MWFW: Spring 2019

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Another spring, another Midwest Fashion Week show. After eight years of sitting runway-side for (almost) every MWFW finale show since my college days, you’d think it would become routine. But guess what? It never has.

That’s because the show — whether it graced the Northside at Carmel’s 502 East Event Centre, a glamorous downtown hotel or its most recent spot, the Artsgarden — has brought something new each time. And as a fashion blogger, it’s magical to capture the swish of silk, the twirl of a draped jacket, the swagger of a model in 4-inch heels with my Nikon. Here are a few of my favorite moments from the spring showcase:

From bold patterns to sweet sequins, you never know what you’ll see in the audience.
Gotta also give some mad props to the guys who brought their A-game in purple suits and suave sneaks.

This season’s show started off strong with my personal favorite of the night, Ada by Vanessa, a brand based on Market Street in downtown Indy that serves up contemporary looks with African influences. Her collection was a masterclass in fearlessly pairing contrasting patterns and colors to be bold, not overwhelming.

Nusha Blaszczyk, the founder of Toja, pulls inspiration from the three locales she’s considered home at various points in her life: Japan, Pakistan and the U.S. Unlike Ada by Vanessa’s wild and structured collection, Nusha’s line opts for simpler-yet-luxe fabrics that exude a flowing femininity.

Catou is a staple of every MWFW runway show — and with good reason, as its founder Berny Martin is why MWFW exists. This season’s collection was one of my favorites: Berny’s sophisticated all-day wear for men and women featured its usual tailored separates with some twists on the classic look, such as brocade jackets in metallic silver or in vermillion with florals.

Until the next Midwest Fashion Week season, ciao!

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