Area fashion week makes Southern Living’s list of faves

A model wears clothing from Wolfgang boutique during Gainesville Fashion Week Spring 2010 runway shows at The Vault on Thursday April 8, 2010.

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Published: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 7:03 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 7:03 p.m.

They said it would happen, and now it did — Gainesville Fashion Week is officially on the map.

GFW organizers posted the news on its Facebook page Monday that GFW — the weeklong event of runway shows, shopping events, cocktail parties and local artists' showcases — was listed as one of Southern Living's favorite fashion weeks in the South. GFW is the only fashion event in Florida to make the list, which also includes the fashion weeks of Baltimore; Charleston, S.C.; Austin, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Greenville, S.C.; and Alexandria, Va.

Melanie Ling, GFW's media coordinator, said it was a "complete surprise" to learn the event was mentioned in the popular lifestyle magazine.

"We heard word of mouth from different friends of various committee members who were enjoying the magazine and then the phones started ringing," she said early Tuesday morning. "It's an incredible honor to be nationally recognized, and I loved the bit about welcoming ‘more than socialites and celebs — anyone can get a ticket' because it's our mantra this year: music, art, fashion, culture for all."

With only three seasons under its belt, this is a major coup for the local event.

Since we're on the topic of Gainesville Fashion Week, here's what you need to know so far about GFW Spring 2011:

It officially kicks off April 6 with the annual red-carpet cocktail party and runs through April 10.

Aspiring models have an opportunity to be a part of the fabulous chaos of walking in a runway fashion show by attending the Model Casting Call from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23 at Neutral7 Design Group, located at 2444 NE First Blvd., Suite 700. There's a $25 nonrefundable application fee. If you have questions, e-mail

And if you really want to stay connected to everything and anything GFW-related, go to its Facebook page, Twitter, blog and website — And if you want to see what GFW is all about, check out the Gainesville Sun's comprehensive coverage of last year's event at and GFW's YouTube channel.

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