Brooklyn Fashion Weekend Tailors Exposure For Local Talent
Brooklyn is holding it's own version of fashion week in Sunset Park and organizers say the borough has a winning style all its own. NY1's Cheryl Wills filed the following report.
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Manhattan may be the undisputed capitol of Fashion Week but Brooklyn is running a close second.
Designers from across the borough are showcasing their fall/winter collections at Industry City in Sunset Park through April 1.
Brooklyn Fashion Weekend is a rare opportunity for up-and-coming designers like Andrea Pitter, who creates her ready-to-wear Pantora line in the basement of her family's brownstone, to take center stage.
"I've been here my whole life," Pitter said. "I've actually lived on the same block my whole life so I think being part of Brooklyn Fashion weekend is a great experience because I get to give back what Brooklyn has given me."
This is the 13th season for for Brooklyn's fashion weekend. Styles range from Hollywood glamour to city slickers. Organizers say it's a win-win for the borough.
"Brooklyn is just one of those boroughs, I feel, just in my opinion, it's like the most creative borough and I feel that there's so much talent here in Brooklyn," said Brooklyn Fashion Weekend Media Director Colleen Armstrong.
It's also an opportunity for runway models like Renaldo Dorrell to work closer to home.
"It gives the people from Brooklyn -- the designers the artists -- a chance to grow and feel like they are part of something," Dorrell noted.
This season will have a special emphasis on eco-friendly designers like Smarter Clothing and even design students from Maxwell High School in East New York will get a chance to prove that Brooklyn is always in style and en vogue.
To learn more, head on over to www.bkfashionweekend.com.