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This year was different then the others – even the energy felt different. But, not negatively it was a great evening that many were smiling, laughing, joking, applauding and truly enjoying the show. Cocktail hour kicked off the evening as guests greeted one another, chatted amongst themselves and enjoyed the historical beauty of the old arcade that has been refurbished beautifully.

I took 889 – whoa. I was apparently quite snap happy sadly I haven’t gotten to sort through the photographs yet. The designers had great collections this year and the crowd enjoyed every moment of it. The roar of laughter and applause when the children walked the runway strutting their outfits (and literally the one young lady had a strut very well mastered) was very welcome. All in all the gentleman next to me in what I would suspect easily his youthful 70s summed it up quite well during his commentary at the end of the show “classy display of youthful American young wear by designers with a bright future”.  I agree! I will share photographs very soon!

Congratulations to Fashion Week Cleveland on their successful 10 years and look forward to supporting them in years to come!

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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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IN THE DARK: Wearable Technology with Light
January 30, 2014 / 7:00pm

FREE for MOCA Members & university students w/ valid ID
$8 Non-members

In partnership with the Cleveland Institute of Art

http://mocacleveland.org/programs/dark-wearable-technology-light

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Here is an excerpt from an article the Cleveland Plain Dealer published about the event online:

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Fashion meets technology at an avant-garde fashion exhibit and competition called “In the Dark,” which debuts at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 at theMuseum of Contemporary Art (11400 Euclid Ave.) in Cleveland and travels to three other venues around town during the next few months.

Students from Cleveland Institute of Art and Case Western Reserve University School of Engineering are working to create three innovative designs that merge art and technology with light.

The competitors have been working on their innovative, wearable designs since October. Guests will be able to choose their favorites at each venue (scroll down for details). Those results will play a role in the final judging in April.

“My design draws from centuries of European styles and fabric techniques,” CIA sculpture sophomore Graham Baldwin says of his piece, titled “Compendium.”

        Baldwin is incorporating 3-D printing, which he says can be difficult when dealing with multiple pieces that must             be correctly aligned. “The elbows were printed 13 times until the shape and design worked most effectively,” he             says.

CIA students Katie David, Jarrod Davis and Leah Yochman and CWRU student Zach Lerner teamed up to create what they call “H20 Glow.” The group says that the garment uses clear tubes with blacklight LEDs to expose the luminescent properties of tonic water.

The third entry, titled “Pulse,” is by CIA students Ben Horvat, Eric Payne and Marcy Kniss and CWRU student Ray Krajci. The group says the piece is a flowing garment that combines chic elegance with motion sensor light technology.

Tickets for Thursday’s event at MOCA, the first showing of the competition, are free for museum members and students (with valid ID), and $8 for nonmembers. Go tomocacleveland.org to purchase. As part of the design process, students will continue to revise their garments after each of the first three exhibits. The final judging will take place in April at the fourth venue.

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I just heard the news this evening of the demolishment of Parmatown Mall being underway – I don’t frequent Cleveland too often but especially my old stomping ground of Parma. One of the added perks of my mother being faculty I got to attend CCC for nearly free in my earlier years – of course between classes and anytime outside of classes I could easily be found roaming the halls of Parmatown Mall. It was a middle-class mall this was in the years about 1999-2002 I truly didn’t find it much different then the local mall Chapel Mall which was the closest to where I had been living. I was even quoted the youth shopping policy a few times till I showed them my ID that I can legitimately spend all my money and not be chased out the door.

The mall has a history dating back well before I was born even some before my parents which I know they read this maybe dinosaurs were still roaming a la Fred Flintstone, I kid.

The new “Shops at Parma” has began it’s development and this is just the next phase. The community was glad that Parmatown Mall will not suffer the fate of Randal Park mall on the East side of Cleveland or even Rolling Acres Mall in Akron. Below is an artist rendering of the Shops at Parmatown.

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You can find more articles from the Cleveland.com website about the project. The Cleveland Memory project has many pictures of the former Parmatown Mall.

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Cleveland is amongst the three cities in Ohio that now boast to have a Tiffany & Co. The ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening celebrates the luxury stores opening soon in Columbus, and Cincinnati. Grand opening in Cleveland was on Wednesday morning. Tiffany & Co. has weathered many recessions even with their hefty price tag since they opened in 1837 in New York City. Sadly Tiffany & Co. took over the retail location of Berger and Silver a Cleveland company for 98 years that went out of business December 31st.

Tiffany & Co. is well-known for their fine furnishings, jewelry, fragrances, crystal and much more. Many fashionistas may also remember their cameo in the movie Sweet Home Alabama about a fashion designer and her ventures back to her home town after an engagement with a beautiful Tiffany & Co. ring.

Tiffany & Co. in the movie Sweet Home Alabama

Cleveland’s own Tiffany & Co. in Eton on Chagrin Blvd:

Image from Fox8 News - RIbbon Cutting

Image from Fox8 News – RIbbon Cutting

Welcome to Ohio, Tiffany & Co.!

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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!

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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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I’m not sure about the rest of you but seeing this snow melt makes me just want to get out and head full bore into spring.  Well, with President’s Day right around the corner I love to take in all the sales going on – this is truly probably when I personally take advantage of all the various handbag discounts!

To take away some of the guessing game as to where is what on sale I found some websites I would like to share:

– Macy’s coupon:  http://akimages.crossmediaservices.com/listingimages/Retailers/macys/Coupons/31141_102.pdf
– Daddy o Deals:  http://www.daddyodeals.com/phpBB/presidents-day-2011-sales-and-deals-t188682.html
– SlickDeals:  http://slickdeals.net/localdeals/cleveland/

If you see any other sales post in the comments or send an email to editor@ohiofashionista.com! Happy shopping!

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