When you think of fashion events, you probably think of big cities such as Paris and Milan that throw extravagant fashion weeks. Not Iowa, which is usually thought of as Buckle jeans and farmer boots. But the Iowa Fashion Project is starting to change these misconceptions one show at a time.

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They continue to step it up after each show, and Sleigh the Runway, the winter themed fashion show, was a huge success as they elevated (ha, see what I did there?) their event even more on Thursday. I had the pleasure of being able to attend and cover this event.

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It started off with cocktail hour and getting to browse some vendors and look at each tables unique clothing and accessory designs.

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       Amanda from For The Love Of Glitter

As everybody took their seats and the music changed, three dancers made their way down the escalators. I have to say it takes some talent to dance on a moving escalator! It was a unique way to start the show.

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Next came the hosts. Then came the fashion!

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The women’s fashion ranged from casual to evening wear. Such as oversized embellished jean jackets to velvet cocktail dresses and mink fur.

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The guys fashion was more casual, but got dressed up with bomber jackets, long coats, and scarves. Bombers are pretty big this season and I can bet we’ll be seeing more of them.

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After all the models came down the runway individually, they all came out at once for the final walk.

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The talented designers walked out with their models. It was cool to see the face behind the designs.

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What a great show!

The fashions I saw on repeat for women were: fur, scarves, and boots. Very fitting for the upcoming winter. Here is some outfit inspiration for you inspired from the show:

blazer and jumpsuit leather skirt and vest outfit fur and velvet outfit fur coat and jumpsuit fur vest and tassel necklace

 

The featured boutiques and designers were: Splurge, Jessie Zhao, Mode, Zach Owens, Born Leaders United, ALMVGHTY, Industry, Melissa Collins, Insights, Fashion to Five, Mercantile, Copper Alligator, and Rawson’s Daughter.

Sleigh The Runway was in partnership with Go Cedar Rapids and produced by Amanda Lesmeister and Simeon Tally.

There are models, designers, photographers, bloggers, and lovers of the creative arts in Iowa, but there’s not an organization that joins all these people together. I’m excited to see what else the Iowa Fashion Project does!

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2 Comments

  1. Renee

    December 13, 2016 at 1:58 am

    Looked like an amazing night! Thanks for sharing the newest trends. You looked STUNNING!

    1. carolynarentson@gmail.com

      December 13, 2016 at 3:04 pm

      Aw thank you so much. It was really fun!

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