Pretty in Purple

Photo Credit: Elohi Photography

Earlier this summer, I had the chance to walk the runway at the 3rd annual Paint the Runway Purple, produced by LA-based fashion designer Desi Allinger-Nelson, owner of Desi Designs. She’s a fellow Pacific Northwest native, and I’ve had the pleasure of modeling a variety of looks from her collections at past events, such as Portland Fashion Week and Portland Fashion and Style Awards. It was truly an honor to be chosen as one of the covergirls for this year’s show!

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The event took place at Maryhill Museum (about 2 hours’ drive from Portland in Goldendale, Washington). The museum overlooks the breathtaking Columbia River Gorge (shown below).

The theme was “A Victorian Knight,” and we opened the show with Victorian-inspired ballgowns that personified strength and elegance. With my background in the classics, I’m such a fan of Victorian lit and fashion, so it was a real treat to carry an authentic Victorian sword on the runway while wearing a custom creation.

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Photo Credit: Elohi Photography

This is one of my favorite photos of the gown I wore for both the promotional photos and the runway opening. It gives you a closeup look at the amazing details and elaborate designs that Desi put into this piece. It’s a wonderful example of her artistry and sewing mastery and is available for purchase on her website.

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Photo Credit: Elohi Photography

Desi showed an additional collection at the show, entitled “Art de la Bouteille de Parfum,” which was inspired by iconic perfume bottles. Several of these gowns are shown above. I particularly loved the intricate silver roses paired with the blush-colored skirt.

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The look I wore for this collection was inspired by Dolce and Gabbana’s perfume “Dolce.” The variety of textures contrast and complement each other all at once, with the oversized bow adding a whimsical touch. I love the sheer top paired with the silky skirt. The hair and makeup were polished and classic, from the elegant bun to the nude lip.

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Pictured with my lovely mama after the runway show!

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Desi and I are in the above photo, which was taken behind-the-scenes at the photoshoot for the promotional posters and advertising.

She’s one of those amazing individuals who’s not only immensely talented and hardworking, but she truly cares for others and lifts people up. She also promotes diversity within the fashion industry; in her collections, for example, she showcases models of all shapes and sizes.

Desi’s mission with Paint the Runway Purple is to create opportunities for emerging designers, so they can showcase a collection on the runway and sell their garments to the public at the event. For a full list of emerging designers from this year’s event, visit painttherunwaypurple.com.

Additionally, this event helps promote up-and-coming brands, women-owned businesses, and local vendors and hair/makeup artists. It was such an honor to be a part of.

A few quick shoutouts: to Jess and Ian of Elohi Photography, who are both so talented and always a joy to work with!

Photo Credit: Elohi Photography

To Cherrity of Cherry Bomb Creations, who did a fabulous job on my makeup for the promotional photos and also made my eyes pop at the show itself! I wish you could do my makeup everyday!

Photo Credit: Elohi Photography

To the other covergirls, Shyanna, Beth, Rachel, and Nicole: you ladies make every photoshoot and show such fun, and you all are truly sweet, intelligent, and genuine people.

And last but not least: thank you, Desi, for including me in your journey as a fashion designer! I’ve always admired the opportunities you create for yourself and for others, and the way you fearlessly pursue your dreams.

Visit desidesignscouture.com to check out more of her clothing and designs, from ready-to-wear to couture. 💜

Thank you all for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!

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