The fashion buzz is in the air again as organizers prepare for Fashion Week Cleveland, which kicks off its 12th year Saturday.

The events begin with the Glam Jam: Music and Fashion event at the Vault at The 9 beginning at 8 p.m. The rest of the week is filled with events all leading up to the final evening on May 7, which includes a keynote speech by fashion icon and creator of New York Fashion Week, Fern Mallis, a black-tie reception and the designer runway shows.

Fashion Week Cleveland

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To read a Q&A with Fern Mallis click here.

Donald Shingler, creator and director of Fashion Week Cleveland, answers questions about his passion for the event:

Why did you start Fashion Week Cleveland?

The basis of the event has always been about downtown development, to promote downtown retail in a cityscape that was void of retail, and people, really. You have to remember that this thing goes back to 2002. Downtown was empty. It was a way to bring people downtown. Ours was the kind of big-city event that just wasn't seen anymore, but was once a big part of the Cleveland fashion scene ... Back then; it was called The Cleveland Fashion Show. We became a "fashion week" in 2004. Today our model is called a "regional fashion week."

What are your hopes for the future of Fashion Week?

We will continue to grow our market from industry leaders and educators in the United States, and stick to our core competency, as "the educational fashion week." To this end, the FWC Speaker Series is very important to us; this year's Keynote being Fern Mallis, for example.

Calendar of Events:

Saturday, April 30: Glam Jam: Music and Fashion at Vault at The 9 starting at 8 p.m. Event is free.

Monday, May 2: Runway Rehearsal and Exhibition, The Arcade Cleveland at 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 3: Fashion on Film at Crocker Park at Dusk. See the documentaryValentino: The Last Emperor. Bring a blanket or chair. The film is showing in the West Park of Crocker Park behind Gamestop. Tickets are free.

Wednesday, May 4: Retail Showcase at Tre Sorelle at 12403 Mayfield Road in Little Italy, Cleveland at 5:00 p.m.

Friday, May 6: Night at the Museum at the Halle Costume Museum inside the Hanna Mansion at the Western Reserve Historical Society in University Circle. Event hours are 5 to 10 p.m. at 10825 East Blvd. in Cleveland. Admission is $10 or $15 at the door and includes a cash bar cocktail party and admission to Retail's Night Out.

Friday, May 6: Retail's Night Out features pop-up shops at the same Western Reserve Historical Society location as Night at the Museum. The event begins at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 or $15 at the door. One ticket is good for both May 6 events at the museum.

Vendors include:

Ely Road Boutique

Bella Luca Salon

Gee Lillie

Shop High Pockets

Live-Inspired Organics

Marise Designs Jewelry

Marta Glazen Millinery

Mercado Global

Stella & Dot

Tre Sorelle Boutique

Saturday, May 7: FWC Speaker Series and Dinner Gala featuring Fern Mallis. She'll be discussing her exciting career in fashion and her new book Fashion Lives: Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis. At The Arcade Cleveland at 7 p.m. Tickets are $275.

Saturday, May 7: Black-Tie Reception at The Arcade Cleveland. Event begins at 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 7: Designer Runway Shows at The Arcade Cleveland, 420 Superior Avenue. Show begins at 9 p.m.

Designers include:

Jaanai Jones

Bridgette Schreiner

Victoria Cohen of Project Runway Junior Season 1

Matt Sarafa of Project Runway Junior Season 1

Gwyn Strang

Magnolia & Lace Bridal Designs – Lissa Marie Krueger and Cybele Pawlowski

Marta Glazen – Milliner

Graham Baldwin – Milliner

Maria Pujana of Marise Designs Jewelry

Saturday, May 7: Official After Party at Vault at The 9. Party starts at 10 p.m. Free admission.

For a complete description of what's happening at each event, see the Events page of the Fashion Week Cleveland website. Check out the Fashion Week Cleveland Facebook page for more information.

There are different levels of ticket prices and entry times for the runway show event. See the Buy Tickets page of the Fashion Week Cleveland website for all of the details. Tickets range in price from $55 to $175.


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