COURTESY PHOTO: TOD HUNTER FOULK - Tod Hunter Foulk, the longtime executive producer of Portland Fashion Week, walks the runway with models and designers. He takes pride in running a fashion show built on sustainability.

Work it, people: Portland Fashion Week prances and poses

The annual event will take place at the Moxy Hotel from August 16-21, with nightly parades.

Away from the runways of Milan, London, Paris and New York is little old Portland Fashion Week.

It may be small, but they go big, like striving to be carbon and plastic free, not working with designers who use animal products, and generally being sustainable. .

Marking 20 years since its inception, Portland Fashion Week, which includes nightly shows at 8 p.m. and the hair and makeup process conducted for the public to see, takes place at the Moxy Hotel, 585 SW 10th Ave., du August 16 to 21.

PHOTO COURTESY: TOD HUNTER FOULK - Runways are featured every night during Portland Fashion Week.  They take place from 8 p.m.  The event will take place August 16-21 at the Moxy Hotel.Portland Fashion Week is led by the father-daughter duo of executive producer Tod Hunter Foulk and executive director Fiona Foulk.

Creators from here and elsewhere will present their creations, about fifteen in total, including:

• Sheltersuit, which designs and manufactures sustainably — in the Netherlands and South Africa — products specifically for homeless people. Sheltersuit Label works with high end fashion brands, making streetwear with recycled/upcycled materials. The shelter suit and the shelter bag will be presented in Portland; they will distribute shelter bags in the winter with the help of the Rose Haven Day Shelter and Community Center.

PHOTO COURTESY: CHERIE BIRKNER/WILDLING - Wildling Shoes, one of many designers to showcase at Portland Fashion Week, makes shoes from sustainable, unused and recycled products.• Wildling Shoes, originally from Germany and made in Portugal, makes minimal footwear produced sustainably with organic cotton, hemp, Tencel, wool, linen and washi paper, all in combination with insoles made of cork and recycled rubber. He makes extensive use of recycled materials and leftovers, including with his new “vegan” shoe.

• And Go Eyewear Group will be another big company at Portland Fashion Week. Originally from Brazil, it now distributes worldwide. “It’s not a real lasting (effort), but it’s good,” said Tod Hunter Foulk.

Portland Fashion Week has persevered during the COVID-19 pandemic, holding events in 2020 and 2021. It has taken place at various indoor and outdoor locations over the past 20 years. It is one of two notable fashion shows in Portland, the other being FashionNXT in the fall.

PHOTO COURTESY: TOD HUNTER FOULK - Three years ago, Portland Fashion Week teamed up with Portland Japanese Garden and philanthropist Jordan Schnitzer to welcome Noritaka Tatehana, the Japanese shoe designer who worked with Lady Gaga .  Here he is with Fiona Foulk, Executive Director of PFW.Tod Hunter Foulk, a Portland native with eastern Oregon roots whose signature look includes a cowboy hat, got involved with Portland Fashion Week because of his daughter, who had the passion to be fashionable. “She calls the money shots, I just do things,” he said.

“Designers are the stars, not the producers.”

He talks about working on conservation efforts, while applying fashionable sustainability. “We called it eco-fashion” in the early 2000s, said Tod Hunter Foulk. Time magazine and the Huffington Post are among outlets to credit Portland Fashion Week for its independent status and sustainability work, and its influence on other fashion weeks.

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