Jacksonville Fashion Week: Day 2—Emerging Designers

A favorite for many, the emerging designer event showcases the work of relatively new designers who are often making their debut.

Last night, Jacksonville Fashion Week was filled with lots of flowing fabrics, orange hues, and fresh creativity.

Amanda Perez a sweet parade of barefoot little girls in braids, prancing in summertime play sets.

Mia Merrit wide-legged pants, flowing and luminescent fabrics made me want to take a vacation with this resort-casual collection.

Liz Dunham men in shoulder patches? Yes please. This collection had the right touch of bold color blocking that had me thinking of 1940s German military.

Uliana Urubzhilova super high waist pants with buttons down the front were very fun but my favorite piece was a dress with (wait for it) a bustle! Love. (photo to come)

April Wilder masculine color blocked coat = sleek

E MARIE loved the romantic swimsuit with ostrich plums and deep crisscross lacing down the back.

Lisa Kaminski great styling for this collection of bikinis: springy wooden wedge shoes and gold hoop earrings the size of dinner plates, plus Tara Block sporting a color blocked swimsuit while being accompanied by a four legged cutie. Can I have her abs please?

Janie G Couture enjoyed the pastel earth tones replacing more traditional pinks and blues, wonderful prints, and possibly my favorite piece of the evening was a gorgeous floor length dress: white bodice, half long half short skirt (a look I normally the) burnt orange skirt, the entire piece edged with a copper ruffles. Devine.


All photos courtesy of the talented Mario Peralta (thank you!)

Jacksonville Fashion Week: Day 1

In recent years, it has become more popular to see cities outside the top four (New York, London, Milan, and Paris) hosting a successful Fashion Week.

When Tiffany Hager started her online boutique www.LoveOfDresses.com she became involved in the Jacksonville fashion scene and right away began to put together what would be one of Jacksonville’s premiere events. “I discovered there was so much talent in Jacksonville, so many of these individuals are nationally recognized and I felt that there should be an outlet to highlight and showcase their work.”

This is the second year Jacksonville has held a Fashion Week and I’m really excited to see what they have changed or improved upon.

Last night, a panel of industry experts gave background stories on how they started their careers and answered questions from the crowd.

I was fortunate enough to have exclusive time with a few of them and was really pleased to learn that all these New Yorkers were nearly giddy about Jacksonville’s sudden rise into the ranks. The running theme as I was chatting with them is a dream to do more. That fire to succeed at something that may seem out of reach, even their varied backgrounds tell you that these people took a chance and went outside their roles in life to pursue what they were passionate about.

It goes beyond long legs and bright lights and is inspiring, even for those who could care less about fashion.

If you have not purchased tickets already, you can buy them at the door. The shows are not only fun, but they are a great opportunity to network with people who have a wide variety of backgrounds.

The remaining schedule is below:

Thursday, March 29th – Runway Shows featuring an emerging designer showcase and presenting designers at Metropolitan Park from 7-10pm

Friday, March 30th – Runway Shows presented by designers at Metropolitan Park from 7-10pm

Saturday, March 31st  – NEW for 2012! Bridal Show presented by two national designers and brunch at Epping Forest Yacht Club from 11am-1pm

Saturday, March 31st  – Official JFW Wrap Party hosted by Suite Nightclub from 8-10pm

More info at www.jaxfashionweek.com