Gainesville, the home of the University of Florida, has been part of Fashion Week since 2009. However, this year, and after the great success that the spring fashion shows have brought to the community, Gainesville Fashion Week paired up with Apartments in Gainesville and for the first time ever, they put together a swimwear show at the poolside in summer, celebrating Miami Swimwear Week. Mz Mahogany Chic had the chance to be there for this event.
It took place last Saturday at the pool area of the modern and colorful The Enclave apartment complexes. Macy’s and Sironna Swimwear provided cool outfits for both women and men, and they were displayed by models from the area who volunteered to be part of it. Local makeup artists Sheena Cuccia Artistry & Design, hair stylists from Avant Garde Salon and Scissors Salon and various photographers also helped out, while interns participated in the organization of the event.
The show had the potential of a bumpy start due to rain hours before it started (it’s hurricane season in Florida), but fortunately the weather behaved and the show, though delayed for about an hour, went on without problems.
It was a cocktail party by the pool, so guests were asked to dress for the occasion, and they all rocked their resort wear. The runway was built between the two big pools and as the night came the lights made the show stand out even more.
It was a short event, with only three short shows for women (two swimwear catwalks and one summer clothes) and one for men, but it was free to the public, and it had bartenders with free drinks to those who had RSVP’d via Facebook, free hors d’oeuvres from local restaurant Bento Group, and the DJ made this cocktail party go on even after the fashion show came to a close. Guests also had free access to downtown Gainesville club Simon’s.
It was definitely a neat event and it shows a glimpse of what we can expect from the hard work of Florida residents. Here are some snapshots from the night, but if you want to see more, visit www.facebook.com/GainesvilleFashionWeek