the 2017 panel of judges
Fashion entrepreneur, designer and writer Sharon Blair studied couture sewing in Paris. Sharon also has a bachelors and a masters and advanced studies in apparel. She owns and directs Portland Sewing, www.portlandsewing.com, a school that enables students to become industry-proficient in clothing design and construction. Her apparel life began more than 20 years ago as a custom clothing business. That company now offers two lines of clothing: StudioSKB and SKPDX.
Sharon has also written and her work has been featured in national and local publications. She is on the board and a judge for several Portland fashion events. She speaks frequently at seminars and at trade and civic events and contracts with several clothing manufacturers.
Marjorie Skinner is the Managing Editor of the Portland Mercury and has covered the city’s culture, with emphasis on its independent design and retail scene, since 2001. She is also the producer of the annual Open Season fashion series, one of Portland's longest-running such events at 11 consecutive years.
Marjorie also consults, curates, and otherwise assists with popular events such as Content at the Ace Hotel and Dan Savage's HUMP! film festival.
Dale Villar acelar
Dale Villar Acelar was born and raised in Portland Oregon, and a graduate of Cleveland High School - has been a Portland native his whole life. After graduating high school, Dale moved to his parent’s native homeland, Philippines - whereas destiny has put him in a TV and Movie career that spanned for over a decade.
During his Philippines and Asia projects, he has been in over 15 movies, was a main stay on a prime time TV show, and hosted various events in the Philippines, Singapore, and Japan. Several shows and events such has MTV the Grind he hosted and as well as hosted the Kids Choice Awards for Nickelodeon, as well as having his own TV show called Celebrity Single. This has made Dale well versed in the fashion, style, and entertainment industry.
Dale and Ann Akre’s beginning projects together for another local company over 7 years ago, Dale has been a supporter of the Portland Fashion and Style awards since the beginning – assisting with all events he can and promote the best show in the Portland area.
Jeff is an honors graduate of Reed College and a distinguished tax and bankruptcy lawyer in Portland. He spent ten years as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, has been a partner and department manager in a Portland law firm, and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2011. He is a frequent speaker and writer for the Oregon State Bar and Oregon’s tax professional societies. He currently runs a solo practice in Northwest Portland.
Throughout his life, Jeff has pursued numerous hobbies with the same energy and passion he invests into his law practice. He fell in love with photography twenty years ago, and a meandering path through landscape, wildlife, sports, travel, and jewelry photography lead him to fashion. Jeff’s fashion photography has gained momentum over the last several years, and it now consumes most of the time Jeff is not practicing law. His work appears in the websites and portfolios of many of Oregon’s prominent designers, fashion boutiques, and models. During 2014, Jeff’s runway work will include the Oregon Bridal Showcase, the Portland Bridal Show, Portland Fashion Week, Style in the Pearl, Vancouver BC Fashion Week, Washington DC Fashion Week, and Fashion XT.
Sydney Berry & George Learned
Sydney Berry and George Learned are recognized within the industry for their honesty, integrity and knowledge. They are hands-on, interacting with clients on a regular basis and they make every effort to find new ways of helping salons achieve success. Their strong leadership shows in every department at Salon Services & Supplies.
In addition, they are members and strong supporter of the Professional Beauty Association (PBA). Sydney has held numerous PBA positions as the President of the Distributor Council plus the Governing Council. She continues to volunteer on various PBA committees. Sydney is also Vice Chair with Justice and Soul, a foundation which established a school to teach the fundamentals of cosmetology to sex trade survivors in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She is also on the leadership board with Wings of Karen, raising money for breast cancer research to find the cure.
Sydney and George lead the team with the vision of developing strength in our professional industry. Salon Services active manifesto is to build relationships that create success, by shaping and leading the beauty industry through encouraging personal mastery.
In the quaint neighborhood of S.W. Portland, Oregon, you'll find a street with original brick storefronts, and uniquely independent shops and boutiques. That's where you'll find a boutique packed floor to ceiling with local apparel, art, designer clothes, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, aquamarine, tourmaline, and original designer jewelry. Anne Bocci Boutique & Gallery, located right in the heart of Multnomah Village, carries all of these things (and more!) in a sweet shop where clothing, jewelry and art are finely designed and crafted with love.
The owner and curator of the shop is an artist herself. Anne Bocci designs jewelry, especially Tahitian Pearl pieces, and is a painter whom specializes in oils. Bocci has been on the artist's side of business for decades, giving her copious experience in both the creative and business sides of boutique owning. This is why she loves to support those who put their heart and soul into creating in our beautiful city! Anne Bocci Boutique and Gallery is the only store that carries Project Runway winners, Seth Aaron Henderson and Michelle Lesniak, and was supporting them before their big win. For more info about Anne Bocci Boutique and Gallery, you can click here.
Elizabeth Mollo got her start producing fashion shows in 2004 with the first Doom Town Rock and Roll Fashion Show, where she participated as one of the designers and helped to coordinate the show. She discovered her true passion in life with that show, and has been producing fashion shows and events ever since. Starting with Doom Town, which later changed it’s name to Sweet F.A., she has helped produce FashioNXT, Open Season, The Alley 33 Fashion Event, and many other shows and events including Fade to Light, which she conceived and executive produces.
Elizabeth originally hails from San Jose, CA and moved to Portland in December of 2000. She received her B.S. in apparel design from the Art Institute of Portland in 2005. In addition to producing shows and events she teaches the Fashion Event Production classes at The Art Institute of Portland and The Portland Fashion Institute, is a contributing writer for Portland Mercury, is a seamstress for Krista West Vestments, and occasionally will collaborate with fashion designers to produce capsule collections.