A lot of Amanda Needham’s job involves running around town. She’ll shop for polar fleeces, cowboy hats and clown props. She schleps armloads of clothes to the dry cleaners. She visits shoot locations. She meets with clients for coffee.
And then she runs home to take care of her baby girl, Nova.
Costume designer Amanda Needham outside the store Frances May on Portland’s SW Washington Street.
The busy two-time Emmy-winning costume designer has to know her city well, and how to dress comfortably to get along in it. She works on IFC’s Portlandia, a sketch comedy show with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein about Portland and its eccentric citizens. She lives there for most of the year. The other forty percent of the time, Needham is in LA working on Baskets, Zach Galifianakis’s show about a Paris-trained clown trying to make it in Bakersfield, California, where he works as a rodeo clown. It’s a black comedy about dreams half met–or trampled.
We met Amanda in Portland, where she took us around to her favorite spots–to shop, to eat, to get things done–and showed us how she dresses for her hectic days. Needham has an ability to mix fun and function in her outfits–perhaps it’s a result of the intention that must inform her clothing selections for comedy characters. The key to her look is fashionable, durable and element-proof shoes by (Portland’s own) SOREL–just watch how she styles them.
Read on to hear about Portland’s hotspots, the evolving PNW style that Amanda cultivates in life and art, and pursuing your dreams in an ideal outfit.
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Some things are just too hot to keep in stock. That’s been our observation with Vanessa Mooney’s jewelry. Since we started carrying this California girl’s ’90s-inspired creations, we couldn’t help but notice how quickly they sell out. Attribute it to the resurgence of the choker necklace or the prevalence of body jewelry on the festival scene. Whatever the reason, Mooney’s mesmerizing amulets seem to suit the present moment perfectly, with all its influences.
We had the pleasure of speaking to Ms. Mooney about how Jennifer Lopez discovered her, her famous relative, her personal style and why chokers are back in style. Then she showed us how to make a fashionable bauble of our own, since hers can be so hard to come by.
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What is it like growing up in the fashion industry? Ask Nicky Hilton. A lifetime of Fashion Week front rows, strutting the catwalk and red carpets and eventually designing her own collections made Hilton a connoisseur of clothing. Having never employed a stylist, Hilton climbed her way up the best-dressed lists all on her own, trusting her own sartorial moxie to get her there. Now Hilton passes her secrets along in the form of a new book called 365 Style, which details her special formula for developing a signature style.
Hilton visited our Bellevue Square store on November 14 to give fans the inside scoop on her new book and answer a few of our burning questions. Here she gives us a crash course in personal style, including her five must-have items of the moment.
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Amy Squires and Jocey Canrinus (a.k.a the ladies behind the DIY and inspiration blog Wedding Chicks) are taking over The Thread and our Wedding Suite Blog for a day to share their quirky-glam style. What can we say? We can hardly ever refuse a peek inside a great closet.
Although we love the same look–jeans and cute tops—we tend to steer toward completely different looks. Amy loves a more classic tailored look – think Cameron Diaz. Her definite staples are J Brand, Joie, and Frye. It’s a given if you run into Amy, she’s most likely going to be in skinnies and boots.
1. MARC BY MARC JACOBS Bag 2. Laura Mercier Eyelash Curler 3. Kiehl’s Lip Balm 4. Joie V-neck Top 5. MICHAEL KORS Watch 6. Roberto Coin Earrings 7. Frye Zip Boot 8. Velvet by Graham Spencer Dress 9. kate spade new york Pump 10. kate spade new york iPhone Case 11. MARC BY MARC JACOBS Clutch 12. Lana Jewelry Necklace 13. Guerlain Kiss Kiss Gloss 14. Yigal Azrouël Jacket 15. Kelly Wearstler Cuff
1. Rebecca Minkoff Satchel 2. Topshop Jacket 3. Marco Bicego Ring 4. Free People Sweater 5. Aveda Body Lotion 6. Frye Tab Boot 7. Essie Nail Polish 8. Estée Lauder Mascara 9. Saint Laurent Nail Lacquer 10. Classiques Entier Pump 11. MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS Clutch 12. Free people Lace Dress 13. Lana Jewelry Earrings 14. Topshop Leather Jacket
Jocey drifts toward anything boho chic, adores anything Rachel Zoe, Parker or her favorite Free People. If you spot Jocey, she’ll most likely be in a flowy top, a great pair of Hudson boot cuts and fierce wedges (likely with a wooden sole!)
Top both of our looks off with gold hoop earrings, a chunky watch and an over-sized bag from Rebecca Minkoff or Marc Jacobs and we are all set. We also have to mention a few of our beauty staples: Amy loves her Laura Mercier eye-lash curler, and always has a great lip balm in her pocket. Jocey swears by Este Lauder ‘more than mascara’, a beauty secret passed down from her Mom.
The Wedding Chicks
For more inspiring style, check out Amy and Jocey’s guest post on The Wedding Suite Blog.
Take a look inside the incredible closet of fashion powerhouse Ann Bonfoey Taylor, now on display at the Phoenix Art Museum.
Ann Bonfoey Taylor, Photography by Toni Frissell
A one-woman show is a rarity for fashion exhibitions, if only because few women own wardrobes vast and intriguing enough. But Ann Bonfoey Taylor’s closets fit the bill, and, lucky for us, the entire contents of that closet were given to the Phoenix Art Museum by Bonfoey Taylor’s family. “Fashion Independendent: The Original Style of Ann Bonfoey Taylor” is showing now through May 29, featuring the incredible stockpile of iconic pieces and haute couture of just one woman.
The exhibition displays names like Givenchy, Charles James and Madame Grès, as well as an unparalleled selection of pieces from the leading designers of the ‘40s through the ’60s. The show’s 60 full ensembles (including an astounding 13 Balenciaga originals) showcase the unique style of a woman who skied for the United States in the Olympics, taught pilots to fly in WWII and hosted an endless line of impeccable parties—all while looking completely elegant and perfectly herself.
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Madame Grès, Courtesy of the Phoenix Art Museum
Hermès, Courtesy of the Phoenix Art Museum
Givenchy, Courtesy of the Phoenix Art Museum