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Skyrise Fall 2013 Fashion Show: As other events fade, Skyrise instantly one of year’s biggest


943327_382502611853696_778945978_nSeptember is here.

With it comes a preview of next year’s spring and summer fashion as New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014 bows under the tents at Lincoln Center for eight days of hot new trends and outrageous looks.

On Sat., Sept. 7, Louisville will play host to what promises to be one of the biggest fashion shows of the year, filling the void created by the cancellations of both The Voice-Tribune’s Best Dressed and Waterfront Fashion Week this summer.

Anu Haldankar 02According to Anu Haldankar, founder and CEO of local fashion event company Skyrise, LLC, the Skyrise Fall 2013 Fashion Show will be the start of a local revolution in a city known more for horses and big hats than the cutting-edge looks on the runway the third day of NYFW. The software designer-turned-entrepreneur established her company earlier this year, with one fashion show (as a sponsor) in Indianapolis under her belt thus far.

“Louisville has a beautiful image of bluegrass and horses and races, and there is also a hidden [fashion] community,” Haldankar said when asked about the city’s loose relationship with the fashion world, which inspired her to spotlight said community through her event company’s first solo outing.

Her marketing efforts appear to be working, so much so that she has a “problem” on her hands:

Now, I’m thinking I should have done [the fashion show] for two to three days,” she said, “because there are so many people [who want to participate].

The fashion show, to be emceed by local personality Kirby Adams, will feature four designers from the region – Kimberly Hess (Cincinnati), Michelle Tan (Chicago), Parul Aneja (Indianapolis), and Misti Leigh (Springfield, Ohio).

The show will also include local boutiques such as Les Filles Louisville and Collections Closet. Models from Heyman Talent Agency will model the designs, while salon New Attitude provide hair and makeup.

Regarding the venue, the Muhammad Ali Center was chosen to be the host of Haldankar’s first show in Louisville because it had all the ingredients that other locations may have lacked.

“We spent at least five weekends looking for a venue,” Haldankar said. “We contacted so many places… but every hall has something major missing from the fashion show. And the Muhammad Ali Center has done a fashion show, but they have not [hosted a show such as this one] with a full [48-foot] runway.”

The show isn’t merely a showcase of some of the latest and greatest from around the region. Proceeds from tickets sales will go to benefit Prospect, Ky.-based charity Beaded Treasures Project. The non-profit organization provides microcredit lending to refugee women residing in Kentucky, teaching them the skills (both manual and mental) needed to become successful businesswomen while building new lives in the state.

As for the future of Haldankar’s burgeoning event company, the sky appears to be the limit. “Skyrise is going to go places,” she said, mentioning requests to hold fashion shows in her native India.

(Haldankar is a naturalized citizen, having lived in the United States for 25 years.)

The Skyrise Fall Fashion Show will take place Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $55. More information about the show and Skyrise can be found at its website here, as well as the company’s Facebook page.


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