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Cleveland Street goes couture for Clearwater Fashion Week



CFW-Runway We recently reminded you to save the dates for Fashion Week Tampa Bay. But don't put away your daybook just yet. Today through Monday is Clearwater Fashion Week! it kicks off tonight with a runway show.

The FREE six-day soiree takes place on the ground floor of Station Square Condominiums and includes runway shows other fashion-related events. Organizer Craig Taylor, a resident of downtown Clearwater, even got his industry friends to cough up merch for daily sample sales. Tomorrow through Sunday, find designer duds for 50 percent off. (A few will be marked up to 80 percent off.) On Monday, everything will be an additional 30 percent off.

Taylor, 49, returned to Clearwater last November after several years living in New York and Los Angeles, so he wasn't hip to Fashion Week Tampa Bay when he planned the Clearwater event. But he doesn't see FWTB as CFW-CraigPetra his competition, Taylor said by phone on Tuesday.

"This is very limited to the Cleveland Street District," said Taylor, 49. (Here he is with supermodel Petra Nemcova. Sorry, Petra won't be at the event.) "I have three other businesses that demand a lot of my time, so I'm not in the business of being a Fashion Week promoter or anything like that. I'm a designer, and I have to work in my design studio. This is a little hobby on the side that I'm doing for the City of Clearwater, so it would never grow to any other place. In particular, it's for Cleveland Street."

Fair enough. Taylor plans to make Clearwater Fashion Week a semiannual event every fall and spring.

~ Deal Diva Dalia

Top photo: Here's the Whitley Kros runway from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Los Angeles. The WK runway at tonight's Clearwater Fashion Week show will look similar to this and will showcase the same clothes... minus the L.A. attitude.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:19pm]


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