While browsing the web a couple of weeks ago, I found out that cities in the US like Tampa and Orlando have their own fashion week. I used to cover Philippine Fashion Week so discovering that was pretty exciting. I hurriedly emailed the organizers of Tampa Bay Fashion Week about the possibility of gaining access to this exclusive event. Luckily, they still got two seats left for the September 23 runway show so Chad and I got to see the new designs to be released in spring/summer 2017 (Thanks, Nancy!).
Every year since 2008, proceeds from the shows go to charity. This year, the beneficiary of #TBFW2016 is PACE Center for Girls, an organization that helps girls and young women build a better future through education, training, and counseling.
Quite a number of well-known brands and designers participated in last week’s show. Check out the galleries down below to view their spring/summer offering!
PANDORA’s collection of magnificent body chains, bracelets, rings, layered necklaces, and chokers were the highlight of the show.
Lilly Pulitzer showcased a fun and flirty collection of florals, prints, and colors.
When it comes to laid-back style, Free People can deliver. Their spring/summer 2017 collection focused on earth tones and flowy pieces, giving you that boho-chic look.
Prints and patterns in bold colors are absolutely making a come back next year! Floridita Swimwear gave us a sneak peek of their colorful swimwear collection and custom-made accessories.
Sanford-Brown IADT School of Design
Students of Sanford-Brown IADT School of Design showcased their incredible skills and unique designs as well. My personal favorites are the hooded jacket and dress. The construction was flawless and I would definitely buy those!
Elizabeth Carson Racker
The show closed with a political note. Models were wearing name plates which represented different groups in America, such as Democrats, Republicans, Progressives, Conservatives, Liberals, Immigrants, Black and Blue Communities, among others. At the end of the runway, each model threw away their name tags, which to me, symbolized bridging the gap between race and political parties. Elizabeth Carson Racker used her moment to call for unity. With everything that’s happening in the US today, it was a fitting end to an amazing show.
Thank you, TBFW for having us! Shout out to my ever-supportive hubby for helping out with the photos. Such a champ! 🙂