For the first time in the past six years, Tampa Bay Fashion Week will not feature a runway show. Instead, 10 designers will feature their Spring/Summer 2016 collections during a four-day trunk show running from Sept. 16-19.
The designers will display and sell their works at International Plaza & Bay Street, 2223 N West Shore Blvd. during the event. The trunk shows are free, but only those who have RSVP’d at fashionweektampabay.com will be allowed to attend.
Tampa Bay Fashion Week is an annual event geared towards the display of designs from local fashion designers. The transition to the trunk show might be more lucrative for some designers than a glitzy, fashion show. During the four-day trunk show, buyers and customers will be able to see the garments and order or buy them on the spot.
Right now, the worldwide fashion industry is experiencing a contraction. The major fashion centers of the world depend on population density and foot traffic to remain profitable. Retailers tend to focus on fashion lines associated with celebrities and established brands. In this environment, independent designers struggle to get recognition for their works.
Schedule For The Trunk Show
Wednesday, September 16
Accessuri by Rachana Suri – 4 p.m.
Allison Elizabeth Designs by Allison Bailey – 4:30 p.m.
Caite by Karyn Seo – 5 p.m.
Jessica Martinez – 5:30 p.m.
Rhonda Shear Couture – 6 p.m.
Thursday, September 17
Rhonda Shear Couture – 1 p.m.
Allison Elizabeth Designs by Allison Bailey – 1:30 p.m.
Caite by Karyn Seo – 2 p.m.
Jessica Martinez – 2:30 p.m.
Accessuri by Rachana Suri – 3 p.m.
Friday, September 18
Magenta by Wendy Ohlendorf – 6 p.m.
Cerulean Blu by Desiree Noisette – 6:30 p.m.
Be-Bops Custom Swimwear by Priscilla Kidder – 7 p.m.
Oscar de la Portilla Escandon – 7:30 p.m.
Elizabeth Carson Racker Designs – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 19
Magenta by Wendy Ohlendorf – 12:30 p.m.
Cerulean Blu by Desiree Noisette – 1 p.m.
Be-Bops Custom Swimwear by Priscilla Kidder – 1:30 p.m.
Oscar de la Portilla Escandon – 2 p.m.
Elizabeth Carson Racker Designs – 2:30 p.m.
Sanford-Brown IADT School of Design Student Showcase – 3:30 p.m.