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Guest Post: Fashion Week Cleveland Recap

The only downside of heading out of town for friends’ wedding festivities is that I’ve had to miss out on a lot of Cleveland’s recent events – like Fashion Week Cleveland.

Fortunately, I was able to turn to the most fashionable lady I know and ask her if she wanted to blog about FWC for me. Thanks, Elizabeth Grepp, for your guest post:

Many thanks to guest blogger Elizabeth, her sister and Sarah for sharing the sights of Fashion Week Cleveland on Clue Into CLE!

This past weekend was the conclusion of the 9th annual Fashion Week Cleveland (FWC) and I couldn’t have been more thrilled when Amanda asked me to cover their GlamJam and Gala events for her.

After all, Women’s Wear Daily called FWC “…a regional phenomenon that’s become the nation’s third largest fashion week.” Put that in the win column, Cleveland!

FWC ran two weekends starting May 5. My lovely galpal, Sarah, agreed to tag along with me for their first weekend of festivities and work the camera at GlamJam.

Elizabeth and Sarah make the rounds at FWC’s GlamJam

We started our evening with a pre-show dinner at Chinato and then made our way over to the Halle Building for an evening of fashion and music from the region. Outside the building, folks were lined up to dine at local food trucks Fired Up Tacos, Hodge Podge and Nosh Box.

Once inside, the evening featured dancers, installation art, wearable art, and performance art culminating in a casual fashion show.

And, of course, there was music. My favorite band of the evening was Columbus-based Matt Reed & TGP, who played a set that would please anyone who digs hip hop or Micheal Bublé.

Columbus-based Matt Reed & TGP performing at GlamJam

Unfortunately, I was too consumed with what was going on upstairs to snatch a stellar seat for the GlamJam Runway show. The last row was my ultimate destination and since the runway wasn’t raised, it was difficult to see.

However, it was worth it after I ended up next to a lovely gentleman named Frank. As it turned out, Frank’s girlfriend is Amanda Sader who was second in charge for the Gala the following weekend.

Model Mia steals the show at GlamJam

Talk about a stroke of good luck! Throughout the show I got the inside scoop from her about the designers. Hands down, my favorite moment of the evening was pint-sized Mia who stole my heart with her lovely wearable art.

There was an after party at the Wyndham and we popped in to check out the scene but were too pooped from fashion to stay out and party with the models and designers. Maybe next year…

The Sisters Grepp pose for a photo while they wait for the doors to open at FWC’s gala

I consider myself a fashionista but my sister puts me to shame. Since she attended Fashion Institute of Technology and minored in photography, I asked her to be my date for the Black Tie Gala on the 12th.

After much obsessing over what to wear, we found ourselves in similar outfits: color in a sea of black!

Because we were so excited for the evening, we made sure to arrive promptly at 7:30 to take advantage of our VIP tickets.

However, despite my best efforts to sneak in multiple times, we waited outside for about 45 minutes before the doors opened.

I tried to snoop once we were in, even asking Sader what had happened. No one seemed to know. Perhaps it was their way of building suspense for the event? While I didn’t mind waiting, I was surrounded by many displeased people.

Even Fashion Week Cleveland’s cupcakes had fashionable accessories

The food was provided by L’Albatross, Stone Mad and Flour. Sadly, being of the vegetarian persuasion, I couldn’t indulge in any of the food. Instead, I lived vicariously through my sister. She gave the food two thumbs up.

In the VIP area, there was more food and free drinks as well as vendors set-up with items for sale and raffles.  I spent a lot of my time meandering through the silent auction, looking over items ranging from unique pieces of couture to free shoes from Crocs.

Because I was drinking cans of Yuengling and couldn’t eat most of the food, I didn’t even realize that the wine or food had run out early until people told me after the event.  So much for being aware of my surroundings!

While we wandered, we were entertained by the musical stylings of the band, Night. Jenna, their lead singer, also had art in a gallery that evening.

After they were done performing we went downstairs to watch the evening’s runway show.  Again, I got stuck too far back to be able to see anything below torso level. An intermittent video feed from the event made viewing somewhat easier.

The fashions on the runway overshadowed many of the hiccups from the pre-party

Just like the previous weekend, I ended up next to another fashion insider for this show! Shannon went to Kent State University and studied Fashion Merchandising. She was there to support designer Trista L Grieder of Profig Designs.

FWC’s founder Donald C. Shingler said a few words before the runway show and then we were shown a video montage of hot spots in Cleveland. After that, things kicked off with Barbara Rubright’s collection, with clear influences from Chanel.

The rest went by in a blur but my favorite collection of the evening was by Jamie Powell. Her Americana throwback style was adorable and the models were wearing sailor hats. It was love at first sight!

Jamie Powell’s line featuring an Americana throwback style and sailor hats was love at first sight for Elizabeth

Each attendee was given a schwag bag with goodies from the sponsors that included everything from dots lip gloss to mini aveda shampoos.

Despite some kinks in the event planning, the fashion at FWC was trés chic and I look forward to seeing how they improve for the 10th annual FWC next year!

About the Guest Contributor:

Elizabeth Grepp is a Cleveland boomeranger, yoga teacher, kindness advocate, wannabe foodie and a vintage enthusiast. Weekends she can be found exploring CLE+ or traveling to visit friends in exotic cities, like Columbus. You can follow her on twitter with the handle @cleyogi!

Elizabeth takes a moment from the fun of GlamJam to jot down notes on the evening

Disclosure: Amanda, here – I was invited to attend Fashion Week Cleveland in exchange for hosting a giveaway and previewing it.  Because I was unable to attend, Elizabeth Grepp attended on my behalf to blog about it.

Giveaway: Be a Fashion Week Cleveland VIP!

Want the VIP treatment at this year’s Fashion Week Cleveland? There are 5 easy ways to enter!

I just got back from our annual weekend of comic book epicness in Chicago, only to drive to Connecticut in 3 days for wedding #4 of the year (congratulations, Graham and Aubrey!).

However, there’s no rest for the weary (seriously! I’m writing this at 3am) because I have a really fun giveaway to share today:

Last week I hinted at it during my preview of the 9th annual Fashion Week Cleveland.

Running May 4 through May 12, this year’s showcase will feature runway shows, parties, and educational exhibits – and you have the chance to attend two of the week’s premier events for free!

The winner of the Clue Into Cleveland giveaway will not just get a pair of tickets to GlamJam: Fashion & Music in the Rock City on May 5, but also a pair of VIP tickets to Fashion Week Cleveland’s black-tie Runway Shows on May 12.

There are 5 Easy Ways to Enter the Giveaway!

**You must leave a separate comment on this post for each entry**

1) Leave a comment sharing why you want to attend Fashion Week Cleveland (need some ideas? learn more about the fashion festival here). You’ll earn one entry for doing this.

2) Like “Fashion Week Cleveland” and “Clue Into Cleveland” on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know you did both.

3) Follow @CLE_FashionWeek and @ADHicken on Twitter and leave me a comment letting me know you did both.

4) Twitter users can get an extra entry each day for tweeting: “I just entered @ADHicken’s giveaway for a chance to be a @CLE_FashionWeek VIP and you can too!  Enter here: http://wp.me/pPIgG-1bp”  (Each day you do this, you must leave a new comment.)

5) Want to share your fashion style? Get another entry each day for tweeting a picture of your most fashionable outfit accompanied with the following: “@CLE_FashionWeek and @ADHicken, I love this outfit because…”  (Each day you tweet a new outfit, you must leave a new comment below.)

You have until this Friday, April  20 at 11:59PM to enter.  On Saturday, April 21, I will select a winner using Random.org and will announce the winner’s name on my blog.  Remember to leave a separate comment for each entry – good luck!

***Disclosure: I was provided 2 tickets to give away to a reader. As always, my thoughts and the choice of events I share are 100% my own. Images courtesy of Fashion Week Cleveland.***

Fashion Week Cleveland's Forward Momentum

May 4-12

When I attended my first Cleveland International Film Festival last month to see Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, I was mesmerized by her story – a woman whose fearless personality and unconventional views on beauty transformed fashion during her time at Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.

This May, Cleveland will showcase our next generation of fashion innovators during the 9th annual Fashion Week Cleveland (May 4-12).

Fashion Week Cleveland has been called the third largest fashion week after New York and LA by Women’s Wear Daily and offers a week of runway shows and parties, as well as exhibits, workshops and educational events.

The press conference for Fashion Week Cleveland 2012 not just gave a peek at some of the fashions, but also at this year's lineup of events

Drawing upon its mission of being the nation’s “Educational Fashion Week,” the week’s events will both entertain and provide insightful perspectives on the topics of fashion, design, and merchandising.

With the theme of Fashion Forward, this year’s Fashion Week focuses on showing the public and retailers the future of Cleveland’s downtown consumer and fashion district.

By educating audiences about Cleveland’s potential as a fashion and design star, Fashion Week Cleveland hopes to inspire those in retail to consider bringing their business ventures here and join those like Dredgers Union and CLE Clothing Co. who are building a vibrant shopping experience downtown.

Fashion Week Cleveland's runway shows on May 12 will highlight the innovative work of a number of area designers

So this May head downtown for two weekends of educational, entertaining and breathtaking fashion events:

Friday, May 4

Retail’s Night Out! (8-10 pm; Free)

Saturday, May 5

GlamJam Fashion and Music in the Rock City (8-11 pm; $10)

Fashion Rocks After-party (11 pm-2 am; Free)

Friday, May 11

Dressed documentary showing at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Q&A with designer Nary Manivong and director David Swajeski (6:45 pm; $9 General Admission, $7 CMA members and students)

The Artists’ Salon After-party at L’Albatros (9 pm – midnight; Free)

Saturday, May 12

Runway Shows  and Black Tie Gala (8 – 11 pm; $40 Special Guest Admission, $100 VIP)

Mad About Fashion After-Party (11 pm – 2 am; Free)

Fashion Week Cleveland features a number of educational events such as the documentary Dressed at CMA

Updates and more information about the events schedule can be found on Fashion Week Cleveland’s website, Facebook and @CLE_FashionWeek.

Plus, come back next week for a very special Clue Into Cleveland Fashion Week treat!

(Note: Photos and logo courtesy of Fashion Week Cleveland)