RVA Fashion Week

Local clothing and jewelry designers will show off their spring collections during RVA Fashion Week shows.

Get ready for a week’s worth of spring fashion with RVA Fashion Week.

Eleven local clothing designers and eight jewelry designers were chosen to have their work highlighted at this year’s RVA Fashion Week from a pool of more than 60 potential candidates.

“Our main goal is to show off the designers in Richmond and what they can do,” said Larissa Wisniewski, digital media director for RVA Fashion Week.

Six events will be held throughout the week, from trunk shows to full-fledged runway shows. Expect to see lots of looks from the 1960s and ’70s, Wisniewski said, like crocheted bathing suits, wide-leg pants and longer dresses and skirts, as well as floral patterns and bright colors.

Ellen Lawlor, a stylist from Redken, has created several signature “over-the-top” hairstyles for the models in the runway shows. Lawlor has created looks for “America’s Next Top Model” as well as “Elle,” “Marie Claire” and “Vogue.”

Visitors can shop for clothing, jewelry, accessories and beauty products from local vendors at the RVA Threads Trunk Show, followed by a mini-fashion show on Tuesday, April 19, at The Broadberry, 2729 W. Broad St. The event, which is free, starts at 5:30 p.m.

Models will wear jewelry from local designers on Thursday, April 21, at Candela Books + Gallery, 214 W. Broad St. Starting at 6:30 p.m., this event also is free and open to the public.

The culminating event will be runway fashion shows on Friday and Saturday. Emerging designers will be on display Friday, April 22, at 8 p.m. at the Hofheimer Building, 2818 W. Broad St. Models will wear fashions from the spring collections of designers Grace Nelson, Tabitha Sewer and Corlette Dixon, among others.

Formal wear from local designers and boutiques, such as Eurotrash and Firefly Lane, will be the focus on Saturday, April 23, at 8 p.m., also at 2818 W. Broad St. Tickets for the Friday and Saturday events are $25 in advance and $30 at the door per night. For more information, go to www.rvafashionweek.com.

RVA Fashion Week was started in 2008 by a small group of Virginia Commonwealth University students to showcase Richmond’s unique fashion and culture. It now is run by volunteers and overseen by a board of directors.

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Colleen Curran covers arts and entertainment for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She writes the weekly column Top Five Weekend Events.

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