I had been anticipating Clearwater Fashion Week from the event’s first press release. As soon as I read the words “designer clothes at sample sale prices,” I knew it was going to be a good event, but what it evolved into was beyond my expectations. When I stepped inside Station Square’s first floor retail space, it was like walking into an industrial-chic, converted warehouse boutique in SoHo, New York.
Opening night on Wednesday, Sept 2nd, brought out the “who’s who” in Clearwater, and then some. City Councilman George Cretekos was there, shopping with his wife, and Mayor Hibbard was on the scene early as well. Paul Wilson of Wilson Media & Advertising and the Sunscreen Film Festival hosted the night’s fashion show, and TV star Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars, Moonlight) stopped by to lend his support to friend and fashion show producer Sarah Clouden. Clouden, who has eight years experience producing fashion shows and even her own line of lingerie in Europe, directed the runway shows for the week.
The Clearwater Designer Co-Op, in partnership with the City of Clearwater, will present the first bi-annual “Clearwater Fashion Week” from September 2nd to 7th in downtown Clearwater’s Cleveland Street District.
The Clearwater Designer Co-Op was founded by Clearwater residents including well known designer, Craig Taylor, who spearheaded Clearwater Fashion week. The group, whose members include professionals and volunteers alike, has the purpose of helping the City promote the Cleveland Street District by spotlighting it with a week-long series of fashion events and a highend designer sample sale.