BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - High fashion is hitting the Queen City. Buffalo Fashion Week is now underway. It’s not all about the latest styles, it also gives the city a boost, on a national level. Designers from all over the world come to Buffalo’s Fashion Week.
Fashion students fly in from other states to volunteer and organizers say the event itself will help keep more young people here, which will reverse the trend to help our city grow.
Beautiful local models got their hair and makeup done in Niagara Square for a photo shoot Thursday that kicked off Buffalo’s fashion week. Blush Boutique’s Lexie Furlong said, “It just brings a lot of people together, whether it be hair, makeup models, designers. It makes us grow.”
There is a lot more to Fashion Week than meets the eye. Thousands of people will attend the week-long event which boosts the economy.
“They are staying in hotels, they’re eating at our restaurants, they’re shopping at all of our local stores,” said Furlong.
Local models have also gotten a career boost. “We’ve had a couple of girls who’ve been involved in Buffalo Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, then walked in New York City. So, it’s great exposure for these girls here," Furlong explained.
Businesses who take part also benefit. Lexie Furlong just opened Blush Boutique on Elmwood Avenue two months ago and will showing off her clothing on the runway this year.
Usually weddings and banquets are held here in the Golden Ballroom in the Statler, but next Thursday this will be transformed into a runway for their main event.
Buffalo Fashion Week Founder Lauren Byrd hopes this event will also encourage fashion students to stay local, instead of moving to New York City. Byrd said, “To see and experience something in your own city might encourage you to stay here a little bit longer.”
Villa Maria College Student Jasmine Reed said, “This is hands-on experience. As long as I can learn from it, that’s what I am going to do.”
Those young women attend Villa Maria College and are volunteering all this week. You could say volunteer and fashion major Shaundrea Hardy is making Byrds wish come true. She is from Alabama but says she wants the Queen City to be her new home.
Hardy said, “I chose Buffalo, I feel very at home.”
Buffalo Fashion Week runs until next Thursday.
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