September 5th, is officially the start of New York Fashion Week, followed by London, Milan and finally Paris, rounding off what is now known as Fashion Month. Individual cities also celebrate local designers by hosting independent fashion weeks, but unfortunately Cleveland does not have one. However, if you have been following my blog, then you already know I'm not one to cry over spilled milk and I love to take matters into my own hands- so I decided to host my own Fashion Month (read here and here for previous attempts) creating and attending my own events while adding a fashion and style challenge in the mix. Keep reading if you want to participate!
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.
I know that March Madness is usually used in reference to college basketball (or that one rap song by Future, depending on what you are in to), but for me it had a whole different meaning. The month of March is usually the beginning of a new fashion season and fashion shows and events start popping up all around Cleveland, as we all try to unthaw and enjoy the hope of a glimpse of spring. In between the high energy fashion shows I attended, I participated in a few cool fashion events as well...
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.
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.
As a fashion stylist it is important for me to have immediate references at any given moment and my head is full of them: vintage movie stills, runway shows from the 80's and 90's, album covers and fashion campaigns from decades ago, cinematography from foreign films, posters of my favorite rappers and singers from Word Up magazine, television shows from the 70's and 90's, images from 70's, fashion photography, childhood book covers and most importantly- song lyrics. Read on about how one particular line from rapper Andre 3000 helped style my shoot with photographer Jasmine Golphin of Welcome to Midnight...
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