[intro-text size=”25px”]New York, London, Milan…Cleveland? You bet! One of the largest Fashion Weeks between New York and Los Angeles returns to Cleveland with educational and exciting events held all over the city from April 30 to May 7.[/intro-text]

Regional Fashion Weeks have gained significant popularity in recent years and are now on the radar of many of the world’s top designers and fashion experts. Fashion industry leader Fern Mallis, who created the current New York Fashion Week and is the keynote speaker in this year’s Cleveland event, told CNN in 2013, “Not all designers are born and bred in New York, Paris and Milan,” and she finds “something very honest and refreshing” about them: “The fashion industry is always looking for the next hot talent and you never know where you’ll find it.”

Regional Fashion Weeks give emerging designers and runway models  exposure in the industry and the fashion press, opportunities they won’t find in New York or Paris. Fashion design is often influenced by the aesthetics and the weather of the region designers come from – heavier, more rustic fabrics in the north, lighter fabrics like chiffon and cotton in the south – regional Fashion Weeks make regional customers’ tastes and needs a priority.

Cleveland Fashion Week kicks off at The 9 Saturday, April 30 with a glamourous party featuring DJs and fashion contests and is free to attend. Tuesday, May 3, you can watch a film under the stars at Crocker Park, an outdoor showing of the documentary, “Valentino: The Last Emperor”, also a free event. Bone up on your fashion history Friday, May 6 at the “Night At The Museum”. The Halle Costume wing of the Western Reserve Historical Society will host presentations and tours of early 20th century designs and will also host a cash bar and cocktail party, as well as a pop-up vintage clothing shop and sidewalk sales as Cleveland retail puts on its own party alongside the museum. $10 Advance Admission; $15 at the door.

Fern Mallis will be speaking on the fashion industry and do a meet and greet with guests at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7. The lovely Arcade building on Superior Ave. will play host to twelve separate runway shows, also on Saturday evening, exploring the world of high fashion Cleveland-style with appetizers, a cocktail bar and both downstairs and balcony seating for guests.  You can purchase tickets for this event here. ***Note: Gentleman, wear a tux! It’s the required dress. The grand finale of Fashion Week Cleveland will be a giant after-party at The 9 Saturday night after the runway shows end that is free to all who wish to attend.

Pressure Life staff will be in our best dress covering Fashion Week Cleveland events with fun news and cool photos, so check back soon!