This Friday's first ever Syracuse Fashion Weekend runway show will feature local and international designers and benefit the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital at Upstate Medical University.
The show was postponed twice earlier this year, before locking in the October 11 date from 7-9 p.m.
"It's going to happen now, I promise you," said the show's executive producer Esmeralda Harwood, in an interview last June.
After four years producing fashion shows in New York City, Harwood moved to Syracuse and wanted to create a major fashion event here, to foster development of young fashion artists and raise money for a cause important to the community.
Hosted by Moda Week International at the Oncenter Convention Center, the show will feature fall fashion from international fashion designers Walid Atallah from Dubai, U.A.E., Tito Mohamed from Egypt and Manuel Palferez from the Dominican Republic.
Harwood first connected with Atallah while working at New York City's Couture Fashion Week. The gowns he will bring to Syracuse are expected to be valued in the millions.
The show will also feature designs from local business Mr. Shop, Syracuse University fashion designers G Hyun Kim and Tiffany Wu of Folie a deux, Cazenovia College fashion designer Quiessha Fanesse Burn and Fayetteville-Manlius High School fashion designer Chloe Schnell.
"I believe [the show] is worth it for our community and for young, upcoming designers to perform a lavish event," Harwood said.
At least 50 people are expected to work backstage on the production team in makeup, hair, wardrobe, photography and lighting.
Mayor Stephanie Miner will deliver the keynote and welcoming address at Friday's show. Singer J.R. Lottary and DJ Bella J will also perform live.
Harwood arranged for half of the show's ticket sales to go to the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital. The other half will go into the production.
"It's a hard job to perform a fashion show, but our commitment is worth it," she said. "That's why we're doing this. What I'm doing makes me feel enormous and complete."
Published: Oct. 10, 2013.