By Christine R. Walsh
For too long, Worcester has lacked an annual fashion event, one that celebrates the well-known local designers while bringing the undiscovered fashion phenoms into the spotlight. But thanks to the combined efforts of Karon Shea of Karon Shea Model Management and Paul Giorgio of publishing and event production company Pagio, Style Worcester ~ an incredible night of fashion and fun ~ will fill that fashion void.
“Worcester is a center for theatre, restaurants, art ~ just about everything,” Shea says. “One of the things that we don’t talk about enough is the small boutiques in the area ~ and the designers.”
“Worcester is developing its own identity as a first-rate city,” Giorgio agrees. “We’re trying to bring in the events that every great city has. Boston has a fashion week, New York has a fashion week ~ why not Worcester? We have just as much fashion talent here as those cities do.”
Leading up to Style Worcester, there will be informal fashions shows at restaurants throughout the city, such as RESTAURANT and RESTAURANT. These types of shows, in which attendees can enjoy a meal as models casually walk around the room and distribute information on the creators of the featured frocks, are, according to Shea, experiencing a resurgence in popularity.
Then Friday, November 9 brings the height of glitz and glam when Style Worcester takes over the gorgeous Union Station. Fashion vendors such as Adore Boutique, Queen Bee Beads and Gifts, Dzian Gallery, and Velvet Goose will display their fashion, jewelry, handbags ~ everything your “haute” desires.
“We’ll have cosmetics, beauty products, laser services, everything for women,” says Shea. “And we’ll have designer shows. The first designer show, Kendra Touma’s, will be at 6:30pm. Touma just finished doing fashions events in Boston and Providence. And then our featured designer, James Hogan, who is from Worcester, will have his show.”
James Hogan, who has been on the Worcester fashion scene for more than 35 years, has had his masterpieces appear at Barney’s, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue, and they’ve been featured in Women’s Wear Daily, W, Vogue, and Town & Country. He currently owns two boutiques ~ one in Worcester and one in Savannah, Georgia.
“James Hogan’s fashions are all over the world,” Shea says. “He’s a high-end designer, and when you look at his clothes, you realize they’re timeless.”
General admission tickets for Style Worcester are $30 each and can be purchased by calling Karon Shea Model Management at (508) 755-6795 or by purchasing them through www.thepulsemag.com. Tickets for VIP rows are $50 per show, or you can attend both shows for $75.
Style Worcester 2012 is not to be missed, but Shea and Giorgio aren’t stopping here. This powerful team intends to grow the event each year until Worcester too can claim its very own fashion week.
For more information, visit www.style-worcester.com