From boutiques to luxurious types, Syracuse Trend Week highlights nearby designers

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A change in profession paths led Lisa Butler — who originally worked for Syracuse Phase — to generate Syracuse Style 7 days, permitting area designers to share their operate with the Syracuse neighborhood for the earlier 9 a long time.

“Rochester has a trend week, Buffalo has a vogue 7 days, so I assumed Syracuse necessary a vogue week as well,” Butler said.

Butler is the creator and executive director of Syracuse Style 7 days. This yr Syracuse Fashion 7 days will host three diverse displays from Thursday via Saturday at Aloft Syracuse Internal Harbor, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and the Washington Put luxurious flats.

Section of the ticket proceeds and donations manufactured all through the show will go towards the Foods Bank of Central New York. Over the years, Butler stated she elevated more than enough dollars at vogue 7 days to feed 40,000 family members and designs to keep on to use the foods financial institution as Syracuse Style Week’s beneficiary for as extended as she can.

Butler’s fashion journey commenced in 2004 when she opened Bliss Bridal Boutique, her possess garments and bridal couture boutique. Butler at first labored as a manager at the Syracuse Phase, exactly where she turned intrigued in pursuing a diploma in costume structure.

Butler has usually been intrigued in style displays and began performing tiny pop-up style exhibits by herself around Syracuse.

“As a few of several years went by, individuals started off to become fascinated in becoming a member of me since they had a line or boutique they wanted to clearly show off,” Butler stated.

A turning place for Butler and her purpose in the Syracuse manner realm came in 2010. Butler, with the enable of a number of designers, set on her largest exhibit at the Landmark Theatre called Syracuse Design. The display was a accomplishment, and in 2013, Butler manufactured Syracuse Fashion Week her business.

Syracuse Style 7 days hosts activities biannually, with 1 in the tumble and one more in the spring. This year’s spring display will feature 22 distinct designers and three unique themes for each clearly show.

The initial demonstrate is “Spring Fling” and will target on spring and summer season clothes and extras. The second display is titled “Local Love” and will attribute only regionally based mostly retailers and boutiques, and the most recent show, “Lux” will emphasis entirely on designers’ do the job that is not however obtainable to purchase in suppliers and boutiques.

Elissa Martin is a designer dependent out of Cicero who will be displaying her brand name, Altered Eco, at the “Lux” demonstrate. Martin is passionate about upcycling and producing eco-welcoming types. Most of her function will come from having apart and reworking parts that previously exist and have been worn.

This is not only Martin’s initially manner display, but the initially assortment she has established with the intention to share her do the job with some others.

“Lisa posted about searching for designers, and I was definitely fearful to implement for it due to the fact it’s out of my comfort zone and I have just graduated from Cazenovia College or university not even a 12 months back,” Martin said.

Despites the nerves, Martin determined to e mail her collection to Butler, who loved how various and refreshing the pieces ended up from what is generally proven at style 7 days.

Martin was influenced by birds-of-paradise, tropical birds indigenous to Papua New Guinea and eastern Australia, for her line. She produced her items in the course of the pandemic when she preferred to “stimulate” and “entertain” herself with brightly colored garments.

Martin is energized to see her get the job done appear to existence on the runway when her models’ hair and makeup is done. She feels like she is not only fulfilling her dream, but serving to models and stylists fulfil their desires as nicely.

“I know it’s heading to be a good exhibit. When a design puts on the garments and feels self-assured, they’re going to do their best on the runway,” Martin stated.

Heather Isabell is the hair and make-up coordinator for manner 7 days and will be working carefully with the designers. Isabell is in cost of getting a hair and make-up workforce, looking at inspiration on social media and training the distinctive looks on herself prior to the demonstrate.


Isabell became associated with Syracuse Vogue Week by means of her really like of editorial function. She is a bridal stylist and loves carrying out intricate updos for special events. Syracuse Trend 7 days has offered Isabell the possibility to “step exterior of her box,” she said.

The hardest portion about Isabell’s position is obtaining hairstyles and make-up seems to be that can be accomplished in 15 minutes. Concerning dressing the models and redoing their hair and make-up, she reported the look needs to be inventive but doable.

Butler is most thrilled about the “Lux” demonstrate that will take spot at the Washington Position luxury residences at 300 E. Washington St. Syracuse Manner 7 days has by no means carried out a exhibit at this location before, nor has it done a demonstrate highlighting designers’ better-stop parts.

Butler hopes audience members will walk absent with the impact that there are many regional boutiques and retailers in Syracuse with exceptional and innovative garments.

“Syracuse is full of creatives and there is a fantastic style and resourceful lifestyle that is listed here, and I really do not imagine they get adequate recognition,” Butler claimed.