrom creating sportswear, and was the design director for island lifestyle clothing retailer Tommy Bahama.  

His gender bending collection of timeless period piece dresses and seperates, was bold and amusing. 

First thing noticed was the outrageous fluffy hair that was filled with film negatives, ribbons, and ceramic birds. Then the eyes went down to the sexy structural corsets that were worn over a dark brown and black cutout dress or simple black tank.

Dyrdahl really out did himself, with the multilayered dresses made from white and navy green recycled parachutes. A audience favorite was the the flowing navy green one shoulder dress with a ribbed horizontal detail. His designs are something that everywoman could pull off for a special occasion.  

The mens clothing included loose fitting white drawstring pants, dark green toga shirts, and ruffled man skirts with thick leather belts.

 

Related Slideshow: Fashion Meets Film Review

Two Northwest designers stood out from the rest, at the first annual Fashion Meets Film event this past Saturday at OMSI. 

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