RVA Fashion Week Recap
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Upon receiving this assignment I was immediately wrapped around the possibility of being surrounded by dozens of Anna Wintour faithfuls who’d inevitably judge me because of what I had on instead of who I am. Luckily my fears were put to rest when I attended the RVA Fashion Week inaugural event at Short Pump Town Center. Sure the crowd was full of daring trendsetters, but the lighthearted mall atmosphere seemed to douse any fashion elitism that may have made an appearance. I’d soon realize that this show and RVA Fashion Week as a whole would violate many of my fashion show expectations.
As the crowd took their seats and the designers/ stores were announced, the models made their way out to the cheers of family and friends in the crowd; a lot of whom had priority seating next to the runway. Many a passer-by stopped to check out the show as the mall green quickly filled with patrons unaware of RVA Fashion Week, yet captivated by the upbeat styles of spring and summer.
Upon arrival at the historic Hippodrome Theatre, I was met with the mean stares of the dozens of on-lookers not so fortunate enough to have a line-jumping press pass.
What seemed to be the common thread, and also held true for this event, was the unique southern fashion show experience. Far from the dry and emotionless shows of more prominent cities, RVA Fashion Week, while completely professional, seemed to harbor a more family-friendly atmosphere. Even at the finale as the models strutted their stuff down the catwalk, their families and friends cheered them on as if they were dueling for decibels. Even the demure fashion faithful were compelled to cheer as one of the more endearing models sashayed his way up and down the runway.
With dozens of talented designers and gorgeous models showcasing their talents, onlookers saw exactly what the growing fashion scene in RVA has to offer…and we have a lot!
Born and raised in Petersburg, VA, Anthony works as a State Farm Account Representative in Enterprise Rent-A-Car's Insurance Operations Department. In his spare time he can often be found wandering aimlessly, with camera in tow, snapping away. He's also a member of, the Richmond-based, Fools Day Comedy Troupe. Read his personal blog here and follow him on Twitter.
By Kristina Headrick In conjunction with RVA Fashion Week, Saks Fifth Avenue at Stony Point hosted LA based designer Trina Turk for an in-store meet and greet. A DJ spun upbeat tunes while the designer mingled with seasoned shoppers and star struck fans alike. Turk’s line of womenswear is known for its floral prints and [...]May 2, 2013
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