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Portland Fashion and Style Awards celebrate excellence in Portland's fashion and style industry

Lake Oswego fashion designer Joan Robbins was named the Best Emerging Designer at the seventh-annual Portland Fashion and Style Awards on Sunday at the Portland Art Museum.

The awards celebrate excellence in Portland's fashion and style industry; 100 nominated designers, boutiques, models, hair stylists, makeup artists, salons and accessory designers were honored in 25 different categories. The event included two fashion shows, featuring some of Portland's most cherished brands as well as up-and-coming designers.

"This gives me so much inspiration to do so much more," Robbins said during her acceptance speech.

Robbins graduated from Portland Fashion Institute in 2017 and launched Alton Oak, her line of women's clothing, that same year. She says she takes inspiration for the line from women from the 1920s and '30s who broke barriers in male-dominated fields — women such as Amelia Earhart, known for her courage, vision and groundbreaking achievements in American aviation; Academy Award-winning actress Katharine Hepburn; and Nobel Prize nominee and Danish author Karen Blixen, best known for "Out of Africa," an account of her life while living in Kenya.

"Alton Oak exudes confidence, style and femininity," Robbins told The Review when she launched her line. "It's designed for women embracing a new season in their lives."

To learn more about PFSA, visit http://www.portlandfashionandstyleawards.com. To learn more about Alton Oak, visit http://www.altonoak.com.

— Barb Randall

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