Plano Fashion Week looks to grow

02/nov/2017 03.47.04 davisyellow Contatta l'autore

Plano Fashion Week looks to grow

Several models took to the event1013 runway Sunday in a private fashion show for Plano Fashion Week. Despite its name, the inaugural show had only one night, the Big Night, which felt more like an intimate gathering of friends and family.

According to Brandon Campbell, founder and executive producer of Plano Fashion Week, Sunday’s show didn’t quite measure up to the interest and appeal of his other fashion events in Little Rock and Baton Rouge. However, he said he’s not shaken.

“Sometimes you have to build it and show people and give them the opportunity for them to see that there’s an opportunity. I take it as a challenge. It’s a good challenge,” he said.

Sunday night drew a small crowd of mostly friends and family of the designers and models, many of which hail from around the Plano area. There were five featured designers in the show, including iME of Little Rock, Small Pockets of Dallas, Runway Seven of Allen and two Plano-based business, Built in Beauty and Scout & Molly’s Boutique. Models showcased fall clothing, casual wear, trendy tees and children’s clothes.

Cherri Perkins, owner/designer of Built in Beauty, said she first heard of Plano Fashion Week from a Historic Downtown Plano Arts District newsletter.

“I just launched on Oct. 13, so it all came together,” Perkins said. “I figured it was a really good opportunity to get myself out there.”

Maryam Saleh, manager of Scout and Molly’s boutique, said her store recently opened in Legacy West a few months ago, and they saw Sunday’s show as a chance to get to know the community.

As the inaugural participants, Perkins and Saleh both said they’d come back for a second year, if Campbell brings the show back.

“I think the models were amazing. They did great. I was just a fun, little night out,” Saleh said. “There’s always speed bumps for the first year, but they all did good,” Perkins said.

As his first fashion foray in Texas, Campbell confessed it was “a challenge” getting businesses involved, mainly because most residents took a “wait-and-see” approach before committing, he said.

“These small cities are more of a challenge. It might be because it’s so new and so fresh, that some people can’t fathom it. They have to see it to believe it. This is me generalizing, but sometimes you have people who may feel or think that [Fashion Week] is meant for a bigger city,” he said.

Yet he specifically chooses smaller cities, cities on the fringe of large metropolitans, to give local creatives the opportunities he wishes he had growing up.

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