Top fashion events came to fruition recently all throughout Tampa Bay after being postponed by Hurricane Irma. We were happy to see our folks plus visitors catching some of the latest 2017-2018 trends in fashion as well as supporting community, art, and organizations to make our city a better place.
The CITY Fashion+Art+Culture event took place recently and it's known as a signature fashion event at the Tampa Museum of Art that raises funds to bring arts education programs to our community youth. This year, Susanne Bartsch was the epicenter, featuring seven different avant-garde designers. Art in fashion was notable, as the museum was transformed with graffiti murals plus blacklights to resemble a fashion underground world in honor of "The Queen of New York's" retrospective of her 30-year career and the designer ensembles inspired by the creativity of the culture she promotes. Very eccentric model performances displaying haute couture from Ben Copperwheat, Muffinhead, Hana Quist, Casey Caldwell, Lactic Incorporated, Veritee Hill, Renee Massomian, Kristina Kiss.
At the International Plaza center court, Fashion Week Tampa Bay showcased looks from favorite brands such as Free People, Banana Republic, Fabletics, Lilly Pulitzer, Pandora, including four bay area designers; Alexander Bougadis, Wendy Ohlendorf, Melissa Couture and Elizabeth Racker. Each Tampa Bay Fashion week event benefits organizations that serve our children, health, and future with this year's beneficiary being My Fairy Godfather's Foundation. Some of the latest fashion trends spotted on this runway were clashing prints, streamlined silhouettes and luxe textures such as silk and velvet. However, bright hues blended into fun prints are never out of style for the countless days of Florida.
Salvador Dali's Persistence of Memory sculpture with gold and diamonds was on view at the Neiman Marcus Art of Fashion event where Neiman's hosted a fashion show and private viewings of Dali's creations from the personal collection of Eleanor Morse, whom was Dali's great friend and also co-founded the Dali Museum alongside her husband. The Art of Fashion also kicks off the upcoming Dali & Elsa Schiaparelli exhibit that is open now through January 2018.