Fashion Week says look good, do good

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Fashion Week Rochester returns October 9-13 under the big tent at Midtown Athletic Club.

Chief Fashion Organizer Meg Mundy and Center for Youth Executive Director Elaine Spaull discussed how the celebration of fashion is making a difference in our community Tuesday during News 8 at Sunrise.

“We’re excited to be back at our same location at Midtown Athletic Club,” said Mundy. “We’re kicking off with a great lunch, which we’ve not done a lunch in a while. That will be wonderful with some firefighters on the runway. We have some Eastman School of Music violinists playing. We’re very excited about our ‘Lead The Way’ show, which will feature role models in the community and teen fashion. It’s free to high school students. We have some great role models.”

‘Lead the Way’ is one of several shows planned to highlight the best of local models and fashion. “We’ve said all along we are the inclusive fashion week,” explained Spaull. “Being able to invite our teenagers, have them come and then have them walk the runway as well, that ‘Lead The Way’ show is leading, honestly, a new effort in fashion weeks. We’re thrilled to be able to do that.”

Mundy added, “Having all of these wonderful role models in our community motivates the teenagers to possibly chose a career direction, or just get a little bit of information on where they might go after they get out of high school. It’s a win-win for everybody.”

All of the shows feature local talent. “Business-owners, dancers, artists and musicians; this community, as you know, is rich with talent,” said Spaull. “That’s one of the things that we love about Fashion Week. Meg casts these shows with locals models, all local. They’re all shapes and sizes, and she said from the very beginning, we will be that fashion show, that Fashion Week.”

Spaull said after the lights go dark on the catwalk, the impact of Fashion Week Rochester will continue. “People have said the irony of pulling together high fashion and energy and creativity with one of our challenges, which continues to be youth homelessness and our Crisis Nursery – I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our community than to say we’re going to look good and do good. We are not ashamed of looking good. We are not ashamed of that at all. We are celebrating that because what we are doing is doing so much good. Our theme this year – it’s not how you stand, it’s the stand you take! We’re taking the gloves off about this combination of good and what it means. We have a community that is incredibly generous and we see it every day. What we’re seeing now is we’re going to raise about $700,000 and about $450,000 or $500,000 of that will go right to our shelters. We will open a new shelter on Arnett Boulevard, a little tiny house, for our LGBT and trafficked young people. It’s a small house with five bedrooms, and it’s just an opportunity to really keep our kids safe. And there’s not better way than to celebrate Rochester and to be there for our kids, so that’s why Fashion Week matters.”

To see the entire interview, click the link below.

For more information about tickets and show times for Fashion Week Rochester, visit

For more information about how Fashion Week helps the Center for Youth, visit

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