An interview with BFW Founder Jay Calderin

Here's the skinny on the who, what and where of Boston Fashion Week, headquartered at The Tent at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Boston, 776 Boylston Street in Boston's Back Bay.

Tell us about Boston Fashion Week. How did it start? What is its purpose?

 

"It all began in 1995 when I reached out to local fashion professionals about coordinating our efforts to get the attention of the press as well as the public. The idea was to work as a community in a really grassroots way, being very conscious not to be a cookie-cutter version of a fashion week. Over the years, Boston Fashion Week was evolved with the changing fashion scene, which I'm very excited to say is still experiencing a true renaissance — The Tent, Boston Fashion Week’s glamorous new venue, is a perfect example of that. Everyone from student designers to established professionals can show, providing something for everyone who wants to celebrate Boston's annual celebration of style."

 

 

What should we see? There are so many events!

 

"It all depends on your interests. There are exhibits, educational events, shows, parties, and lots of shopping and pampering going on. I always like to attend a diverse mix of things to keep it interesting."

 

 

Can you recommend any must-see shows for the first-timer? How about the veteran?

 

“For anyone new to the scene, the social events provide great opportunities to interact with fashion professionals and fellow fashionistas. Of course, I believe all the shows will be great, but becoming familiar with new designers, who might be more accessible, could be an ideal way to introduce yourself to Boston Fashion Week.”

 

“For those of us who’ve been around for a while, chances are we already know which shows we’ll be attending, so I’d suggest taking advantage of the offers on the Boston Fashion Trail. Some of the spa services are looking really good to me right about now.”

 

 

This year's Boston Fashion Week is bigger and bolder than ever. Is everything open to the public?

 

“Technically the answer to that is yes, but a fair amount of events are by invitation only, and access to those events depends on whether or not you’ve reached out to designers and started to build relationships with them — something you might want to consider starting to do now for next year! That is, after all, what it’s all about: creating community. There are, however, many free events and ones that you can purchase a ticket to.”

 

 

How can we score the best seats? Are they reserved?

 

”Every event is different. The key is contacting the designers/event producers as early as possible. Being fashionably late may leave you all dressed up with nowhere to go.”

 

 

Are kids allowed?

 

"Fashion 101 at the Boston Public Library on Saturday, September 24th, is a great event for teens interested in a career in fashion. Each event is different, but there are some kid-friendly events. I'd suggest parents read the listings carefully, check out the designer/event websites, and see if they think they're age-appropriate. To be sure, email or call ahead."

 

 

Are there any logistical details we should know about, e.g., parking discounts, pre-show receptions, etc.?

 

We all know parking in Boston is at a premium, so get to your destination early. No discounts unfortunately. As for pre- and post-receptions/parties, those are all listed on the schedule.


Anything else you think our readers might like to know?

 

“To fully enjoy and appreciate the week, you need to take an active role in planning your schedule, your wardrobe, and even your social interactions. Mix it up on all fronts! I challenge everyone to curate and craft your Boston Fashion Week experience.”

 

 

Boston Fashion Week

We're taking a break from our regular profile of an individual this week to raise a glass to an event, Boston Fashion Week. This year, BFW's catwalk is swankier than ever (to wit: Mike&Ton's ravishing dress in this photo), and headquartered out of The Tent at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Boston in the Back Bay. So dress up yourselves silly and get ready for your close-up, 'cause, as Lady Gaga says, "Baby, you'll be famous...Papa-paparazzi." 

Boston Fashion Week 2011 Schedule

 

 

Please note that The Tent is located at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Boston, 776 Boylston Street in the Boston's Back Bay. 

 

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011

 

4pm

Surrur

To celebrate the opening of the Marimekko shop at Crate & Barrel, and the kick off of the Boston Fashion Trail, you're invited to a DIY “Surrur” workshop to create your own wearable art, a custom necklace made from the bold color and pattern of Marimekko fabric. Join us for a creative afternoon of home fashion and refreshments.

4-6pm

Crate & Barrel

777 Boylston street, Boston MA

Open to the public.

Note: "Surrur" is meant to evoke the sound of a sewing machine.

 

7pm

The Tent Opening Reception

by invitation only.

 

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2011

 

2pm

Fashion 101 for Teens presented by the School of Fashion Design

A panel of industry professionals discuss careers in fashion as a part of Boston Fashion Week 2011.

Boston Public Library - Copley

Boston MA

2pm

Complimentary admission.

Space permitting.

 

2pm - on the Boston Fashion Trail

Accessorize Yourself at THE Chocolatier’s TABLE

Boston Fashion Week

Pop-up Store Series

A different Accessory Designer every day!

Sharyn & Co.

Vintage one-of-a-kind jewelry designed by Sharyn Fireman.

2PM – 6PM

Hotel Chocolat

141A Newbury Street, Boston

 

5:30pm

Everything ENAMOUR Fashion Event

This event will be showcasing four collections by ENAMOUR designer June Monteiro and is presented by ENAMOUR and Alpha Epsilon Phi. The collections are an homage to fashion icon Isabella Blow. A portion of all proceeds will go to benefit American Continental 2000, an organization specializing in technical and engineering support to disaster areas in the United States.

Bill Bordy Theater

216 Tremont Street, Boston

Door: 5:30pm/7:30pm

Shows: 6pm/8pm

Tickets: $20 seated, $15 balcony, $10 standing

Everything Enamour

774.392.1648

jm.enamour@gmail.com

 

6pm

Emily Muller in The Tent

by invitation only.

emilymuller.com

hello@emilymuller.com

 

7pm

The Artists’ Celebration

This event is a fundraiser organized by the Duplessy Foundation and celebrates fashion designers, comedians, visual artists, and chefs. Artists’ Celebration will be honoring Joan Morris, among other local coontributors to the Boston art scene. Featured fashion designers include: Emily Brennanion, Kate Alves, Daniel Rechel, Zoya Derevyannich,and Charles Neumann.

Open to public, 21+

Tickets are $25 online

$30 at the door

$50 VIP

Door: 7pm

Venu

100 Warrenton Street, Boston

Artists Celebration

info@duplessy.org

 

8pm

Mike & Ton

and Michael DePaulo in The Tent

by invitation only.

mikeandton@gmail.com

mikeandton.com

michaeldepaulo.com

lori@michaeldepaulo.com

 

8pm

Emerging Trends 2011

presented by SYNERGY Events

Featuring: Linda Rowe Thomas (USA), !Nu.I (Canada), Rana Al Soliman (Saudi Arabia/Lebanon), KALB&ETIW (Australia), Ashley Zaba (Canada), Halldora Eydis Jonsdottir (Iceland), Lindsay Lee (USA), Garde Del Avante (Canada), TrashGlam (Australia), Andy Jacques (USA), Dina Trindade (Portugal), Boston Platinum (USA), Lady Baptiste (Canada), WallacePlayford (Canada), Maleku Jewelry (USA), Ruby Johnson (Canada), Emanuela Aureli (USA), Vintage Boutique at Karmaloop.com (USA)

8 PM Door

9 PM Show

Cyclorama

539 Tremont Street, Boston

Tickets start at $50

theemergingtrends.com

 

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2011

 

10am

Celebrate Wearable Art!

A Benefit, Showcase & Sale 

Presented by Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (seARTS Wearable Art Group), and Rising Design Group.

Featured Fashion:

Jennifer Griffith, June Montiero, Pretty Thoughts, Shalyn Webber, Harpy Fashion/ Jennifer Greeke

Featured Wearable Art:

Again & Again/Frieda Grotjahn, Apple Bay Designs/Judy Wright & Jan Weinshanker, Artfelt Creations/Susan Kenna, Beth Williams, Carol Bugarin, Betsy Frost Designs, Marlene Cann, Cape Ann Designs, Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco, Dancing Bird/Becky Williams, Julia Dusman Designs, Fiber Wrights /Sara Wright, Granite Hill Gallery/ Lynne Sausele, Iro Design/Peggy Russell, Camilla MacFadyen, Mahri, Claire Sanford, Kate Seidman, Jenn Sherr, Kathleen Valentine, Leslie Wind, and many artists from the Mobius Runway show.

Door 10:00 AM

Show 12:00 PM

Bass Rocks Golf Club

34 Beach Road, Gloucester MA

RSVP Required

$75 before September 5

$80 up through September 21

searts.org

978.281.1222

info@searts.org

 

2pm - on the Boston Fashion Trail

Accessorize Yourself at THE Chocolatier’s TABLE

Boston Fashion Week

Pop-up Store Series

A different Accessory Designer every day!

Magdalena Stokalska

Jewelry

2PM – 6PM

Hotel Chocolat

141A Newbury Street, Boston

 

6pm

The Launch in The Tent

by invitation only

presented by Fashion Group International and Boston Fashion Week

Featuring:

Karina Bresnahan

GeorgAnnette Chatterly

Mishal Kizilbash

Christine Lam

Candice Wu

More about The Launch on Facebook

 

8pm

Prajje Jean-Baptiste in The Tent

by invitation only

Prajje 1983

prajje1983.com

info@prajje1983.com

 

9pm

A Head Above Fashion

BFW After Party

presented by The Boston Globe

sponsored by Dirty Water TV

and 6one7 Productions.

Safar's Fashionably

Crazy Hair Show

Forum

755 Boylston Street, Boston MA

Open to the public.

RSVP Required. http://aheadabovefashion.eventbrite.com

 

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2011

 

2pm - on the Boston Fashion Trail

Accessorize Yourself at THE Chocolatier’s TABLE

Boston Fashion Week

Pop-up Store Series

A different Accessory Designer every day!

Rosanna Ortiz Sinel

Martin & Ricci

Jewelry.

2PM – 6PM

Hotel Chocolat

141A Newbury Street, Boston

 

5pm

Victoria Dominguez Bagu in The Tent

by invitation only

victoriadominguezbagu.com

mariavictoriadesigns@gmail.com

 

7pm

Daniel Faucher Couture in The Tent

by invitation only

danielfauchercouture.com

dfauchercouture@verizon.net

 

9pm

Marie Galvin/GALVIN-ized Headwear in The Tent

by invitation only

presented by

The Fashion Doctors

galvinizedhats.com

info@galvinized-hats.com

 

10pm

A Head Above Fashion

BFW After Party - Monday

presented by The Boston Globe

sponsored by Dirty Water TV

and 6one7 Productions.

Celebrating South End style with Marie Galvin, Daniel Faucher and Victoria Dominguez Bagu.

Gaslight

560 Harrison Avenue, Boston

Open to the public

RSVP Required. http://aheadabovefashion.eventbrite.com/

 

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2011

 

2pm – on the Boston Fashion Trail

Accessorize Yourself at THE Chocolatier’s TABLE

Boston Fashion Week

Pop-up Store Series

A different Accessory Designer every day!

Mallory Musante

Hand-painted

and customized shoes.

2PM – 6PM

Hotel Chocolat

141A Newbury Street, Boston

 

6pm

Denise Hajjar

Fall 2011 Fashion Show

Fairmont Copley Plaza

Oval Room

138 St. James Avenue, Boston

To benefit Dress for Success - Boston

Ticket information TBA

info@denisehajjar.com

denisehajjar.com

617.927.5990

dressforsuccess.org

 

7pm

Lily & Migs in The Tent

by invitation only

lilyandmigs.com

 

8pm

Anomaly by Daniel Hernandez

Also featuring: Zack Lo Shoes, Danielle Costaible, Isabel Lopez, and Jacqueline Ortega

Shows 8, 8:30 and 9pm

VENU Nightclub

100 Warrenton Street, Boston

$70 per couple

dhstudios.com

info@dhstudios.com

 

9pm

M. Miller in The Tent

by invitation only

mmillerfur.com

info@mmillerfur.com

 

10pm

A Head Above Fashion

BFW After Party - Tuesday

presented by The Boston Globe

sponsored by Dirty Water TV

and 6one7 Productions.

Featuring Filomena Demarco Jewelry by Ashley Vick

at Mini Bar

51 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Open to the public

RSVP Required. http://aheadabovefashion.eventbrite.com/

 

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2011

 

2pm - on the Boston Fashion Trail

Accessorize Yourself at THE Chocolatier’s TABLE

Boston Fashion Week

Pop-up Store Series

A different Accessory Designer every day!

Catalina de la Torre

Jewelry and belts.

2PM – 6PM

Hotel Chocolat

141A Newbury Street, Boston

 

5pm

Boston Fashion: A Back Stage Class

Educational Programming in The Tent

by invitation only

 

6:30pm - on the Boston Fashion Trail

Fine Art Fete

presented by MassArt Made

We are celebrating the fine arts and fashion of MassArt Made, a retail venture featuring the art and design of alumni, students, faculty, and staff.  The Fine Art Fete is one event during our Fashion Focus week. Featuring: Ashley Conchieri, Evan Sullivan, Amy DiPlacido, Susan Shian, Nicole Landry, and other students/alum of the MassArt’s Fashion Dept.

Door:  6:30 pm

Show:  6:30 pm

Massachusetts College of Art

and Design

621 Huntington Ave

Boston, MA 02115

Kennedy Bldg, 2nd floor

Free. RSVP required.

http://www.massartmade.com

617.879.7407

info@massartmade.com

 

8pm

A Model Party

A celebration of local models hosted by fashion editor Alexandra Hall.

Forum

755 Boylston Street, Boston

Open to the public, space permitting.

 

8:30pm - on the Boston Fashion Trail

Poetic Escape

presented by Haitian Brothers Networking Nationwide

Open Mic Poetry and Fashion Designer Showcase featuring Camille Lafond/MadeMOIselle Boston, and after-party.

Door 8:30PM

Show 9:30PM

Blue Wave Lounge

343 Congress Street, Boston, MA

$5 before 10pm

$10 after 10pm

http://hbnnllc.blogspot.com

617-549-2700

hbnnllc@gmail.com or poeticescape3@gmail.com

 

10pm

A Head Above Fashion

BFW After Party - Wednesday

presented by The Boston Globe

sponsored by Dirty Water TV

and 6one7 Productions.

Featuring (Im)pulse Makeup

by Christine Savas

District

174 Lincoln Street, Boston

Open to the public.

A Head Above Fashion

RSVP Required. http://aheadabovefashion.eventbrite.com/ 

 

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2011

 

2pm - on the Boston Fashion Trail

Accessorize Yourself at THE Chocolatier’s TABLE

Boston Fashion Week

Pop-up Store Series

A different Accessory Designer every day!

Alexa Cach/House of Cach

Jewelry and handbags.

2PM – 6PM

Hotel Chocolat

141A Newbury Street, Boston

 

5pm

dress boutique and  Stilista | Boston

Fall Fashion Preview Party

5-8pm

dress boutique

221 Newbury St. Boston

Free and open to the public. RSVP requested to info@stilistaboston.com

stilistaboston.com/events dressboston.com/shop

617-965-2500

 

5pm - on the Boston Fashion Trail

Style Infusion

presented by Bon Ton Productions

Featuring fashions from "Exclusives," a Ivania Nicole boutique. After work networking social designed to showcase art, fashion & music.

Door5pm

Show 8pm

Splash, 150 Kneeland Street, Boston

Free, space permitting

www.bontonproductions.com

508-272-4705

maria@bontonproductions.com

 

6pm

Splashion!

Opening Reception

Water and Fashion make a splash in this group show of international photographers work spanning ads and editorials over the past 60 years. Vintage prints by Martin Mankasci, Martine Franck, and Gosta Peterson are shown next to current work by Howard Schatz, Mikael Jansson, Jodi Jones, Bob Packert, Conor Doherty and Sadie Dayton. Curated by J. Sybylla Smith, Splashion celebrates the new location of our satellite exhibition space of The Griffin Museum of Photography and Boston Fashion Week.

The Griffin Museum of Photography

by Digital Silver Imaging

4 Clarendon Street, Boston

Splashion

 

6pm – on the Boston Fashion Trail

2nd Annual Boston Fashion SIP & SWAP

A celebration of fashion + technology in the hub.

6 -10 pm

Microsoft NERD Center

One Memorial Drive, 10th Floor

Cambridge, MA

Tickets $10

http://bfwswap.eventbrite.com

 

7pm

Avni Trivedi in The Tent

by invitation only

avnifashion.com

avnitrivedi@avnifashion.com

 

8pm

Wild Flower Dance

SoCA, an arts collaborative founded to revitalize the West End by bringing arts, entertainment, and fashion to the area, has announced their first major event, “Wild Flower Dance,” a fashion event celebrating the union of fashion designs by Ashley Rose Mersky and floral designs by Jimmy Guzman of JNG | Floral Designs.

8-8:45pm Reception with complimentary appetizers.

9:30pm Runway Show

After party to follow.

Flat Iron Tapas Bar & Lounge

at the Bulfinch Hotel in SoCA

107 Merrimac Street, Boston MA

Attendees must be 21 years of age to attend.

 

9pm

Jeff Lahens in The Tent

by invitation only

eccstyle.com

617.396.4617

 

10pm

A Head Above Fashion

BFW After Party - Thursday

presented by The Boston Globe

sponsored by Dirty Water TV

and 6one7 Productions.

Featuring Funky Lashes & Glasses by Optician3 and Elizabeth Grady as a part of 'Fashionably Late'

at Liberty Hotel

215 Charles Street, Boston

Open to the public.

RSVP Required. http://aheadabovefashion.eventbrite.com 

 

10pm

Rising Design 2011 Fashion Show

The Rising Design collaborative aims to support emerging local designers and arts-industry peers. As individuals, we work to share our passion for art and design with the public. As a collective, we collaborate to support and celebrate great design in our community.

featuring designers:

Jennifer Griffith

Margaret Lawrence

Felicia Verry Mota

Ray Rodriguez

Pretty Thoughts

Shalyn Webber

10pm

The Liberty Hotel

215 Charles Street, Boston MA

Open to the public, space permitting

Rising Design

risingdesignboston@gmail.com

 

10pm

Drea Designs Couture

Fashion show 10pm

Bond Restaurant|Lounge

250 Franklin Street

Boston,MA 02110

Free and open to the public.

Donations suggested to benefit

Make A Wish Foundation

www.dreadesigncouture.com

dreadesign@comcast.net

Hearing impaired

please email to contact designer.

General information:

Jamie Mercadante 508.510.2053

 

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2011

 

2pm – on the Boston Fashion Trail

Accessorize Yourself at THE Chocolatier’s TABLE

Boston Fashion Week

Pop-up Store Series

A different Accessory Designer every day!

Dava Muramatsu

Nymph Collection

Jewelry.

2PM – 6PM

Hotel Chocolat

141A Newbury Street, Boston

 

4pm

The African Chapter

presented by DMDBymimi

This event will be introducing new fashion collections and raise funds for Hardthaven charity.

Featuring designers Josefa Dasilva and Tayla Capenter

Door 4pm

Show 6pm

777 Memorial Drive

Cambridge MA

Tickets: General $50, VIP $80

http://bfwtac.com/tickets

Information: 857.417.7176 djanilsamimi@gmail.com

http://www.Dmdbymimi.com

 

5pm

Second Time Around in The Tent

by invitation only

secondtimearound.net

support@secondtimearound.net

 

5pm

Fashion Expo 2011: Beauty is Our Business

presented by

Regi James Productions  

Vendors will include fashion designers, jewelry designers, photographers, make-up artists, hair stylists, and much more.

5-9pm 

Phillips Boston

780 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston

1.800.890.0032

Free. Open to the public.

Regijamesproductions@hotmail.com

617-593-3797

 

6pm – on the Boston Fashion Trail

Simon Fashion Now!

Fall fashion and trends arrive at Burlington Mall with Simon Fashion Now™ presented by Salem Five Bank. The events and activities kick off with Trends & Friends Night, an evening of fashion, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Participating retailers will offer exclusive deals, demonstrations and sampling.  The evening will feature two runway fashion shows and ongoing giveaways.

Burlington Mall

75 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington MA

Burlington Mall

Free

 

7pm

Carter Smith in The Tent

by invitation only

shibori.com

info@shibori.com

 

7pm

BBB Army of Love

Fashion Show & Phenomena 2011 Black Tie Charity Gala

presented by Bless By Bless Couture

Phenomena 2011 is the 4th Annual Black Tie Charity Gala featuring a Bless By Bless Couture Fashion show to raise funds for both local and

international charities. It is a rock concert, fundraiser, museum visit, dinner treat and night out dancing all rolled into one great event with an amazing cause.

Door 7:30pm

Showtime 8:30pm

Larz Anderson Auto Museum

15 Newton St., Brookline MA

Tickets: $50 in Advance ($100 at door) Ticket includes open bar & complimentary meal. 100% Charity, all profits to benefit Christopher's Haven Children's Cancer Charity.

phenomenafoundation.org Lillian@phenomenafoundation.org

978.473.6025

 

7pm

Boston En Vogue - 2011 Runway Fashion Event

presented by Baku Sunset and Conrad Lamour

Featuring Bebe, Conrad Lamour, KMSwimwear, Shaco Fashion Designs

by Sharon Cox-Cole, Dianelli Alexander, Isabel Original

International by Isabel Lopez, Valentina Oppezzo.

Door 7:00PM

Show 9:00PM

Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel

3 Battery Wharf, Boston MA

$25 for runway show and after party

$35 for VIP hour, runway show and after party.

http://www.bostonenvogue2011.com

617.642.0135

info@bakusunset.com

 

7:30pm

The Eliot School Fall Fashion Show: The First Lady of the New World

Sponsored by The Boston Foundation. Featuring cover Designer, Carol Price and the show will feature some of her students designs.

Accessories from Salmagundi

Doors 7:30 PM

Show 8:00 PM

First Church UU,

6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain MA

Reception to follow at

The Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts,

24 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain MA

Admission $10 tickets

Available online or at the door.

TICKETS

Information: 617.524.3313

divey@eliotschool.org

The Eliot School

 

9pm

Daniela Corte in The Tent

by invitation only

danielacorte.com

 

 

Visit http://www.bostonfashionweek.com 

Photograph courtesy of MikeandTon Fashion, and photographed by Eric Levin. Hair by Salon Mario Russo and make up by Rose Fortuna 

 

 

FASHION EXHIBITIONS

 

SEPTEMBER 18, 2011 - OCTOBER 9, 2011

Massachusetts College of Art and Design's Wearable Art Exhibit

The third annual Wearable Art exhibit is a collection of 30 non-textile ensembles created by MassArt fashion design students ranging from creations that illustrate ingenuity in recyclables using straws, Chinese take-out boxes and more. The full exhibit will be on display on the lower level of the Nordstrom wing.

Burlington Mall - Nordstrom Wing

75 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington MA

Saturday, September 30, 2011, 5pm

Simon Fashion Now attendees will have the chance to meet student designers from the Wearable Art exhibit and enjoy a runway fashion show featuring designs by student designers Mishal Kizilbash and GeorgeAnnette Chatterly as they show their collections to the public.

 

SEPTEMBER 19, 2011 - OCTOBER 31, 2011

Look at you, Boston!

Martini Severin presents Bostonians at their sartorial best in artfully composed images from her blog Beyond Boston Chic.

Boston City Hall

One City Hall Plaza, Boston MA

Open to the public.

beyondbostonchic.com

  

 

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