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Top 10 Looks From Cincinnati Fashion Week Finale

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Me and the husband in front row at CFW! Swanky! : )

Last night we witnessed history in the making. The first-ever Cincinnati Fashion Week Finale took place last night at the Hyatt.

The swag bags were incredible. The audience had fun with their flair. And the catwalk was SMOKIN’!

There were a few hiccups, like the VIP ticket holders (who paid $100) only getting complimentary drinks for the 90 mins when the ticket price included free drinks for the entire night. But overall, I think the event was a huge success.

When I looked around the room, and the sold out crowd, it didn’t look like it was the first time this event had taken place. The catwalk, lights and music (by DJ Fuse) were top notch. I wish they would have sold the soundtrack from the show, because it was really, really ridiculously good music.

I really liked all the designers, too. There was a big focus on designers with Cincinnati roots, which I definitely appreciated. Even though there was a wide variety of Cincinnati, St. Louis, Malibu, NYC and London-based lines, almost every single one of the designers either went to DAAP, taught at DAAP or lived in the Tri-State at some point in their life. Having that just underscored how fashion-capable our city is, which is the whole reason behind the genesis of Cincinnati Fashion Week.

After the show, my husband and I talked about our favorite items (yeah, he’s very metrosexual, so he loves talking fashion!). It was tough to choose my favorites because there was such a wide variety of style and sparkle, posh and panache, evening wear, swimwear and sportswear. But, after reviewing my pics and having a day to stew on the looks, I narrowed it down to my top 10 favorites. I only focused on women’s fashion, because that’s my demo, but if I had to pick a male fav, it would be the Arbitrage Vegas-inspired line. My husband loved every single thing they put on the catwalk, and I’d love to see him in all of it too! But here are my top 10 favs (click on the pics 2x to enlarge)… based on creativity and wearability… and a gauge on how many crimes I would commit to get these things in my closet ASAP. Enjoy!

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10. Daequan, Brooklyn NY
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9. Amy Longo, NYC
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8. Laura Dawson, London
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7. Amy Kirchen, Cincinnati
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6. The Brush Factory, Cincinnati
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5. Anne Pachan swimwear, NYC (and Azhand Shokohi jewelery)
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4. Amy Longo, NYC
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3. Amy Kirchen, Cincinnati
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2. David Meister, International
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1. Grace Mae, Malibu

Grace Mae completely blew me away. Her designs were breathtakingly beautiful. Classy, edgy, sexy and soft. A balance that’s difficult to find, but she did it with such ease. All her designs this season had a fun theme… what I like to think of as a “hate to see you leave,but I love to see you go” theme. All the backs of her dresses were open and airy, which I found fun and flirty. I tried to Google Grace Mae and I couldn’t find her. But she’s someone I’m sure we’ll all hear more about in the VERY near future.

CFW Spotlight: ALK Fashion

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Me with Nathan Hurst, CFW Founder & Designer. Photo Credit: The Style Sample

Well, Cincinnati Fashion Week officially kicked off in style! On Tuesday, I went to the CFW Designer Meet and Greet night at FBs downtown on Sixth St.

I was so disappointed because I worked late and didn’t get to stop home and change before going to the party. Normally I wouldn’t care. But I was wearing boring work-wear, which looked especially boring next to everyone’s fabulously fashion forward outfits at the event. Ugh, oh well.

I was so proud of Cincinnati as I looked around the room. It was like I stepped into another dimension at that party. Toto, I don’t think we’re in Cincinnati anymore… Seriously, everyone was dressed to the nines, taking fashion risks (except for me, grrr) and meeting people outside their usual social networks. Hey, you didn’t know who you’d run into there! You could be meeting the next Diane Von Furstenberg! That room was full of all the things people say Cincinnati isn’t capable of. But we did it. And everyone there learned that the Queen City is good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, people like us! haha! : )

I didn’t get to do much meeting and greeting at the event unfortunately. I couldn’t tell who the designers were. But I did get into some interesting conversations with people. One of which asked me who I was most excited to see at Friday’s Fashion Week Finale.

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ALK Fashion

I all the sudden understood how men get so passionate about their sports talk. I completely unloaded on this girl, John Madden style: “Well, I feel like the crowd favorite is David Meister. He’s got a good offense with his evening gown line – the bold jewel tones were a nice play there – and he’s scoring some major points with those one shoulder cocktail dresses. But I’m going with our hometown hero, Amy Kirchen, rookie designer of the new Cincinnati-based ALK Fashion. Her post-world war designs are a huge touchtown with the emerging military trend, but she runs it down the field with romance and wearability I haven’t seen elsewhere. She’d be my first draft pick given the choice.”

It was an out-of-body experience.

Naturally, I didn’t REALLY say all of that. I just said “David’s everyone’s favorite because he’s the headliner, but I’m more excited to see all the Cincinnati talent, especially ALK Fashion.”

I got the opportunity to meet Kirchen a little more than a year ago. She told me she wanted to start her own business, and she picked my brain (not sure she found much) because I had started Cincy Chic a couple years prior. She wasn’t sure what she wanted to do. At the time, she wanted to do something that incorporated makeup, modeling and design. But we caught up for coffee a few months later and she decided to just do the fashion line.

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Amy Kirchen, the designer behind ALK Fashion

And since then, she’s worked like a mad woman coming up with her company’s name, website, and all the designs in her first-ever line which will be unveiled at CFW. Oh, and by the way, she also just got married and had a beautiful baby girl. Talk about a super woman.

On a personal and professional level, I’m very excited to see this talented young woman blossom. She is one to keep your eye on for sure.

I hope you’ve purchased your ticket to CFW’s Finale. It will be epic to see Cincinnati’s own Kirchen, as well as all the other designers who’ve come from all over the world, showcase their new designs on the catwalk this Friday. Congrats to all the organizers for planning it, all the designers for participating in it, and to Cincinnati for supporting it.

Cincinnati Fashion Week

In January, Cincy Chic caught wind of Cincinnati’s first-ever Fashion Week. After squealing like little school girls in excitement, we talked with Nathan the organizer and wrote a story about the week’s festivities.

Granted, that story was written in January, so a lot has changed and developed. You can go to CincinnatiFashionWeek.com and get all the up-to-date info about THIS WEEK’s festivities. That’s right. This week … is… CINCINNATI FASHION WEEK!

Tonight is the VIP night where I get to meet all the designers in town for CFW. I’ll be posting pics and videos throughout the week from my experiences at the CFW festivities.

I also just got an email from Fetish Boutique saying that they’re giving a discount if you just mention CFW, so that’s pretty cool! Fetish recently changed owners. Click here to learn more about the new owner and what she plans to do with the store. And read info below for details about the sale at Fetish (copy and pasted from the message I just received from her email distribution)

This week is the first ever Cincinnati Fashion Week, and Fetish is extremely
excited to be participating in the week long festivities!!!!  To celebrate
Fetish will be offering a 25% discount all week to any customer mentioning
“Cincinnati Fashion Week!”

To learn more about Cincinnati Fashion Week visit their website:
www.cincinnatifashionweek.com