Fashion Week Cleve: Runway Show Recap


By Abby and Elle

Ten designers participated in FWC’s runway show and black-tie gala on Saturday, May 12. You’ll see some of each designer’s work below, so you won’t feel like you missed too much by not attending.

We love that Cleveland is emerging as a fashion hot spot; we don’t love that FWC appears to be poorly organized. Doors opened 45 minutes late because no one thought to buy black plastic plates for the food. Huh? After eight years of running this event, plates haven’t landed on the checklist? And why wasn’t that the caterer’s job anyway? FWC volunteers had to scramble through downtown looking for 3,000 plates. Not that they needed that many. There wasn’t that much food, and what there was didn’t last long.

In reading through the “official program” for FWC, we couldn’t help but notice a complete disregard of graphic design standards. Who runs black text right over color photos? Yep, right over them, like a runaway train. The copy couldn’t have looked right or been legible on a computer screen, let alone a printer’s proof. Seriously?

Our final big complaint is with the runway. Why was it not elevated? We sat only a few rows back and had to keep standing to see the bottom half of the models. Again, this was the ninth year of the event, so we’re not compelled to be overly forgiving.

A lack of regard for important details will not help Cleveland make a name for itself in the world of fashion, unless of course the name is Wanna Be.

The Goodwill fashion event, which we blogged about, was expertly run. And 2012 was its second year. Kudos to them.

We’re confident next year’s FWC runway event will be better. Darn near perfect even.

Barbara Rubright Wearables

Long v-neck top with ribbon tie and four-square cardigan by Barbara Rubright Wearables. Photo: Stephen Travarca

Barbara Rubright Wearables

See Barbara Rubright Wearables up close this fall at two Cleveland fashion events; check her website for details. Photo: Stephen Travarca

Andrea Howell, Tidal Cool Creations

Hot, red and perfect for summer, by Andrea Howell, Tidal Cool Creations. Photo: Stephen Travarca

Andrea Howell, Tidal Cool Creations

The red waistband makes this simple dress pop, by Andrea Howell, Tidal Cool Creations. Photo: Stephen Travarca

Erica Woodmore, Contained Expression

The ruffled neck is a showstopper! By Erica Woodmore, Contained Expression. Photo: Stephen Travarca

Erica Woodmore, Contained Expression

By Erica Woodmore, Contained Expression. Photo: Stephen Travarca

Erica Woodmore, Contained Expression

We’re unsure about the fabric streaming from the back though…. By Erica Woodmore, Contained Expression. Photo: Stephen Travarca

Lotty by Lotty Lewis

The lovely mix of soft colors and fabric makes this a super-feminine dress. Lotty by Lotty Lewis. Photo: Stephen Travarca

Lotty by Lotty Lewis

This gold corset ensemble gives a nod to the Wild West. Lotty by Lotty Lewis. Photo: Stephen Travarca

Lotty by Lotty Lewis

The rich pattern and color give this daring ensemble cred. Lotty by Lotty Lewis. Photo: Stephen Travarca

Lotty by Lotty Lewis

She’s the belle of the ball in this red chiffon dress. Lotty by Lotty Lewis. Photo: Stephen Travarca

Lotty by Lotty Lewis

Ruffles, lace and flowers adorn this beauty. Lotty by Lotty Lewis. Photo: Stephen Travarca

Lotty by Lotty Lewis

The asymmetrical hemline adds to the feminine flair of this dress. Lotty by Lotty Lewis. Photo: Stephen Travarca

Lotty by Lotty Lewis

Lotty by Lotty Lewis. Photo: Stephen Travarca

Lotty by Lotty Lewis

Tufts of tulle accent the bottom of this mermaid gown. Lotty by Lotty Lewis. Photo: Stephen Travarca

Lotty by Lotty Lewis

This one made us crave rainbow sherbet. Lotty by Lotty Lewis. Photo: Stephen Travarca

Lotty by Lotty Lewis

Love the lacing on the back. Lotty by Lotty Lewis. Photo: Stephen Travarca

Becca Nation, Knotty Girl Designs

Seriously, those shoes match perfectly! Becca Nation, Knotty Girl Designs. Photo: Stephen Travarca

Becca Nation, Knotty Girl Designs

Sweet and sexy. Becca Nation, Knotty Girl Designs. Photo: Stephen Travarca

Becca Nation, Knotty Girl Designs.

Not the dress — the shoes! Even the audience is in awe. Becca Nation, Knotty Girl Designs. Photo: Stephen Travarca

Becca Nation, Knotty Girl Designs

This Knotty Girl design sports a religious emblem. Becca Nation, Knotty Girl Designs. Photo: Stephen Travarca

Becca Nation, Knotty Girl Designs

Paying homage to her hometown of Pittsburgh. Becca Nation, Knotty Girl Designs. Photo: Stephen Travarca

Becca Nation, Knotty Girl Designs

The entire ensemble — lace-up boots, fishnet hose, knit and feather dress and feather headpiece — just works. Becca Nation, Knotty Girl Designs. Photo: Stephen Travarca

F. Christine Mapondera, Sireka Couture

Love the lines in this, and the red in the cut-out shoulder blouse is repeated in the zipper of the geometric skirt and the shoe heel. F. Christine Mapondera, Sireka Couture. Photo: Stephen Travarca

Angie Williams, Annie Ruth 8

Satin gown, by Angie Williams, Annie Ruth 8. Photo: Stephen Travarca

Jamie Powell, out of the Motor City

The patch of ruffles adds character to this dress, perfect for a day of sailing. Jamie Powell, out of the Motor City. Photo: Stephen Travarca

Melanya Hovsepyan Tovmasyan

Feathers, leather, netting and more. Love the bold look! Melanya Hovsepyan Tovmasyan. Photo: Stephen Travarca

Trista L. Grieder, Profig Designs

Made ever more captivating with its slightly-off-the-shoulder style. Trista L. Grieder, Profig Designs. Photo: Stephen Travarca

Trista L. Grieder, Profig Designs

We want this dress. Trista L. Grieder, Profig Designs. Photo: Stephen Travarca

Trista L. Grieder, Profig Designs

The deep red roses and headpiece emphasize the bold statement this dress makes. Trista L. Grieder, Profig Designs. Photo: Stephen Travarca

Trista L. Grieder, Profig Designs

Lacing up the back — sold! Trista L. Grieder, Profig Designs. Photo: Stephen Travarca

Event guest

Not a model, but she could be! We met the nicest people, like Megan Nicholls, at the event. Photo: Stephen Travarca

Event guests

More stunning event guests: Love the hats! Photo: Stephen Travarca

Event guests

Sunny and Abby. Photo: Stephen Travarca

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