Us here at the Beatlab love music, but there are other things we love too. For example, art and fashion. This Wednesday marks the beginning of the sixth annual Gainesville Fashion Week (GFW). Five years in the making, the event has been named by Southern Living Magazine as one of the leading fashion events of the South. With creativity spewing out of Gainesville, it is only proper that there is a local outlet for fashion design, music, art and so forth. GFW brings in top designers, jewelers, makeup artists and hair stylists from around the country, and this year is no exception.
GFW starts with its annual red carpet opening and art show. The art show starts at 8 p.m. and will be held in the retail space adjacent to Vello’s in downtown. The red carpet will be rolled out at 10 p.m. at Vello’s for a hair, makeup and jewelry show. Hair will be done by the local Scissors Salon and Sixth Street Station, and makeup will be done by Sheena Cuccis Make Up. The jewelry will be featured by Jurney Jurray Jewelry and Stella & Dot Jewelry.
On Thursday, the first runway show will take place in the UF Reitz Union Grand Ballroom at 8 p.m. Jade Jolie, Jay Nicolas Sario and Andrew Thouvenot, from Project Runway seasons 7 and 8, will be the featured designers. Sario showcased his first collection during the 2010 New York Fashion Week and has started his own label after competing on Project Runway. Thouvenot has been featured in US Weekly, Streetscape and ALIVE Magazine.
The Gainesville Glitterati Show by White House Black Market will be on Friday at the University Air Center in Mustang Hangar, and doors will open at 7 p.m. The event officially starts at 7:30 p.m. and the runway show begins at 8 p.m. The Glitterati Show will feature two local designers: Fresh Heirs, a collaboration between Ching-Ya Ni and Ashley DeGrandy that brings a new and fresh meaning to the word “renaissance,” and Jacquelyn Brooks, a designer who owns her own studio in Gainesville. Macy’s Men’s and White House Black Market will be apart of the show too. The headlining designer will be Jay Nicolas Sario.
Saturday brings more runway shows at the same time and place, and more local outlets. TanyaB graduated with a bachelors of fine arts in fashion design and merchandising, and D&N Clothing is responsible for all of the “Let’s dub to fuck step” tanks. Francine Elizabeth is a young designer who will take on GFW for the second time, and Macy’s Women’s will be featured as well. The headlining designer for this show is Carla Coultas.
Sunday will wrap up with a closing brunch at 101 Downtown. The event is open to the public, begins at noon and is brought to you by University House. A perfect way to end a perfect week of fashion and fun.
On top of all of the fashion, there will be DJs and visual artists performing at all of the events. While most of the them are free, some events do have a ticket price, so check out the GFW website for more information about the shows you would like to attend. Student tickets are around $12 and general admission is $15.
via Bionic Beatlab