A few weeks ago, the Circle City’s best dressed and most influential assembled at the Indianapolis Artsgarden for Fashion for a Cause–a runway show featuring designers with ties to the Hoosier State–all in the support of this season’s charitable partner, the Fashion Community Foundation. Upon entering the beautiful, all-glass structure which sits over the busy streets of downtown Indianapolis, music was bumping and energy was high. Due to the later-than-usual date (mid-November), the Artsgarden was decked in gorgeous holiday garland and sparkling lights, adding an extra touch of excitement to the venue. Ticket lines were long, due to high demand, and there was standing room only, well before the start of the show. It was a full house and a full lineup of unique designs by up-and-coming designers.
The show was hosted by local stylist-by-day and entertainer-by-night, Allyson Pruitt and kicked off with a performance by IU alumni, Jordan Ghaim. First to grace the runway was Dorshelle Guillaume, with her ultra sexy collection entitled “Regal Gothic Burlesque”, and we can’t think of a name more fitting.
Dorshelle’s designs featured lush, dark tones of black, oxblood and midnight blue with touches of elegant gold, sequins, lace and floral appliques to add feminine details to her sultry, intimate apparel and special occasion pieces. Her showstoppers were a sheer, gold lace mini dress with a balconette top and fringe bottom, as well as a sheer gown featuring oxblood velvet caging and black lace applique. This collection definitely set the tone for the rest of the night, as attendees were in awe of the attention to detail in her luxurious designs!
Next up was Shawna Marino with her beautiful bridal collection, Shawna M Designs. From classic satin ball gowns to cocktail length dresses with plenty of sparkle and detachable skirts, Shawna’s collection surely has something for every bride’s style. Her showstoppers were a tiered organza ball gown and a surprise visit by two adorable girls in beautifully detailed flower girl dresses. After Dorshelle’s steamy showcase, Shawna’s collection definitely left a feeling of sweet romance on the runway!
Third to show was Catou by Berny Martin, which is always a fan favorite. This collection had a little bit of everything with colors ranging from classic black and white to colorful emerald green and azure blue to neutral tones of tan and olive green, leaving attendees completely unexpectant of what might come down the runway next. His staple menswear was taken to the next level with touches of floral and sequin appliques, while his gowns combined classic silhouettes with modern cuts for a truly unique experience.
Next on stage was Maria Mauro’s collection Mau Et Cie, which brought something completely one-of-a-kind to the show. Combining the lost art of crochet with recycled pieces such as soda can tabs, Mau et Cie made for a beautiful collection that was unlike any other. After all, isn’t that what fashion is all about? Her showstoppers included a crop top and gold balloon pant two-piece set, and a faux fur detailed mini dress with pops of metallic, among countless other pieces in a variety of colors and shapes.
Last to show their latest collection was Elan Furs, which always combines classic elegance and the latest trends in the very best way. Their showcase kicked off with bold designs featuring neon and uniquely patterned fur in moto and utility pieces, and progressed to more classic styles of rich, oversized coats for both men and women. The showcase was extensive and truly displayed Elan’s ability to offer a style for every taste, while still maintaining its luxurious brand identity.
What a show! In the end, more than 500 people were in attendance to watch these five, amazing collections on the runway. Thank you to all who joined us, as well as the designers, models, stylists, photographers, videographers, volunteers and sponsors who made it all happen! So, what’s next for Midwest Fashion Week? New York, of course! Stay tuned…
*All photos in this post were taken by Alex Callejo of AC Photography