Posts Tagged ‘fashion’

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



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.


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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Death by WordPress?

Every time I log in seems as though something has gone awry whether it’s lost blog posts, or just the template changing and the font is no longer in a logical sequence. Sadly, I wasn’t happy with Blogspot either or Blogger – so I’ll stick to WordPress and try to promise to post more and not let the technology get the best of me.

But, for those that follow regularly you know the Facebook page has been quiet busy as there are all sorts of local events going on such as prep for both Alternative Fashion Week, Fashion Week Cleveland and Great Lakes Fashion Week. It may be winter but as they say it is “haute” in the fashion industry!

Don’t forget to follow on Facebook – and stay tuned to this page for future articles and event promotions as winter blues and technology faux pas are pushed aside.

Also, OhioFashionista.com will be looking for correspondents again that would like to write articles in their region and have them published. Please email me for further details.

~ Nora

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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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Kim Kardashian- Kim is always one of the best dressed on the red carpet and the 2010 Gloden Globes were no different. She looks like a beautiful Roman goddess. Her hairstyle is perfect and the jewels at the top of the dress are divine.

Penelope Cruz- She looked stunning at the 2010 Golden Globes. She always looks fabulous and this is just icing on the Latina cake!

Sarah Jessica Parker- Some people have mixed feelings about SJP’s look at the 2010 Golden Globes, but I think she looks spectacular! Coco Chanel would be very proud!

Taylor Swift- When she first emerged Taylor Swift was a cute little girl, but she has morphed into a beautiful woman. At the 2010 Grammy’s she wore this beautiful blue bejeweled off the shoulder gown and she rocked it!

Tina Fey- Tina Fey is such a funny woman and at the 2010 Golden Globes she definitely made me laugh! This dress looks an upside down martini glass! It is such an awkward length, if it was just a little longer or a little shorter it would’ve been perfect!

Angelina Jolie- Angelina Jolie usually looks so beautiful and sophisticated, but in 2010 she has looked her all time worst! At the premiere for her movie The Tourist, she wore full length velvet gloves with a strapless velvet dress. As if the velvet  material and gloves aren’t bad enough, but take a look at her hair! It’s called a brush Angie!

Drew Barrymore- Drew has been in the acting game so long that she should know better than this! The blush color of the dress is very wrong for her skin tone and the “things” on her shoulder and hip look like sea urchins attatched themselves to her body!

Helena Bonham Carter- Really? Do I really have to go through everything single thing that is wrong with this look? I think the picture and the outfit speak, a little to loudly, for itself.

Ke$ha- This is one girl I just don’t understand. She always looks terrible! I mean a mannequin head? Come on, who are you trying to impress? She picks out the feathers for her outfit’s off of the side of the highway. No wonder, she looks like fashion roadkill!!!

Katy Perry- Katy Perry is a yo-yo dresser. Sometimes she looks good and sometimes she looks really bad, but this outfit over rides all of the good dressing she has done this past year.

Blog written by: Alexis Ellis regional writer for OhioFashionista.com from the Youngstown area.

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Lately while at some art and fashion shows I’ve been seeing more and more steampunk fashions.  I was also excited to find that in Toledo on February 19th there is a day, 219TimeMachine, devoted to Steampunk Fashion and also many various workshops that all sound very interesting – but filling up fast!


Wendy Beth Creations

The Spectra Nova

While not all these vendors are from Ohio, they will be at the 219TimeMachine in February.

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Not sure how many of you are tired of the snow yet, but I am!  And while fresh flowers are nice I also am one to enjoy a bouquet of friend flowers and even make great accents in hair.

This farmers market is in Kent with all sorts of vendors, below is a ‘poster’ for the event, click on the poster to follow a link to their website.

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A trip to the MOCA is always an extra special treat, but a trip to the MOCA to go shopping is a bonus!  This weekend make sure you take time to head on over there and not just peruse the galleries but also support local and national artists.

November 19, Friday, 4:30pm–9pm
Member’s Preview (non-member entry fee is $5)

November 20, Saturday, 11am–5pm
Free and open to the public

Local artists include:  JACKIE ADAMANY handbags  – Blue Orchid Handbags – B. FATICA JEWELRY, Barbara Fatica jewelry – SUSAN BASE jewelry – KIM BAXTER jewelry – BLOBBYFARM, Maria Lynn plush toys – ANNE MARIE CHAGNON jewelry – FELIX CAROLE DICAIRE jewelry – LAURA DeANNA jewelry – ELSAN JEWELRY DESIGN, Sandra Curry jewelry – JAK FIGLER jewelry – BRANDON HOLSCHUH jewelry – EMILY JOYCE jewelry – ZENIA LIS jewelry – GENO LUKETIC ceramics – JESSICA MALONEY prints – KATIE MARKS jewelry – CELESTE MARTIN jewelry – MODERN PIXIE, Judy Crighton jewelry – PURLYGIRL KNITS, Jill Wieder knitwear – RED i JEWELRY, Susan Scaparotti jewelry – DEBRA ROSEN jewelry – GAI RUSSO jewelry – ELLEN SCHMIDT jewlry – KATE SNOW prints – SQUIRT & SKOOTCH, Kendall Embrescia and Mandi Rinkelman greeting cards – STUDIO ST. MARIE, Lee St. Marie hats, hair accessories – SUPERINDUSTRIALLOVE, Dan Pongallo greeting cards – TIED UP AND TOUSLED, Kate Rutter hair accessories – KELLY VOGT jewelry – DEBORAH WOOLFORK jewelry – JEFF YOST paintings – STEPHEN YUSKO metal

National artists include:  Y.AZUMA jewelry – ITALCA scarves – LORI LEAVITT jewelry – MICKEY LYNN jewelry – MELISSA JOY MANNING jewelry – REBECCA NORMAN jewelry – NOTED gifts – JEANINE PAYER jewelry – ROOST ornaments – SAIKAI sculpture – STILL LIFE ornaments – SWEETBELLA sculpture – VELVET RAPTOR cards, journals

Artists feel free to leave your site links in the comments!

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