Fashion Expert Kevin Lennox looking ever so fashionable
SPRING THING: With spring coming, it’s time to put some color in your wardrobe. Luckily Downtown retailers are prepared with a series of events called Spring into Fashion.
From NOW to April 7th, stores and restaurants are hosting trunk shows and parties, offering special offers and serving special drinks. More than 30 retailers and restaurants are participating, making this a chance for shoppers to find just the right style for spring in Portland.
There are fashion events happening all over downtown. April 4th, Radish Underground will host First Thursday event featuring fresh designs, accessories and artwork as well as an opportunity to give gently loved clothes to Dress for Success Oregon to get 5% off purchases.On April 6th, Bettie Page Clothing is holding their Grand Opening party with music, a photo booth, discounts and giveaways. And on April 7th Brooks Brothers is teaching anyone who wants to learn how to tie a bow tie.
Another fun happening will be at Pendleton Woolen Mills. On April 4th, 5-7 p.m. Pendleton is launching a signature brand for Pendleton Woolen Mills: The Thomas Kay Collection. The trunk show runs all week, but on April 4, you can enjoy Pendleton lager while checking out this exciting line of classic, yet modern cut clothing collection for men and women.
There will be events all throughout Downtown all week so for more information about Spring into Color and a complete list of participating businesses and events, visit downtownportland.org/spring-into-color/. See you there!
TO GET AN INSIDE SCOOP ON SPRING I TALKED TO FASHION EXPERT KEVIN LENNOX:
With Spring approaching, what are the hot new styles the savvy trend spotter should be looking out for?
Well Byron, my personal faves are luxe leather, bold stripes, and of course COLOR.
Colors are big, especially in Portland. What should a shopper think about when choosing colorful clothing?
What’s interesting right now is that instead one particular color being a trend, it’s every bright color in the rainbow. The danger in that though, is wearing nothing but color can go clown, so be judicious.
Downtown Portland has seen a lot of new stores open. What retailers get you excited about spring?
There are several, but the ones I really look to, are Tory Burch, TJ Maxx, and Bettie Page and XCVI. These four really show the incredible range of fashion available in Downtown Portland.
What’s the best way to add color if your wardrobe is otherwise neutral?
I’d definitely say take it slow out of the gate, but still have fun. Start with one color, and work your way up to as many as you feel comfortable with.... Short of going clown.
Mixing and matching clothing has always been important to Portland’s style, what are the do’s and don’ts of mixing and matching colors?
Do use color to help express your self, but don’t let it overpower you. Do choose to wear bright color on a grey dreary day, don’t create your own rainbow ensemble.
Where will we find you during Spring into Color?
Oh I’ll be hitting up all the events I can!