Cincinnati Fashion Week wrap-up
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Cincinnati Fashion Week wrap-up

The inaugural edition of Cincinnati Fashion Week ended on a high note last week, with a show for emerging designers at Suite at Blackfinn on Thursday and el grande finale (I like to mix French and Spanish—I call it Sprench*) fashion show Friday evening at the Hyatt.

I attended an AIGA event about the future of design on Thursday evening (possibly more on that later), but I arrived at the fashion show just in time to see the Lisa Malanij and Lindsey Lusignolo collections strut down the runway. There was a certain dichotomy on display: Lisa’s collection would surely look at home on the likes of punk-pop divas like Rihanna and Ciara, while Lindsey’s vintage-inspired flapper dresses and satin gowns practically cried out for Dita von Teese. Divergent styles, indeed.

I tried to keep going, but was so tired from a full day at work + the design event that I didn’t even bother to change out of my flats (me! in a club!)—I drank my Shirley Temple, took a few not-so-great photos, grabbed some Chipotle, and headed home.

Friday was the “big dog” event, complete with VIP section, an appearance by Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, and runway finale by Cincinnati-bred designer David Meister.

I volunteered to work the VIP section, but things got a little wacky with the guest lists not being printed properly (was anyone else reminded of that “Kell on Earth” episode with the Chado dramz?), so I was recruited to man the VIP area in the main ballroom. I tried to focus on taking pictures and convincing myself that my shoes felt as good as they looked as I checked people’s wristbands, but it was all for naught.

Vendors were set up in the main lobby, and the line to get in was loooong.

The crowd waited (im)patiently for the show to begin, while the event hosts ham it up on stage.

I nabbed a seat early, but wound up spending most of the show on the floor at the foot of the runway with a few other photographers. People kept asking me if I was a photographer. I almost lied and said yes, but I figure I should at least get a real flash before I start telling that fib.

The show started with St. Louis-based TrashBiscuit and included 12 designers, including Cincinnati collective The Brush Factory (remember the article about Rosie in issue #5 of Style Sample?), Grace Mae, Arbitrage, Mila Pershyna, Daequan, Anne Pachan, Lisa Malanij, Amy Kirchen, Laura Dawson, Amy Longo, and David Meister.

This vest and dress were my favorite pieces from The Brush Factory’s collection–which received enthusiastic applause, though their music was apparently changed sans notification–and I’ve already checked into having a custom version of the dress made. Hey, they had the flats right there!

Trash Biscuit was fun, colorful, and raunchy–like Richie Rich’s wet dream.

Are you telling me that Lisa Malanij look isn’t perfect for a Ciara video? Emily, call her stylist stat!

David Meister’s collection was elegant and refined, as expected. My personal taste is much less so, but the dresses were lovely nonetheless.

I was too pooped to hit the after party (getting old…), so I finished** my wine, hopped on my bike (probably not the best idea since I was operating on an empty stomach), and wobbled my way home.

Any other Cincinnati Fashion Week attendees out there? What did you think?

*Or should it be Franish?
**By “finished,” I mean I drank half of the glass and left the rest behind. I’m kind of a lightweight.

  • Randy A. Simes

    April 26, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Thanks for compiling this wrap-up. UrbanCincy’s Jeremy Mosher was there photographing the event as well, so look for photos on the site soon. Looks like a tremendous event altogether…especially the Fashion Finale.

    Funny-ish random thought, I used to know Jen Dalton when she worked as the marketing person for Panera Bread in SW Ohio. Near the end of her time there she started doing gigs for Local 12 and the rest was history. Way to go Jen!

    • tamia

      April 27, 2010 at 7:14 pm

      I never knew that about Jen! You never know where life will lead you…

  • Kristin G

    April 26, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    So glad you got all these great pictures. Looks like it was a great time.

    • tamia

      April 27, 2010 at 7:13 pm

      It really was fun, and nice to see so much support!

  • Liz

    April 27, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Trash Biscuit looks super fun! Awesome event. And you mentioned Kell on Earth…ahhh I die.

    P.S Eat Pray Love…amazing. And I struggle with the Love part the most too.

    • tamia

      April 27, 2010 at 7:13 pm

      I made FriendBoy download the entire season of Kell on Earth just so I could watch whenever the mood strikes. I’m slightly obsessed…

  • Alicia

    April 27, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    You speak Sprench too?!?!

    Of course I didn’t know there was a word for it, but I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who does this. LOL.

    • tamia

      May 2, 2010 at 3:49 pm

      I’m fluent! In my mind, “yo” and “je” are interchangeable, and greeting with Hola then saying au revoir before leaving is perfectly natural.

  • Marian

    April 28, 2010 at 7:19 am

    thanks for the roundup

  • Nicole

    May 2, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Hi Tamia! You have a photo of me in Mila’s pink dress and I was wondering- would you mind sending me the original? Did you take any more pictures? I would love to see them if you don’t mind! Thanks!

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