Style Spotting: Waterfront Fashion Week Opening Gala

Last night was the kick-off of Waterfront Fashion Week. It was a fun night of catching up with friends old & new, finally meeting Miranda from The Chic Sheet and taking in a little of what’s to come from Louisville’s fashion scene.  The first night’s fashion show was a celebration of pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness but I decided to focus my camera lens on some of the stand out fashion.
 
Everyone in attendance definitely stepped up their fashion game and it was fun to see how everyone put their own personal spin in trends. Tonight the festivities continue at Waterfront Park with shows featuring pieces from local boutiques as well as emerging designers. I won’t be able to make it tonight but I’ll be back on Friday taking it all in. Hope to see some of you there!
 

My favorite look of the night. Definitely the most original. Obsessed with all the zipper detail.

Animal print, peplum sky-high heels & sequins.

Love the all black looks with a touch of sparkle.

Love the blazers and I wanted to steal these booties.

All black. Check! Animal Print. Check! Sequins & Fur. Check!

Lovely Louisville Bloggers: Ashley Elgin (Bachelor Expert), Miranda Rogers McDonald (The Chic Sheet), Dara Michelle (Check out her Synonymous Tumblr)

Pink Sequins designed by Heather French Henry

 

Waterfront Fashion Week: Designer Spotlight – Sara Simpson

Just to add a little sparkle to your Monday AND to get locals excited for Waterfront Fashion Week, I’m sharing a profile on a local jewelry designer who will be participating in the big event (get your tickets here). 

Sara Simpson’s pieces appeal to ladies of all ages. I could see layering her necklaces together and I love all her earring options. Everything is handmade too so you know you’ll have a unique, special piece that stands out from the rest.

 

 

Oh and I’ve had a few questions about the line-up for WFW. Things get started on Wednesday October 17th and go through Saturday October 20th.
 

Here’s the run-down:
 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012Opening Gala
 

Thursday, October 18, 2012Runway Model Shows, Makeover Winners, Emerging Designer Competition Shows, Feature Designer Shows
 

Friday, October 19, 2012Runway Model Shows, Unveiling of Makeovers, Emerging Designer Competition Shows, Feature Designer Shows
 

Saturday, October 20, 2012Runway Model Shows, Model Competition Top 10, Emerging Designer Competition Finalists, Feature Designer Shows, Model Competition Winner, Emerging Designer Competition Winner

 
 

Meet Sara Simpson  

 

In a couple sentences, give us a little recap of your background?  

I grew up on a farm in Virginia and studied Psychology at Hollins University.  Most of my career background has been in retail, marketing and design.  Prior to my present company I was the Vice-President of sales and marketing for This End Up Furniture Company for many years.
 
How did you get started in fashion?
 
My love of fashion began at age two when I received my first pair of cowboy boots and animal print purse for Christmas.  I’ve always had a passion for vintage and eclectic jewelry.  It’s definitely a creative process to incorporate these unique pieces into spectacular new jewelry.
 
How did you get involved in Waterfront Fashion Week? What is your vision for your show?
 
Friends asked if I was interested.  I immediately thought about how much I love Charleston Fashion Week and what a fabulous idea this would be to bring to Louisville.  My vision is to introduce my unique, custom jewelry to a wider audience.
 

 
What are you looking forward to most at WFW?
 
I’m looking forward to seeing the emerging and featured designers such as Jules Reid.  Revealing some of the new signature pieces from Sara Simpson Design will also be exciting.
 
What do you think is unique about Louisville fashion?
 
Louisville fashion is very eclectic.  We have a wide variety of department stores, locally owned boutiques, and consignment shops.  We have the best selection and prices for vintage clothing and jewelry compared to any city on the east coast.
 
What goes into creating one of your pieces?
 
Inspiration comes in many forms and from many sources.  Sometimes it begins with the materials at hand – the beads and the vintage pieces and I have.  Other times I may interpret my surroundings into a beautiful piece of jewelry.  I am constantly looking for inspiration in everything I see and do.
 

 
Who are some of your fashion icons?
 
Iris Apfel, of course!!  I truly admire anyone who expresses his or her own unique style, despite what everyone else is wearing.
 
What do you think WFW will do for the Louisville fashion scene?
 
Hopefully, more and more Louisvillians will be inspired to show their unique styles.  The possibilities are endless.
 
 

Here’s a few more of Sara’s designs…
 

 

Events: Waterfront Fashion Week * Louisville Magazine Launch Party

Last week, I darted from work over to the Kentucky Center for cocktails to celebrate Louisville Magazine’s October Issue & Kick-Off the Festivities for Waterfront  Fashion Week. After catching up with WFW Organizer Peggy Duffy, it sounds like everything is coming together wonderfully and I’m counting down until next week’s big kick off.
 
p.s. – If you haven’t grabbed tickets yet, head over here and scoop some.
 
I loved meeting Alexandria Mills, the 2010 Miss World, who will be emceeing the event. I chatted with her and her family about her travels, what she’s up to now and got all the details on her upcoming wedding. Mills wasn’t just stunning in person but was so fun, friendly and sweet. Definitely looking forward to seeing what she wears to WFW.
 
Here’s some pics from the event…

 

 Event Organizers Clinton Deckard and Peggy Hagerty Duffy

Miss World 2010 Alexandria Mills 

Love the pink on pink topped off with a simple bow necklace. The striped tee and cuffed khakis keep the look from being too saccharine sweet. Such a great casual look.

 Waterfront Fashion Week Models

Fellow Louisville Bloggers Dara Michelle (of her namesake tumblr) and Cameron Miquelon of 33 Avenue Miquelon

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