The eighth annual Winston-Salem Trend Week returns for a celebration of styling, upcycling, and celebrating undiscovered designers.
“We’re in an period of sustainable clothes. Not just for its environmental advantages however to recreate the that means of favor. This yr’s theme is celebrating all issues style, all components encourage by style comparable to artwork, colour, fashion, and sustainability,” mentioned Nikita Wallace, WSFW founder and inventive director. “After a profitable season final yr, which occurred to be our first time again in individual since every thing went digital, we knew we needed to increase our designers and fashions throughout North Carolina this yr.”
Winston-Salem Trend Week kicked off its celebrations with an Opening Night time Reception and Artwork to Trend Exhibition on the Forsyth County Central Library on September 12, adopted by reside music, meals, and recognition of sponsors, companions, and neighborhood leaders on the GMAC constructing. “We had over 80 submissions from designers introducing their style ideas, however we needed to restrict our showcasing to 3 winners,” Wallace mentioned. The Artwork of Trend Exhibition Winners included Sasha Woods, designer/proprietor of The Final Junki, in first place with a hand-beaded and embellished piece emphasizing the shoulders. In second place was Ashley McHenry with a Pandemic Accent Assortment. The ultimate contest place led to a tie between a Trend Picture album from No Punching Baggage’ Angel Fant and a jewellery assortment by Kayla Amador with Iconografi.
WSFW held its annual Elite Swap Alternate and Styling Presentation this previous weekend. The occasion, hosted on the Hampton Inn and Suites, focuses on sustainability within the Triad and presents attendees an opportunity to re-vamp their wardrobes.
“The swap is one in every of many traditions we intend to take care of yearly throughout style week. This yr we selected making the swap extra unique and game-like, narrowing down our visitor listing to 50 contributors who will deliver three gadgets every to trade with others in the identical class. We had been honored to have native distributors out there for many who needed to buy whereas they swap,” Wallace defined. “We ended the primary weekend with a panel dialogue on sustainable style and how you can fashion with thrifted gadgets and garments discovered within the closet. The dialogue was hosted by two particular visitors and style influencers, Talia Leslie and Ty Harper.”
There may even be a Meals to Trend present, along with the Southside Meals Forest, on Thursday, September 22 on Arcadia Road. This present will start at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the general public.
This upcoming weekend and finale for WSFW 2022 will characteristic three days of appears on the runway from native designers, boutiques, and retail shops. The Opening Night time Runway present that includes Champion Night time and Crimson Carpet Occasion will run this Friday, September 23, at 6:30 p.m. and is situated on the RJR Bailey Park Coal Pit in downtown Winston-Salem. This present is free and open to the general public.
“Along with SECCA, Champion Night time will open with LEAD Ladies of North Carolina Trend Camp, then concentrate on native artist, Paul Brilliant, and his assortment at SECCA that facilities round textiles named Mode 2. The night time will finish with the annual Champion Assortment and WSFW Venture Run Slay,” Wallace shared.
WSFW’s Venture Run Slay is a contest that permits contributors to upcycle and reuses items and slay the runway with their new appears and style.
“We held a collegiate contest this yr for Venture Run Slay, which began again in Might 2022. Whereas final yr’s focus was extra targeted on upcycle items, this yr we needed to elaborate on fashion. So we recruited about 20 faculty college students, gave them attire from Champion, and inspired them to deliver their very own affect to the items.” The enjoyable of style doesn’t finish there; a pink carpet occasion will spotlight the fashions and visitors with picture alternatives and designer recognition.
On Saturday, September 24, WSFW Designers Runway Present will current at SECCA (Southeastern Heart for Up to date Artwork) from 1 to 4 p.m. Ten designers will probably be featured, a majority of them new to WSFW. The ten designers embody Tamara McKinney with Skinflints Closet, Tiffany Flowers with Bella Te Couture, Mike Foley and Natalie Lucas with Tutoboso, Que Varn with L.Samone Clothes, Praveer Gangwani with Gangwani Assortment, Sharon Rocker with A Style of Class, Akilah Shaw with Tahirah Attire, Josina McNeil with Regal Jo, Amelia Bailey with Eye Q, and Marisa Jeter with AISA MMXII. In partnership with Goodwill of Northwest, NC, 5 designers will probably be featured in Goodwill’s “Diva, Dapper on a Dime.” Designers acquired a stipend to buy at Goodwill and incorporate these gadgets to restyle into their newly recreated assortment, whereas the remaining designers within the present will create their assortment from scratch and recycled materials.
Returning mannequin, Kristopher Brown, is thrilled to be again to strut for an additional yr.
“I’m grateful to be strolling for designers Praveer and Tiffany this yr, in addition to Champion the day earlier than. I’m assured this yr will probably be one for the books. The expertise displayed will probably be a feast for the eyes. Who doesn’t need one thing larger, higher, and bolder?”
WSFW will finish the season with its Retail Model and Youth Runway Present. The ultimate night time will probably be held Sunday, September 25 at 5 p.m., situated at Innovation Quarter’s Biotech Atrium. The runway present will open with a particular assortment from long-time Winston-Salem staple Physique and Soul Boutique. The present may even spotlight DXL Menswear’s large and tall curvy males assortment, and JCPenney’s plus dimension assortment. The night will finish with the youth stroll, that includes JCPenney’s child assortment and Blaire’s Closet youth assortment, an area clothes store within the triad.
“We have now 20 famend youth fashions who all the time deliver me delight from seeing them stroll down the runway with such confidence and poise. It jogs my memory of the sweetness style can deliver to anybody of any colour and age,” Wallace mentioned.
This yr, Winston Salem Trend Week has partnered with SECCA, Forsyth County Central Library, Goodwill Northwest NC, The Arts Council, and The Muse Winston Salem. Different sponsors embody Champion, Hanesbrand, Inc, Innovation Quarter, Deweys Bakery, The Hampton Inn & Suites, The Metropolis of Winston Salem Mayors Workplace, Winston-Salem Chamber, Lamar Promoting Firm, JCPenney, Pulse Vodka, Royalty Advertising and marketing, YES! Weekly, and Triad Voice Journal.
For extra data on exhibits or tickets, www.wsfashionweek.com.