This post is written by Jenny Rogers, style reporter for Columbus Monthly. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @heyjennyrogers.
In just more than five years, Columbus' fashion week has experienced quite the evolution (and overcome a handful of growing pains). For 2015, there's a new name—Fashion Week Columbus replaced CMH Fashion Week earlier this year—a new look and a new goal: successfully land the Cap City on the fashion-capitals map. Event founder Thomas McClure promises it'll be the best one yet—and we're inclined to agree. Here's what you need to know to make the most of the big event.
The Details: Fashion Week Columbus is hosted throughout the city, but the main events—the bridal runway show and the finale runway show—will take place Downtown at The Columbus Athenaeum. A complete list of events, times and ticket information can be found online.
Where to Find Your Look: Before you embark on your Fashion Week adventure, make sure you look the part of a Cap City fashionista. Ladybird and Rowe, next-door neighbors in the Short North, a best-bets for an edgier Downtown vibe. Head to Thread's Grandview or Dublin locations for the labels you know (and love), from Pedro Garcia (grab a pair of suede booties) to Rag & Bone denim. On a budget? Vernacular, located in German Village and Grandview, offers playful mini dresses, rompers, jewelry and more at prices that ensure you have no excuse for shopping at the big-box stores. On the hunt for an outfit that'll make you the most Instagram'd star of Fashion Week? Head to Flat Foot in Italian Village or Second Chance in Grandview; yes, the clothes are consigned, but where else can you mix-and-match Diane Von Furstenberg and Prada? (Well, Saks is always a great bet, too.)
Who to Watch: The finale show will feature headliners David Tupaz—known for over-the-top eveningwear—and Stevie Boi—eyewear designer to the stars, so don't miss the show. Local designer favorites include Kelley Plas, Genoveva Christoff and Joan Madison. Nine designers will showcase up to 20 looks each.
Where to Stay: For a hotel as fashionable as, well, Fashion Week Columbus, head Downtown or to the Short North. The Renaissance Columbus, Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph, and the Hilton Columbus Downtown will keep you close to the action (and offer you really great skyline views).