Fashion Week of Rochester holding boutique crawl Thursday

05:00 AM, Mar 18, 2013

Model Tara Virgo of Brighton sports hair and makeup by Scott Miller and a bright floral outfit by A Different Point of View in Brighton. (CARLOS ORTIZ/staff photographer)/


Written By Mary Chao | Staff writer

If You Go

What: Fashion Week of Rochester Spring Boutique Crawl featuring over 20 retailers to benefit the Center for Youth.
When: 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday.
Where: Shuttles will make stops at shops in Rochester, Pittsford and Brighton, from East and Park avenues to Pittsford village and Monroe Avenue in Brighton. The meeting spot is at Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester.
Cost: $20 for shuttle and entry to the shops. $10 for self drive. Tickets sold at Panache Vintage and Finer Consignments and A Different Point of View in Brighton, Parkleigh, Arena’s and A Step Apart in Rochester and Suzanne’s Distinctive Fashions in Pittsford.
For more information: www.fashionweekofrochester.org

Contrast is what’s big when it comes to spring fashions this year. The two major trends to emerge are the contemporary minimalistic pairing of black and white hues and the boho chic look of big florals against bold colors, fashion watchers say.

Stripes and bold patterns are what’s in this season, says Sandra Furia Trivigno, owner of B. Younique in Brighton. “But for ladies that love color, there are plenty of bold brights,” she says.

The hot spring trends will be on display during Fashion Week of Rochester’s first spring Boutique Crawl from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday. More than 20 area shops will be open that night in a benefit for the Center for Youth as shoppers are shuttled in style with boutiques providing their own surprises from discounts to drinks.

It’s a chance for people to see the spring fashions and realize that warm weather is just around the corner,” says Fashion Week co-founder Meghan Mundy, who is working with co-founder Chantiza Stern on this year’s boutique crawl.

The boutique crawl is a very popular event during fall’s Fashion Week, Mundy says. The organizers decided to expand the concept smack dab in the middle of March Madness so basketball widows could get some girl bonding time.

A handful of new shops joined the Boutique Crawl this year, including A Different Point of View in Brighton and Alex and Ani at the Culver Road Armory.

Stacking bracelets is very in, and Alex and Ani will be on trend, showing the arm party look for spring, Mundy says.

Just buying a few new pieces can add instant pizzazz to your wardrobe, Mundy adds. Accessories are always a great choice. For clothing, try a black striped shirt with a pair of white jeans. If you like colors, the new florals have bolder prints, she says.

B. Younique, which is open during the crawl, is showing shades of green and tangerine with the Desigual line being very popular.

Boutique Crawl will highlight hair and fashion trends as well, with Scott Miller in Pittsford opening that night to welcome the soiree.

Bare is beautiful this spring when it comes to makeup, says Helen Miller, who co-owns the salons with her husband Scott. Shades of blues and greens are popular on the eyes. For lips, the wet vivid crimson look or neutral against glowing skin is in. Full lashes and full brows are what’s showing on the runways, she says.

The trend in hair is easy, wearable dos such as a mid-length bob and long, layered hair full of movement, Miller says.