STRUT YO' SELF: It was a hot August night in the middle of May (?!?) at Saturday night's Strut Fashion Show to benefit Basic Rights Oregon.
The unusually hot temps outside Luxe Autohaus—a soundstage sized-space on Northeast 17th Avenue—was nothing compared to the heat coming off the runway at one of this city's most anticipated fashion events of the year. Priced reasonably ($13 bucks and up) and open to all ages the catwalk featured designs from such smokin' hawt local talent as SarahSeven, Idom, Maytee, Sofada, Erhart as well as the runway debut of newbie designer Jessie DeWalls Heating and Cooling. The swellegant event was hosted by KNRK's Tara Dublin and Katie O'Grady who is pictured above with Everclear frontman Art Alexakis and his fiancee Vanessa Crawford (left), O'Grady is the star of film director James Westby's latest super-dark comedy project, Rid of Me and is currently appearing alongside Jennifer Aniston in Management. Other fashionable folks twirling just inches from the runway included bridal mag editors Jill Spitznass and Laura Shinn, opera dude Carl Halvorson, indie film star Melik Malkasian, shooter Ken Salaman, the iconic Pennie Lane, BRO's Executive Director Jeana Frazzini and several "cast members" from the local version of RuPaul's Drag Race who raised more money for BRO with some very tip-worthy performances. And, oh yeah, there was an incredibly cute DJ that goes by the moniker DJ Girlfriends—he was hot.
Above and below are some hot photos from both in front of and behind the scenes at the fab fash bash. Congrats to Jonny Shultz, my partner Juan Martinez, Samantha Swaim and the countless others who made this a very hot night to remember.
LOST AND FOUND? While I was still at Strut, I heard that famed mens underwear designer (and soon to be guest judge on Bravo's "The Fashion Show"), Andrew Christian, did a tour of our local gay watering holes following his own fashion show at the RedCap. I also heard another wild rumor du jour—and this is harder to confirm—but that members of the cast of the tv hit "Lost" were traipsing around town on the very same night and also spotted at a local gay bar. It would (sort of) make sense considering that one of its stars, Matthew Fox, recently said on "The Regis and Kelly Show" that he's going to move to Oregon once the show wraps up in Hawaii. So gang, did anyone catch a glimpse of the foxy Fox? Maybe in Andrew Christian undies?
BIRTHDAY (NEWS) BOYS: I love Facebook. I really do. And one of the reasons is because I find out things. Cool things. Like did you know that my former employer, Willamette Week Editor Mark Zusman, shares a birthday with none other than fomer news Editor of the Portland Mercury Phil Busse? Neither did I. But it's right there on FB. Actually it was yesterday, May 17. I know that "Zus" (pictured above with Storm Large) is about a kajillion years old. I have no idea how old Busse—who now works for WhiteBird—is. But I am curious if they would ever consider celebrating their birthdays together. Now, that would be one hella party. Happy belated birthday to both of these gents.