More fun comments on the Fade to Light show from The Mercury’s own Marjorie Skinner. Here’s what she said about our collection:
“Studio SKB had one of the most memorable presentations, with designer Sharon Blair opening with a clip from Roman Holiday of Audrey Hepburn getting her hair chopped off, while Blair herself sat on a stool getting her hair combed and pulled back into a ponytail. As the clip ended, Blair had her own long blond hair chopped short to donate to Locks of Love.
“The collection, which was accompanied by a slideshow featuring Audrey and Katherine Hepburn in different stages of their careers, consisted of looks inspired by the ’50s and early ’60s, but infused with a sense of ease and fun not usually seen during those decades.
“The highlights of the collection included a subtle plum colored plaid and some intricate lacework, as well as a series of very structured cropped jackets. The presentation concluded with a black New Look-inspired ensemble which, while maybe kinda literal, was stunning nonetheless.”
Read on: http://www.portlandmercury.com/mod/archives/2013/09/03/fade-to-light-summer-edition
First review of Fade to Light in — from Portland Monthly. Reviewer Eden Dawn has nice things to say about our StudioSKB collection. Our Tiffany dress is a featured pic. Read on:
Fade to Light Fashion Show Recap
“Designers like Bryce Black, Sharon Blair, and Michelle Lesniak made Fade to Light one of the year’s most fun local fashion events thanks to . . . “
StudioSKB’s white lace dress rated #1 on Portland Monthly’s favorite things about last Wednesday’s Fade to Light show. Sharon Blair, designer for StudioSKB, was one of 8 designers showing their Autumn/Winter 2013 lines in the midst of an artistic venue.
Sharon’s inspiration for the A/W 2013 line: Edie Sedgwick, star of Andy Warhol movies in his New York Factory day. The line showed the transition from the close fitting long skirts of the early 1960s to the looser, shorter styles worn by Edie and her Factory colleague, Baby Jane Holzer. Model Shaedyn shown here, epitomizes the Baby Jane look.
StudioSKB will start taking orders for the A/W 2013 line later in March.
For more about the show, follow the link by clicking here
We’re getting ready for the Fade to Light show Wednesday, Feb 27, Crystal Ballroom at 13th & E Burnside. StudioSKB will show 12 looks inspired by the transition in fashion during the 1960s. These Autumn/Winter 2013 tyles will move from those epitomized by Pauline Trigere to those worn by Edie Sedgwick, star of Andy Warhol’s Factory. And, yes, it will be quite a show.
I am inspired by Andy Warhol’s factory girl film star, Edie Sedgwick, for StudioSKB, A/W 2013, Actually, it was a conversation with Elizabeth Mollo, the Fade to Light producer, that got me started down this road. Elizabeth looks a bit like Edie. Our conversation made me feel the same atmosphere of that time: The bursting desire to break free from past constraints and move into a new, exciting future. For the early 1960s of Edie’s time, it was a break from the conventions and constraints of the 1950s. For us now, after the re-election of Obama it is the burning desire to shake off the gray days of congressional gridlock, recession, bad economy and jump into a giddy future of invention and optimism.
My 10-piece collection moves from the well tailored details of a Pauline Trigere, as worn by Patricia Neal in 1961′s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to the loose fun styles of Mary Quant and Ossie Clark.
With each collection, I keep joking with Josh Buck and Lisa Silveira that “this is my final collection.” So I guess you could call this my second annual final collection for StudioSKB.
To purchase tickets, click here.
Visit Radish Underground, 414 SW 10th, Portland Oregon, as part of your Little Boxes tour of holiday shopping.
Marjorie Skinner said good things about Joshua Buck's Spring 2013 line for Chicago Harper/StudioSKB.
"Joshua Buck's menswear collections for Chicago Harper/Studio SKB walk a fine line between usability
and creativity. Consider the multipurposeness of a pair of pants that make you ultra-visible as a cyclist
or ped, are lightweight, water resistant, edgy, and this well tailored."
Skinner writes the Mercury On Design -- or MOD -- column for the Portland Mercury. She recently
filmed a segment about Portland Fashion with Buck for Oregon Art Beat. In it, she called Buck "one of the most
interesting designers working in town, and one of the few doing menswear apparel that walks the line between
wearable and experimental." Ifanyi Bell, the interviewer from Oregon Public Broadcasting, wore
some of Buck's clothes from the Spring collection.
Buck designs the menswear line for Sharon Blair's StudioSKB. Look for his garments soon at
Radish Underground, west end of downtown,and Posh Designs in the Hollywood District.