Fashion week finale


Midwest Fashion Week: “Sacrifice”

Hilton Hotel

March 28

Indy’s glitziest and trendiest packed the Hilton Hotel downtown Friday, March 28 for “Sacrifice,” the Midwest Fashion Week grand finale runway fashion show, showcasing the fall/winter 2008 collections of local, national and international designers.

The show featured the fashions of over 11 designers, including Catou, Coco Yalo and Nikki Blaine, along with several local up-and-coming student designers.

The show was class and glamour all the way — being Indy’s equivalent of New York Fashion Week. The dress was strictly black tie — men in their finest suits and tuxes, women in their hottest gowns.

“Sacrifice” opened with an interpretive dance — in the middle of the runway — by a dancer called Tamara. The fashion show began with a brief display of bright, multicolored T-shirts for sale at the event. Proceeds from the featured T-shirts go towards Olivia’s Cause, a T-shirt business started by 10-year-old Alopecia Areata survivor Olivia Rusk and her mother, Sandy Rusk, in order to raise money to find a cure for the disease.

Following the T-shirt show, models adorned in high fashion styles took over the catwalk. The models strutted up and down the runway to music by the Arbor Trio Orchestra in some of the most cutting-edge, whimsical, unique designs I’ve seen with my very own eyes. Garments ranged from girly-chic, vintage-esque gowns to sporty, turban-style shirts to sleek, frilly, gothic style suits.

The designs of the show seemed to be quite the crowd pleaser. Berny Martin, Catou designer and primary fashion powerhouse behind each season’s Midwest Fashion Week, was greeted on the runway with a standing ovation at the end of the show.

Overall, the fashions and vibe of the show were very eclectic, elegant and fun. Models, spectators and designers alike were grinning from ear to ear as they left the show to hit the after-party, also held at the Hilton.

Midwest Fashion Week is made possible through the Midwest Fashion Foundation, a nonprofit founded in 2006 by Martin, in an effort to recognize and promote the abounding fashion talent in the Midwest.

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