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New Mexico Fashion Week 2016 is pleased to announce that the Albuquerque Conve ntion Center will onc e again be home for the growing event. Runway shows will be held in Ballrooms A and B the evenings of Friday April 15th and Saturday April 16th.

"We are thrilled to be back downtown
," said Melissa Lea Beasley, Founder and Executive Director of NMFW. "We have nearly 20,000 square feet of space in which to showcase fashion."

Each evening will feature six different designers, utilizing a new floor layout that is free from risers and a traditional T-shaped pathway. Instead, models will walk a floor-level path through the audience, creating an intimate display of fashion-forward thinking. Attendee s will never be more than three rows away from the action.

There is abundant nearby parking at both street level and underground, with numerous restaurants and bars available within walking distance. After- parties will be held on both nights at locations to be announced soon, as well as a Sunday morn ing fashion brunch.

Featured vendors will display their wares both nights, while designers will staff their booths on the night they are not walking the runway. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. both evenings, with the runway shows starting at 7:00 p.m.. Guest speakers will also lead seminars during the week.  More details to come.

"We are proud to be a part of the resurgence Downtown Albuquerque is undergoing," Beasley added. "It is exciting to see our city grow and evolve. Being able to do it fashionably makes us all look even better."

For more information: http://newmexicofashionweek.com
NMFW2015 Recap
Last year's event brought in 700 attendees over the course of three days, including Fridays Meet-& Greet, the main Runway show on Saturday night, Sunday Fashion Brunch, seminars, and workshops. Twelve designers from New Mexico and the US presented more than 150 garments and accessory items.

The second annual New Mexico Fashion Week Albuquerque was held March 27-29 in Albuquerque. "We expanded to meet the needs and wants of the fashion community," said Melissa Lea Beasley, Executive Director and Founder of the event and its parent company, Albuquerque Apparel Center, "and in the process, showed that fashion is alive and well in the Duke City."

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The event included a Fashion Expo of juried vendors at which consumers could meet and buy from designers and retailers, a Fashion Conference at which participants met and learned from the best in industry about merchandising, marketing, manufacturing, and styling techniques, Fashion As Art design competition in which participants created a dress of non-traditional materials, a Clothing Drive that benefited a local non-profit that assists women combating homelessness and domestic violence, plus model and runway photography workshops on Sunday.  
  
Saturday evening's multi-media runway show, following the Fashion As Art opening, featured 12 of the best designers throughout New Mexico and the country, including Celebrity Designers A. Tsagas Furs and Leather Designs of Denver CO, Debi Lynn Designs of Houston TX, and Montecristi Custom Hat Works of Santa Fe NM (The Finest Custom Fur Felt Hats in the World!). Hostess was Miss Albuquerque 2014, Gabrielle Torres.
  
The weekend kicked off with a VIP Meet-and-Greet on Friday March 27. Designers and consumers mingled and rubbed shoulders, taking selfies, and enjoying the casual atmosphere.  
For 2015, the event filled both Grand Ballrooms A & B of the Albuquerque Convention Center to capacity. Attendance was strong at the Fashion Expo, Design Conference, and other events held in conjunction.
  
Beasley has a staff of more than a dozen professionals with 25 or more years of experience in photography, merchandising, buying, public relations, modeling, and academia. "Each of my staff members is exceptionally qualified in their own right, but the synergy that is created when we all come together is phenomenal," she added.
Step Out In Style With Us!
Stepping Out In Style is a monthly gathering of fashion-minded people in the Albuque rque area, and organized through the MeetUp.com portal. Events are held monthly throughout the city, ranging from brunches to dinners, movie screenings, and more. 
 
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Though we live in a casual city, we know Albuquerque has been craving a reason to get fancy! Put on your best and join us for dinners and happy hours, theater performances, fashion trunk shows, brunches, and many more exciting events. Stepping Out In Style encourages you to push your fashion boundaries. See that 'show piece' in the back of your closet that you never have an excuse to wear? Throw it on!  

We want to see you at your most fashionable and formal. Enjoy the company of others interested in fashion, art, and culture while supporting local businesses. We'd love it if you'd join us to discuss the local fashion industry, personal style, our community, and making Albuquerque a fashion capital!


Stepping Out In Style, Albuquerque is dedicated to providing an outlet for personal expression through style. Meetup.com is a way to expand our horizons, meet new people, and try new things. It is a positive environment, and we want everyone to feel comfortable with themselves and their sense of style. 
 
Style, fashion, and elegance transcend gender, size, and race, and we believe that the future of the fashion industry lies in diversity. It is a personal goal of SOIS to help women through the power of clothing. 

 "A rising tide lifts all boats. So we should never try to hold other women down." - Coco Rocha

She said this quote about women, but it applies universally. Let us use our time together at our future Meetups to help the fashion industry evolve, and help ourselves grow along with it.  
We look forward to seeing you at our next Meetup!

Pop over to 
our page  f or more information about SOIS.

January 2016
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Get Involved
Want to be a part of the historic event? Become a NMFW Volunteer! Meetings are going on now. Meeting times and locations are posted in the NEWS section at NMFashionWeek.com and on our Facebook page. You can also contact us directly via our website.  Check out how we can get together!
Event Info:
Buying Tickets:
Tickets for New Mexico Fashion W eek will go on sale online February 1st. Prices are $25 for either Friday and Saturday nights, or $40 for an All -Access pass covering the entire weekend. Tickets can be purchased at the NMFW website via a secure Paypal shopping cart.
Parking Instructions:

Please park in the Civic Plaza parking garage (North entrance is on Tijeras, South entrance is on Marquette), and enter the Albuquerque Convention Center at street level, through the main entrance on 3rd Street, directly across from Civic Plaza. 

See our website for parking prices. Free parking is also available throughout Downtown.

What to Wear:
While there is no prescribed attire, NMFWQ2016 guests are encouraged to dress fashionably! With many photo opportunities, the event is the perfect excuse to put on something fancy.
Look Forward to:
In addition to the scheduled events happening Friday and Saturday, there are many more things to get excited about: NMFWQ2016 will feature a glamorous red-carpet style entrance, where our photographers can take your photo upon arrival. Enjoy a drink and some conversation on the newly remodeled balcony, overlooking the beautiful Civic Plaza and Downtown's 3rd Street. Gather your friends and snap a Selfie. Hang out with us at After-Parties Friday and Saturday nights, and attend our Stepping Out In Style brunch on Sunday morning!
Clothing Drive
New M exico Fashion Week is once again partnering with Haven House, a Rio Rancho-based shelter for women, for a clothing drive. Although the clothing drive is year-round, the primary giving season is the period leading up to and including New Mexico Fashion Week (April 13-17).  
 
Donors are requested to bring professional garments and accessories that are in good condition. This includes dresses, skirts, blouses, shoes, and other accessories appropriate for office wear. All sizes are needed.

Amy Vermilion is leading the clothing drive again this year, and will be coordinating the sorting and delivery of all donated items. Last year, more than 1300 items were donated. Haven House helps women get back on their feet, and ready to enter or re-enter the workforce. Quality professional clothing helps speed up this process.

"This is a great opportunity for women to help other women in need, by donating clothing that is seldom used," Vermilion said. "It's a great way to give back to the community, and help put women back on the track to confidence and self-sufficiency." 

Tax receipts are available. For more information on how to donate, contact Amy Vermilion at 505.301.2683.
Vendor Call
New M exico Fashion Week has issued a Call For Vendors for the April 13-17 event. A 10X10 space is available for $500, which covers both days of run way shows. Doors open at 5:00 pm, allowing attendees to shop for two hours before the runway shows start. Vendors may also sell after the shows as well, and during intermission.

All types of fashion-related vendors are welcome, from casual to elegant clothing, accessories, skin care, jewelry, and more. Wifi is available in the Co nvention Center . Limited electricity availability ...vendors should make their needs known at time of registration.
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The mission of the Albuquerque Apparel Center is to foster the growth of New Mexico's apparel and accessory industry by connecting New Mexico companies and individuals within the industry, offering learning facilities in the community, provide assistance to design and production start-ups, hosting workshops, publishing an online directory, and hosting fashion shows and other events. 
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