Bethany Clough

Fresno Fashion Week debuts with six local fashion shows

A model wears clothing from the Mad Town Collection that will be part of Formal & Bridal Show at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 26, at the Tower Theatre. The clothing line was founded by Madison Kaplan, who is the daughter of the people who own BB Pepper.
A model wears clothing from the Mad Town Collection that will be part of Formal & Bridal Show at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 26, at the Tower Theatre. The clothing line was founded by Madison Kaplan, who is the daughter of the people who own BB Pepper. Special to The Bee

Fashion blog Le Mode Fresno is celebrating its first birthday in a big way: By debuting Fresno Fashion Week.

Fashion Week is that week full of fashion shows with models showing off designers’ new looks on the runway in Los Angeles, Paris and Milan. Now, Fresno has its own version.

Six fashion shows will be hosted in Fresno starting on Sunday, March 20, by the blog and center for local fashion at

“Each show is based on a different demographic of the city and the styles of that demographic,” says Le Mode founder and organizer Montana Paxton.

One fascinating thing about these shows is just how many local designers are participating. Most Fresnans probably don’t know we have this many in town. The clothing lines featured in the shows range from one-person lingerie makers selling on to well known local stores selling prom dresses.

“So many people are trying to make it here through the fashion industry and it’s something that’s really going to grow,” Paxton says.

Here’s the breakdown of events, which feature local music, vendors and local models of all different sizes. At most of the shows, half of the ticket sales will go to local charities.

Experience Culture: 4 to 7:30 p.m., Sunday March 20, Peeve’s Public House, 1243 Fulton Mall. All Ages. Free.

This event will showcase local streetwear designers showing off trendy T-shirts and hats from Culture Cloths, Just be Dope, Kougnutz Clothing, the Next Big Thing and Stay Grindin Supply.

Spring Fling North Fresno Fashion Show: 5 to 9 p.m., Monday, March 21, The Standard, 9455 N. Fort Washington Road. All Ages. $10.

This show will feature a more upscale look with The Boutique in Clovis, longtime Fresno menswear retailer Patrick James, Passions Boutique, She She boutique and BB Pepper Encore, a northwest Fresno store by the same owners as the original BB Pepper. Lindsay Danger is also participating and will be selling clothes from her Dear Danger Mobile Boutique truck.

Vintage Thrift Fashion Show: 5 to 10 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, Liquid Fetish Gallery, 1416 Broadway St. All Ages. $10.

This one is at a tattoo shop and art gallery that will be displaying lots of art for the evening. The show features vintage stylists.

“These are people who go through thrift stores, and they buy the best of the best, and they style people,” Paxton says.

In addition to creating the outfits, most are fashion bloggers, too, she says.

It will feature Lively Soul, LeShawl, Luna (known for distressing Levis), Thrift demon (one of the few men involved in the thrift shop action, Paxton says he’s into vintage Raiders jackets and more).

Viva Las Fashion Club & Casual Wear Fashion Show: 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., Thursday March 24, Ghaleb’s Hookah Lounge, 5665 N. Blackstone. Ages 18 and older only. $10.

This show is geared toward younger, college-aged people who prefer casual wear and will feature hip hop dancers.

The fashion part will feature Prodigy Boardshop from Sierra Vista Mall and , Madness The Party Shop, which has a store in Sequoia Mall selling “rave wear” – light-up gloves, shoes and tops, along with tutus, furry boots and other funky clothing people would wear to electronic dance music events.

LMaxx will also be showing off its club wear – such as suede mini dresses – at the show. The Fresno-based clothing line by Lovlear Jones and Dorian Burnley is gearing up to sell its clothing inside Seasoned Trends Studio, a salon at 1241 Van Ness Ave. The grand opening event for the clothing is at 6 p.m. on April 1.

Phantom of the Opera Swim, Sleep, & Lingerie Show: 6 to 9 p.m., Friday March 25, Club Imperio, 3950 N. Cedar Ave. Ages 21 and older. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

Guests are encouraged to come in formal wear for this event and will be given masks to wear. Between runway shows, actors and singers will perform excerpts from “Phantom of the Opera.” Awards from the week will also be presented.

Featured in this show will be clothing by Miss Alphabet, who sells her colorful, Japanese-inspired clothing on; Lily Roo and her crochet bra tops; Etsy seller Ms. Limon V’s eco-friendly lingerie (some of it for men); and Soma, the store in Fig Garden Village.

Formal & Bridal Show: 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 26, Tower Theatre. All Ages. $10.

The grand finale of the week features some familiar names, including Little Black Dress Boutique, POSH Fresno, JX Designs and Quisha J. Mad Town Collection will also be showing its clothes. The designer, Madison Kaplan, is the daughter of the people who own BB Pepper. She has worked all over the world as a model for Marchesa, Michael Kors and Alexander McQueen.

Local singer Kinzie Rose will be singing from her debut album, which Paxton wrote, at this event.

VIP passes for access to all six shows can be bought online for $25 at Tickets for individual shows can be purchased at the door.

Bethany Clough: 559-441-6431, @BethanyClough