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17 Luxury Fashion Shows That Wow with Unique Staging & Décor

event planner: YSD Events and PartySlate | décor: Ovando Design and Production | photographer: Jonathan Connolly Photography | venue: Weylin

By Jessica Terson, Writer

Parties have always been see and be seen. Fashion — along with décor, music and delicious catering — is an essential component of any celebration. At these 16 stunning events though, fashion was the reason to celebrate. Fashion designers and event planners combined forces to transform each fashion runway show into a beautiful and festive occasion. From poolside paths to concentric-ring runways, these fashion show themes will inspire you just in time for Fashion Week.  

Poolside Promenade Adds a Reflective Element

poolside party
photographer: Diana Lake Photography

We loved the summer vibes of this poolside fashion show designed by Naama and Anat Haute Couture at Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles. Percy Sales Events proved elegance and relaxation go hand in hand with chic bohemian seating, an interactive vape bar, and live music by MJ Entertainment. The evening continued inside with vibrant pink uplighting and lush floral arrangements from Rebelle Fleurs Event Design

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Ditch the Bouquet for a Blooming Bridal Backdrop

Blooming Bridal Backdrop
photographer: Collin Pierson Photography

Dimitra’s Bridal Couture 2019 Collection was on full display for chicago brides-to-be gathered at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago. Modern Luxury appointed floral and design company Taylor & Co to create a gorgeous entranceway of larger-than-life white florals. Collin Pierson Photography captured the stunning collection modeled by real brides and their equally stunning mothers.

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Brides Emerge from Dreamy Balloon Clouds Like Angels

Brides Emerge from Dreamy Balloon Clouds Like Angels
photographer: Mario Valentino/MCV Photo

These romantic wedding gowns designed by Mira Zwillinger were right at home with a billowing white balloon backdrop curated by The Style Marc. The whimsical installation gradually transformed into a cascade of cream and blush-colored florals for an extra dreamy effect. With glittering chandeliers, lucite seating and white drapery by Dazian, the Harmonie Club was as beautiful as these glowing model-brides.

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Bold Lighting Adds Drama to Even Bolder Fashions

red lighting fashion show
photographer: Luxe Creative

We love a good outfit change in the middle of a soirée. LUXE Creative proved that a change in lighting is just as transformative. From deep reds to vibrant purples, mood lighting set the tone at this fashion show at Ace Hotel in Pittsburgh. We especially love how the exterior of the venue changed colors with additional outdoor mood lighting. 

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Pop-Up Fashion Booths Provide Personalized Street Style

Pop-Up Fashion Booths
photographer: Matthew Stith and Devin L'amoreaux

The Adidas x MLS Fashion Show came to life at City Market Social House  in Los Angeles. The flexible venue was the perfect setting for the shimmering mirrored runway floor and electric blue laser lights from Premiere Party Rents. Tres LA Catering kept viewers satiated while models showed off the latest takes on Major League Soccer jerseys. After the show, guests enjoyed a pop-up MLS fashion lab where they were able to customize their own gear.

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Models & Music Make for a Modern Show

singing entertrainment
photo courtesy of The Underground

The Ted Baker Fashion Show at The Underground was a lively celebration with a special A/V tech show and DJ performance by reality star James Kennedy. Rockit Ranch Productions mesmerized guests with a 40-foot LED ‘red carpet’ and a custom runway with logo decals. The fashion show culminated in a lively dance party with dance floor smoke and colorful lighting.

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Innovative Hair & Makeup Shine at this NonProfit for the Beauty Industry

non profit fashion show
photographer: TagPrints Digital

Total Event Resources curated an epic celebration for the 5th Beauty Changes Lives event at the glamorous, industrial space of The Geraghty in Chicago. This intimate awards dinner followed by a runway fashion show for 1500 guests, featured colorful décor by Kehoe Designs. TagPrints Digital captured the memorable evening with fun activation stations and creative catering, including an interactive dessert wall.

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A Never-Ending Runway is Perfect for a Long-Lasting Iconic Brand

vera wang fashion show
photographer: Jonathan Connolly Photography

This over-the-tip dinner-in-the-round for the Vera Wang Spring/Summer 2020 Bridal Collection impressed even the most renowned event planners and lifestyle influencers. Instead of a traditional runway, tables of concentric circles, as decked out with dripping candles and all-white décor by Ovando Design & Production, formed the perfect space for a circular aisle. The unique staging allowed for viewing while dining on an exquisite meal from Marcia Selden Catering & Events. PartySlate and YSD Events co-hosted this innovative event at the iconic Weylin building in Brooklyn, proving once again that fashion is always worth celebrating.

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You Want Your Fashion to be Inspired, but What About Your Cocktails?

fashion show
photographer: Getty Images/Stefanie Keenan

The Rachel Zoe Spring Presentation & Dinner at Hotel Bel-Air featured bold florals and billowy silhouettes that were perfectly paired gorgeous bloom-laden backdrops and luxury linens by La Tavola Fine Linen. Sputnik chandeliers cast glittering light to perfectly match the gold votive candles featured on long banquet tables. Celebrity mixologist Brian Stewart drew his inspiration for Belvedere cocktails directly from Zoe’s spring collection.

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Designer Excites Guests with a Surprise Appearance

surprise guest at fashion show
photographer: Hagop Kalaidjian/

Modern Luxury Weddings Chicago hosted an exclusive runway show featuring the Jenny Yoo Collection at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. Art of Imagination created a stunning runway backdrop of airy drapery, twinkling lights and green vinery. Jenny Yoo made a personal appearance on the runway to the delight of the newly engaged brides.

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Modern Industrial Setting for Cutting-Edge Designers

flying solo fashion show
photographer: Hagop Kalaidjian/

Flying Solo, a fashion platform for independent designers, utilized the raw space of The Garage as a blank canvas for their New York fashion show. Studio track lighting and lofty ceilings created an industrial vibe for this cutting-edge event. The open space also featured a pop-up shop so guests could immediately start shopping upon the show’s conclusion.

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Using Fashion As an Opportunity to Connect

aritzia sign in fashion show
photographer: Luke Liable Photography

To celebrate a multi-million dollar renovation, Mayfair Shopping Center invited retail tenants to participate in a winter fashion show. Brink Events used creative signage to add elegant accent colors to the all white space. Gold lettering was suspended from the ceiling, reminding consumers and vendors to “connect” with each other in new and meaningful ways. The runway backdrop was the perfect place to promote Mayfair Shopping, while the reflective runway doubled the branding opportunities.

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Mid-Runway Tables Makes for Interesting Dinner Conversation

mid-runway tables
photographer: Christopher Todd Studios

The WIPA SoCal Bridal Showcase at LA River Studios went beyond the traditional fashion show. Guests wined and dined as models left the runway to pose between banquet tables. Summit Event Catering and The Cocktail Concierge created a ‘grammable dining experience to compliment the eye-catching couture. We especially love the bicycle food cart by Michelle Rogers that doubled as a whimsical balloon installation.

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Arts Merge with Dance, Fashion, & Décor Center Stage at this Fashion Week

performing arts entertainers
photographer: Aleece Kingsley-Taylor

Lexus Charleston Fashion Week 2019 at The Cedar Room captivated guests with sensational entertainment. Deninufay African Dance & Drum Production performed traditional African and contemporary dances, while models doubled as greeters posing on branded platforms. Curated pop-up shops added additional entertainment to the night’s festivities. 

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More Than Models Enjoyed These Pose-Worthy Photo Backdrops

custom sky backdrop
photographer: Gloria Mesa Photography

The Hayley Paige Couture fashion show at JLM Boutique promised to make dreams come true with this night-sky backdrop. Anything but Gray Events partnered with Balloonzilla to curate a celestial dreamscape of diamond-shaped balloons and twinkling drapery. Other stunning backdrops featured lush florals by Shindig Chic.

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City Scenery Sets the Stage for a Fun Brand Collaboration

city scenery
photo courtesy of ATOMIC

The H&M Moschino fashion show, designed by Jonathon Beck, recreated the iconic intersection of New York City’s Times Square. To pull it off, the ATOMIC Set Construction team created automated backdrops for the runway along with a custom-built model entrance and DJ booth. Large graphic prints and bright marquee signs added to the New York vibe. 

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Garden Greenery & Summer-Perfect Style Find Each Other in NYC

garden greenery French connection
photographer: Morgan Saint

A fashion show requires plenty of space and perfect lighting — and what’s more flattering than natural sunlight as filtered through palm leaves? For a recent French Connection fashion show, The High Line Hotel in NYC provided the perfect cocktail garden spot with a tropical vibe, aptly surrounded by city grit. The result was pure inspiration.

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