By Rachel Galvin
Bringing together fashion with philanthropy, Delray Beach’s Fashion Week uses the love of style to promote the community and give back to children. For 10 years, the event has been a beacon for lovers of fashion and fun. The week is always filled with engaging events, including fashion shows, luncheons, trunk shows and more, and this year was no different.
More than 70 models graced the runway on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at Old School Square in Delray Beach, FL for this year’s kickoff. They showcased the styles of more than 30 local retailers.
The event is put on yearly by the Downtown Development Authority and benefits the Achievement Center for Children and Families. The children from the center started off the festivities with a stepping performance, in addition to a band playing before the fashion show even began. Fashion designer Amanda Perna emceed, along with her “Delray Morning Live” cohost, coach and businessman Jamael Stewart, and Jule Zelman, known for ROXYLULU and other creative endeavors.
This event also included pop-up vendor tents, including a selfie station to capture the moment and artistic creations. There was also a VIP section with lite bites and libations available. The VIPs also received an Amanda Perna bag filled with plenty of swag, including discounts for some of the local retailers on Atlantic Avenue whose styles were seen on the runway.
This was just the beginning of the fun. The festivities continued with Thursday’s Colors of the Tropics Fashion Show and Luncheon at Meso Beach House. On Friday was the Sunsational Shop and Sip Event with guests checking in at the Rosewater Rooftop at The Ray Hotel where they received a drink, lite bites and a goodie bag of shopping specials before shopping downtown. Each received a passport that when all punched and turned in put them into a raffle for a special package. Saturday was a Sand & Sea Fashion Event at The Ray Plaza, featuring swimwear on the runway. There were also trunk shows weeklong at various venues.
Did you miss out on the fun? There is always next year! For more information, visit https://downtowndelraybeach.com.
Look for more pics soon on the Let’s Talk Fashion Facebook page.