Styleweek Northeast is to Rhode Island what New York Fashion Week is to New York, but on a smaller, more intimate scale. Don’t be fooled by its size however! Styleweek Northeast comes to slay each and every year as they deliver artistry, creativity, and all of the industry’s top fashion designs.
This year marked Styleweek’s 13th season and I was honored to be a part of it. I was cast as one of the models who would walk the runway for Season 8 Project Runway Designer, Peach Carr! Given this opportunity, I had a behind the scenes look at what it takes to make Styleweek the success that it continues to be today.
Season 13 of Styleweek took place in Providence, RI at the Rhode Island Convention Center from September 20, 2017 through September 23, 2017. Leading up to opening night, the designers and their showcases are mapped out, the make-up artists and hair stylists are selected and the models are cast. These are just a few of the components needed to make the magic of Styleweek shine. Everyone behind the scenes–from the sponsors to the stage designers and setup crew, to the elements of lighting and music–all play equally important roles to make this show a success. It’s no easy feat! I saw firsthand all of the hard work and dedication that goes into making Styleweek the fashion gem that it is known to be.
Fast forward to opening night (the night that Peach Carr’s designs were showcased and also the night that I walked in her show as a Plus Model). All models were to report to the Convention Center at 1:00 p.m. From there, it was on to meet Peach and to do a fitting. Next up, hair and makeup! During this time, I soaked it all in and began to realize how exciting and amazing it is to see all of the pieces of the puzzle come together. As you can imagine, there’s a lot of hustle and bustle behind the scenes; this is mainly because there were multiple showcases featured each night. This translated to the need for all models to be hair and make-up ready and to be dressed by their scheduled call time to ensure an on-time start for each showcase. Each designer selected the way in which they wanted their models’ hair and makeup to be; so imagine the urgency and time constraints on those models that were walking in more than one showcase….talk about craziness! Despite this however, everything and everyone was ready and where they needed to be for show time. Now it’s time to slay the runway…
Stay tuned for Part 2 of my Styleweek experience to see how the show went and the reaction from guests and the media about the diversity in models in Peach’s showcase.