Make Way for Boston Fashion Week 2015
Paris, Milan, London, New York City, Boston? Four of these cities are known as fashion capitals of the world; our beloved Beantown? Not so much. But the latest installment of the city’s rapidly expanding Fashion Week aims to bring haute couture to the Hub.
Founded in 1995 by designer and author Jay Calderin, Boston Fashion Week was created to bring sophistication and style to a city more known for its winter apparel than anything else. It is a week-long event that, like other cities’ fashion weeks, highlights designers of local and international fame.
Boston Fashion Week 2015 kicks off with the appropriately named The Sixth Floor: Official Boston Fashion Week Opening Event at the Sixth Floor at 100 Federal Street in Downtown Crossing. The wide, white space is deigned to become a “blank canvas for fashion” on September 27th, and is poised to feature influential designers, models, photographers, and other giants in the industry.
Those who attend will be treated to photography by Sadie Dayton, the “White Wash” painting collection by designer/artist Robert Merton, and the first-ever public viewing of “Projected Beginnings,” a multi-media installation by Bob Packert. The ticket (which may only be ordered online) comes with a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres.
Other exhibits starting or debuting that Sunday include “Wearable Art;” an installation featuring non-textile fashion creations by the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, “Downtown;” an exhibition of outdoor fashion images taken in Downtown Crossing by photographer Tracy Aiguier, “The Bridal Event;” a bridal runway show hosted by L’Elite Occasions & Musette Bridal, “HardWear Technology;” a runway show utilizing 3D computer programming and interactive clothing; and more!
Subsequent days of Boston Fashion Week boast a similar wealth of options for prospective attendees.
On Monday, fashion lovers may treat themselves to “The Hand of Fashion,” an event geared towards the craftmanship that goes into making fashion pieces and accessories. It will feature the work of designers Marie Galvin, Maryanne Meservey, Chynna Pope, Kent Stetson, Dylan Uscher, and more! Those interested need only buy a ticket and return to the site of the week’s opening event at the Sixth Floor.
Ladies looking for an event tailored to them may want to check out Tuesday’s “Powerful Women Empowering Women” event at the Royale Boston on Tremont Street. The event is run by designer Denise Hajjar, comes with complimentary wine and cocktails, and will see 15% of all sales sent to Dress for Success Boston, an organization that provides professional clothing and confidence training to low-income women.
Those looking for an event with Boston Fashion Week founder Jay Calderin in attendance should look no further than the “Open Runway,” which is held at Summer Street Plaza on Wednesday the 30th. Calderin will be hosting this open fashion event featuring local designers, and he will be joined by four designers who made their debut in previous Boston Fashion Weeks—Jeffrey Dickerson, Tatiana Tejedor, Chynna Pope, and Carlos Villamil.
For a full selection of the week’s events and more information on where to get tickets, check out the official Boston Fashion Week 2015 schedule. It even features critical fashion events that take place long after the official fashion week ends.