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Indulge Fashion Show won't clash with Fashion Week Tampa Bay




If the local sartorial scene were a sandwich, Fashion Week Tampa Bay would be the bread. Indulge Fashion Show would be the meat.

Indulge co-organizer Erica Gerbolingo said that when she scheduled her event for Friday at Channelside Cinemas, she never intended for it to conflict with Tampa's second annual fashion fest.

Reborn Couture

"It's sad because we prebooked this, and we didn't even know it was the same week as Fashion Week," said the 26-year-old, who goes by Erica G. "I always support my fellow fashion people all day." So she pushed her event back a few hours to accommodate the public and her models, many of whom will work the catwalk earlier that day in a Fashion Week runway show at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk, also downtown. Indulge will now be from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., so down a Red Bull and check out what sounds like a pretty unique event. Highlights will include the following:

* Clothing, of course. In the words of The Real Housewives of Atlanta's Dwight Eubanks, a fashion show without fashions is just plain dreadful. Fifteen female and five male models in Karl Kani urban gear; Bahia swimwear; rock group LMFAO's Party Rock clothing line; duds from the South Tampa boutique Reborn Couture (owner Nevada Vanderford is co-organizing the event); and more.

* Live performances. For starters, there will be music by deejays Christion and Knex (pronounced "Connects"). Then, Gerbolingo said, "We're doing something very Rock the Runway." The University of South Florida's Sigma Lambda Beta step team will open the show. Then out comes model/R&B singer Marie Lodato, who will sing over the step team's beat. All-male R&B group TMP will perform as the models hit the catwalk. "It's very MTV," Gerbolingo said.

* Swanky decor. The theater lobby will be decked out all in white - drapes, couches and runway.


General admission tickets are $20. Want more? There will be a VIP preparty from 9 to 10 p.m. at Channelside's Dolce Vita Lounge. $40 gets you party admission, food catered by 717 South, open bar and a seat for the fashion show. Get tickets here. For details on Indulge, call Channelside Cinemas at (813) 221-0700 or Reborn Couture at (813) 254-4400. Some event proceeds will benefit the Michael Clayton Generation Next Foundation.

Gerbolingo, a 2004 graduate of New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, also organizes the Battle of Salons hairstyling contests at the Lodge Restaurant and Bar in South Tampa. The next battle is tonight. For more info, call the Lodge at (813) 251-5634.

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(Photos, top to bottom: Fashions by Bahia, Reborn Couture and Karl Kani will be on display Friday. Karl Kani photo by Getty Images.)

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


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