Fashion Week Cleveland 2016 was easily one of the highlights of my spring social events calendar. Given the fact that my schedule has been jam packed that is a major statement. This spring has been a whirlwind of activity. I’ve attended concerts, ball games, weddings, birthday bashes and all manner of fun shindigs. As far as glam is concerned, Fashion Week Cleveland 2016 did not disappoint. For the purposes of this article I will be focusing on the runway show that took place Saturday evening May 7th. From the atmosphere to the runway looks, the night was awash with great style and a tremendous sense of community.
This place is gorgeous. Looking around, I felt like Jack marveling at the beauty of the Titanic when he meets Rose and the rest of the upper class for dinner. I will definitely return simply for the atmosphere.
This is some of the floor art that graced the staircase.
The keynote speaker was Fern Mallis who is credited with creating New York Fashion Week among many other accomplishments.
This Ralph Lauren gown was worth every penny. The color looks so good against my skin and the Grecian style draping embodies pure elegance. Purchase by clicking the photo.
I can’t tell you how happy I am that chunky heels and platforms are back in style. I prefer the aesthetic of a stiletto but these heels are far more comfortable.
These Juicy Couture rhinestone studded heels are so sassy I had to have them. You can purchase them right here by clicking on the picture above.
I went with an understated, neutral manicure using the same O.P.I polish I featured HERE.
Favorite Runway Looks:
The runway show featured several designers. Included in the lineup were Project Runway Junior: Season 1 alums Matt Sarafa and Victoria Cohen of Punx, Edina Ndebele of Endexus Creation, Marta Glazen, Graham Baldwin, Jaanai Jones, Gwyn Strang, and Lisa Marie Krueger and Cybele Pawlowski of Magnolia and Lace. The following are some of my favorite looks of the evening.
I am loving the detail in this corset. Talk about a snatched waist!
This gown struck me. It’s like a maxi dress meets athleisure.
“Go down, Moses. Way down in Egypt’s land. Tell ‘ol Pharaoh to let my people go”! What is this called a duster? A cape? Whatever it is I’m loving the entire look including the hair.
This look along with the following three remind me of a sexy nutcracker.
Ruffles aren’t just for little girls.
I’ve been a fan of short shorts and tights since post secondary and these looks are a reminder why.
This just may be my favorite of all. I can’t say how much I love a lace maxi.
This is a great, little day dress.
Disclaimer: This pants ensemble along with the next few looks are designed by Magnolia & Lace. The photos don’t do the intricate detailing any justice. So much for iPhone pictures. We’ll just call it user error. 😉
This gown was the belle of the ball as it appeared to be the feature gown of the evening with which the designers walked out during the finale. Very easy to see why. Cinderella much?
There were many wonderful vendors that lined the balconies displaying their best merchandise. Bella Luca Salon styled all of the hair for the runway show. Tre Sorelle Boutique, which is located in the heart of Little Italy Cleveland, Ohio and is quickly becoming one of my favorites, was there with beautiful clothing and stunning jewelry. I was sure to buy a cute Juicy Couture bracelet to go along with my shoes before leaving. The vendor that stuck out the most, however, was Mercado Global.
Their mission is to “empower rural indigenous Mayan women to break the cycle of poverty by connecting them to international markets, fostering sustainable livelihoods for their families, and pioneering a socially responsible business model within the fashion industry. “ I arrived at their vendor station and was struck by the beautiful, handcrafted bags on display. I was then informed by their warm representatives that all of the merchandise was hand-crafted by women in Guatemala. These women are paid fairly for their work and are thus able to support their families, educate their children, and enrich their communities. Moreover, they are able to stay with their loved ones rather than fleeing to another country for economic security and freedom. The merchandise was stunning. I was particularly impressed with a gorgeous clutch that had a hand-woven tribal print on the front (tribal is so in this season) and was made of genuine leather on the back. The quality of the piece was what struck me most. To learn more about this wonderful organization visit www.mercadoglobal.org.
The fashion show was a success in my opinion. I am already anticipating next year’s show and plan to attend more of the scheduled events.
Have you attended any local fashion shows in your community? Know of any great organizations that combine fashion and good will? Tell us about them in the comment section!