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Richmond Fashion Week announces spring events lineup for week of April 22nd

Audiences will have the opportunity to see a variety of shows featuring jewelry makers, successful and emerging designers, and a showcase from the high-end Richmond boutique Liznel.

Trevor Dickerson



Richmond Fashion Week will celebrate the region’s thriving fashion and creative industries with a week of events starting April 22.

In its 16th year, Richmond Fashion Week showcases, nurtures and brings together the best designers, photographers, models, business owners and new talent throughout Virginia.

Audiences will have the opportunity to see a variety of shows featuring jewelry makers, successful and emerging designers, and a showcase from the high-end Richmond boutique Liznel.

Chanel Nelson, who founded the brand Liznel, also serves in a new role as executive director of Richmond Fashion Week. “We’re bringing luxury to the forefront this spring — and want to captivate audiences,” Nelson says.

“We want people to see the care, craftsmanship and talent that thrives right here in their backyard,” Nelson says. “We love to see faces that are surprised and delighted. That support means the world.”

Other highlights of the week include the spectacular Richmond Fashion Week Awards Gala at The Hilton Richmond Downtown. Honors include Designer of the Year, Rising Star and the Vanguard Change-maker Award.

The week concludes with the Spring Finale Show at the John Marshall Ballrooms. It features such luxury designers as MO, CHRISTA, The Aziancy, Luxury Professionals, Jame’t Jackson, and Suit Brother by David Harrell — whose menswear has rocketed in popularity and recently was sported by Nick Cannon.

RVAFW grew out of a fashion show run by students at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008.

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The Lineup:

Monday, April 22

Open Ceremony/Accessory Designer Show

When: 7-9:30 p.m.

Where: Vagabond, 700 E. Broad St.

What: The week launches with a spectacular Opening Ceremony and Designer Jewelry Showcase featuring a live exhibit of models showing handcrafted Richmond accessories from Claė by Hope Laramore ( and Ginger’s Love by Maranda Pair ( Attendees will feel the vibrant fashion scene, mingle with Virginia’s top creatives and trendsetters, and enjoy delectable bites and craft cocktails.

Tuesday, April 23

Emerging Designers Show

When: 7-9:30 p.m.

Where: The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Ave.

What: New talent will step on their first runway in this show celebrating new looks from emerging designers: LEVE by Amani Daylie (, SIRE 711 by Eris Aubrie (@Sire_711) and Suigens by Noel Calubaquib (@Suigens). A night of hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and a runway experience to remember.

Wednesday, April 24

Wellness Wednesday

When: 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

Where: Throughout Richmond

What: The importance of health, wellness and renewal is highlighted. We invite participants to rest and reset. The day includes a 6 a.m. HIIT workout with the November Project, 10 a.m. Stretch class with Baker Unified Fitness, and a 12:15 p.m. Virtual Lunch chat with The Shine Center. As we close out the day of events we’ll stop by Pure Green for Influence Well, an influencer social where we’ll connect over delicious and healthy smoothies. Our last stop will be an UNPLUGGED Creative Wellness Panel at Kava Club, hosted by Chanel N. (@Chanelthecreative). Panelists: Emma Manis (@Emma.Manis), Mecca Williams, LPC (@Meccapresents), Ryan Azia (@Ryanazia) and Ashley Williams (@Ashleyj_williams). Details on our website.

Thursday, April 25

FLOURISH presented by Liznel

When: 7-9:30 p.m.

Where: The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Ave.

What: Guests will be welcomed into the world of Liznel (@theliznel), where everything is XTRAORDINARY. This female-owned brand is excited to be curating the event alongside Claė by Hope Laramore and Society 11:11 by Brittany Johnson and Candice Hardy. Attendees are asked to wear the color palette of brown, tan, beige and off-white, representing earth tones to underscore our season of bloom. FLOURISH is a representation of the Liznel woman — bold, unique and on the way up. Liznel is here to elevate confidence and encourage women to leave their footprint all over the world. Come join our elevated runway experience.

Friday, April 26

Creative Suite

When:  7-9:30 p.m.

Where:  The Len, 15 N. 17th St.

What: Guests are invited to an interactive art experience with the creatives behind the Virginia fashion industry. Enjoy live exhibits, professional photographers and curated installations. Come see a sneak peek of designs that will rock the runway Sunday. Meet designers, mingle with the models and spark your imagination. This event benefits RIFF Arts Institute (RAI). RVAFW is partnering with Markus Gold (@markusxgold) to host “THE LIST” after-party at The Hideaway inside The Park RVA.

Saturday, April 27

Richmond Fashion Week Awards Gala

When: 6-9:30 p.m.

Where: Hilton Richmond Downtown, 501 E. Broad St.

What: The RVAFW fashion community celebrates the people who bring the industry to life. A night of hors d’oeuvres, VIP dinner and a toast to some of the best in the industry. We’ll announce Best of the Year awards in design, beauty, photography, rising stars and more. Come dress to impress in gowns and suits. Help us honor the people who contribute to the success of RVAFW.

Sunday, April 28

Spring Finale Show

When: Doors 4:30 p.m., Show 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Where: John Marshall Ballrooms, 101 N. 5th St.

What: Join us for the crowning jewel of Richmond Fashion Week, featuring some of the most successful luxury brands in Virginia. Seasoned designers of the industry will intersect with new talent fostered at the VCU School of Design. Prepare for exquisite designs from Jame’t by Jame’t Jackson (@Jamaybelline), Ryan Azia by The Aziancy (@the_aziancy), Suit Brother by David Harrell (@TheSuitBrother), Mo McGraw by Mo McGraw, Christa by Katelyn Mitchell (@Christa._.designs) and Luxury Professionals by Latoya Parham (@Luxury_Professionals). This will be a night of glamour to benefit the Forward Foundation. A RVAFW Grand Finale post reception hosted by The Foundation closes out the week with a toast, bites and goodbyes until next season.

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.