Paint the Runway Purple is a fundraising fashion show which provides paying opportunities for emerging fashion designers, models, hair and makeup artists, photographers, and production staff. The show brings exposure to local businesses to connect to their local demographics through sponsorship.
The evening will include emerging designers’ collections on the runway for the first time, models (even the four-legged kind), food, drinks, pop up shops, raffles, VIP Swag, celebrity photo and autographs, live music by The Nu Wavers, live singing by EDM artist Jacqueline Van Bierk and Lovey James from American Idol! Guests will also have the chance to walk the red carpet!
Judy Moonbeam, Judee Moonbeam Studios
Paul C. Treichler, Whirly Dog Supplies
Christine Smith, Celestial Designs
James Tate III, E’Mit Couture
Rachel Rischiotto, Butterfliez & Diamondz
Paint the Runway Purple was created by Desi Allinger-Nelson, entrepreneur as a designer, artist, and seamstress for her company, Desi Designs. Desi graduated from The Academy of Art University (San Francisco) receiving her degree in Fashion Design. She most recently received the 2015 People’s Choice as Emerging Designer for Portland Fashion and Style Awards. She has been designing fashion and producing art since she was five years old.
As for the inspiration behind Purple, she says, “What began as a fundraising fashion show, ended up as an event to provide paying opportunities and exposure for for emerging fashion designers, models, hair and makeup artists, photographers, and runway production staff…..The show has grown into not only the exposure and opportunity for emerging designers and artists, but also a way to bring awareness to local businesses through their demographic customer by sponsoring Paint the Runway Purple fashion show. It’s all about helping each other for a good cause.”
Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
126 NE Alberta Street
Portland, Oregon 97211
Ticket prices vary. Click here to purchase tickets.
Lesley is the founder and editor of What’s Up NW. Prior to creating WhatsUpNW.com, she was the Seattle city editor for AskMissA.com. For both publications, Lesley has covered fashion shows, openings, and local charity events. She has written numerous articles shining the light on local businesses, encouraging readers to always shop local.