The glitz and glamour of Cincinnati Design Week culminated with Chaser, “a non-traditional runway show featuring global talent that is sure to impress.” Add in a myriad of local talent and cutting edge designs, with the grand architecture of the historic Masonic Center setting the perfect backdrop, the finale show was stunning.
First to strut their stuff down the runway was Ohio Against the World from designer Floyd Johnson, with a show that oozed black, white and leather. Designs ranged from white jumpsuits, to black leather street wear, LGBT inspired “The Shade” visors and an edgy white, knee-length dress. You can check out OATW’s shop on their website www.oatw-usa.com.
Local DAAP (Design, Art, Architecture and Planning) graduates, Megan Rizzo, Kelsey Fairhurst and Brooke Garner also had collections walk the runway. The trio had shared a glimpse of their collections earlier this year at the DAAP Fashion Show, so the crowd was anticipating an impressive follow-up. With tree-like textures, exaggerated headwear and something I liken to “Motown Chic,” the designs both seemed vintage and futuristic; the ladies did not disappoint.
Cincinnati’s premiere fashion designer, Amy Kirchen, also presented a collection that was poised to impress. The women’s fashion designer, who has garnered national attention for her work, transported us to a lux destination with the golden hues, the sparkles and the rich colors of her Resort Collection. You can check out Amy’s boutique and other collections at www.amykirchen.com.
Chris Berre, Chris Sutton and Anthony Graziani, brought us a testosterone fueled show from Article Menswear. With denim, scarves, plaid, bags and boots, the show was upbeat and showed the men of Cincinnati that fall fashion does exist, and that this is how it’s done. Be sure to check out www.articlemenswear.com and visit their brand new location in Over the Rhine.
Jovani and designer Julie DuRocher, closed the night with a glamorous collection of high end dresses straight from the red carpets of Hollywood. Jovani showed a variety of gowns, evening and cocktail dresses, as well as high-end couture that dazzled the crowd and left them wanting more.
With the help of local promoters like FashionCincy, this city’s underground fashion movement is quickly making mainstream strides; Cincinnati designers, boutique owners and fashionista’s continue to pull out all the stops to collaborate and create genuine experiences for the fashion mavens of the Midwest.
Bravo, Cincinnati; Job well done.