Syracuse Fashion Week 2022 begins with the energetic “Spring Fling” at the Aloft Hotel Inner Harbor (photo)

With the beats of Fergie’s “Glamorous” ringing from the speakers, Syracuse Fashion Week returned to the Aloft Inner Harbor Hotel on Thursday night.

The models walked the runway with smiles and style, sharing spring fashions and accessories from local boutiques and brands.

This weekend marks the triumphant return to the catwalk for the annual design showcase, with three fashion shows in Syracuse locations featuring nearly two dozen designers and more than 120 models.

Danielle Thousand was the first model to show, opening the show for Fashion Rescue 911 in Baldwsinsville. Thousand has been a part of Fashion Week since its inception in 2014, but Thursday night was the first time she opened the show. Thousand says the excitement helped fuel his ferocious strut on the catwalk.

The catwalk went to dogs as four-legged friends wearing “Walking Miss Daisy” pet accessories took center stage. Owner Chyloe Frank hand-makes colorful leashes and collars, and the public was fascinated by hats and scarves designed perfectly for fur babies.

The lineup included veteran designers such as New York Optometric, which showcased its latest eyewear collections at Syracuse Fashion Week since its first show in 2014.

Newcomer Flower Skate Shop made his Spring Fling debut. Owned by John More and Charlie Giancola, the McCarthy Mercantile boutique features vintage fashion and skate wear. The models took to the runway in pastel colors and neutral-colored garments with matching sunflower-shaped sunglasses.

During a short intermission, organizers paved the way for donations to the Food Bank of Central New York. A $ 287 raise from the public will fund 861 meals for local families in need. For every dollar donated, the Food Bank is able to distribute three meals; Fashion Week has donated $ 12,000 and provided 40,000 meals to local families since 2014.

The closing stylist was Michelle DaRin, whose jewelry and apparel brand has a bohemian, bold and edgy look.

This year, DaRin showcased Ukrainian children’s models wearing yellow and blue and carrying Ukrainian flags in solidarity with the Ukrainian community in Syracuse and around the world.

If you go

Syracuse Fashion Week continues this weekend with more than 22 designers and 120 models participating in three fashion shows. Tickets for the shows are still on sale on; for more details, visit or follow the action on Instagram, @syrfashionweek.

Friday 8 April

Local Love, upstairs at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.

The show starts at 7:30 pm, tickets cost $ 50.

Designers include Unremorseful Art, The Higher Calling, Sunshadow Designs, Cella V Boutique, Lucky Mae’s Closet, Salt City Burlesque, University Sports Shop, and Ambition Night Kids.

Saturday 9 April

Lux at Washington Place Luxury Apartments, 300 E. Washington St., Syracuse.

The show starts at 7:30 pm, tickets cost $ 40.

Designers include Khang Le, Ezmira Neshawait, Kathom Al Jiboury, Elissa Brundage, Susan Fix’s Fashion Fix, Projex 214, Lucky Mae’s Closet, Cazenovia College Fashion Dept. Designers and Bliss Bridal Boutique.

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