Hot in the city: Fashion Week Tampa Bay

Close up at Bright Nights.

click to enlarge Detail of Natalia Galbetti’s patterned dress and clutch. - Leslie Joy Ickowitz
Leslie Joy Ickowitz
Detail of Natalia Galbetti’s patterned dress and clutch.

With Fashion Week Tampa Bay (FWTB) still three months away, it seems the organizers had an itch. Fashion lovers got to scratch it at “Bright Nights” — and go home with a Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber toothbrush.

In what appeared to be a social experiment, FWTB strategically released a flyer on Facebook to announce Bright Nights. It featured a date and time and a few more details, such as a directive to “Wear Bright Colors.” But a key detail was kept hush-hush until the day of the event — the top-secret location.

Finally, 06.07 arrived and the location was revealed. It all felt very Bond-esque as we descended into the basement — The Basement Gallery DTSP at 1000 Central Ave. in downtown St. Pete.

It was hot down there (and not only temperature-wise), with many of Tampa Bay’s most fashion-forward showing up to hang out. Fabulous people in bright colors and cool patterns mingled against backgrounds of abstract art (by Jessica Bizer).

The photos tell the rest of the story. And look for more on Fashion Week Tampa Bay (September 13-21) in upcoming High on Style columns.

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