HighBall Halloween 2010

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Columbus knows how to party in style.

Following on the stiletto heels of Fashion Week Columbus is HighBall Halloween, the Short North's annual masquerade-like street fest. At the third-annual fashion show and costume party Saturday, people will be flaunting their style both on and off the catwalk.

"There's nothing like this anywhere in the Midwest," said Stephanie Stein, organizer of the fashion show and owner of Wilhelmina S2 model agency. "The entire day is something else."

This year's theme is "Alice in Wonderland," so expect to see a lot of top-hat-clad Mad Hatters and haute-couture Alices.

Along with contests for extravagantly dressed pets, adults and children, 11 of the city's top designers will send their creations down the runway while vying for a $1,000 prize.

The designers have to bring their A-game to win over the crowd at the boisterous event.

"Everybody is in such a good mood," said Kevin Kerr, one of the designers in the show. "They want to be wowed, and everyone is coming as their alter ego. Their costume will let them be whoever they want for the evening. No holds barred. That makes a difference because they're free to enjoy themselves."

The designers will each show off pieces from their collections as well as a Halloween costume. Kerr said costumes pose a different challenge for designers. It's the little details that make clothes special, whereas costumes are all about the big picture.

"For a costume, you have to hit them with a big jolt from far away," he explained. "It has to be big and exciting."

Kerr's models will wear outfits inspired by his sister, who recently died from breast cancer. Kerr explains that his sister was well-known for always wearing pink.

"This is my homage to my sister," he said."It's pink, pink, pink."

This year the show should be a little more comfortable for fashion enthusiasts.

Attendees can purchase tickets to the heated VIP tent, where they'll mingle with the designers and models before settling into front-row seats for the show. And to help the non-VIP folks see the catwalk, there'll be a 50-foot projection screen set up near Fireproof Records.

HighBall Halloween

3 p.m.-12 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30

High Street between Second and Fourth avenues, Short North