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Portion of Inner Loop Will be Temporarily Repurposed for Fashion Week

Jun 14, 2016

Fashion Week founder Meghan Mundy, front (L) and Center for Youth executive director Elaine Spaull (R) stand in front of Inner Loop construction site.
Credit WXXI News/Beth Adams

At the moment, all you can see are construction workers, heavy equipment and a mountainous pile of dirt, but by October, a portion of the Inner Loop being filled in at Charlotte and Pitkin Streets will feature a 19,000 square foot tent and a fashion runway. 

“We’re going to be bringing people hear about a year before they’re actually finalizing projects. They can see it’s safe, it’s beautiful, there are restaurants, coffee shops, The Little Theatre,” said Elaine Spaull, executive director at the Center for Youth, which benefits from the funds raised during Fashion Week.

The Festival's four runway shows will be held in the "Tent in the Loop" that will accommodate up to 1,000 people. Veterans and first responders and their dogs will appear in some of the shows.

Money raised during the seven-day event will help the Center for Youth maintain its Crisis Nursery and its street outreach program to help young homeless people. Last year, $350,00 was raised.

Fashion week is October 10 through 15.