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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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