Preview: Fashion Week Cleveland

CLEVELAND - Couture creations and ready-to-wear fashion will soon be on the catwalk in Cleveland.

NewsChannel5 got a sneak peek of what's in store for the 10th annual Fashion Week in Cleveland on Tuesday at Tower City Center.

"It's about design. It's about education. It's about retail development in Cleveland," said Donald Shingler, Founder and CEO for Fashion Week Cleveland .

This year's theme is "Fashion Forward." Organizers hope to inspire retailers to bring their business ventures to the shores of Lake Erie and make Cleveland a fashion hot spot.

"When we had our designer call, we had people coming in all the way from Canada who wanted to make sure that they were a part of it. This year, we not only have our local designers. It's become a lot more expanded," said Ernest Brown, Executive Artistic Director for FWC.

The excitement begins during the first week of May.

Tentative schedule of events:

-Friday, May 4: Retail's Night Out

8 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Boutique and gallery hop, trunk shows, wine and cheese parties (Free)

-Saturday, May 5: GlamJam Fashion and Music in the Rock City

8 p.m. to 11 p.m.: Food trucks, performance artists, bands, wearable art, etc. at Halle Department Store Building ($10)

-Saturday, May 5: Fashion Rocks Official After-party

11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Appetizers, dancing, etc. (Free)

-Friday, May 11: Educational Program

6:45 p.m. Film showing of the documentary "Dressed" at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Meet designer Nary Manivong and director David Swajeski. (CMA Members $9 or Students $7)

-Friday, May 11: The Artists' Salon After-party at L'Albatros

9 p.m. to 12 a.m. (Free)

-Saturday, May 12: Runway Shows and Black Tie Gala

8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Cocktail party, music, vendor displays, trunk shows, runway shows, etc. at Halle Department Store Building (Guests $40 or VIP $100)

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