Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week Returns


Springtime doesn’t have a monopoly on fashion, so why should that be the only time to showcase it? NWA Fashion Week is back for its fall shows on Nov. 9  and 10 at Drake Field in south Fayetteville.  NWAFW – THE SHOWS will feature two nights of both designer and boutique runway showcases – 22 shows in total. Look for talent from across the state during show-stopping lineups on Thursday and Friday nights.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. with shows starting at 7 p.m. The event has two levels of VIP seating (both include cocktails) and a general admission ticket that will have access to a cash bar. Prices range from $45 to $120.

Since rebooting in 2016, NWA Fashion Week held its first set of events over four days in Bentonville during March 2017. The return of the runway shows was a huge success, selling out every night and showcasing the talent of designers and boutiques from Northwest Arkansas and Little Rock. The spring shows had both spring and fall fashions and the upcoming fall shows will be the same. Boutiques will showcase the latest in fall fashions that are available to shop now and designers will showcase their upcoming spring lines that will be available for purchase in early 2018.

While NWAFW was a hit in Bentonville, Payton Bridewell, vice president of operations, said they wanted to do something different this go-round.

“We really wanted to bring NWAFW back to Fayetteville and try a fall timeframe,” says Bridewell. “We’re fortunate enough to have a lot of designer talent in the area to make it work. Plus Drake Field is going to be a really cool location.”

Proceeds from NWA Fashion Week support Arkansas Fashion Week, a nonprofit organization that exists to highlight designers, artists, photographers and other creative professionals who are committed to building a vibrant, inspired creative community in Arkansas.

This event is dedicated to showcasing the creativity and talent in the fashion and design community from Northwest Arkansas and across the state. Ticket sales from this event help fund the development and production of opportunities for creative producers in fashion and design in Northwest Arkansas.

Northwest Arkansas designer Rosie Rose, who also took part in the spring show, is excited to be back and feels that NWAFW is something special for Arkansas-based creatives.

“NWA Fashion week is very important for independent designers like myself, it gives us a unique opportunity to not only show the public what we can do, but also to connect the people in the fashion industry in this area,” Rose says. “We really needed a core force to bring us all together, models, photographers, designers, hair and makeup artists, stylists, and NWAFW has done that. The level of talent of everyone involved is honestly really intimidating. But I think that also pushes us all to do our best work, be the best we can be, and we all rise up to a higher level because NWAFW has provided a stage to do that.”


Photos by Miles Witt Boyer

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