Savannah Fashion Week 2014 runway show in Forsyth will combine work of retailers, designers

A key change was formally announced today for Savannah Fashion Week 2014 (April 28-May 3).

The big runway show, scheduled for Forsyth Park on May 1st, will for the first time include the work of local designers. Last year’s show at the Lucas Theatre included collections from participating retailers, but the showcase for independent designers was the following night at Dollhouse Productions. I enjoyed both events, but the separation seemed sort of unnecessary, arbitrary, and artificial.

The Savannah Fashion Week 2014 participating retailers include BleuBelle (owner Heather Burge is President of SFW 2014), Custard Boutique, J. Paige, James Gunn, Red Clover Boutique, Sara Jane Children’s Boutique, Satchel, Trunk 13, and Zia Boutique.

And here are this year’s participating designers (quoting today’s press release):

  • Brooke Atwood presenting clothes from the second season of her Brooke Atwood collection — “modern day western wear meets downtown chic rock-n-roll”
  • Catherine Fain showcasing her 2014 Spring Ramey Rhodes line inspired by a ‘jet-set’ attitude with pieces that are easily packable and wearable
  • Cate Lyon, owner of Cate Lyon Studio
  • Faith Thornburg, winner of ELLE Magazine’s Fashion Next Award, showing her bridal line inspired by the “romance of Savannah”
  • Emily Bargeron showing pieces from her Mamie Ruth collection
  • Kathryn Hayes presenting items from her Fall 2014 and Resort 2014 Mix Julep line, the later of which is inspired by the “steel magnolia”
  • Nicole Edge, owner of Kleon’s Sewing Studio in Savannah, whose line is 60’s mod inspired
  • Troy Allen, Savannah Arts Academy student and winner of the 2014 Junk2Funk fashion show, who’ll be showing his collection of sportswear inspired by ‘Cowboys vs. Indians’
  • featured designer April Johnston, “Project Runway” and “Project Runway All-Stars” contestant, presenting her Mangled Courtesan line and who promises “a lot of surprise in this collection”

Here are a handful of shots I took from my seat at last year’s runway show at the Lucas:

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And here are some shots from the Savannah Independent Designers show at Dollhouse:

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