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Local Fashion

Friday, March 18, 2022 • Runway 8pm | Cocktails 7pm
Tickets: $30 in advance • $35 Day Of • +$10 for Premium Seating

 

 

 

Apricot Lane is a local and women owned boutique located in the Gulf Coast Town Center in Fort Myers. All the styles are carefully hand-picked by the owner filled with a mix of styles for both moms and daughters! If you have not been inside Apricot Lane, you’re in for an amazing discovery.

Apricot Lane offers the newest styles, which you’ll love. We bring them in with very limited quantities, so you can be sure that you won’t see every other woman in town wearing the same clothes as you. We pride ourselves on making our boutique a comfortable and fun place for everyone to shop! You will find nothing but the best customer service and cater to our customers’ needs. Our clothing is always on-trend, affordable, and ever-changing to ensure you walk away with something one of a kind!

 

 

Ocean View & 7th was born from a love of fashion. A boutique filled with wearable, beautiful, on trend styles that can take you from day-to-night; from the beach to girls night out; from work to a dinner date. Aside from the website, they are located in Fort Myers, SWFL. Their brands are a collection of hand-selected Women’s, Junior’s and Young Contemporary. They strive to bring you the most current colors, trends, styles and patterns. Every item is carefully selected by their buyers, with their clientele in mind. They love dressing you for everything; from a dressy occasion to a casual day of errands. Their sizing varies by garment and they do their best to give you as much information about every piece; from feeling, to fit, to styling tips.

 

 

 

Forema is known for their inviting & happy atmosphere. Specializing in chic, affordable clothing, every ForemaBabe leaves Forema feeling positive & confident! Forema Boutique boasts 3 locations, Gulf Coast Town Center in Fort Myers and Park Ave & Waterford Lakes in Orlando.

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DJ Dream Jay

From Nova Scotia, Canada. DJ Dream Jay started off as a stunt woman from 12 years old, traveling across North America. Dream Jay has DJ’ed at many places including Orlando, Miami, and Tampa, and out of state in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Georgia on iheartradio’s 105.5 the beat for over 2 years. She has opened up for Doja Cat.

Host

Brittany is  a morning radio personality for iHeart Media on 105.5 The Beat, podcaster and creator of  Brunch w/Brittany on iHeart Radio and youth mentor.  From Immokalee, Fort Myers became her home while attending Florida Gulf Coast University. 

Katarina Danks (Bendykat) is a South Florida based contortionist, handbalancer, and performance artist. Originally from Pittsburgh, she is trained in both Mongolian and Western contortion techniques, learning from the world’s most prestigious trainers and performers from Europe, Canada, the U.S., and circuses like Cirque du Soleil, the Big Apple Circus, Ringling Brothers, and Circus Roncalli. She most recently has performed locally for Circus TransformUS, the Fort Myers Film Festival, Telemundo Television, HSN, Papa John’s and more. She has recently begun performing trick shooting known as foot archery.

Instagram: @bendykat

www.swflcontortion.com

Young Nation Dancers

For about 5 1/2 years Jumar and Ricky have been dancing together. Over the period of time they have built a connection and a bond through dance and brotherhood. Since their journey together, they have also joined a dance crew called “YND”. This dance crew is also known as “ Young Nation Dancers”. Ricky and Jumar have been apart of this crew working and growing a family bond. Both are very well known in the dance community and also in the battle scene. The pair have also taken classes, and learning different styles to enhance their dancing together. Overall both are highly educated and well respected Hip-Hop dancers, and enjoy spreading the love and knowledge for dance to others.

Couture Fashion

Saturday, March 19, 2022 • Runway 8pm | Cocktails 7pm
Tickets: $45 in advance • $50 Day Of • +$10 for Premium Seating

 

 

 

Helen Gerro contemporary art inspired fashion by being a women’s wear designer since the 80s combined haute couture clothing and art, it’s simpatico. Minnesota born and Punta Gorda Florida based Helen Gerro’s designs have been seen on several runways, Naples, Tampa, Saint Pete, Sarasota, Fort Myers, New York, Minneapolis, and LA. Most recently 2 Gerro gowns have been seen on the red carpet in France, Cannes film fest.  Gerro has a collection of over 200 haute couture dresses wearable art and several paintings,  imagination abounds in color creating a profound post modern look.  It’s Gerro’s signature look immersed through experience and authenticity,  bold vivid colors UV black light paint an aurora arboreal glow of wearable art which saunters down the runway, the sensuality of design and brushstrokes head turning dresses, Gerro’s paintings jump off her canvases onto her designer dresses contributes to a sublime energy between haute Couture and Gerro Art. Helen strives to be an inspiration to all aspiring artists and designers, by seeing her art and wearable art hopefully opens other artists visions and gets inspired and motivation to create their own art, therefore we all inspire each other,  art is the root of an artists existence.  

 

 

 

New Delhi-born designer, Sha Ali Ahmad’s  fashion designer and the creator of a signature brand, Ahmad Couture. Has been designed for A-list celebrities,  Since I have already been featured in many reputed fashion magazines,  I am the Co-founder of Kauai Fashion Weekend with the show being a success for years. It is a way for me to give back to the community initiative and donating custom designed dresses for local charities & events. I exhibit my work by conducting various international fashion events including Star Gala Night in Miami, Fashion Week West Palm Beach (Miami).

 

 

 

 

Isabel International Original is the couture brand of award winning designer Isabel Lopez.  Isabel got her start at a young age in her native Colombia, then immigrating to the USA. The designs of Isabel Original International have been on red carpets around the world and on the runways of Boston and New York Fashion Week and featured in countless magazine editorials. Staying true to the brands direction of designing magnificent fashions which accentuate the natural curves of a woman’s body while capturing the spirit of elegance, the launch of the Isabel Original International ready to wear collection is the latest effort to continue the development of the brand. Original Living Magazine is a fashion lifestyle magazine that Isabel created and has become another facet of the brand.

Elements of Body Art is the passion of artist Adriana Vincent-Gomez. She received her degree in Hollywood, CA as a professional make-up artist. Studied everything from beauty to special fx. Created Elements of Body Art in 2012; the world of fantasy made real, where art is fused with life and transformed into a living breathing canvas. Her goal is bringing unique imaginative works of body painting form to another level.

Elements of Body Art presents: “The Garden of Life”

Director, Lead Artist, costume & props by: Adriana Vincent-Gomez

Visual Art Performance:  Planting “LOVE, Hope and Kindness” in the hearts of all, will produce a fruitful life, full of LOVE and Kindness. Sowing the seeds of LOVE…..

Dance choreographer &  costume by: Gil Gonzalez

Assisting Artists: Silvia Zavala

              Tara Philip

Featured dancers:  Gil Gonzalez- The Gardener

                  Shana Jenkins- Hibiscus flower

               Sdenka Tomicic- Rose flower

               Jennifer Castano- Butterfly

— PERFORMERS —

DJ Dream Jay

From Nova Scotia, Canada. DJ Dream Jay started off as a stunt woman from 12 years old, traveling across North America. Dream Jay has DJ’ed at many places including Orlando, Miami, and Tampa, and out of state in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Georgia on iheartradio’s 105.5 the beat for over 2 years. She has opened up for Doja Cat.

Host

Brittany is  a morning radio personality for iHeart Media on 105.5 The Beat, podcaster and creator of  Brunch w/Brittany on iHeart Radio and youth mentor.  From Immokalee, Fort Myers became her home while attending Florida Gulf Coast University. 

Katarina Danks (Bendykat) is a South Florida based contortionist, handbalancer, and performance artist. Originally from Pittsburgh, she is trained in both Mongolian and Western contortion techniques, learning from the world’s most prestigious trainers and performers from Europe, Canada, the U.S., and circuses like Cirque du Soleil, the Big Apple Circus, Ringling Brothers, and Circus Roncalli. She most recently has performed locally for Circus TransformUS, the Fort Myers Film Festival, Telemundo Television, HSN, Papa John’s and more. She has recently begun performing trick shooting known as foot archery.

Instagram: @bendykat

www.swflcontortion.com

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