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ITHACA, N.Y. — For the first time ever, Downtown Ithaca is presenting Fashion Week, six fun-filled days dedicated to showcasing the community’s diverse style and fashion resources.
From April 9 through April 14, many shops and boutiques will offer fashion focused evening events featuring an assortment of the latest niche styles for ready-to-wear, handmade, vintage, or sustainable to youth and adult, along with men’s and women’s styles, too.
“This is a prime opportunity for visitors to explore Ithaca’s vast and diverse fashion scene. Downtown is home to highly skilled and emerging clothing designers who handcraft quality clothing and specialty gowns and sell eco-friendly and fair-trade fashions for men and women. There are also a variety of hairstylists and barbers who specialize in trendy and classic styles and cuts,” says Allison Graffin, marketing director for the Downtown Ithaca Alliance, a not-for-profit community group charged with organizing and promoting downtown’s events.
Among Fashion Week’s offerings, Petrune has curated “Clothing Through the Decades, Highlights from the Petrune collection,” an exhibit showcasing some of the popular vintage clothing store’s most fascinating classical garb spanning the past 100 years of fashion. This extraordinary, one-of-a-kind exhibit will be on display at Petrune Gallery (formerly Eye Gallery) located on the shop’s second floor. While you’re viewing this impressive clothing display, stop into Hare and Bristle, the hair salon on Petrune’s second floor, to check out “Objets d’art,” a fashion-related art exhibit.
Fashion Week guests can also time warp through decades of fashion by visiting The History Center in Tompkins County which will have its own history clothing display available for viewing all week long. Check the Center’s website for hours of operation throughout the week.
On April 10, Nate Michaels of Fly Dye Clothing will help guests get summer ready by assisting them through a make your own tie-dye at Sunny Days of Ithaca. For $10 guests may tie dye a bandana and for $20 they can create a color coated scarf. Then, on Wednesday, at 6 p.m., Wine and Design will host an exclusive session where guests will paint their very own little black dress. Additional class details are available on the Wine and Design Facebook Page.
Toward the end of the week, Ithacappella, Ithaca College’s highly entertaining all-male a cappella group, will perform outside of Benjamin Peters, The Cornell Store on The Commons will be hosting an open house where they’ll give away canvas tote bags (while supplies last), and The Vintage Industry will host an exclusive late-night shopping session premiering dozens of fresh Spring and Summer garments and pieces.
Of course, no Fashion Week is complete without a runway fashion show featuring exclusive designs from highly skilled designers. On Friday, April 13 at 6 p.m., come to Dewitt Mall where you’ll see rare masterpieces that are available only at Gee June Bridal, Body Gear, Sew Green, and at downtown’s other specialty shops.
For a complete listing of participating locations, pick up an Ithaca Fashion Week program guide which will be available at many downtown stores during Fashion Week. The guide also includes a walking map of participating locations, great shopping and dining deals, in-store specials, and more happening at downtown shops and restaurants only during this Fashion Week.
For additional Fashion Week information, visit Downtown Ithaca’s Facebook Events Page.