February 16, 2011

StyleWeek Providence January 2011

Good afternoon fashionable friends!

I hope that everyone is staying warm on this breezy February day; it seems as though yesterday was a glimpse into the exciting spring that everyone is beyond ready for! However, before we start talking about warm weather and hot summer looks, we definitely need to talk about the amazing StyleWeek production that was only a mere 3 weeks ago! From January 16th - January 22nd we held our second, bi-annual, StyleWeek at the historic Providence Biltmore Hotel. The week now seems to be a giant blur, and I can't really make sense of each day, but what a beautiful and successful week it was! 

Early Sunday morning we arrived at the Biltmore and immediately started making our home for the next 7 days, on the 17th floor. The space was breathe taking; gorgeous ceilings embellished with antique chandeliers, and windows that offered a picturesque view of Providence from every different angle... and in between all of that you could find a team working extremely hard and fast to make their 6pm show time. Of course we had our share of obstacles, but what great production doesn't? It was amazing to see all of the seats filled and windows blocked with people, as we dimmed the lights for our first show on Sunday.

Mendoza by Same Mendoza:

Avni by Avni Trivedi Runway Show: 

"Amidst the Painted Ladies" by Sarah Prost for Yellow Clover:

Monday was certainly our day to work out some bugs, and that is exactly what we did. From Sunday - Saturday, the StyleWeek team would arrive at the Biltmore between 8am and 10am and not leave until the last light was turned off. However, during those long days we so fortunate to see 16 fabulous designers showcase their fall collections for Fall 2011, and a couple installations that were hosted in the cocktail hours. 

Jeff Lahens for ECC:

Oui by Kara Wickman:

Maria Del Carmen Mercado:

Lucille by Karen Beebe:

Dark City by Samuel Vartan:

Wednesday was a very special night for the StyleWeek team, as well as those who work for the American Heart Association. Together we partnered to raise money for the American Heart Association and to shed a little light into the lives of those who have been troubled with heart problems. Each of our StyleWeek designers was paired with a "survivor" whom they custom made red dresses for, each embellished with Swarovski crystals. When it was time for the runway show, each survivor strutted their stuff on the runway as their story played over the sound system. It was such a beautiful and inspiring night.  Wednesday was the only night of the week that the public could purchase tickets and with that being said, we were completely full! With ticket sales, we raised over $6,000 for the American Heart Association!

Harpy by Jen Greeke:

I'm Your Present by Kelly Eident:

Sexy Period accessorized by Martin and Ricci Installation 

Phillip Sawyer:

Jessica Abernethy:

Andrea Valentini:

Joseph Aaron Segal:

Gris by Daniela Corte:

The Garden of Colorless Flowers by Jonathan Joseph Peters:

StyleWeek Providence January 2011 was more than happy to welcome our Style Ambassadors Alex McCord and Simon van Kampen (of Real Housewives of New York)  for Friday and Saturday night's events. In addition to Alex and Simon, we also hosted Johanna Stout of the CFDA and Ben Chmura, a contestant from Project Runway season 7. Excellent additions to our wonderful crowd! 

StyleWeek Providence is happy to announce that the overall attendance increased significantly! Overall attendance increased 28%, fashion apparel buyers increased by 65%, and media increased by 36%. With increases in our media attendance and our buyer attendance, it allowed for some designers to receive whole sale orders... be sure to watch for their collections in local stores! Our next StyleWeek will be held from August 28-September 3! Look for updates in the near future!

As you can see from the pictures the week was absolutely amazing, and we are so excited to have already begun working on StyleWeek August 2011. StyleWeek would not be moving in the great direction that it is, if it wasn't for our great sponsors that allow for us to put on such a great production! A  BIG thank you goes out to: Glad Works, Providence Biltmore, Andy Morris, Our fabulous makeup and styling team, Salon Bianco, Laura Mercier, John Orton Events, COX Communications, Redken, Rockstar Limo, Providence Pin-Up, Alex and Ani, The City of Providence, Marc Allen Fine Clothiers, Regina's Universe, Sweet Indulgence, Smart Water, Nara, The Savory Grape, Beauty and Main, The Beauty Within Model Management, Micah Jackson, Christina K. Pierce Styling, Hilary B. Photography, Daniel Gagnon Photography, Eddie Garou Photography, Swarovski, BlueSky Spaworks, Cat Country, FGX, and James Joseph Salon. 

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