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Fashion & History Under the Same Roof!

In Designers, Events, Fashion on May 5, 2010 at 2:03 am

As Tampa continues on its journey to increase the fashion scene in the Bay area, on May 1st it got one step closer. Garment District 813 was to me a feeling of familiarity. Historic downtown Tampa turned into the 1970s meatpacking and garment district of New York City. Minus the ‘meat’, local Bay area fashion designers Ben Chmura and Raven Reda set the stage with their latest collections. Their inspiration for the show was the late 1970s meatpacking and garment district. So what better place to have it then Tampa’s well-known district of memories, the Tampa Armature Building (trolley barn). Between the brick foundation and the restored trolley at the head of the runway, you couldn’t help but to look around. This is when arriving early to a fashion event was a must. The two elements, the building and the clothing, were both equally beautiful yet so different. The wide open entrance (picture an entrance the size of two trolleys plus) lead your eyes straight down the runway. The exposed brick, original iron support and some broken windows reminded me of the Gansevoort Market in NYC.

Fashion Week Tampa Bay’s very own Ben Chmura showcased his first collection since being on Project Runway Season 7 and recent showing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in February 2010. Although his collection was inspired by the old Greek Myth about Lamia and Zeus, accents of his collection also paid tribute to 1970s NYC . Textured, cropped pants with a coral diamond-cut jacket were paired with metallic, copper shoes. Copper shoes, can we say disco inferno!

Gabrielle(me) & Raven Reda

Along with Ben Chmura’s futuristic resort collection, Raven Reda revealed her latest collection Coup D’etat. Huh? That means what? Well, in an interview with Raven I got the scoop. She stated that, “Coup D’etat, which basically symbolizes a takeover of the fashion industry here.”  Her rocker-heroine chic clothing consisted of dye-jobbing, netting tops and jeggings (jean leggings) that accent anyone’s be-hind!

Until recently, New York City’s meat packing district was known for its industrial purpose. Now, high-fashion stores and art galleries fill the streets between Gansevoort and West 14th Street. Designers like Ben Chmura and Raven Reda are always actively involved in growing the fashion scene in Tampa Bay and bringing that high-fashion that is desired. However, this was Ben Chmura’s farewell show for he is leaving for New York to further his brand in the original garment district. Good luck Ben!

Deanna (FWTB Blogger) & Gabrielle (me)

All you shop-a-holics can still purchase both Chmura and Reda’s clothing at LACE Boutique, located @ 100 Main St., Suite 106, Safety Harbor, FL. For more information about Ben Chmura visit him at Coming soon:! For more information about Raven Reda visit her at!

Fashion Events This Weekend

In Designers, Events, Fashion on March 3, 2010 at 12:26 am

American dolls, expectant mothers, superheroes, villains and sexy take the runway! Don’t worry, they won’t ALL be mixed in the same fashion event! Hmmm…actually, that would be a lot of fierceness on one runway so it might make for a very entertaining and crazy good show! On a serious note, March 6, 2010 will be a very busy day in Tampa Bay and surrounding areas! Check it out…

The American Girl Fashion Show:

This will be the 2nd annual American Girl Fashion Show presented by the Junior League of Manatee County. This Saturday, March 6, 2010 at the historic Bradenton Municipal Auditorium. There will be three show times throughout the day – 10:00am, 2:00pm and 6:00pm. This event is both fun and educational by showing how girl’s individual styles have changed throughout history. Plus 100% of the proceeds from this fundraiser are guaranteed back into our community benefiting local children in need. Click here for more information and tickets!

Life in Fashion Show:

Model4Jesus presents the Life in Fashion Show – A Vision of Compassion! This fashion event will be held this Saturday, March 6, 2010 at the Wesley Memorial UMC (Family Life Center). The doors will open at 6pm and the fashion show starts at 7pm. The fashion show will be both fashionably entertaining and beneficial to the Pregnancy Care Center. Click here for more information and tickets!

Out of this World Fashion Show:

Talented fashion design students from the International Academy of Design and Technology- Orlando will show their stylish take on comic books and fantasy- superheroes and villains. This Saturday, March 6, 2010 at the Orange County Regional History Center the fashion event doors will open at 6pm for everyone to mingle, then the fashion show will begin at 7pm. The special guest judge is no stranger to Fashion Week Tampa Bay, as Ben Chmura was a featured designer in our event in 2009. Ben is also a featured designer in this season’s Project Runway (Season 7), the runway-reality hit on Lifetime TV. Call (407) 836-7010 for more information and reservations. Seating is limited.

And finally, the Remarquably Sexy Fashion Show:

A very sexy and seductive fashion show from Essence Flowers, featured fashion designer in Fashion Week Tampa Bay 2008 and 2009. The event will debut her latest collection at the Tampa International Jet Center on, again…March 6th! The doores open at 6pm and the unleashing of her collection begins at 7pm. Click here for more information or tickets.

Looking fabulous is the easy part! Choosing which fashion event to attend… the hard part! Do it Seven Dresses style and see if you can make it to them all!

Have fun this weekend and share your reviews below!

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