South Walton Fashion Week Set for Oct 6-12

PHOTOS: Sheila Goode Photography

BSouth Walton Fashion Week seeks Emerging Designers to apply for this year’s celebration of fashion and style.

The large-scale, multi-day event along Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast celebrates high fashion by featuring dynamic events, with proceeds benefitting The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County’s (CAA) Arts Education Program. South Walton Fashion Week in its second year is produced by the CAA and presented by Visit South Walton.

“South Walton Fashion Week set the bar so high with its debut season, the entire week was seamless from model casting to hair and makeup,” said Ashley Ming, 2013’s Emerging Designer Winner. “The production totally reflected South Walton’s undeniable allure and the level of talented professionals I was surrounded by during my show made everything fly by.”

Ming said that the show was by far the easiest runway show she has ever experienced.

“As if that wasn’t enough, the exposure my designs received in Florida was unparalleled, and the experience even opened doors to area boutiques and new fans,” added Ming. “SWFW launched my blackout line in Florida with integrity, novelty and style. I couldn’t have asked for more.”

Photo: Sheila Goode
PHOTO: Sheila Goode Photography

The upscale week of events will showcase South Walton’s premier fashion boutiques and local and national designers with exclusive runways shows, special events and trunk shows; host a national Emerging Designer Competition; and solicit model talent across the Southeast, ultimately helping launch careers of up-and-coming talent.

The festivities will take place throughout South Walton in upscale boutiques and venues and in the SWFW Fashion Village in Grand Boulevard’s Town Center at Sandestin. A ‘Style Lounge’ with Pop-Up Shops, a Launch Party, Exclusive Retail Tent and Runway Shows will shape South Walton Fashion Week, bringing fashion to the beautiful sugar white beaches and turquoise waters of Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Emerging Designers who apply and are selected as finalists will showcase their designs on the Emerging Designer Runway and a winner will then be selected by a fashion panel of distinguished judges. The 2014 SWFW Emerging Designer will be awarded a cash prize, a custom photo shoot with rights to all images, a spread in the Fashion issue of fashion and style magazine, VIE, and an exclusive runway show in 2015 South Walton Fashion Week.

Ticket prices start at $50 and will go on sale in July, including VIP packages, weekend passes and daily tickets.

Applications will be accepted online through September 5th, 2014 on the South Walton Fashion Week Website. For more info, contact the Cultural Arts Alliance at 850-622-5970.

Scenes from last year’s 30A.com / Ophelia Swimwear runway show:

30A.com / Ophelia Swimwear Photos by Dawn C. Whitty
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