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A Recap of LRFW 7

By: Tabitha Cooke

LITTLE ROCK, Ark - Not even a nearly record-breaking hot day could prevent the excitement around the show and entertainment behind the outdoor event on the 4th block of Main Street in downtown Little Rock at the Big Night.

Little Rock’s very own native and TV news personality, Keristen Holmes, returned home to host Big Night, presenting returning designers and new designers as they showcased their clothing lines while models strutted in the designer’s collection on the runway at the seventh annual Little Rock Fashion Week (LRFW).

“When I think about how the entire week went, to me it felt like a new LRFW. From all the events that we did, everything was different. From the seminars, workshops, to throwing out the first pitch at the Arkansas Travelers game on the first day of fashion week. I felt like it started as it was supposed to have started, and now concluded as it’s supposed to finish.” said LRFW founder and executive producer Brandon D. Campbell.

Campbell and his team spent two years of planning to have the Big Night downtown on Main Street, and a year for all the other events.

One of the best things about LRFW is that it allows designers from all across the region to showcase their designs and allow them to get their clothing lines exposed. New designer to LRFW, Robin Spindt, a resident of New Orleans, represented every feature of fashion for women of all ages in the community.

“My inspiration starts with a piece of fabric. I begin manipulating the cloth to see what shapes I can make that will accentuate all body types not just a perfect "model" size 4. Everyone deserves to look and feel elegant. Everyone deserves to glance in the mirror and feel tremendous before they go out for the evening or special occasion. I want to give women from all ages that feeling.” Robin presented her new fall/winter collection of her label Robin DS at the Big Night. Her fashion collection included classic style jackets, party, prom and evening dresses for sophisticated women.

Other designers who presented their fall/winter collection along with Robin DS included Cupani Fashion by Lacie Cupani, Christopher Youngster, Friciane by Stephen O. Kayode, IME by Brandon Campbell, Ms Smitty by Jennifer Smith, and Nichole McGehee Collection by Nicole.

The fashion presented Thursday night hosted by KTHV anchor Marlisa Goldsmith and co-hosted by child model Landon Denley at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel was the annual For Kids By Kids Show (FKBK), which was a show solely produced by kids featuring the latest children fashions by Belk, Crazy 8, Ms. Smitty, Old Navy and Pickles & Ice Cream. Audience members were received a pleasant surprise when Campbell’s 10 month old daughter Lennox made her fashion debut, wearing a pink and tan romper from Pickles & Ice Cream on the runway. Her father carried her out. Dance teams A-State Passionettes and Dancing Diamonds turned up the volume on the event with high octane performances.

First-time model Kaelyn Coulombe, participated in the FKBK Show and Big Night modeling for Ms. Smitty. She was pretty nervous modeling for the first time, but with practice and workshops, she managed to learn a lot more about the fashion industry. “Modeling the runway is like my happy place. It was so much fun and creative.” When asked how this experience has helped her as a person, Kaelyn stated, “It helped me be more confident and more patient.” This was the 4th year producing the FKBK Show and by far, the biggest it has ever been selling out this year.

“I thoroughly enjoyed all the fashion shows I got to see. The For Kids by Kids Show was just too adorable.” said Robin Spindt.

Friday night presented a sold out one-of-a-kind Bare fashion show hosted by Miss Arkansas International Ciara Hibdon. This was an all-natural show in which models did not wear make-up featuring the latest fashions by Belk, Luv Boutique and RK Collections. Cupani Fashion and iME presented clothing from their spring/summer collections that were seen at Oneofakind Baton Rouge Fashion Week last February.

“The difference about LRFW is the week full of different sides of the fashion world from the news segments which helps with exposure and building confidence to the design and make up tip classes to the Bare show which shows modeling isn't just about the makeup and perfect size but it's about how comfortable you are in your own skin and to the glamorous big night show which for me was getting to show all the confidence I had gained through the week which was an awesome experience.” said LRFW 7 model Aaliyah Carpenter, of Russellville, Ark. 2015 was Carpenter’s first time modeling at LRFW. “My expectations for LRFW was more experience, fun, exposure, and of course more selfies to post on social media, and LRFW went above and beyond my expectations,” she said.

People from all over Arkansas, California, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas and Louisiana came to support LRFW throughout the week. The excitement and the energy of feedback overflowed and exceeded beyond everyone’s expectation.

“I felt like we gave people what they wanted. After each event, people would come up to me and tell me 'thank you for this, this is exactly what I needed,' and that’s what our local fashion industry needed in order to grow.” Campbell stated. “LRFW 7 events’ more intimate settings allowed people more opportunities to get familiar with each other throughout the week.”

LRFW ended on a high note leaving the Little Rock community hungry for more. From the turnout of this year’s LRFW, people can expect a bigger and more unique showing for next year.

LRFW sponsorship partners included Oneofakind Talent Inc., La Quinta Inn & Suites, Comfort Inn & Suites Presidential, Belk, iME clothing brand, Friciane, J Kelly Referrals & Information Services, FashionUnited, Club Level, La Opinion Newspaper and the Arkansas Travelers.

To learn more information about LRFW and see official pictures visit LittleRockFashionWeek.com. Contact Tabitha Cooke at media@littlerockfashionweek.com for interviews with LRFW 7 participants.

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