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The 2013 Mercedes-Benz Buffalo Fashion Week officially kicked off last night with the Fame Fashion Show at the Waiting Room (see Erica Morano’s photo gallery) with over a dozen models strutting their stuff from six unique lines.

Steven Bales’ line came out first. Bales Clothing Company explores being fashionable while still remaining comfortable and casual. Male and female models wearing the Urban-casual-line sported everything from soft-knit T-shirts to sexy boy shorts and camisoles to summer dresses and Lil’ Riding Hood dresses. All pieces featured the signature Bales’ logo, some including the iconic presence of pandas and koalas.

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Next up was the headliner of the show, Leslie Buchanan, and her exclusively women’s line designed with high-quality fabrics with clean simple luxurious pieces. Aside from the classic black and white, theme colors for this line were fresh lime and Carolina blue. But the pieces from the line that stood out were the Malachite pieces, modeled after a green gemstone, and the models and Leslie herself stood out in these bold styles, which were featured in a shirt, shorts and pants.

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Three designers came together to develop Addicted Denim, a line catered to all people. The male models in this line rocked traditional denim jeans, button-downs and jackets but the line also took a unique approach by integrating denim pockets onto cotton shirts or sweatshirts.

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S&R Boutique changed gears a bit by shifting the focus away from the clothing and onto 100-percent leather handcrafted handbags. Models took the runway in all black attire which allowed the handbags to be showcased. These models had bigger hair and bolder makeup with the only other pop of color in their wardrobe being the bold accessories complementing their handbags.

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Fitting to their style of edgy with a twist, Sour Pearls models came out with a signature makeup feature of light pink lipstick with a pop of black in the middle. Primarily the styles emphasized sleek chic black pieces with bold accents of lace, gold or silver.

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Anokha Leewu’s elegant and graceful designs closed the show. The first model set the tone for the show-stopping style of Leewu’s line with a royal blue dress complimented by a gold sheer overlay. This designer explored all avenues of fashion design from a simple black and white boxy dress to animal print and even a colorful bold fitted dress covered with parrots.

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Following the show, designers and models were available for meet and greet.

I got to speak with Steven Bales, the coordinator of the Fame Fashion Show. Bales was born and raised in the Bronx, but came to Buffalo State College to earn his degree. He has been a part of 65 fashion shows since age 18 and this is the seventh official fashion show hosted by Pandamonium Entertainment.

Bales explained how the theme for Fame Premier came about. “What I wanted to do was have a name that represented Buffalo on a higher level and show the community that you don’t have to have the fame and money to show off in a more luxurious way,” he said. 

Pandamonium Entertainment organizes the show and selected the other designers featured this year. They found designers by reaching out through social media and letting designers know the show was happening and was going to be a high-end fashion show, interested designers pay to be a part of the show.

As the first collection of the night, Bales had a prime spot to showcase his first official year-round collection. He explained the idea behind the line is to relate to warmer climate areas with the style and colors inspired by the Miami strip, but to also use organic American made products of high quality.

“I wanted to make sure the quality stood out more than anything,” Bales said. 

Quality definitely stood out all around last night, with the six talented lines showcased. Last night set the bar high for the rest of the week for information about the events coming including, the Walden Galleria show, Beauty Expo, Boutique Show and the main runway event visit Buffalo Fashion Week’s website.

(Header photo courtesy of Erica Morano from the Fame Fashion Show at Waiting Room—see the whole gallery here).

TAGGED: bales clothing, downtown, fame fashion show, fashion, leslie buchanan, mercedes-benz of buffalo fashion week, pandamonium, waiting room

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