by Alexis Ansley
Food, drinks, art, talent. The perfect mix for the perfect evening. Downtown Orlando Fashion Week’s “Taste of Fashion Week” event celebrated the Orlando community’s artist culture and proved that fashion is more than just clothing.
Held at Cali-Caribbean restaurant TasteCp in College Park, “Taste of Fashion Week” set the stage for local poets and artists to come together and showcase their talents. Guests were provided a complimentary drink and the opportunity to mingle with fellow art and fashion lovers prior to the spoken word showcase.
TasteCp set the perfect mood for the event. Its main dining area housed guests as they enjoyed their beverages, and its interior, more intimate room offered a stage fully prepared for the evening’s performances.
Good vibes filled the venue as guests gathered to enjoy the spoken word artists’ powerful words. By the time hostess and published poet Jontrice Robinson kicked off the wordplay, the room was packed — as in very-little-walking-room packed. As the performances went on, local painter Sue Monaghan, who has contributed one of her pieces in honor of Hurricane Sandy relief, worked onstage on a brand new painting that she revealed at the end of the night.
All of the performances were amazing. Each poet had a unique style of work, making for a night of well-rounded entertainment. Poetry topics ranged from love and intimacy to religion and self-acceptance, all of which displayed tremendous talent on behalf of the authors. Special appearances included work from Downtown Orlando Fashion Week magazine contributor Rachael Garrett and editor Mellissa Thomas.
“Taste of Fashion Week” was beautiful proof that fashion is more than just couture clothing draped on stunning models, but is also a lifestyle and culture.
Thanks to Downtown Orlando Fashion Week for embracing fashion beyond the runway.
TasteCp main dining area photo by Alexis Ansley.
Interior Open Mic photos by Harry Tsang of Mr. Harry Productions.
About the Author:
Alexis Ansley is a Central Florida fashion blogger, fashion consultant and co-founder of Lex&Pooch Styling Co. An avid enthusiast for all things vintage, Alexis has made a name for herself by uniquely combining vintage and contemporary styles within her personal fashion choices and while styling clients. Alexis is a member of the Independent Fashion Bloggers (IFB) community and work towards bringing fresh and unique fashions to the forefront of all her style ventures.
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