by Erin Reedy, guest blogger
The much-anticipated Mercedes-Benz of Buffalo Fashion Week is only a few days away. Now in its third year, attendees will notice many changes. The featured designers have shifted from mass-produced retail brands, such as Bebe and Banana Republic, to ones that grace Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week. Spring 2012 collections will be on display, giving you an inside look at what will be hitting boutiques soon.
One of the designers featured, House of Versatile Styles is previewing her collection at Buffalo Fashion Week before flying out to New York Fashion Week. Local designers are also present, including Shana Feeley of Thomas Lee Designs and Blynn Nelson of Reckless Necklace, who are showing at the famed Mansion on Delaware, Wednesday September 7th. Limited tickets are available for $15.
Up and coming Chicago based designer Kahindo Mateene, who designs the label Modahnik will also be showing at Buffalo Fashion Week. You can see her collection Thursday, September 8th, uniquely set at the Buffalo Museum of Science. A complimentary pre show cocktail hour is included in your ticket price of $25. Kahindo Mateene is currently a Designer in Residence in the Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy’s. When asked about her collection she said, “I really wanted to combine my love of fashion with my African heritage and upbringing…I wanted to showcase how African fabric can be made modern and appeal to the contemporary woman.”
Tickets for the main runway event on Saturday, September 10th are on sale now. You can purchase them through the Fashion Week website. The show features five designers (HVS, Solome, Jimmy Lee, Lawrence Pizzi, & Zita Pop), the popular Vitamin Water Uncapped student fashion design contest, and over 40 vendors to shop at during intermissions.
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