Submitted by Melissa Howsam — Correspondent
Fashion takes the SPARKcon spotlight at this year's fashionSPARK Wear What You Are runway show, the Triangle's largest fashion event and the eighth annual installation of the oft-busting-at-the-seams couture display (more than 1,000 attendees anticipated), this year hitting the city center catwalk on Saturday, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at City Plaza in Downtown Raleigh.
The free event will see eight local fashion show designers featured, each presenting their unique wares via personally select music and models to comprise their signature style. Presented by Johnson Lexus, the 2013 installation will include designers LeNeva by Candice Organ, Jfaith by Jessica Palmer (featured designer), Keely Lauren Cansler by Keely Cansler (featured designer), Rebecca Ann Walker Design by Rebecca Walker, Laura Meredith Tripp by Laura Tripp, Zac Schell Designs by Zac Schell, Tyger Alexis by Kristin Robbins and Little Grey Line by Jessica Johnson Moore.
"We're excited about this partnership [with Johnson Lexus] and the fun elements it will add to the entire event," says Erica Porter, fashionSPARK lead organizer. "We have [also] partnered again with our sponsor, The Art Institute, to engage their fashion students. They have become an integral part of the fashionSPARK planning team this year. They are helping us promote and market the event!"
Want more? Get a preview Friday night (Sept. 13) with the fashionSPARK trunk show at VAE from 8 to 10 p.m., an intimate show featuring great music, vino and the creme de la creme of area accessory designers, including: Emily Claire LLC by Claire Jacobs, Ever So Lovely, Inc. by Brandi Bowen, Good Girls Studio by Johanna Ely, LinkedNC.com by Katie Charron, Looking Glass Lane by Jennifer Partridge, S. Tector Metals by Sarah Tector, zassdesign by Zulay & Stephanie Smith, Tiffany Coley Artisan Jewelry by Tiffany Price Coley, Kathy King Jewelry by Kathy King, Zac Schell Designs by Zac Schell, Gabrielle Jewelry by Gabrielle Bratton and Freshly Given by Whitney Robinson
Fancy a fab makeover or a token of a fab fashion weekend? Additional designers will vendor original clothing and accessories at the mini-shop on City Plaza Saturday night. "We are also having another clothing swap Sunday [Sept. 15] from noon to 2:30 p.m.," adds Porter. "The cost is $3 if you bring clothes to swap and $5 if you only want to shop. Our last event was such a success and we're hoping for another good turnout."