Cincinnati Fashion Week Opening Night

By Ian Stikeleather

We’ve been talking about connecting with Cincinnati Fashion Week Founder and CEO, Nathan Hurst for some time now, so going down for the Opening Night of Cincinnati Fashion Week was a no-brainer! Catherine Fritsch, my lovely sister Erica, photographer Marc McCoy and I loaded in the ride and headed southeast.

We arrived at the Old Contemporary Arts Center, not sure what to expect.  My experience of similar local events has been lackluster to say the least, so I was not optimistic.  However, I was pleasantly surprised! Swag bags in hand + 2 complimentary drink tickets each (Thanks Nathan!), we entered a huge, open space that was really rockin’!  There were tables loaded with food from local eateries, a Vitaminwater bar, a dance floor and a DJ for starters. As we explored the space, we also found a photobooth and a VIP lounge sponsored by A-Line, a new, Cincinnati-based fashion/culture magazine and Absolut. THEN, there was also a smaller bar featuring a local microbrew and a small exhibit showcasing local high school student designs and  concept boards.  Along the way we met Miaja Xummo, the editor of A-Line, and ran into great friend and muse, model Erica T. Also, we got to enjoy watching  Cinci’s young and stylish set get their party on. We helped. 🙂

All in all, we had a blast! We’ll be talking to Nathan as soon as he recovers from this past week and picking his brain on how Indianapolis and Cincinnati can join forces to help make Midwest a fashion force to be reckoned with. Stay tuned!

All images courtesy of Marc McCoy.

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