Fashion Week will feature local artists, ‘Project Runway' stars
Published: Friday, March 29, 2013 at 4:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 29, 2013 at 4:58 p.m.
Kristina Orlando had no idea she'd ever walk a runway.
If you go
Art Show: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Vellos Brickstreet Grill, 115 SE First St. Free and open to the public.
Red Carpet Opening Night: Hair, makeup and jewelry runway show. 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Vellos Brickstreet Grill, 115 SE First St. Free and open to the public.
Fashion Runway Show and Panel Discussion: Fashion show from “Project Runway” designers Jay Nicolas Sario and Andrew Thouvenot, and a discussion about being gay in the fashion world, 8 p.m. Thursday, University of Florida Reitz Union Grand Ballroom. Free and open to the public.
Runway Show: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Mustang Hangar at the University Air Center, 4701 NE 40th Terrace. Cost: $15-$29 per person, $12 for student tickets. Register online at gainesvillefashionweek.com.
Runway Show: 6:30 p.m. April 6, Mustang Hangar at the University Air Center, 4701 NE 40th Terrace. Cost: $15-$29 per person, $12 for student tickets. Register online at gainesvillefashionweek.com.
Closing Brunch: Noon April 7, 101 Downtown, 201 Southeast Second Ave., Suite 101. Open to the public.
She grew up hearing she should try to model, but she never seriously considered it until she applied for this year's Gainesville Fashion Week on a whim.
The 20-year-old University of Florida nursing sophomore will be among the more than 50 models donning designer clothing and accessories during the fifth annual event next week.
"I always thought, ‘Yeah, I could model,' but I never really pursued it," she said. "This is kind of an easy way to do it."
This year's fashion week features a red-carpet cocktail event and art exhibit in downtown Gainesville, along with several fashion runway shows throughout the week. Ten designers will have work showcased in the show. Two designers from the television show "Project Runway," Jay Nicolas Sario and Anthony Thouvenot, will be in Gainesville for the event. UF's Pride Student Union is cosponsoring a panel on the topic of being gay and lesbian in the fashion world.
Orlando, who applied for the show with her roommate, said she thinks the event allows local artists to gain publicity.
"There are plenty of designers from Gainesville that are going to be showcased in this show," she said.
While several Gainesville designers are participating, some out-of-town artists also will take part. Jenee Dionne is the owner of Jurney Jurray, a jewelry and accessory boutique in Atlanta. She's been in business for two years, and she said she's always wanted to participate in a fashion show.
"This year's goal was to watch my pieces walk down a runway," she said. "This is an excellent platform for designers who showcase their works of art."
Dionne said she plans to drive about five hours and spend the whole week in Gainesville. She describes her jewelry as retro and fun, and expects to bring about 20 pieces to the show.
Fashion Week assistant producer Jennie Clark said she thinks the events allow designers and models to show their creativity.
"It's all about who you are as a person and what you want to evoke to everyone else," she said.
The event has met with success over the years because it appeals to a large crowd, Clark said. Event organizers said they expect about 2,500 people to attend.
"It's really just a fun, family event as well," she said. "It's just a great way to kind of get all dolled up and dressed up and go see some fashion shows."
Media director Nadine Korioth said Gainesville's student population helps bring in traffic to the show.
"Fashion is something that's really popular among younger people," she said. "Gaining popularity among UF students influences our credibility."
She said she encourages everyone to visit the events and experience Gainesville's music, art and fashion.
"It's diverse, and it brings together people who are passionate about local culture," she said.
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