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Bodhi Basics celebrates their new location and Halloween ComicFest comes to local shops

Bodhi Basics, which started as a pop-up, celebrates their grand opening at their new location in the Fringe District on Saturday.

Luis Santana

Bodhi Basics, which started as a pop-up, celebrates their grand opening at their new location in the Fringe District on Saturday.

PURE AND SIMPLE: BODHI BASICS GRAND OPENING
It’s likely you’ve seen products from St. Petersburg-based personal care company Bodhi Basics around town. The line was established in 2011 as a pop-up shop, and the response to the natural products was so positive that owner Kim Vorperian, right, opened a physical location on First Avenue S. Things got even busier, and that space became too small for what they needed for production. So now they’ve found a new home in the Fringe District, where they join Planet Retro Records, Foolish Pride Tattoo Co. and Star Booty Salon. Bodhi Basics celebrates its grand opening on Saturday night, teaming up with neighbors for a block party. They’ll have music, food, drinks and Halloween specials, as well as other “witchy” stuff. It happens 7-10 p.m. at 240 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. bodhibasics.com. …

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Superstitions on display at the Bricks and 'junk' sales abound

Feeling Lucky: The Art of Superstition
It’s that time of year when all things spooky, or even just mysterious, are on the brain. That notion is being celebrated in an art event Friday (the 13th!) at the Bricks Ybor. The Art of Superstition features the work of Blaine Haverty, who will explore bad luck, and Theresa Crout, who will handle good luck. Crout is the artist behind the VooDoods, cool little themed sculptures that she usually creates by challenging herself to make a number of them for her birthday. For this exhibit, she has made a limited edition of 13, including a Ganesh VooDood and an Evil Eye VooDood, and they’re all presented in shadowboxes. Haverty’s illustrative works explore occult, religion, fantasy and surrealism. Sounds like the perfect event to get you in the Halloween spirit. Free. 7-10 p.m. 1327 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. …

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Tampa gets a taste of NYC during TMA's City event

Casey Caldwell uses zip ties in his designs.

Photo by Maggie Duffy

Casey Caldwell uses zip ties in his designs.

This past Friday night, I had the privilege of attending the Tampa Museum of Art’s fabulous fashion event, City. This year, their annual fundraising event was focused on Susanne Bartsch, fashion muse, event producer and New York City’s, “Queen of the Night,” whose wild, wonderful wardrobe is the subject of the museum’s current exhibit, “Susanne Bartsch; Art-a-Porter.” The exhibit includes designs from fashion superstars including Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Thierry Mugler. They’re all totally over-the-top and theatrical; perfect for Bartsch’s personality and lifestyle.

Bartsch has been a longtime champion of emerging designers, so she brought eight, NYC-based, totally avant garde designers to show at City: BabyLove’s Latex by Renee Masoomian; Casey Caldwell; Ben Copperwheat; Veritee Hill; Lactic Incorporated; Muffinhead; Hana Quist and SSIK by Kristina Kiss. …

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See the runway looks from Tampa Bay Fashion Week

Designs by Elizabeth Carson Racker.

Photo by Cherie Diez, Times

Designs by Elizabeth Carson Racker.

It's hard to believe Tampa Bay Fashion Week is 10.

Yes, our local fashion event is now a decade old, and a birthday party it did have. I've been attending the festivities for probably eight of those years, and I've seen the evolution, from scaling up to scaling down, from no runway show to two runway shows, from a wild, celebrity-filled party vibe (who can forget Kato Kaelin?) to the classier, more subdued yet celebratory event we saw Friday at International Plaza in Tampa. As it did in 2016, Tampa Bay Fashion Week presented a mix of mall retailers and local designers. The tone this year felt decidedly more elegant, with less focus on swimwear and more focus on eye-catching designs, particularly gowns. Everyone on the runway seemed a bit regal, and I left feeling inspired and energized.

Missed the show? Here's a peek at some of the most compelling looks from Fashion Week 2017, shot by Times photographer extraordinaire, Cherie Diez. Designs pictured are from Elizabeth Carson Racker, Dolce Couture, Ohlendorf atelier by Wendy OhlendorfSopho by Alexandra Bougadis and mall retailer Free People.

 

DOLCE COUTURE

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Tampa Bay Fashion Week returns, bringing new and returning designers to the runway

Elizabeth Carson Racker in her studio, working on her latest collection to be shown at Tampa Bay Fashion Week.

Courtesy of Nancy Vaughn

Elizabeth Carson Racker in her studio, working on her latest collection to be shown at Tampa Bay Fashion Week.

MAKE IT WORK: TAMPA BAY FASHION WEEK

Now that we’ve come through Hurricane Irma, we can begin to focus on the things that we enjoy and make us happy. Like fashion.

Lucky for us, Tampa Bay Fashion Week kicks off today. Now in its 10th year, the event was originally scheduled for September, but Irma wasn’t allowing it. Some of the designers and models were affected by power outages and flooding issues, so founder Nancy Vaughn made the decision to postpone the event, which is probably for the better, since you may have not been too keen on going to fabulous fashion events when you haven’t had a hot shower in a week. Here are the details of the rescheduled event.

EVERYONE HAS A FASHION STORY

This year’s theme, “Fashion Is a Story,” is a community-driven project in which Tampa Bay fashion professionals and enthusiasts are encouraged to share their fashion journeys and stories on social media using the hashtag #fashionisastory. TBFW also interviewed locals with an affinity for fashion, including our own features editor, Stephanie Hayes. They’re great fun to read; find them at tampabayfashionweek.com.

STYLE AND SERVICE DAY …

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