Posts Tagged ‘Tampa Bay Fashion Week Sponsors’

Why Should I Attend Tampa Bay Fashion Week?

In Designers, Events, Fashion, Trends, Updates on September 1, 2016 at 2:38 am

FWTBTampa Bay Fashion Week (which we also refer to as: Fashion Week Tampa Bay, cause we like to switch it up sometimes!) is a week-long event where people from all over the Southeast region come to Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater,  to be submerged in style, beauty, aesthetic, and art via fashion. (Some years our event has attracted people from all over the country like Miami and Portland, OR; or the world – last year we had a designer from Cuba!)

The team behind Tampa Bay Fashion Week, including designers, brands, sponsors, models, volunteers, and more, all work with one another to put together a great show and week of events, and positively impact both the fashion and Tampa Bay communities.

It’s important for those who are interested in the industry to learn how to operate in the fashion space and take advantage of opportunities like Fashion Week. Patrons can network with designers and purchase one-of-a-kind creations; and aspiring fashion designers, buyers, stylists and business professionals, as well as students, can connect with Tampa Bay’s movers and shakers. Those already active in the industry can exchange tips with one another and collaborate.

And let’s face, we all we want to be inspired! No, we are not all going to run to the sewing machine after attending Tampa Bay Fashion Week (due to lack of a sewing machine and those necessary sewing skills), but we will be able to take and combine ideas on the runway with what’s in our closets to create high fashion attire out of our own wardrobes. We may also purchase pieces from the runway to add to our wardrobe. Plus, we’ll see attendees in their best gear, too! Basically street style x1000 because there are so many different looks contained in one space, purely for our enjoyment and shopping pleasure!

Many of our designers have e-stores, which make it convenient to (literally) buy an outfit off the runway. Or, if you aren’t able to catch the name of the designer that caught your eye, take a quick pic. With the use of fashion app, MeSpoke, attendees can use that picture to ID clothing they like and find out where they can purchase the item.

One of the best benefits of all in attending is the community impact. Each year we select non-profit organizations as beneficiaries and this year we’ve partnered with PACE Pinellas for a supplies/toiletries drive on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 and Dress for Success Tampa Bay, where we’ll host a Purse Drive, on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016.

And none of this would be possible without our fantastic sponsors! International Plaza and Bay Street is our 2016 Trendsetter Sponsor and also host to our main runway shows on Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24. Additional sponsors this year include: J Thor Productions, Sanford Brown IADT School of Design, New Identities, White Book Agency, tbt*, Sprinkles, 83 Degrees, Tampa Downtown Partnership, The Hideaway, Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine, Elli Quark, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Fashion United, Glazer Children’s Museum, Fashion Week Web, Working Women of Tampa Bay, and Vertical Tampa Bay.

Peep our schedule of events here and we look forward to seeing you at Tampa Bay Fashion Week!



Let’s Talk International, Baby!

In Designers, Events, Fashion, Updates on August 18, 2016 at 10:03 am

logo-shareInternational Plaza and Bay Street is a staple in the Tampa Bay community. Conveniently located near Tampa International Airport, International Plaza and Bay Street in the go-to destination for specialty shopping, fantastic fashion, accessories, and more, and we’re thrilled to have them as our Trendsetter Sponsor again this year!

International Plaza and Bay Street knows the importance of keeping up-to-date on the latest trends and introducing new designers and brands to customers and the community. They were home to our trunk show/fashion presentations last year in Tampa Bay Fashion Week‘s pop-up shop, PURE Haus (pop-up retail experience),  which allowed local designers to sell and showcase their clothing while interacting with customers.

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It was an invaluable and unique experience for participating designers and everyone involved. (Thanks to all of you who came out!)

This year, International Plaza and Bay Street is our host venue again, but this time for two days of runway shows! Local designers will be on the runway showing their spring/summer 2017 collections, as well as some of International Plaza’s retailers. Select retailers will also debut their spring 2017 collections!

Along with all of the fashion everywhere at International Plaza, there are also many businesses in the surrounding area, and its restaurants cater to everyone from the working professional to professional socialite. It isn’t uncommon to catch the stylistically-inclined dining and catching up on the latest.

Going to International Plaza and Bay Street is always a fun experience! Grab a cone at Häagen-Daazs while you stroll around. Take your kids (or nieces, nephews, little brothers/sisters, etc.) to the play area for children. Eat at the food court or one of their dine-in restaurants. International Plaza has partnered with Tampa Bay Times so you can read the newspaper while you’re on the go. And last but not least…shop!

Whatever you do, just make sure to have fun! We can’t wait to see you there in September!







Three Tips to Find a Job in Fashion

In Fashion, Updates on August 5, 2016 at 1:27 am
Image courtesy of UnSplash

Image courtesy of UnSplash

Working in fashion is a dream of many. It seems glamourous, sparkly, creative and innovative, which it truly is. But it’s much more than that. Hard work, indepth industry knowledge and experiences are crucial to succeed. Here are three tips to find and get a job in fashion:

Demonstrate your experiences and know-how
Every career path starts somewhere. Fashion designers visit a fashion school to learn all about fabrics and design, buyers often study business or enroll for a course related to fashion management. However, having attended an educational institution isn’t a guarantee for glory and a successful professional life. Most companies require hands-on experiences through internships, volunteering, etc. Therefore, gaining
experiences and highlighting them in your job application is king!

This is especially important for those who are looking for a career change within the industry or across industries. A successful event manager might also be able to organize catwalk shows. In order to convince your potential employer about exactly that, another thing is especially important:

Be informed about the industry
Whatever career path in the fashion industry you are following. Make sure to know what’s going on. Reading the latest fashion news to be informed about recent developments is crucial. This should be more than knowing who was sitting front row and what the Kardashians wore. FashionUnited combines crucial industry information on just one platform, which is pretty handy. If you opt for ultimate convenience, a newsletter will deliver the essential knowledge directly to your email account.

Check out niche job boards & maintain your network
Various websites list various job offers. Unfortunately many of those websites are general career pages with positions in different fields outside the fashion world. To simplify your job search and to minimize frustration, look for platforms that focus on careers in fashion. You will be able to find more vacancies that are relevant for your search.

Another important source for job opportunities is your personal network. Make sure to connect with former colleagues, students and companies on business platforms such as Linkedin. Job opportunities might cross your way!

This post is a guest contribution from Tampa Bay Fashion Week 2016 media partner:


FashionUnited is the international platform for fashion professionals. Globally active, the website reaches more than 1.5 million industry professionals per month. The philosophy of FashionUnited is to make the

industry “ more fun and efficient” by combining essential industry information on just one platform.

Big Money Talent For Less: Deoca Pac Designs

In Events, Fashion, Updates on September 22, 2011 at 4:42 am

Looking to brand your product? Need print and web design? For all of your branding and marketing needs, Fashion Week Tampa Bay sponsor, Deoca Pac Designs can help.

Returning as a sponsor for the fourth year in a row, Deoca Pac is a Tampa-based design firm that is available to meet all of the creative needs of a new or ever growing business. Deoca Pac Designs understands that the best can be created while still being reasonable in price. As DeocaPac Design says, “Big Money Talent for Less.”

Everything Deoca Pac creates is a unique piece made especially for each business. Their designs are the perfect accessory to any business! Just as a true designer would never use a pattern, Deoca Pac designers stay away from cookie cutter templates, creating original pieces for all of their customers. At Deoca they simply use genuine creativity. Whether a business is looking for the perfect logo, letter head, brochures, Facebook page, web banners, or a fabulous business events and on-site marketing, Deoca Pac Designs is there to meet any business design needs!


WWOTB Makes Business Networking Fun

In Events, Trends, Updates on September 21, 2011 at 11:09 am

Like thousands of women throughout the Greater Tampa Bay area, I look forward to receiving invitations and emails to see what fun event is planned next with Working Women of Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay Fashion Week is all about fun, too, which makes Working Women of Tampa Bay a great sponsor and fit for our event!

Networking comes naturally to me – as I know it does to many women. I love sharing tips and tricks for everything from fitness to cosmetics to fun events to fashion with my long-time girlfriends and the new ones I meet daily. I know the events hosted by Working Women of Tampa Bay are sure to be fun times connecting with friends while meeting at that month’s locale – and I know I always go home with names and numbers of new friends as well as an exciting goody bag.

When I attend a WWOTB monthly mixer, I am always certain I will enjoy a great night out and make connections that, in addition, to being personal connections have also many times turned into great business relationships. I personally love doing business with people I know, like and trust, and thanks to WWOTB, I have added many new girlfriends to that group.

Fashion Week Tampa Bay and Working Women of Tampa Bay sounds like the perfect partnership to me – a fun, fabulous event with a fun, fabulous sponsor. I’m looking forward to seeing WWOTB at this year’s event along with many of my WWOTB friends.


Such a Mahh-velous Designer: Rhonda Shear

In Designers, Events, Fashion, Trends on September 20, 2011 at 6:06 pm

When I learned that Rhonda Shear was going to be returning to Fashion Week Tampa Bay runways this year, I just had to visit her website and check out the latest designs.  Like most of us, I am very familiar with what Rhonda shows on HSN, and I do love those products. But I had no idea the extent of her line until I saw her site this week. And I am so glad I checked it out.

Of course, undergarments can be functional (and need to be), but the best scenario is when they are functional, comfortable and beautiful – and that describes Rhonda’s line perfectly.  “Help me, Rhonda” is exactly her calling, and with her beautiful designs, she has done just that for all ages and sizes of women.

I know I like to feel beautiful starting with what I wear under my clothes, and the way to look and feel your best is when you know that everything stays put with no unsightly lines, no unwanted bumps, no tugging and pulling.  Fashion at its best from the inside out!

So I say thank you, Rhonda, for making me and my fashion world a prettier, more comfortable place. Check out Rhonda on the runways this Friday, Sept. 23 at Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort for Tampa Bay Fashion Week! See you there!


Andrew Ashton of LaPosh Salon

In Designers, Events, Fashion, Trends, Updates on September 20, 2011 at 7:23 am

While tout ensembles may be the stars of the show, no runway look is complete without hair and makeup. Tampa Bay Fashion Week is proud to welcome back the talented Andrew Ashton of LaPosh Salon as Hair and Make-up Artist Director.

Hair & make-up styled by Andrew Ashton

A master of models’ hair dos, Andrew Ashton has been a part of Tampa Bay Fashion Week for several years. We are looking forward to the sexy and sassy styling Andrew and team will be bringing to the runway during Fashion Week 2011.

The upscale and super chic LaPosh Salon located in Clearwater offers hair, nails, skin and massage services. LaPosh also sells an assortment of products including Heal5ium haircare, which is also a sponsor of this year’s Tampa Bay Fashion Week 2011 for the second year in a row! Other product lines sold at LaPosh include: Redken, Hempz and Aquage for all hair types. You can purchase Andrew Ashton’s very own makeup line “FaceWorks” at LaPosh as well. In the meantime, join us at Tampa Bay Fashion Week to see the unique looks Andrew gives the models this year!

Keeping Moms and Dads In The Know: Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine

In Events, Fashion, Trends, Updates on September 20, 2011 at 4:59 am

The way us fashionistas stay current on all the fashion publications, Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine keeps Tampa moms current on the latest local family events, parenting information and advise.

A free publication to all those fabulous moms of Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Parenting is a guide to everything parenting. Similar to the perfect pair of stilettos or the perfect little black dress, Tampa Bay Parenting is the must-have piece no matter the season. Just as us fashion lovers know fashion publications such as Elle, Vogue, or Bazaar, Tampa Bay Parenting is a household name to the Tampa Bay moms and dads. The publication is a parents’ guide to virtually any situation that they might face with their children.

From information on how to teach their little diva or fashion forward little man to dress and groom, the trendiest places for a play date or get together, or vital information on health and wellness, Tampa Bay Parenting has it all and we’re excited to have them back again as a sponsor for Tampa Bay Fashion Week 2011!


Join Us For Past Perfect’s Red Carpet Reception

In Designers, Events, Fashion, Updates on September 19, 2011 at 5:47 pm

As Fashion Week Tampa Bay 2011 begins, it is only appropriate that we take a day to pay a tribute to all the fashion designers that have become before us. Tomorrow (Tuesday, September 20) at 7pm Tampa Bay Fashion Week 2001 will be kicking of its week with Past Perfect: A Celebration of Vintage Designs 1820. Join us to celebrate some amazing vintage fashion, while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and champagne at the Art Institute of Tampa.

With an assortment of garments from Halston, Ceil Chapman, Chanel and so many more this evening will truly be Past Perfect. This evening of vintage garments will leave you speechless and craving more of Fashion Week Tampa Bay 2011. With so many breathtaking garments, dating all the way be to 1890s, this event is not one to miss!

Proper Training…Always in Fashion: Art Institute of Tampa

In Designers, Events, Fashion, Trends, Updates on September 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Fashion Week Tampa Bay and The Art Institute of Tampa – a perfect pairing in my mind, that’s for sure and we’re thrilled to have Art Institute as a Tampa Bay Fashion Club sponsor for the fourth year in a row.

The Art Institute of Tampa is an incredible school offering varying degrees from a top-notch faculty.  Maybe you are interested in the Culinary Arts – they have the training, maybe something in Web Design & Development, beginning and advanced – they have the training, or maybe your “Fashionista” desires lean towards Fashion Retailing and Management – once again, they offer the training.

As a former boutique owner, I speak from experience when I say that the Fashion Retailing and Management training you can get at The Art Institute will definitely give you a head start in the Fashion industry.

You owe it to yourself to check it out.  Looking forward to your feedback and to seeing you at Fashion Week Tampa Bay.

~Paula, Stylista Friend

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