Capital Style's first runway show featured fashion that inspires

If it doesn't go down as the event of the season, it was certainly the event of April. Last night's inaugural Capital Style Runway Show, presented by Diamond Cellar and benefitting Dress for Success, brought the city's most stylish to Strongwater for an evening of cocktails, mingling and, of course, fashion. And the message delivered with the looks sent down the runway by Rowe, Ladybird, Happy Go Lucky Her, Léal, le Flair, Thread and P. Thatcher was all kinds of inspirational: young, old, short, tall, size two, size 14 … everyone's welcome within the world of Columbus fashion.

Kicking off the show was Janet Feheley's ladylike collection of dresses and separates-the designer's daughter Tyne wore one of the evening's most beautiful looks-while Happy Go Lucky Her's collection was as playful as boutique owner Debbie Neimeth's own style (think sequins and floor-dusting black lace). From Rowe's Jane Birkin vibe to Ladybird's Mary Tyler Moore-inspired collection, the Seventies ruled the runway-the post-hippie decade will rule 2015 fashion in general-while polished yet laid-back looks from Leal and le Flair had the crowd wishing for 80-degree days. As for Thread, model Amy Crandall stunned in a two-piece look nearly everyone said they wanted to wear or wished they could wear. (Advice for those nervous about rocking a crop this summer-just do it.)

Check out a slideshow from the event here and head to Capital Style's Instagram account for more photos of the event.

A warm thank-you to all the show's sponsors, who made the inaugural show one to remember: Diamond Cellar, Charles Penzone, Wardrobe Therapy, B. Tuckerman, Nth Degree, Haydocy, Clothing Care and Flourish Bespoke Floral & Event Styling.