With almost 100 nominees given a pair of tickets each, Friday night's first-ever Portland Fashion and Style Awards had a decent attendance. Not a packed house—there were plenty of empty seats where I was sitting at the orchestra level—but not the ghost town I'd feared, with tickets as high as $100 and at press time as low as $35 (in a city where tickets for full-on fashion shows rarely exceed $20, even if they're benefits). Perhaps influenced by my public criticism of the event and its methods, perhaps not, I did not win the nomination for "best fashion and style writer"—that went to the Portland Monthly's Eden Dawn. The complete list of who did win is listed over on MOD, along with my takeaway thoughts from the full 1/2 of the experience I stayed for.
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