The goal of Clearwater Fashion Week is to bring shoppers downtown with “six days of events, shopping and entertainment “ and encourage more retailers to open stores downtown, as well as attract future residents. This event comes at the perfect time as there are new restaurants opening in Downtown after it’s “make-over” which is now complete.
Clearwater Fashion Week will take place in the luxurious Station Square Condos first floor retail space, as well as the city’s new Station Square Park. This location is perfect as it keeps the action in the heart of the Cleveland Street District.
The Week begins with a spectacular opening night benefit for Ruth Eckerd Hall, with catering by Divino, downtown’s newest Italian restaurant.
Some of the participating designers will include Craig Taylor, Rebecca Minkoff, Whitley Kros, Thomas Devette, JesAla Couture, Wren, SPH Jewelry, Jen & Jane Jewelry, Angela Gioffre of Gioffre, and Monique Fletcher of Gypsies and Lords.
The Station Square Park events will include a Runway show, an outdoor fashion and beauty vendor Market, live entertainment, fashion and beauty seminars, “Meet the Designer” presentations, photo-ops, color and image consulting, beauty makeovers, mini-spa services, theatre and ballet performances and an “arts in the park” classical concert.
Proceeds from the vendor rentals will benefit the Community Learning Center. The Center serves the community with a non-profit literacy program that has been providing academic support to local families for the past ten years. Thanks to grants from local buisneses, federal funding, and a sliding scale professional tutoring program, the Center is able to provide educational programs for families at all income levels. In conjunction with local non profits, the Communit y Learning Center has served over 500 students from around the state of Florida over the past year.
“We are really excited about what our expansion is going to mean to all families in the community,” said Holly Haggerty, Executive Director of the Community Learning Center. “We appreciate the opportunity to be able to work with the Clearwater Downtown Community to raise awareness of our Center and funds for this project.”
The Center is now working with local businesses and other non-profits to establish a new, larger facility at 1411 North Ft. Harrison. The programs going into the new facility will include arts, theater, character development, drug education, and much more.