LITTLE ROCK FASHION WEEK'S BIG NIGHT
6 p.m. Robinson Center Music Hall. $38-$80.
Little Rock Fashion Week has been under way since Monday, with a plethora of events for designers, aspiring designers and fashion buffs of all stripes. The week culminates with Friday's Media Industry & VIP Mixer at the Italian Kitchen at Lulav ($59-$80). It'll be a chance to mix and mingle with fashion industry folks in a fun environment, with food and drinks. It's a dress-to-impress event.
Then, of course, there's Saturday's Big Night at Robinson Center Music Hall, featuring clothing from several labels split into two shows — Young & Fabulous and Posh Expression. Some of the lines featured will be Ms Smitty, Foreign, D.ooh, B.M.E., Kelvin Haydon, Hope E., Love R.O.C.S., Lymelyfe, Jessiica Howell Fashions and Nicole McGehee.
Years ago, when we were just a few years out of our teens, David Ramsey carried a wallet made solely out of duct tape that I thought was fairly punk rock (I'd lived a sheltered life). But clearly, by the looks of Little Rock's Colin O'Mara and Grace McFarland the kids of today are far more fashion forward when it comes to duct tape. They're on some "Project Runway" action now. Their outfits above, made for the Mount St. Mary's prom and a contest sponsored by Duck brand duct tape, took them 95 hours and 20 rolls of duct tape. Nearly every bit of them is made with duct tape, including Colin's boutonniere.
The couple is among 10 finalists in the Duck tape contest. Voting is open to the public (though you have to log-in on the Duck site or via Facebook) and continues until July 8. Winners get scholarship money. As finalists, Colin and Grace are guaranteed at least $500 in scholarships a piece. Check out the competition.
ETSY INDIE ARTS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
11 a.m. Shoppes on Woodlawn.
For all of you artsy, craftsy, DIY-y, food-y, music-y types residing in Central Arkansas or hereabouts, this here is a must-do for your Saturday: The 3rd Annual Indie Arts & Music Festival, presented by Etsy Little Rock.
I imagine most folks have some familiarity with Etsy, the e-commerce hub for all things arts, crafts, handmade and vintage. Roughly three dozen local Etsy vendors will be there to vend their wares. Do you require hand-crafted soaps? Vintage clothing? Handmade jewelry? Tote bags with animals on them? This will be the place where you can find and purchase such items all without cracking open the laptop.
I would predict that most of these folks will have those little card swipe-y things that plug into a smartphone, but maybe bring some cash just in case.
Starting at noon, there will also be live music from the following acts, in order of appearance: Michael Leonard Witham, Isaac Alexander, Mike Mullins, Ming Donkey, Paul Morphis, Reed Balentine, The Winston Family Orchestra and Booyah! Dad.
Of course, you'll likely require food at some point to satisfy your music listening- and shopping-induced famishment. As such, there will be food trucks on site to provide you with some nosh. You can choose from kBird, Loblolly Creamery, Palette Catering and Event Planning, Philly's To Go, The Southern Gourmasian and Sugar Shack Sweets & Treats.
Brian Chilson went to last weekend's Designers Choice Fashion Preview and provided us with lots of photos.
DESIGNERS CHOICE FASHION PREVIEW
6:30 p.m. Metroplex. $35-$55.
Now in its sixth year, the Designers Choice Fashion Preview has become what is surely the biggest annual fashion event in the state.
This year, the event will be hosted by actor Lamman Rucker, Alice 107.7 host Heather Brown and designer Korto Momolu. Celebrity models include Donna Terrell of Fox 16 and Mark Edwards of KTHV 11.
Benefiting from the show will be The Timmons Arts Foundation, whose "core mission is to restore art and music education programs in the public school system. Children deserve a well-rounded education, and learning through the arts is an essential component in all schools for every student." Amen to that.
Better late than never, I hope: Brian Chilson's pictures from last weekend's fashion show in Hillcrest are on the jump.
7:30 p.m. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA. $15.
Let's face it: Reality television has exalted some of the worst people on the planet and glorified some of the most heinously inappropriate behavior ever to be called entertainment (here's an excellent indictment). It has led many of us to seriously consider turning our backs on the 21st century and returning to life in caves, because that would be a more dignified existence than any that would allow such shameless, bloodthirsty jackals as the Kardashians or the Real Housewives of Wherever to thrive.
But there is one shining, impeccably dressed, refined, intelligent, gracious, thoughtful, well-mannered, sophisticated, utterly classy exception to all of this awfulness, and his name is Tim Gunn.
Surely you have watched "Project Runway," the fashion competition show for which Gunn serves as mentor to aspiring designers. He's the best thing about the show. He's supportive, but appropriately critical when called for. He always rises above any petty bickering or bitchiness. He's the father figure who gives the contestants the grounding they need to "make it work" (sorry, couldn't help it).
In addition to the show, he is the chief creative officer at Liz Claiborne. And if Gunn's installment of the "It Gets Better" series doesn't make you well up, you have no soul.
LITTLE ROCK FASHION WEEK
Various times and venues. $5-$40.
The fourth installment of Little Rock Fashion Week is upon us. The fashion festivities officially got rolling Monday and will continue through Saturday with events around the city.
Wednesday is highlighted by the Child's Play Day and For Kids By Kids Fashion Show at The Little Rock Zoo. Doors open at 9 a.m. and the show is at 2 p.m. The Young & Fabulous Experience is Friday at Robinson Center starting at 6:30 p.m., and the week culminates with the Posh Expression Fashion Experience at Robinson Center Exhibition Hall. Several labels and designers from all over Arkansas and points beyond will showcase their fall/winter lines this year.
This is the second year in a row that LRFW has teamed up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas to recruit mentors for children. Brandon D. Campbell, founder of LRFW, was himself a "little" when he was in elementary school, and he'll become a mentor this school year, according to a press statement. Attendees can donate or sign up with BBBS to become mentors at LRFW events.
Check out the full schedule here. You can buy tickets on the website or at Uncle T's, The Joint, The Salon Professional Academy or Round One Fashions in Conway.
Tireless Times cameraman Brian Chilson was on hand for last weekend's Designers Choice Fashion Preview and got a ton of great shots. Check out several after the jump, including a slideshow.
Soaring temps warrant bare skin, and bare skin warrants catwalks. Lucky for Little Rock, this Saturday marks the fifth annual Designers Choice Fashion Preview. It's the largest fashion event in the state, attracting hundreds of Arkansas fashion devotees to check out the merch (clothing and jewelry), the flesh (hot local models) and the talent (do the names Korto Momolu and Jerell Scott jolt your brain? Hello, "Project Runway?").
It's for a good cause — yeah, a good cause other than ensuring your summer wardrobe is up to par. Proceeds benefit the Timmons Arts Foundation, which focuses on restoring art and music programs in public schools. In addition to the show, there's a beauty product expo and if you spring for the pricier tickets, a V.I.P. greet-and-munch fest (rub shoulders with models much?). Tickets are available here, or at Jeante, Vogue Visage, Box Turtle, 4th Dimension Salon and Uncle T's.
On Saturday, April 7, at 7 p.m., the Metroplex Event Center will host the fifth annual Designers Choice Fashion Preview. It's the largest fashion show in the state, spotlighting jewelry and apparel by local talent, often of national regard. This year's designers include Korto Momolu, a Liberian native and Arkansas resident, whose African-influenced creations placed her as first runner up on the fifth season of Project Runway, as well as another Project Runway finalist, Jerell Scott (no Arkansas connection). Other featured designers, selected by a fan vote in January: Erica Warren, Kata Marie, Brandi Tate Phalon Montgomery, Snee Dismang, Krista Smith, Nicole Mcgehee, Leslie Pennel, Candace Locke and Ocie Collins.
Past shows have featured local models and an expo of beauty and fashion products. This year's proceeds support the Timmons Arts Foundation, with a core mission to restore public art and music education programs in the public school system.
Designers Choice Fashion Preview 4/7/2012 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Metroplex Event Center
Address: 10800 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock, AR 72205
A VIP Meet and Greet, starts at 6:00 p.m. (with open bar and hor d'oeuvres) and the show begins
at 7 p.m.VIP tickets (includes meet and greet and preferred seating) are $50. General admission
Note to the makeup-wearing contingent of Gossip fans: Beth Ditto has signed on with MAC Cosmetics to "create a limited edition collaboration with products expected to hit counters in June," according to Women's Wear Daily and Harper's Bazaar, which expects the limited-edition makeup line to be "anything but dull."
Nobody hustles like Times photographer Brian Chilson. After shooting the Occupy Little Rock protests on Saturday, he turned up at Hillcrest Harvest Fest, where Box Turtle once again put on an impressive fashion show featuring designs from Amber Taylor, Lauren Kemp, Punkee Monkee, Linda Thomas, Trisha Timmerman, Erin Lorenzen, Missy Lipps and Korto Momolu.
I'm pretty sure the slideshow on the jump includes shots of every model in the show.
11 a.m. Hillcrest. Free.
Fall is an excellent time of year in Arkansas, as evidenced by the abundant outdoor festivals, celebrations, block parties, soirees, galas, get-togethers, functions, jubilees, jamborees, fish-fries, beer-blasts, socials, throw-downs, shindigs and gatherings.
Hillcrest HarvestFest promises to be some good times, with a pancake breakfast, vendors, an antique car show, a cheese dip contest, a fashion show, a hula hoop contest, pumpkin decorating, a mobile aquarium, a 5K race, a bird watching walk and a totally solid lineup of live music, including Mandy McBryde, Rob & Tyndall, The Boondogs, The Salty Dogs, John David, Elise Davis, Jim Mize, Bonnie Montgomery and Mulehead.
The festival sets up between Walnut and Spruce streets.
Little Rock Fashion Week kicks off tonight at Stickyz with the Music Remix Experience. Here's how organizers bill it: "The best musical artists perform their hit songs with other musical artists from different genres to remix songs with beautiful fashion models and clothes as the backdrop to create a unique experience."
There are a couple of other not-too-clearly described events happening during the week, before the weekend's fashion shows, Friday's "Young and Fabulous Experience" and Saturday's "Posh Expression Experience."
There's gonna be body-paint!
Get more details and a full schedule on the jump.
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