Coutured Pearl

Second Annual Style in the Pearl Fashion Show and Shopping Event

Hundreds of fashion enthusiasts flocked to Really Big Studios August 2 and 3 for the second summer installment of Style in the Pearl. The runway show, presented by Toyota, featured 13 local businesses showcasing their latest luxe finery—including local looks from Garnish, vintage from Vintalier, and national labels from Flairwalk—in a collaborative show dedicated to shopping for clothing and accessories in the Pearl.

After the last models sashayed down the runway—some with pups in tow, clad in coordinating canine outfits from LexiDog—attendees indulged their impulses directly, purchasing threads at a temporary on-site pop-up shop. Mark your calendar for next year’s event. It’s a nice opportunity to acquaint yourself with the Pearl’s vibrant fashion scene, and participating boutiques— EG Page, Folly, and Parallel among them— offer special discounts at the pop-up shop.

Silkwood /// Owner Sandy Varzarschi has a personal mantra for the women’s wear she stocks at both her Beaverton and Pearl District locations: The fabrics must be soft and comfortable. The range of drapey, flattering lines like Anama and Neon Buddha are all in the highly affordable range, with most items clocking in at under $100.


Physical Element /// Fans of modern, minimalist, and internationally influenced styles appreciate Physical Element’s avant-garde aesthetic. The shop carries an impressive selection of European and Japanese designers, including such nontraditional items as Rundholz’s oversized dresses, Bitte Kai Rand’s geometric pieces, and Moyuru Japan’s sculptured ensembles.

Leanna NYC /// Native Oregonian Leanna Petrone spent eight years designing clothing for prominent designers in New York City before returning to Portland with the goal of bringing the Big Apple aesthetic to the Rose City. Her four-year-old boutique offers cutting-edge, feminine fashions in big-city style (without the big-city price tag).


Look/See /// Their only showroom (hidden above Barista coffeehouse) may be small, but it contains plenty of options for the optically inclined. Eyewear shoppers can browse nearly 200 cool and contemporary styles, with starting prices of just $99 for the frames, lens, and case.


Garnish /// Local design lovers keep Garnish on their regular shopping route. The 12th Avenue boutique boasts a wide inventory of women’s pants, blouses, and dresses, all designed and sewn right here in town. From a brightly printed tunic to perfect-for-work pants, the limited-run items are ideal for the gal who wants to stand apart from the pack.

Flairwalk /// Pretty patterned women’s wear lines the racks of FlairWalk, with notable designer names such as Tracy Reese, Milly, and Yoana Baraschi on the tags. Owner Sara Weinstein carefully curates the selection and offers shopping assistance geared for the busy woman who wants to look good with ease.


Mabel and Zora /// Find chic women’s wear and jewelry at this sunny retaile shop inspired by owner Tiffany Bean’s love of Doris Day films. With inventory that mixes local lines like Grayling jewelry and dresses from Alyson Clair (plus national names like Trina Turk and Lily Pulitzer), you’ll find something to make you sing “Que Sera, Sera” in no time at all.

Rachelle M. Rustic House of Fashion /// In this newest addition to the Pearl, ambience is everything. Hundred-year-old barn-wood shelves line the walls, and an eight-foot tower of rain boots rises from the roughhewn floor. Amongst the modish displays, find familiar names like Pendleton in addition to international lines, such as Copenhangen-based Rosemunde and Danish footwear maker Ilse Jacobson.

– Eden Dawn