Tampa Bay Fashion Week 2009, Sept. 23-26, was a huge success featuring 15 designers showcasing their 2010 collections. The event opened with a VIP Cocktail Soiree followed by two days of high energy runway shows.

Featured designers included: Adjanys Marrero, Audrey “Pat” McGhee, Bebe Ziegler, Ben Chmura, Essence Flowers, Helen Gerro, Ivanka Ska, Michael Della Penna, Nina Verklas, Rhonda Shear, Sana Hassan, Sandra Hagen, Trineice Cagua, Troy Anthony and a special student showcase from the International Academy of Design & Technology with Elisa Robles.

Couture and cocktail dresses, lingerie, swimwear, even children’s clothing were featured in this year’s event, with hair and make-up provided by Andrew Ashton of LaPosh Salon and New Identities. Special guests during the event included Victorya Hong from Project Runway and model Jacqueline Miranne. Television reporter and host, Michele Hunter hosted the affair and introduced the 2009 beneficiaries, Best Buddies Tampa and YWCA of Tampa Bay.

Tampa Fashion Week 2009 was made possible thanks to the following sponsors and partners: 2009 Chaussure De Mode Catwalk Sponsor, FAVE (Female Audio Visual Executives), Hpnotiq (Official FWTB Liquer), Barefoot Wine (Official FWTB Wine), Peroni, Glowelle, Fashion Wire Press (Official FWTB Imagery Source), Freeway Fashion, Blu Tampa Bay, Stylo Magazzine, Vertical Tampa Bay, tbt*, Metromix Tampa Bay, WHITE BOOK AGENCY, DeOcaPac Designs, HSN, Pepsi, Pretty City, Andrew Ashton of LaPosh, New Identities, Grandeur VIP, Century 21 Shaw Realty-Lenny Vaughn, Neuro Brands, Aja Channelside, Rawbar Sushi, Century 21 List With Beggins-Charlene McPherson, Tampa Bay and Company, Cecelia Bythewood, Ready To Wear, The “B” List Noveltees, International Academy of Design & Technology, The Art Institute of Tampa, Meetings Afloat Executive Yacht Charter, Volkswagen, Jay’s Fabric Center, and Divine Menus Catering.

View some media coverage from the 2009 event…with more to come!
tbt* Deal Divas – Live Blogging
tbt* Deal Divas – Behind the Scenes
Tampa Tribune
Tampa Tribune-Style
tbt* Tampa Bay’s 10 Best Dressed People
Tampa Bay Skirt!
Fox 13 – Tampa Bay
Bay News 9
Metromix Tampa Bay
Metromix Photo Gallery
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Creative Loafing
Maddux Press
MSN Money

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