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High-end couture meets the Mesozoic Era at Syracuse Fashion Weekend 2014

Syracuse Fashion Weekend returns for its second year on Saturday, October 11 at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology in Armory Square. Doors open at 6 p.m. allowing time for mingling before the fashion show begins at 8 p.m.

ESMERALDS presents the Syracuse Fashion Weekend by flaunting the finest in creativity and couture. The runway will unveil collections from internationally-recognized designers: Walid Atallah from Dubai, Tito ElMadawy from Egypt and Miguel Chong from Honduras. Local talent includes Buffalo's Nicole Davis and an up-and-coming design student from New York City, 15-year-old Davanna Booker. The show, hosted by NewsChannel 9's Jennifer Sanders, will also highlight international lines carried at Destiny USA and locally-owned boutiques.

Syracuse Fashion Weekend executive producer Esmeralda Harwood expects this weekend to have "the most spectacular event Syracuse has ever seen."

"We want to give designers an opportunity to see what we are capable of offering as a historical city," said Harwood. "Walid is coming back for a second consecutive year because he says the magic of Syracuse inspires him."

Last year, fashion designer Walid Atallah presented a bridal gown worth $500,000. On Saturday, he plans to show another one of his dresses on sale for a whopping one million dollars.

"We will not have your average runway," said LS Jones, an executive representative of MODA Week International.

The runway will wrap around the MOST, through the IMAX theater and end at the museum's Dinomania exhibit, throwing guests back in time to the Mesozoic Era.

Before the show, La Piazza restaurant will cater Greek cuisine and alcohol beverages will be available for purchase at a cash bar.

There are four ticket packages. General admission is priced at $50. VIP tickets, $100, include two glasses of champagne and a private area to socialize before the show starts. VIP Plus tickets, priced at $125, allow guests special entry to the Syracuse International Film Festival's screening of "Fashion," directed by Madhur Bandarkar from India. The film will premiere at the Landmark Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. Students with a valid school ID can only purchase discounted tickets, at the price of $35, at the door. All tickets, besides student admission, are available online or at the MOST (500 S. Franklin St.).

All guests are invited to attend the after-party at Benjamin's On Franklin (314 Franklin St.) at 10 p.m. Guests are expected to come dressed to the nines: men in tuxedos or suits and women in cocktail dresses or gowns.

Syracuse Fashion Weekend raised $1,000 for the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital last year. This year, a portion of the event's proceeds will benefit the Catholic Charities Refugee Youth Outreach Program to aid the resettlement of international youth refugees within our local Syracuse community.

Published: Octo. 06, 2014


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