Tampa Bay Fashion Week returns and CITY brings designer Marc Bouwer

LUIS SANTANA  |   Times
LUIS SANTANA | Times
Published September 20

Celebrate Style: Tampa Bay Fashion Week
September continues to be the most stylish month of the year with the return of Tampa Bay Fashion Week. This year's main event, the signature runway show, returns to International Plaza on Friday. Organizers are continuing to show a mix of local designers and national brands, including Free People, Essence Flowers Design, Nyhira Bridal Couture by Eko Anderson and TBFW veteran Elizabeth Carson Racker, whose design from a past runway show is pictured. 6-9 p.m. at 2223 N Westshore Blvd., Tampa.

But wait — there's more! Today there's a Kid Couture Workshop as part of the Style and Service day at the Glazer Children's Museum, where kids will put a stylish twist on sports-themed projects. 10 a.m. to noon at 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa.

Saturday, get ready to shop at the Nouveau Social & TBFW Pop-Up Boutiques in International Plaza's Grand Court. Nouveau Social is an influencer event including panel discussions about the latest trends in digital fashion and beauty. Shop the designers from the runway show at their pop up boutiques, participate in an on-stage style session with IP Stylists and have fun with a scavenger hunt with a chance to win a $500 shopping spree with a fashion stylist. fashionweektampabay.com.

Fashion + Art + Culture: CITY
Tampa Museum of Art celebrates the art of fashion with CITY, their annual fundraiser that features top designers, returning this Saturday. This year's featured designer is South African-born Marc Bouwer, who cut his teeth working in Halston's studio. There he mastered the art of draping and perfected his ability to create a garment to perfectly complement a woman's figure. He struck out on his own in the '90s, and found his niche as one of the first evening-wear focused designers in the U.S. He's dressed numerous celebrities and his designs were a favorite of Whitney Houston.
CITY is a fabulous party centered around the runway show featuring Bouwer's gowns. General admission is $150 and includes valet parking, open bar, hors d'oeuvres, music and dancing. VIP is $275 and includes a private cocktail reception, runway seating and priority registration. 8-11 p.m. 120 Gasparilla Plaza. tampamuseum.org.

Photo by Duke WiinDesigner Marc Bouwer will showcase his signature designs on the runway at the Tampa Museum of Art’s CITY: Art + Fashion event.

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