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Are you still looking for that perfect and affordable ensemble for Prom for yourself or even for your daughter? Or are you finding yourself to have a closet full of dresses that need to be positively “re-homed”…look no further!  Kimberly Lehman of Love, Laughter and Elegance has an event this weekend on April 26th that fits your needs. She is taking donations and also appointments for those that are needing outfitted for their upcoming prom. (Sorry donations ended the 20th but stay tuned for future events)

When & Where:  Saturday, April 26th, 7-9pm at Shiloh Baptist Church at 1111 3rd St SE Massillon, Ohio

Find the event on Facebook, here: Love, Laughter & Elegance – Prom Dress Drive – April 26th  from 7-9pm

For more details contact Kimberly Lehman:  330-313-6030




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Recently at a fashion event a designer that showcased afterwards told me “Cleveland has no fashion industry.” I can honestly say after trying to in a few quick words prove the designer wrong that I have stewed on these words since. Sometimes vocally to other professionals that I know in fashion, and sometimes to myself especially when I see other local designers or small to large businesses trying to make it in the fashion industry. To me the fashion industry is all encompassing whether it’s from resale, design, boutique or even the farmer that has wool producing animals with a small shop to sell their goods (sometimes even handmade).

In the past I have researched quite extensively “where has our fashion industry gone” and I came up with – no where. It’s is still here and “loud and proud.” It may not be in the large garment factories we had at one point along the Erie shores but I spied years ago in downtown Akron a bridal garment operation that is ran by Vera Wang Luxe in Canal Place. There are many designers with shops throughout Cleveland also – just have to look for it (or search my blog many have been featured!). There are even some factories still that have made local press when their employees go on strike for better wages – such as the Hugo Boss factory in Brooklyn. Those are just a few quick examples – so instead of going to the Walmarts, Targets or even the mall to buy your clothing go to a local clothier or boutique. A short list if you are in Cleveland check out communities such as Coventry Village or in Akron their are also many areas including Hudson, Highland Square or just the various downtown Akron retailers.

But, we have lost a lot of our garment industry and for historical perspective I am including a timeline of sorts found on the Cleveland Retail Commissions webpage that lists many of the great textile businesses we have lost and what Cleveland neighborhood they were in. The fashion industry is not dead in Ohio or today more specifically the Northern Ohio area I specify. It is all in your own perspective and how you utilize it and take advantage of it.

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Who remembers Suede from Project Runway? Of course you do!

Suede is a Kent State Fashion School alumni and this week is embarking on a promo tour in the Kent and Hudson areas for his line of fabrics and patterns at Jo-Ann Fabrics.

Join in on the fun!


Details for where to be when:

Feb 1 – in store event at Jo-Ann Stores Flagship store – Hudson, Ohio. 5:30PM – 7:30 PM

Feb 2- Free Fashion Show, Meet and Greet – Kent State University Fashion School. Show times 1 pm and 3:30 PM.

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From bottom of the state to the top it is a very busy weekend! While we only have a partial list here are some of our favorite events going on to mention that we would love for everyone to support. You can always email us if there is anything else and even post it to the Facebook page for others to see.


Bras with Flair on the Square – Visit Cincy Chic for more details!

Posh Pup Fashion Show – Link for details, here. I am excited to say I’ll be at this show and will have many photographs to bring you and a full review!


Shimmy AND Shake for Autism – make sure you stop by and say hello to The Artful Cricket! For more details visit their event page on Facebook.


Taxi – Mgmt Grand Gala. More details here including details about the event from the press release.

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Do you know of any events that are either a local fashion week, boutique opening, designer trunk show – anything fashion forward let us know!

Email us at: nora @ ohiofashionista.com

ImageImage from Michigan Fashion Week 2012 – Johnny Bomber

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Do you know of any events that are either a local fashion week, boutique opening, designer trunk show – anything fashion forward let us know!

Email us at: editor @ ohiofashionista.com

ImageImage from Michigan Fashion Week 2012 – Johnny Bomber

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Henna parties are on the rise again as not just a form of cultural art but an art form “fad”.  Recent conversations and reminising back to henna parties I have attended prompted my research about why it was easy to find the brown henna but the black henna on local store shelves.  And truly with good reason – if it was done purposefully and not just based on availability due to the dangers of PPD black henna.

The pictures tell a tale that is truly painful to look through but it’s a warning to heed that the use of black henna could cause scarification.  While scarification is also a trend by no means do we recommend the use of black henna to achieve such a look.

Visit this website, The Henna Page, for more details on black henna, Para-phenylenediamine, and other henna related details – the good and the bad.

Hopefully I haven’t scared you complete as henna is still very beautiful here is a gallery of henna art by local artist, The Artful Cricket, gallery of henna art.







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