Thursday, September 25
Fashion Week Tampa Bay VIP Cocktail Reception
Fashion Week Tampa Bay kicked off last night with an exciting VIP Cocktail party at the Artist's Imporium in Hyde Park. A unique opportunity with one-on-one time with the designers, I was in heaven! Casey Wohl was featured with her latest book, The Girls Getaway Guide, The Florida Keys. Casey is pictured above (L) with my longtime girlfriend Cathy Hayes is expecting and simply glowing! I also met noted designers Ivanka Ska, owner of House of Ska, Celcelia Bythewood, and Rhonda Shear. Each was an inspiration in their own way and their designs, featured on a few of the models, were fabulous! It was Ivanka's birthday, and we joined her and her entourage for a cocktail afterward here are some notes on Ivanka.
Fashion education: Ska's parents taught her to sew. Biggest challenge of working here: "Supporting local artists is still a new concept." Her message to new and aspiring designers: "Stay with your passion. It took me so long. If I can do it, you can do it. I came here not even being able to speak English." WOW!! Impressive.
To learn more about Ivanka or her designs visit www.ivankaska.com