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Delray Beach Fashion Week returns for a fifth year

Delray Beach Fashion Week brings five days of glam to South Florida Jan. 24-28. With runway shows featuring local designers, salons and boutiques, the event is the creation of the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA).

“It’s much bigger than a fashion show,” DDA executive director Laura Simon says. “It’s about showcasing our downtown community. We’ve got 45 to 50 businesses in total.”

One of the businesses, or actually two of them, are from Glavidia Alexis, who owns hair-and-makeup salon Glavidia Hair Studios and the fashion line Glavidia by Glavidia Alexis in the Pineapple Grove Arts District in Delray Beach.

“I’m inspired by a lot of architecture,” says the South Florida native of Haitian descent. “And texture. I love texture, and I love to manipulate fabric.”

Alexis, who is working behind the scenes helping to produce some of the events, will participate in all the shows, either with her hair and makeup looks or with her collection.

“This year … my inspiration is kind of like a modern twist on Japanese style,” she says. “I wanted the Japanese flow. I love to make jackets, so it was how can I create that? I drape all of the pieces, and then I kind of create them. I try to make it a little bit more wearable. I have one piece that’s super over-the-top. It’s definitely a Japanese geisha-inspired collection.”

Simon says that this fifth anniversary of Delray Beach Fashion Week highlights how much the spate of events has helped merchants on and around Atlantic Avenue.

“Our goal is to have people buying things right off the runway, and last year we definitely saw success with that,” she says. “I’ve seen the businesses ... have all this camaraderie working together to make something bigger than themselves.”

Proceeds will benefit the Achievement Centers for Children and Families and the Arts Garage’s educational programming for children, according to the DDA.

Runway show reserved seats cost $25-$50. A VIP Pass costs $165 (includes a front-row reserved seat at all runway shows, receptions, a luncheon, a gift bag and a tote by “Project Runway” alum and Delray Beach-based designer Amanda Perna). To order and to see the schedule, go to DelrayFashionWeek.com.

rhagwood@southflorida.com

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