The number of fashion designers who call Columbus home: 518. That’s according to a study by The Global Language Monitor in Austin, Texas. The media-analytics company recently ranked the top fashion destinations in the country, and Columbus catwalked in at No. 3.
The annual celebration of that heralded Columbus fashion community and the industry’s local stars, CMH Fashion Week, kicked off last week, but the main attractions are in the next couple days.
Friday is the fashion runway finale show. Ten local lines will send collections down the runway. Among them are dapper men’s line Jones Select, understatedly sexy women’s line Dirty Laser, and the glamorous, nationally recognized Genoveva Designs.
The CMH Fashion Week finale will be dressed to the nines in the brand-new Hilton Columbus across from the Columbus Convention Center. Mayor Michael “Get Swagger” Coleman and CMH Fashion Week co-founder Thomas McClure will present the collections.
On Saturday, CMH Fashion Week closes out with Swaggertown Marketplace, a roundup of Columbus fashion lines and brands all in one place (Arena District’s EndZone Entertainment Complex) for your shopping pleasure. S.W.A.G.G. Revolution Apparel is hosting the pop-up shop extravaganza, which will include live music, OSU tailgating and local celebrity and designer meet-and-greets. The Marketplace will benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the CMH Fashion Week Scholarship Fund.