The reviews are in after last weekend’s first ever Asheville Fashion Week: the event was a hit.

Produced by Gage Models and Talent Agency, the event shone a spotlight on local talent, from designers and models to makeup artists and hairstylists, in a way that hasn’t been seen before in Asheville. The local fashion scene has been thirsting for such a showcase for years, and it looks like this could be it.

Asheville Fashion Week elevated the local fashion scene, and everyone appeared to bring their A-game. Local designers such as Katdog Couture and Angela Kim stood out. The venues, including the Altamont Theatre, worked well, and the runway showcases were nicely produced. All in all, a solid first-year event.

Check out these photos of Asheville Fashion Week by Asheville photographer Stewart O’Shields. I think his photos really capture the energy of the party.

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Here are a couple of tidbits from reviewers:

From Asheville Grit blogger Backstage Sass:

It is clear upon entering the venue Friday night that the sponsor of the events, Gage Models and Talent, isn’t messing around. Based in Knoxville (with potential plans to expand to Asheville), the established and respected talent agency represents a high artistic caliber, a concept that the cultural infrastructure of Asheville doesn’t yet totally support. In other words, they’ve got money. You won’t find any pants made out of garbage bags here.

From kaitlinwblaylock.wordpress.com:

Friday’s presentation was phenomenal. From casual date night looks by Diamond Outdoors to opera-worthy ensembles by KatDog Kouture, to fairy-tale wedding inspirations by Wildflower Bridal, there was something for everyone on the runway.

What these two incredible nights showcased wasn’t just fashion: it was the creative soul of Asheville. Produced by Gage Models and Talent Agency, which created Chattanooga and Knoxville fashion weeks, the models of Asheville were guaranteed a spot on the runway. These were real men and women of real proportions from petite to traditional model to plus size wearing real clothes from local and talented designers.

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