Editor’s Note, March 2021: This month is the tenth anniversary of our famous disco shoot. No, you might not have seen it. But among longtime magazine staffers, the 2011 feature has acquired the aura of legend. See, it was my first spring fashion feature for Portland Monthly and we vowed to do it up, taking over the long-gone club East Chinatown Lounge on Third and Everett. Because we had the grand idea to make it feel as much like a disco as possible we started the shoot after dinner and ran until nearly sunrise. We guzzled coffee, schlepped thousands of dollars of clothing into the bar, and piled up platform shoes from (RIP) Solestruck. Our super champ models and a crew of extras (Yes, extras for a photoshoot! We were living large!) danced to Chic and Rick James while we tossed gold metallic confetti into the air making a mess that would take us hours to clean up.
Now I look back at these photos and see a moment in time in Portland. Models and crew—some I stayed in touch with, some that have moved on from the industry. Small brands that are gone and missed, others still trucking a decade later. All of it makes me grateful for these lovely photos that captured it all.
Hello, Studio 54.
This season’s look has ’70s glam stamped all over it. So go on: channel your inner Abba. You can dance, you can jive….
On Heather: Owlita Praire Earrings; Hazel Cox necklace; RUKI by Melanie Parr jacket; Maloom sequin dress at Leanna NYC; Maurie and Eve Creeper wedge shoes at Solestruck. On Kate: Nora Catherine Stingray earrings; The Salt Empire firing necklace; Gracia sequin vest at Leanna NYC; Big Brown Eyes mod mini at Union Rose; Jeffrey Campbell Wildchild shoes at Solestruck. On Tanisha: Hazel Cox necklace, vintage white jumpsuit at Palace, Sahlia Michelle leather belt.
Owlita Prairie Creme earrings; vintage costume necklace at Gilt; Isaac Hers Armagedden dress; Jeffrey Campbell Big Girl shoes at Solestruck.
Jeffrey Campbell Big Girl platforms at Solestruck.
Tiffany Locks Collection necklaces at Tiffany; Hodges jumpsuit at Leanne NYC; Jeffrey Campbell rainbow platforms at Solestruck.
Vintage 1970 disco maxi dress at Yo Vintage; Sahlia Michelle moon ring.
Culturata shirt at Parallel; Joseph Abboud sport coat at Nordstrom; Citizens of Humanity Jagger jeans at Blake; Timberland Boot Company Oxford shoes at Solestruck.
Claire Goldsmith Legacy Cheney glasses at Visage Eyewear; Duchess multi striped custom cotton shirt at Duchess; Nordstrom silk tie and Calibrate trousers at Nordstrom.
On Tanisha: Adrianna Papell asymmetrical gown; Nora Catherine earrings and bracelet. On Justin: Duchess multi striped custom cotton shirt at Duchess; Nordstrom silk tie and Calibrate trousers at Nordstrom.
On Tanisha: Sahlia Michelle pearl and quartz hairpiece; Nora Catherine hoops with Swarovski crustal earrings; Michael Stars sparkle cocoon cardi at Mapel Boutique, RUKI by Melanie Parr silk tank dress. On Heather: Nora Catherine stingray necklace; Shipley & Halmos Pacific dress at Parallel. On Kate: Gracia sequin blazer and Maloom sequin dress at Leanne NYC; Hazel Cox cuff.
Tiffany Locks Collection necklaces at Tiffany; Hodges jumpsuit at Leanne NYC;
On Kate: The Salt Empire fringe necklace; Missoni Cardigan at Nordstrom; vintage Bakelite bangles at Gilt; Sticks & Stones rings; Gracia sequin leggings at Leanna NYC; Maurie and Eve Creeper wedge shoes at Solestruck. On Ben: Duchess black cotton shirt and trousers; Sticks & Stones ebony cufflinks and ring; Osborn Oxford Mystic men’s shoes.
Vintage Bakelite bangles at Gilt; Sticks & Stones rings.
On Tanisha: Hazel Cox earrings; Gucci nylon trench at Nordstrom; Jeffrey Campbell swing shoes at Solestruck. On Ben: Hugo Boss dress shirt, pants and Versace sport coat at Nordstrom; Jeffrey Campbell Barker men’s shoes at Solestruck. On Kate: Vintage floppy hat at Yo Vintage; vintage gold collar at Gilt; Clair Vintage mini muffin at Union Rose; Lucca Couture sequin skirt at Leanna NYC; Jeffrey Campbell So Much shoes at Solestruck. On Heather: Nora Catherine branch earrings; Greylin chiffon dress at Leanna NYC; Jeffrey Campbell Marris shoes at Solestruck. On Justin: Super sunglasses at Palace; Justine Baman Monroe shirt and Walter jacket; Calibrate trousers at Nordstrom; Rachel Comey Purdy men’s shoes at Solestruck.
Styled by Eden Dawn / Photos by Carlin Sundell
Models: Kate Troedsson (Option Model & Media), Tanisha Payne (Option Model & Media), Heather Kara (Q6 Model & Talent), Ben Razavi (Q6 Model & Talent), and Justin Taylor (Muse Model).
Crew: Art Director: Jason Blackheart / Producer: Loann Vo / Production Manager: Matthew Schmuck / Digital tech: Jonah Sutherland / First Photo Assistant: Matt H. King / Second Photo Assistant: Anna Campbell / Cinematographer: Alex Mertz / FX Supervisor: Luke Powell / Assistant Stylist: Marianne Schnell / Hair Stylist: Amanda Williams (Arabella Salon) / Makeup Artist Madeline Roosevelt.
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