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Rochester Fashion Week 

Do you spend 20 minutes brainstorming about your outfit for work the next day? Had you been counting down the minutes to Paris Fashion Week? When your housemate buys the latest issue of Vogue, do you secretly ogle Marc Jacobs and Vera Wang ads while she's at Wegmans? If so, Fashion Week of Rochester is right up your alley (or runway, as the case may be).

The four-day event that runs Thursday, September 27-Sunday, September 30 seeks to bring the type of high-end fashion experience found in cities like New York and London to Rochester in a more accessible, affordable manner. The event kicks off with a boutique crawl Thursday at 5 p.m., complete with limo transportation departing from pick-up locations at St. John Fisher Park N Ride (St. John Fisher Campus, 3690 East Ave., Lot P) and Village Gate (274 N. Goodman St.) Tickets cost $20. Over the following three days, three different fashion shows will ensue, complete with cocktail hours and after parties. Doors open Friday at 7 p.m. at Culver Road Armory (145 Culver Road), Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave.), and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Public Market (280 N. Union St.). Tickets range from $20 to $100 for each show.

Not only does the fashion extravaganza highlight the hottest styles, it also supports a good cause. A primary goal of the event is to raise awareness and funds for The Center for Youth on Monroe Ave. For more information, go to fashionweekofrochester.org.

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