Story by Maddy Murrow
Photos by Jacynth Serrano Rodriguez
RVA Fall Fashion Weekend kicked off last Friday night at VCUarts The Depot. The event, free to the public, featured music by MASS FX, refreshments and multiple vendors from different areas selling a wide variety of apparel, accessories and visual art. Anyone who attended was bound to find something they liked.
The night began as attendees trickled in to check out the merchandise. Every half hour or so Megan Wilson of Sweet Sauce Blog, the host of the night, featured each vendor up at the front. Throughout the night, owners and representatives gave overviews of their businesses while other events included transforming the space into a runway and hosting a mini fashion show in the middle of the room. Vendors showcased their unique products and encouraged guests to buy from their brands.
Notably, some of the more unique offerings were fleece scarves guaranteed to hold up in the coldest of temperatures from Scarfini Nation, jewelry using materials gathered from flowers, leaves and other items of nature preserved in resin from Lonely Pine Jewelry, and bow ties, ties, pocket squares, and lapel pins crafted from thrifted clothing pieces from Miranda Classic Ties. Other featured vendors included Collect Worldwide, Trunk Up, Kiss My Denim, Teal Jayne, Lineag3, and Tailor, who featured a custom-made line by recent RCFU collab partner Liberatus Jewelry. Most of the brands were in their infancy or had been in business less than three years, and their creators were eager to tell you more about how they got started and what their brand represented. Social media follows were encouraged, as were purchases. Each brand was unique in itself, offered special value that others did not, and catered to men and women of all ages. While some vendors were local to the area and others were not, every brand had a connection to the artistic spirit of Richmond.
One table was there to promote their cause rather than sell their wares. Dress for Success, a not-for-profit organization, helps promote women’s economic independence by providing them business attire, a support network and the tools to succeed in their professional and personal lives. Friday night, representatives were out posing for photos with guests while holding inspirational and empowering signs.
If you weren’t there you missed out on a night of art, fashion and fun. Check out more about the brands by clicking on the links in this article.