From September 25th to October 2nd, Boston celebrated its 14th annual Fashion Week with more shows, parties, lectures, and events than ever before. Boston Fashion Week founder and executive director, not to mention creative-marketing director at the School of Fashion Design in Boston, Jay Calderin, helmed a massive undertaking this year between creating and scheduling the various events, while also negotiating shopping incentives among local shops and boutiques to create a “Fashion Trail” as a sort of recessionista package to help spur the more fashionable side of the economy.
Just like any budget conscious couture lover these days, Fashion Week packed more glamour per square yard than ever before, including touting a number of reality TV stars as guests or even participants.
At the Stuart Weitzman Fashion Show, which was held on September 26th, models wore jewelry by A.M. DePrisco Wellesley and styled by celebrity stylist Gretta Monahan and Katie Faessler of “The Rachael Ray Show” and “Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style”. On Thursday, October 1, the “Fashion Strikes Back” arts and entertainment summit featured a bevy of both TV stars and other entertainment notables. Speakers included Mary Chiochios of the Massachusetts Film Office and Joseph G. DiLorenzo of Plymouth Rock Studios.
Special guests included Amanda Kelly, Miss Massachusetts 2009 (Miss America Pageant), Korto Momolu, fashion designer & “Project Runway” season 5 – 1st runner-up, Bianca Golden, “America’s Next Top Model” cycle 9 contestant, and Sandra Nyanchoka, “America’s Next Top Model” cycle 12 contestant. Later in the week Momolu showed at the “Fashion at the Park” runway event, featuring sportswear, and again at the hair and accessories show. That Friday, SYNERGY events held an Emerging Trends of 2009 runway show, which featured designer Keith Lissner, a contestant on Bravo’s “The Fashion Show”.