Attention Fashionistas: The wait is over…Fashion Week of Rochester is finally back! Running from Tuesday, October 14th until Sunday, October 19th, the week is comprised of runway shows and events that highlight local designers, artists and businesses as well as the history and beauty of Rochester, all while benefiting The Center For Youth. Venues around the city will be transformed to display the fashion, art, entertainment and the creativity of our community. Founders Elaine Spaull and Meghan Mundy have worked hard to create an event that appeals to all types of people. A full description of events complete with vendors can be found here on the official Fashion Week of Rochester website, and with a vast array of events over the six days and nights there is surely something for everyone.
As a special addition to Fashion Week, patrons will have the chance to purchase limited edition Aquavation series by Abigail Riggs Collection water bottles that feature prints from our silk scarf collection. With the purchase of one of these special and sustainable water bottles, you will also receive a raffle ticket and be entered to win fabulously fashionable prizes, including a Mrs. Ballington Booth bag. Bottles will be sold for $10 at The Fashion Exchange, High Tea High Fashion, and The Boutique Crawl, with all proceeds going towards The Center For Youth.
What: The Fashion Exchange is an opportunity to upcycle gently used clothing and accessories by trading them in for different items. There will be 20 vendors as well as music and entertainment.
Where: Memorial Art Gallery
When: Tuesday, October 14th, 12pm – 7:30pm
What: The Sibley Tea Room will be filled with human and doggie models alike, both sporting chic high fashion looks. For many Rochesterians this event will be a trip down memory lane, reminding them of a time when shopping and enjoying tea and lunch at Sibley’s Department Store was an elegant and special day out. And be on the lookout for our Mrs. Ballington Booth bag, both on and off the runway!
Where: Sibley Tower Building
When: Wednesday, October 15th, 4 – 6:30pm, show at 5pm.
What: Celebrating our local artists, their work will be on display as models walk the runway in evening wear and lingerie.
Where: Merkel Donohue Building
When: Thursday, October 16th, 7 – 10pm, show at 8pm.
What: Fashion week’s family show, each collection comes together to create an inter-generational runway featuring twins, grandchildren and grandparents. This is also the show where our own Abby Riggs will make her design debut with her “Shawls For Shelter.”
Where: Rundel Memorial Library
When: Friday, October 17th, 7 – 10pm, show at 8pm.
What: This final runway show, held in an unconventional and unparalleled venue, will be as much a celebration of fashion week as it is a showcase of the latest in formal evening wear.
Where: Midtown Tunnel
When: Saturday, October 18th, 7 – 10pm, show at 8pm.
What: Beginning on East Ave and ending in Pittsford Village, this all-day shopping affair is our city’s version of Fashion’s Night Out. With 27 boutiques participating, it is almost impossible to leave this event empty handed.
Where: East Avenue Inn & Suites
When: Sunday, October 19th, registration at 10am, Crawl at 11am.
So whether you are looking for a fun family activity, a romantic date night, or a glamorous girl’s night out, Fashion Week of Rochester offers something for all Rochesterians to enjoy. Tickets available at Wegmans.