Cleveland, Ohio fashion designer and show producer Vaughn Glover is what I would call a "designer's designer", meaning his sewing skills and techniques coupled with his superior manipulation of fabrics and detailing make him a favorite among those in the industry, but the same skills help entertain and wow a local crowd of fashionistas at his annual fashion shows. This year at the The #Highsewciety Sewcial Runway of Life show presented by Waki Wear Productions on March 24th, 2019, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Beachwood, Ohio was no different.
Everyday I am reminded of the fact that the body positive movement is here to stay, and it should be since it is an exercise in self love and acceptance. The latest event where I witnessed that was on March 10th, 2019, at the He Loves Curves Fashion Show in Cleveland, Ohio.
It's super cold right now, and as I glance out my window I can see that my street is blanketed with enough snow for me to have to put on my heavy boots and not the cute ones I wore on Sunday to Ms. DeeDee's 44th Annual Fashion Show! I didn't care how much snow was on the ground, I wasn't about to miss this event, and I could tell by the amount of extra chairs needed at the venue for the sold out crowd that I wasn't the only one, and if you have ever been to any of Ms. DeeDee's past shows then you know exactly why.
I honestly don't cover New York Fashion Week/Month anymore because for me the thrill is gone. It used to be all about the clothes and quickly became a hype based fashion event for everyone outside of the industry. It is a former shell of what Eleanor Lambert started with her "press week" in 1943 when American fashion was pushed to the forefront due to World War II.
The week long show case of American fashions set the blueprint for Fashion Week as we know it today, but so many things have changed since then- starting with the move from Bryant Park, the influx of celebrity designers and the designer as celebrity, boring legacy houses that dominate media based on name alone who only design according to what sells, and the blatant erasure of black designers, media and models- all made me lose interest. However this season was a little different...
In the past three years I have attended so many fashion shows blogging with my FlyGirl Chronicles series that I had to sit down and take a break for a minute! It is so easy to get burnt out when you do something repeatedly with no breaks (even if you love it) and before that happened I decided to get choosy about what shows I attend and cover because I'm not gonna lie- it can get boring and exhausting as hell- the waiting, the erratic temperatures, the repetition of models and designers- it can be a lot! It's the exact opposite of actually being behind the scenes where it's constant motion and action. However I do love it and now I try to attend fashion shows that seem to offer something different- like the last two shows that I saw.
On Sunday, June 10th I participated in the Squad Up Models 3rd Annual Fashion Jam, hosted by comedian Brian Tidwell. I styled two scenes in this showcase and I loved how my models worked the runway!
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