Mary Chao, Staff writer 3:59 p.m. EDT October 23, 2013
Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee rocked the house Saturday night at the Temple Building, serving as guest DJ at Fashion Week of Rochester's sold-out show.
Dubbed Fashion on Franklin, the show featured high fashion along with street fashion with a blend of couture dresses and jeans on the runway in the auditorium of the historic building built in 1925 currently undergoing renovations. About 600 attended the show.
Refashioning Rochester is the theme of this year's Fashion Week, a five-day-long event to promote boutiques and designers. All of the runway shows showcased the city's urban renewal efforts, and the Temple Building gave the show a gritty edge.
The crowds cheered and roared when artist Greg Polisseni took the stage, taking off his shirt, hat and shoes to reveal his tattooed body and his new jeans under the Artistix brand. A local philanthropist, Polisseni sponsored Tommy Lee's visit to Rochester.
The show kicked off with famed South African designer Jenni Button, who showed her couture collection evening dresses in shades such as white and black and bold red.
The team at Scott Miller created glamorous retro chic looks to complement the models Saturday night.
Menswear took center stage as developer Bob Morgan modeled a black tuxedo in his wheelchair for Adrian Jules. The rest of the looks from the designer were bold and colorful, mixing colors, patterns and textures. "We wanted to create a different look," says Peter Roberti of Adrian Jules.
B. Younique Boutique featured its art-to-wear lines from Lee Andersen and Desigual with faux fur collars and colorful prints.
A moving mannequin wearing a floral headpiece by Stacy K kicked off the Panache Vintage and Finer Consignments segment as models donned neutral wools from Lilith of France in shades of black and gray. They were mixed with brown plaid skirts and jackets. Vintage Hats dressed up the artistic ensembles.
Dramatic dresses by designer Katrina Elliott graced the stage in black, gray and off-white. The dresses flowed freely as the models moved.
Elegant evening dresses from Suzanne's were paired with jewelry from Cornell's Jewelers, including a head-turning taupe sequin cocktail dress from Kay Unger.
Bold jewelry created by students from Rochester Institute of Technology School for American Crafts marks the first time Fashion Week featured student designers. RIT's Sarah Fairbanks modeled a statement necklace she personally created with feathers.
Designer Arlene Sutherland teamed up with Reed Eye Associates to show that you don't have to leave your glasses at home when wearing formal dresses. Her form-fitting gowns, in shades of gold, showed off the female shape. Dresses with tropical prints wrapped up the Jamaican-born designer's segment.
Joeval's Formalwear party dresses were paired with artistic headpieces from Moire's Millinery. Fascinators and hats are still very much in vogue, thanks to Kate Middleton.
The new d. Kent showed a blend of casual and evening looks. Fashion Week co-organizer Chantiza Stern highlighted the retailer's dual personality by donning a classic black blazer with casual jeans.
Artistix wrapped up the show as artist Polisseni and his models strutted to Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" as the crowds went wild.
Fashion Week wraps up Sunday with 20 stores participating in the Boutique Crawl.