Rochester's got a growing passion for fashion, and you can sample local haute couture at two aesthetically minded showcase events to be held this weekend.
On Saturday, April 27, head over to Rochester Institute for Technology's Vignelli Center for Design Studies (73 Lomb Memorial Drive, Henrietta) for the Peppermint Sewn Seeds debut runway show. Held in partnership with locally owned shop, Peppermint, RIT's Industrial Design program, and the Vignelli Center for Design studies, the event will feature the collections of three emerging designers (Tanvi Asher, Josean Vargas, and Andrea Geer), and showcase their journey as makers. The event will be held 4-7 p.m. and tickets are $40 for VIP, $20 general seating, and $10 for students with ID. Proceeds will benefit Girls Rock! Rochester. Get tickets at RIT's Shop One inside the Global Village or Shop Peppermint (121 Park Ave.), or online at sewnseeds.com.
The annual Roc the Runway event will take place Sunday, April 28, at the Hyatt Regency Rochester (125 E. Main St.). Get started with a VIP cocktail hour at 5 p.m., and watch the fashion show at 7 p.m. VIP tickets ($100) include the cocktail hour, admission to the after party, and gift bags packed with chic goodies; second-row tickets are $50, and general admission tickets go for $40. The collaboration of designers, models, stylists, and photographers showcases this year's latest looks and trends, and the event will benefit Women Helping Girls. For more information or to reserve your tickets, call 309-3239 or visit roctherunway.eventbrite.com.