Local Love-themed show launches Syracuse Fashion Week

Local Love launches Syracuse Fashion Week

Models, designers and event-goers rejoiced at the first in-person fashion week event in over a year.
Published: October 1, 2021 | Updated: October 10th, 2021 at 6:40 pm
A model gets ready backstage prior to the show on Thursday night.
A model gets ready backstage prior to the show on Thursday night at Syracuse Fashion Week.

A handful of local designers displayed show-stopping looks Thursday night in the kickoff event for Syracuse Fashion Week.

The event took place in the lobby of the Aloft Syracuse Inner Harbor hotel, where people gathered to admire signature designs and discuss the night’s fashion statements.

After a long year and a half battling a global pandemic, in-person fashion shows are making a comeback — which was celebrated before the start of the event. After waiting to show their creative clothing combinations and aesthetics, designers and models joined forces to make a passionate return to the runway.

Before the start of the show, models flocked to the nearby hotel bar to grab a drink before retreating back to a conference suite-turned-dressing room before showtime.

A model walks down the runway at Syracuse Fashion Week.

A model walks down the runway at Syracuse Fashion Week.

A double exposure in camera shows off one of the designs that paid homage to the past century on Thursday.

A double exposure in camera shows off one of the designs that paid homage to the past century on Thursday.

In the dimly lit hotel lobby, models of different ages strutted down a make-shift runway between couches, loveseats, and tables. They donned designs varying from animal-inspired outfits, to ensembles paying homage to vintage style.

The designs spanned from bridal couture to Syracuse University activewear and everyday attire to chic streetwear.

Some of the designers featured were Adornato Couture, Cella V Boutique, JPHii Designs, Manny’s, ShaMoon, and Lucky Mae.

While the event brought out only a few dozen people for the first night, the organization’s community impact is extensive. So far, Syracuse Fashion Week has fundraised the money to provide over 40,000 meals for the Food Bank of Central New York, and they continue to invite event-goers to participate. During the show, the host encouraged the audience to donate even more money, gathering nearly $200 more in just a few minutes.

Syracuse Fashion Week has two upcoming events left on its three-day agenda. Stay tuned for “Fashions At The Mansion” and “After Dark.”

Correction:

In a previous version of this article, it was incorrectly stated that Syracuse Fashion Week fundraised $40,000 for the Food Bank of Central New York. Syracuse Fashion Week has raised money to provide 40,000 meals for the Central Food Bank of New York. This article has been updated to correct this.

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