I sat with Erika Spence from The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce for a while on Thursday morning at the new Smart Coffee on Park Avenue talking Harriett’s Park Avenue Fashion Week. One Sarah Grafton was supposed to join us, but diligently remained at the office with a client meeting which went long.
This little fashion show begun 7 years ago isn’t so little, as anyone who’s ever attended knows well. It’s a GRAND effort brought about by tons of work from lots of volunteers. It’s a wonderful reflection on this community, the energy and enthusiasm of its business community, and truly an amazing spotlight for all businesses involved.
Tickets for the show, to take place October 19, go on sale this coming week. But there are events between now and then, and many beforehand that week. Harriett’s Happy Hour, to take place at the Orlando Ballet, is already SOLD OUT. But there’s another event — a VERY cool event, I believe — which will take place at Maxine’s on Shine, spotlighting this year’s ‘Emerging Designer’ hopefuls. As of yesterday 10 had submitted portfolios, but Erika said the vast majority of entries come in last minute, which was today.
Last year, the ‘Emerging Designer’ piece was something I wrote about, meeting each of them, talking about their approach to the very UNconventional challenge they were given: making futuristic fashion looks from materials used by city employees outdoors everyday. Flags, signs, planting materials, wiring and more were included. And the looks were amazing. That’s not just fashion; it’s FUN!
There are only 50 tickets available to the event at Maxine’s on September 23, and will be available until gone for $25. They won’t last long! Tickets for events and other information can always be found at the website: http://www.parkavenuefashionweek.com/.
The show itself is changing this year, with a VIP tent, attached to the normal 20,000 square foot tent containing the show. VIP tickets will be $150, and general admission $50. VIP will include drinks and light bites from Local restaurants. I’ll detail more on this in future blogs.
Models are already rehearsing for the show, and stores are selecting their music, will be selecting models and creating their own “Look Books” soon. No, this does not happen over night. It’s planned for much of the year and when July hits, the work really kicks in, becoming almost a separate job for all those involved.
As I attend more of these events I’ll try to take some video to share, as it gets interesting. If you like reality shows, this is sort of like ‘America’s Next Top Model’ meets ‘Project Runway’, and yes, there are sure to be some diva moments! (I hope.) 🙂
Last year was my first year attending the show and if you have not been, you wouldn’t believe what you are missing. Bryant Park comes to Winter Park one night a year and it’s exciting.
Celebrating Art, Life
Tonight is the newest exhibit at 1350 West Art Gallery on Fairbanks Avenue. This is not your regular art gallery for a number of reasons. Tops there would be that it IS in The Carey Hand Cox Parker Funeral Home.
Some do a bit of a double take at that recognition. I likely did one myself the first time I heard about it. But certainly not anymore.
Stories I’ve heard of those who’ve lost LUVed ones and are attending services who end up wandering in the gallery, seeking solace and comfort there is the sort of positive experience many Artists would want for their art. It’s about Art reflecting life, helping to celebrate it, and console. I’ve heard many times people pose the question, what is art? I even took a college course asking just that. But another question would be, what is the purpose of art? I’m going to ponder that for many Artists, including my own works done over the years, it’s to inspire, to be enjoyed, to soothe, calm, put a smile on someone’s face, take them some place else . . . to impact others in a positive way.
And THAT is this wonderful gallery inside the Carey Hand Cox Parker Funeral Home.
So, I have to finish this up now, to get on my way to the opening: The Power of Pink. If you see this before, it’s TONIGHT! Join us, five to eight!
AND . . . watch for FLOCK THIS! More on that coming in the next month.
Til next time . . . holy bricks & Spanish moss, I LUV Winter Park!