Maryland's 1st-ever Fashion Week

By- Olayinka Lawal for NuWorld

On Monday August 11, 2008, Ms. Teen Maryland, Ana Maria Lawson, worked a ‘catwalk’ in Baltimore, Maryland… wearing a white, tulle A-line halter dress with a red sash cinched at the waist and tied ornately in the back. Was she defending her title, no, she was participating in Maryland’s first-ever Fashion Week, held inside of downtown Baltimore’s War Memorial Building, from August 11th through August 15th. The varied array of designer show’s mixed sexy socialites and handsome business men eager to catch a glimpse of what clothing options would be offered in the upcoming season.

Lawson was a featured model in the runway show for KAS Collection, as was the Mayor of Baltimore, Mrs. Sheila Dixon, who modeled a pink, satin evening gown with a lace strap that resembled a pageant gown itself. The piece will be auctioned off and proceeds will go towards breast cancer research. KAS’s models wore masculine and feminine very well, with men’s suits were beautifully tailored with wide legged slacks, fitted vests and jackets with broad shoulders as pin-stripe, grey, and pink double breasted offerings came down the runway. One could easily see what a strong statement any one of these suits would make in a boardroom. The remaining women’s collection was predominantly evening wear and had some evening separates. The gowns were long, dramatic, and extremely body conscious as knit-wear clad models slithered down the runway, tastefully and sexily. The cliché, “grown and sexy,” could be used to describe KAS, because it was definitely that. His palette was predominately black, navy, and brown. In essence, KAS’s Collection spoke power to the audience.

Another featured designer, Flex Clothing, showed off t-shirts and hoody's that are currently featured in the September issue of King Magazine. They use a high-quality cotton fabric, as their wit is displayed throughout the clothing line’s insignia, denoting Japanese letters spelling out F-L-E-X in a box-like arrangement on the back shoulder of some of the garments, while other shirts display a skull with a red cross on the forehead. And when the models strutted their stuff and posed for the cameras, the audience could decipher the FLEX code of ‘positive thinking’.

Design label, Irregular, was the jewel of fashion week. Their evening line was full of ballet inspired dresses in fuchsia, iridescent purples, sexy red, and Scottish-plaid. Aztec-print fabrics also showed up in fuchsia and dark blue, made to resemble sports-inspired hoody’s, for the modern day woman.

Moreover, in between the week’s fashion show presentations, there was also a private film screening for ‘Doll Face’ by Christina Fengal. The film was a harsh critique of the media’s influence over society’s perception of beauty, where a mechanical [read: robotic] face wearing makeup, is used to emulate what is on the television, and as the television moves farther away from the view of the robot, that ideal form of beauty becomes harder to see and the robot eventually stretches itself until it breaks, trying to keep sight of the TV’s showcase of beauty; a figurative depiction of the never ending pursuit of perfection.

Another star of the Fashion Week shows was Madison Walker by Dermain Johnson. The Madison woman was shown with short-shorts and geometric-patterned jackets in olive, turquoise, and amaretto, which called to mind a mod 60’s look. The jackets were cropped with wide, bell-shaped sleeves, and jeans were equestrian style- baggy on the thigh and fitted from the calf to the ankle. The Madison man was equally well-polished, with an old-English inspired look. His offerings incorporated corduroy and wool jackets with elbow pads, and jeans, capped off with the guys sporting bowling bags.

For further information on the designer’s that presented during Baltimore Fashion Week, please visit: www.BaltimoresFashionWeek.com, www.kascollectioninc.com, email FLEX Clothing designers Brandon & Michael at: bl9785@aol.com, Irregular Exposure designer Jessica Williams at: jess_jwilliams@yahoo.com

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