Visual Arts

Future of Fashion showcases local design talent

Miss Kentucky USA 2009 Maria Montgomery and WRFL's Mick Jeffries will host the show.
Miss Kentucky USA 2009 Maria Montgomery and WRFL's Mick Jeffries will host the show.

New York and Paris are considered epicenters of original fashion, but Central Kentucky has its share of talented designers.

Styles created by these artists will be featured Saturday at the Future of Fashion, a showcase of local talent at Buster's Billiards and Backroom.

Designer Soreyda Benedit-Begley, a founding member of the Lexington Fashion Collaborative, a non-profit group created to bring awareness to the local fashion scene, says the third annual show will bigger than ever.

Designers, photographers, stylists, models and hair and makeup professionals have donated hours and hours of their time to create the show that benefits the Fashion Collaborative.

And, Begley says, that just shows the drive and dedication of the artists.

"There are so many young people that have a great skill, and they really want it," she said. "They work one or two jobs and they go to school and they still find the money to do the collection."

The 16 featured designers include Begley, Sarah Jane Estes, Mike Graham, Laverne Zabielski and Que'Neisha Gaines.

Miss Kentucky USA 2009 Maria Montgomery and Mick Jeffries of WRFL-88.1 FM will host the event.

Stanford native Laura Kirkpatrick, a former contestant on the CW series America's Next Top Model, originally was scheduled to host the red carpet but was called out of town for an all-star shoot for the fall Top Model season.

Taking her place in Lexington will be Julie Smith of SOAPnet's Southern Belles: Louisville and WKYI's View From the Ville.

The Nashville-based band The Vicious Guns will open the show.

Before the Future of Fashion, Buster's will host another event organized by the Fashion Collaborative, the Kentucky Textile and Fashion Expo. Future of Fashion show participants will show and sell their work, and collections from area boutiques, children's clothing and works from local accessory designers will be shown.