For those who don’t know, Fashion Week Cleveland is a very big deal. And being selected as a featured designer during the event is an even bigger deal.
Jazmine Fischer of Akron hesitated about trying to get into the show. She thought her designs might not be good enough for the extravaganza that promoters say is the nation’s third largest fashion week, after New York and Los Angeles. But after struggling with her doubts, Fischer decided to give it a shot.
“I’m glad I did, because the invitation to be a part of Fashion Week Cleveland has given me confirmation and a boost of confidence and determination,” she said. “I feel extremely blessed that my God-given gift is taking me to such a high level.”
The 29-year-old will have about 17 garments showcased during the event, which begins Friday and runs through June 7. She considers her style to be contemporary.
“My aesthetic is clothing that will make a woman look sexy, but classy. My garments [accentuate] curves, without being too revealing or exposing skin,” Fischer explained. “I often use deep, rich, vibrant colors to give my garments a sophisticated look. Class and sophistication are key.”
Fischer credits her family for encouraging her to follow her dreams, including her grandmother who taught her how to sew at the age of 5.
Currently, she is involved in several projects. Still, she has time to teach at the annual “Project Runway” summer sewing camp at Old Trail School.
As far as her future, she dreams of owning a chain of boutiques where she would sell her designs.
“I’d like to open my first boutique here in Akron and then branch out to other cities,” she said. “I would also be interested in working for a major design house like Prada or Versace.”
The Designer Runway Shows and Black-tie Reception, where Fischer’s work will be featured, are June 7 at the Old Arcade, 420 Superior Ave., Cleveland. Tickets range from $50 to $175. Other events during the week include parties, a movie screening, a silent auction and the “Glam Jam Festival” at the Arcade.
For more information and tickets, call 216-241-8000 or visit www.fashionweekcleveland.com.
Kim Hone-McMahan can be reached at 330-996-3742 or email@example.com.