Gainesville Fashion Week Begins Wednesday

The sixth season of Gainesville Fashion Week begins Wednesday and will run through Sunday, bringing together some of the area’s top designers, artists, and musicians with the art and business communities.

The event begins April 3 with an art exhibit at The Gallery, the retail space adjacent to Vellos, followed by a red carpet event at Vellos with a showcase of local makeup artists, salons and jewelry makers.

The first runway show will take place April 4 at 8 p.m. in the University of Florida Reitz Grand Ballroom. The free show will feature two Project Runway designers: Jay Nicolas Sario from season seven and Andrew Thouvenot from season eight.

White House Black Market is sponsoring the Gainesville Glitterati Show on April 5, a runway event that will feature Fresh Heirs, Jacquelyn Brooks, Macy’s Mens, White House Black Market and headlining designer Jay Nicolas Sario. The event will start at 7:30 p.m. at the University Air Center in the Mustang Hanger.

Another round of runway shows will take place April 6 to feature TanyaB, D&N Clothing, Macy’s Womens, Francine Elizabeth and headlining designer Carla Coultas.

The final event, a Sunday brunch, will take place at noon at 101 Downtown. The brunch is open for anyone to attend.

Gainesville Fashion Week benefits Rocket for the Arts, a nonprofit that focuses on exposing youth in Alachua County to quality art programs. The organization holds art supply drives and works to produce resources for visual and performing arts programs through its art workshops and grant programs.

For the full schedule of events, as well as RSVP and ticket information, visit

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