Runway Shows Round out Frederick Fashion Week

September 16, 2011

New York City isn’t the only town celebrating fashion this week.  For the 5th year in a row, Frederick has become a fashion mecca as Frederick Fashion Week is now in full swing.  The Cultural Arts Center, located in downtown Frederick, is hosting a variety of events scheduled for September 13-17.   Created and organized by the Frederick Arts Council, Frederick Fashion Week provides a party-like atmosphere that highlights fashion as a creative industry and art form.  A primary objective of the annual celebration is to honor the life of a local well-known fashion designer, Claire McCardell.  McCardell revolutionized women’s fashion and this event is still a celebration of her artistic influence on the fashion world. 


The signature activity of Frederick Fashion Week each year, of course, is the runway shows.  In 2011, there will be two nights of runway shows September 16-17.  Both nights will feature a mixture of New-York style runway shows, fusing independent designers along with our local clothing boutiques.  The Cultural Arts Center is the place to see and be seen when local clothing boutiques, salons, independent and student fashion designers show off their latest collections.  The runway shows are rounded out by a cash bar, silent auction, live music by DJ Synapsis, and entertainment. 


Friday’s activities are hosted by Miss Maryland Carlie Colellaa and Siobahn Connellan and includes an opening performance by Ms. Senior Maryland Jean Milazzo.  Following the opening, the runway show order includes The Nyvi Life collection by designer Troy Ball, jewelry demonstration by Stella and Dot with hair and makeup by The Temple.  Then, contestants from the Rags to Runway Design Challenge will take the stage to show off their creations.  New this year, the Rags to Runway Design Challenge requires participants to incorporate a mystery item, chose on September 3rd, that they must incorporate into their runway-ready fashions.  Judges for the contest include Tereva King Adams from Adams Fashion Design Studio, Michelle Rappelt from Art Institue of Northern Virginia, and Donna Reamy from Virginia Commonwealth University.


After the design challenge, an impromptu fashion show with Reinvent My Wardrobe will wrap up the first half of the show.  Following intermission, Zebop Clothing Store with hair and makeup by Frederick School of Cosmetology will hit the stage.  Then, local clothing designer Joanie Jenkins will showcase her collection, followed by the Blaqulux fall line by Philip Hawthorne.  Special activities will feature the crew from Key City Roller Derby and Maia Modeling as well.


Saturday night’s runway show gets kicked off with the selection of Reinvent My Wardrobe participants, that will be receive a makeover that is showcased during the second half.  Simply Chic starts the runway show, followed by a jewelry demonstration by Colonial Jewelers with hair and makeup by Frederick School of Cosmetology.  Aspire will follow, with hair and makeup by New York New York Salon and Spa.  Alicia L Boutique will showcase their stock with hair and makeup by Soft Images and RoseBrook Studio.  Rounding out the first half is a showcase of designers North of Nowwhere.  During the second half, Chic to Chic will go on with hair and makeup by Michabel Salon and Spa, then Plato’s Closet with hair and makeup by JcPenney Salon.  Sky’s the Limit will round out the fashion shows, with hair and makeup by The Temple.  In addition, performances will take place by Ryan Alexander, coach and members of the All Star Fusion Small Senior 5 Team First Class.


Each night, a VIP reception begins at 7:00 p.m. and the runway show will start at 8:00 p.m.  VIP tickets are $20 per person, which includes a reserved seat for the evening, one complimentary beverage during the VIP cocktail hour, and a swag bag.  General admission is $10 per person.

The past two years have seen sold-out crowds so advance purchase is strongly suggested.


In addition to the runway shows, patrons can visit the Fashion as Art exhibit in the Cultural Arts Center gallery and event hall, which features fashion-themed artwork by eleven photographers and artists.  In addition, approximately twenty sketches from the Claire McCardell fashion sketch collection is on display at the Cultural Arts Center, courtesy of Kellen Design Archives at Parsons The New School for Design in New York, NY.  Frederick resident Nancy Whitmore has also loaned pieces of Claire McCardell merchandise for the duration of the exhibit.  And finally, photographs of McCardell and her clothing as well as replica cover of Look Magazine featuring the former Fredericktonian will be on display thanks to the Historical Society of Frederick County.  The gallery exhibit runs through September 25th.


Frederick Fashion Week is made possible by support from Macy’s, The Gazette, Sylvana Institute, 72 Fest, Text Design, Imagination Center, Gorilla, Flying Dog Brewery, and Plamondon Hospitality Partners.  For tickets, or more information, call 301-662-4190.