RVA Fashion Week

The time has come once again for Richmond fashionistas to show off their talents.

Funky print and lots of sheer fabric are two spring fashion trends that continue to be on point this year and will be on display during the seventh annual RVA Fashion Week, which kicks off today.

This year’s Fashion Week features seven events — one per night — and 15 local fashion designers, culminating in a two-day runway show at Maymont next weekend.

“(RVA Fashion Week) was started by a group of VCU students. They wanted to show off some local designers,” said Larissa Wisniewski, RVA Fashion Week executive director of media relations. “It’s gotten bigger every year.”

The first event, “Strike a Pose,” a yoga and wellness workshop, is from 5 to 7 p.m. today at MTK Auto (1605 Brook Road). Attendees at the free event will learn to focus on building confidence and self-expression to tap into their “inner fierceness.”

The idea is that beauty starts from the inside.

Other free events throughout the week include a networking social hour for fashion professionals and enthusiasts from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at The Tobacco Company. An Art and Jewelry Gala at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and the second annual Threads Block Party, which features local consignment and resale boutiques, from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.

The big events are Friday and Saturday. Designers will showcase their work in two runway shows at Maymont, on the terrace of the Nature Center.

More than 30 designers applied to be included in the show; 15 were chosen.

“We have some people who have participated before, but also some new people,” Wisniewski said. “We always look to trends to see if (designers) are on-trend; also we look to creativity to see if they’re doing something different.”

Some of the different designs included this year are a plus-size line and menswear. Local retailers also will be showing at the event, and attendees can order the clothes directly from the designers.

Friday’s show will showcase casual wear. Formal wear will be on display Saturday (7-11 p.m. both days).

Seven local designers will show 10 to 12 pieces each night. Some of the lines include PLV by Markie Colden, AZI Blas Couture by Azi Blas, Bathhouse Swimwear by Bernard Moore, Runway Couture by Chrissy Crawford, Ka’mala by Kamala Bhagat.

Tickets for the Friday and Saturday events are $20 per night and include a reception with food and cocktails.

Tickets can be purchased at rvafashionweek.com.

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