Underground Lauderdale Fashion Weekend Is Now A 2-Part Series, With Bulk Of Events Postponed Until The Spring
Underground Lauderdale Fashion Weekend, originally set to take place Jan. 26-29, has been postponed until the spring. W Fort Lauderdale will no longer be the hub of the local fashion weekend.
Though the inaugural fashion program will still kick off next week, with Create & Cultivate's Style Summit taking place Jan. 28, the event series will continue March 30 to April 2 with the promised Nicole Miller Spring 2017 Collection Runway Show, parties, pop-up shops and more.
These events will be based in FAT Village Arts District with offshoots around the city.
The W Fort Lauderdale was sold out for the original weekend of what was supposed to be a beachside fashion affair, according to a representative, so the organizers had to change the location of ULFW altogether.
"In order to maximize the exposure and awareness for all of the fashion talent and partners involved in this new Fort Lauderdale high fashion program, we decided that spreading the program into two parts spanning the winter season made sense," Ian Gerard, the show's producer, said.
In addition to promoting local and national designers, organizers hope to change the common misconception that Miami is Florida’s sole fashion destination. It’s time to “let the rest of the country know that Fort Lauderdale is a fashionable, stylish place,” Gerard told Fort Lauderdale Daily in an earlier interview.
Still, the goal is to accomplish that in a way that stays true to what fashion means in Broward County.
"Underground Lauderdale fashion encompasses a style of bohemia. It's progressive in terms of our fashion sensibility, yet mysterious, daring and reflective of our destination’s creative culture,” said Noelle Stevenson, with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Office of Film, Music, Entertainment and Creative Industries.
Part One of the program—a day-long Style Summit with top fashion bloggers, female entrepreneurs and fashion personalities—is still set for Saturday, Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Sawgrass Mills' Colonnade Outlets.
Part Two will consist of an opening cocktail reception at The Colonnade on March 30, the Nicole Miller runway show in a FAT Village warehouse on March 31 with a to-be-named guest host (Rachel Zoe was not available for the spring dates), an after-party at a Fort Lauderdale hot spot, and additional designer shows throughout the weekend.
The weekend will close with a New York nightlife-style party hosted by renowned event producer Susanne Bartsch.
For the complete updated schedule, visit undergroundlauderdalefashionweekend.com/schedule/.
(Image via Facebook/FATVillage Arts District)