Indianapolis, Indiana (PressExposure) October 18, 2011 -- Start off the fall fashion season by cleaning out the old and making room for the new! Give gently-used professional attire new life by donating them to Downtown's Dress for Success, an organization promoting economic independence and providing career development for disadvantaged women.
Midwest Fashion Week Oct. 19 - 22
Lights. Camera. Fashion. Downtown will grace the runway during Midwest Fashion Week Oct. 19 - 22 with nine innovative designers including Jill Duzan, Jeryl Mitsch and Tom Vriesman to name a few. Midwest Fashion Week is celebrating five years of fashion and community support, so don't be fashionably late!
Downtown restaurant, Sensu will host Taste of Fashion Oct. 21. This event embraces fashion inspired dishes and cocktails as well as a fashion show including Hoosier-born Jennifer Brickel, eco-friendly Liz Alig and many other designers.
The finale runway fashion show will wrap up with Fashion is Empowerment Oct. 22 at Old National Centre. It will feature creations by designers including the sophisticated Amy Kirchen, vintage-inspired Amanda Valentine and edgy Anton Babich. Guests will be treated to live entertainment featuring music by DJ Gabby Love and on-site shopping.
From retro to brand new
Goodbye, kitsch. Hello, vintage you'll actually want to wear. Update your style with blasts from the past at Downtown's latest vintage spot, Minx Vintage & Home in the Penn Art's Building. This new treasure offers a vintage wonderland of gently-used togs from the 1930s on up. Wrap up in Downtown's urban culture at one of Fountain Square's boutiques, IndySWANK. The shop features works from local artists alongside the best in high fashion vintage clothing. Most things don't get better with age, but some do, like the one-of-a-kind pieces at Harloh's. Find everything from retro clothing to jewelry and hats for women, men and children at this vintage boutique. The fabulous fashion finds at Harloh's are hand-selected, cleaned and restored.
In the shopping bag
Grappling with the season's style demands? Take yourself on a retail adventure Downtown. The shopping materializes at the Circle Centre Mall with over 100 stores. Your closet will love the women's apparel selection, which include stores like Banana Republic, Coach, Ann Taylor Loft, Nine West and H&M. Straight from the runway trends can be found at Black Apple Boutique & Styling Agency, Downtown's first and only style agency. This high-end boutique offers fashion forward garments and accessories for Indy's elite clientele. Want that designer look without the designer price? Sale away with fashions at TJ Maxx. The store receives thousands of new items weekly. The best shopping strategy is to pop in often. Dress up your fashionista baby at Mass Ave's earthy and quirky Nurture. The retail store offers a wide selection of organic, eco-friendly and locally-made clothing, gifts and accessories for kiddos. Wear your love for the Circle City on your sleeve. People for Urban Progress sells a line of Indy-themed garb including the popular "317" shirts, RCA Dome bags and their newly released Indy flag shirts. The city-pride items are available for purchase at Silver in the City.
Be your own designer
The do-it-yourself concept comes alive at one of Mass Ave 's newest additions, Crimson Tate, a modern quilting shop. Sewing 101, Market Bag Class and the Amy Butler Liverpool Tunic class are just a few of the many hands-on options that welcome participants ranging from "enthusiastic beginners" to more advanced levels. Find everything from Czech polished glass and wood to Turquoise and seed beads to create your own accessories at Heirloom Classics Jewelry and Beads in Fountain Square. Heirloom Classics offers classes and workshops, as well as custom designs by co-owner, Judy Champa. Take your fashion education a step further with highly-creative, fashion-forward courses in Fashion Merchandising at Harrison College's Downtown campus. Harrison College is one of the few colleges in the state to offer courses in Fashion Merchandising.
Reign in your mane
Did you know that Downtown is home to over 40 hair salons?! Top off your celebration of the fall fashion season with a visit to one of Downtown's hair salons, including Evan Todd Spa & Salon, Studio 2000 Salon & Day Spa and Mary & Friends Salon. For a complete list of Downtown salons, click here.