Indie Fashion Week DC #indie500

Fall 2016 marked the 1-year anniversary for the bi-annual event Indie Fashion Week, also known as #Indie500. This time around, the event was loaded with 8 days of everything fashion. Unlike any other fashion week, Indie fashion week offers a variety of events including a brunch, social hour, pop-up shop, education workshop, styling competition, networking event, and runway shows packed full of entertainment. The mission of Indie Fashion week is to “bridge the gap between consumers and independent brands through creative means of awareness, style consciousness and brand expansion potential.” The organization wants the product of hard work and creativity of local designers to land in the closets of it's spectators. As a result the emerging designers chosen are affordable and ready to sell.

The most anticipated finale runway show Purple Reign took place Sunday night [October 9th] at the Cafritz Theater at the Dance Place, Washington DC. The night offered every bang for your buck. One of the skits, “I Killed My Parents?" touched upon the horror of domestic violence and the potential affect it has on youth. There was also an ongoing skit by none other than Prince as he got dressed in time to Rip the Runway himself. When you thought that was enough there was a fine dance segment between designer showcases.

The designers came to SLAY themselves. Blair Devon opened the show with a ready-to-wear denim exhibition. The dynamic duo of Twelve16, created a remarkable high-fashion collection out of &Pizza boxes. King O showcased both his 2017 menswear collection, Apocalypse, and women’s collection Elevated Opulence. Knotilus took crocheting to the next level with a ready to wear crochet collection Designer and stylist Mannie Toraz brought elegance and fun ending with a gold sequin statement piece to kill. ROE model, Patty Suchy, presented her clothing line Love Candy Apparel full of bright color-block and mixed patterns. John Marc brought the sexy back with his plus size swimwear collection and DJ Lifestyles brought chills with an edgy menswear line. CEO/Designer of KLashaa’s Closet took the stage to give a moment of courage before her collection debuted for a second time. After being a victim of domestic violence herself, Klashas

encourages other victims of abuse to never give up and follow their dream.

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