The Cleveland Fashion Show


Fashion Week Cleveland presented The Cleveland Fashion Show on June 12 at La Place in Beachwood. The collections consisted of work from collegiate and American designers.

FWC volunteer and John Carroll University senior, Natalie loves, "all things fashion and was interested to see what local Cleveland designers have to offer."

Kenny Marrero, another FWC volunteer and working professional, stated, "[There's] so much going on in Cleveland and [I] love what they’re doing [fashion show]." 

Before the show started, a handful of models walked around wearing duct tape dresses in turquoise, pink and white. 

The youngest attendee was 9-year-old fashion lover Kayla. She wants to be America's Next Top Model some day. Kayla was escorted by her Aunt Sherri, who said she had to wait a whole year for this year’s FWC fashion show.

Even Miss Ohio Lindsay Davis was on hand for the black-tie event. 

The enthusiastic and fashionable crowd took their seats around 9; however, the show did not start until after 10 pm. The fashion show was fashionably late and worth the delay. 

The show kicked off with a tango down the runway by KB and Carmen and then models strutted down the runway to music by DJs Go and Impure. 

Collegiate designers:
Erin Scheiner from Akron University showed a collection featuring prints and pieces that resembled the chic Diane von Furstenberg. 

The collections of Michael Pennick and Sean Rice from Kent State University were filled with lace, sequence and synthetic fabrics. 

Lastly, two Ursuline College students, Catherine Hecker and Anne-Marie Gurko, presented designs consisting of feminine pieces. Hecker's collections contained reds and pinks in easy-to-wear jersey fabrics. Gurko's designs were of mostly yellow and blue hues, described best as Mad Men meets country girl. 

American designers:
Arie Miller and Katie Wolfrum used vibrant colors and fabrics to create strapless, one-shoulder and halter mini and long dresses. 

Lisa Malanij brought futuristic edge to her rocker collection.

Laurie B. Allen's designs consisted of neutral fabrics with delicate cuts.

Carl Williams Jr.'s all-black collection was classic chic and his LBD was fabulous. 

Christopher Boyle's collection earned the local designer "ohs" and "ahs" from the audience. The pieces were risky, see-through and breezy fabrics. The fabrics draped precisely on the models. 

Natasha Rowls was a visiting designer from Little Rock Fashion Week. Rowls used neat, funky fabrics. Her plum dress with feathers was a standout piece. 

The 2010 FWC Fashion Show revealed talented local artists that are hidden from the rest of the fashion world. The designers and collections were definite hits with the audience.

Monday, June 14, 2010