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Fashion’s Future Dashed the Open Runway

Recently Boston Fashion Week collaborated with Downtown Boston BID for the return of the OPEN RUNWAY in Downtown Crossing on “The Steps.”

The showcase was the first since the pandemic and an opportunity for anyone to enter to make their mark. The city streets were packed with trend goers, lunch breaks associates all getting a glimpse of what Boston has to offer in the industry.

The powerhouse panel included style maven Evelyn Reyes, Designer Diana Jaye Coluntino, and model Sonia Garufi joining Boston Fashion Week founder Jay Calderin in celebrating regional fashion talent and giving feedback to the budding collections.

The first set of looks to hit the Boston Bid runway came from Boston Arts Academy. High schools’ hottest trends came in a Ferrari red gown, street wear denim, velvet and fur, fun crop tops that were being sewn by budding students.

Next to hit the stage was a designer well known Mel the Clothing and continuing to pave her glistening path with sequins and sparkle. Her designs are worn by sports celebrities and represent Boston pride with custom made dresses meant to catch the eye of the crowd at any game.

A runway favorite came from Ethan Donaldson with a men’s collection with perfection in the patchwork. It featured funk denim and strategic sewing that shows this designer is the real deal! Following was another men’s assemblage focal on recycled fabrics in a stellar suit from a Mass Art Boston budding designer.

Closing out the Boston Bid runway was fashions future coming from Mass Art highlighting a collection of dresses ranging from a golden 70’s stunner, a plush floral formal, traditional full length, urban wear and the showstopper of an elegant pearl draped gown with recycled detail.

The alfresco fashion show provided a platform to fashion designers at every stage of their careers, including student fashion designers. The presentation of unique designs and bold fashion statements were created right here in the Greater Boston area. The event closed with BFW Founder Jay Calderin announcing the official dates of Boston Fashion Week 2023 being September 30th through October 7th. See you all in the front row!


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