CMH Fashion Week: The Guide

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly
CMH Fashion Week Founder/Executive Director Thomas McClure

CMH Fashion Week, now in its fifth year, wants to showcase the best of Ohio's designer talent. And this year, the ante has been upped: The finale runway show is in the largest theater at the Columbus Athenaeum, which seats up to 1,200 guests. "There won't be a bad seat in the house," said CMH Fashion Week founder Thomas McClure. Here's our guide to the

The Schedule

High Fashion Tea

Sunday, Oct. 12

The Westin Columbus

Noon to 2 p.m.

General Admission: TBD

HRC Federal Club Drag Fashion Show

Monday, Oct. 13

Axis Nightclub

7 to 9 p.m.

PhilanthropyMeets Fashion

Wednesday, Oct. 15


5 to 7 p.m.

General Admission: $35

Fashion Industry Mixer hosted byIL MODA

Friday, Oct. 17


7 to 9 p.m.

A Bridal Affair: 2nd Annual CMH Fashion Week Bridal Runway Show

Thursday, Oct. 16

Hollywood Casino

7 to 9 p.m.

General Admission: $25

5thAnnual Finale Runway Show

Saturday, Oct. 18

Columbus Athenaeum

8 p.m.

Box Seats (seats 4):

2 available at $1,500,

2 available at $1,000

VIP Tickets: $125

General Admission: $65

Standing Room: $25

The Team

Thomas McClure

Founder/Executive Director

Favorite CMH Fashion Week designer?

I'm proud to have Jahi (Akili Cooper) participate in our 5th Annual Finale Runway Show, as he was only 16 when he participated (and awed the crowd) at our first Finale Runway Show in 2010.

Kholá Waddy-Jones

Style Director

Change you're most excited about this year?

Each designer gets his or her own model, so we can be more creative with styling-especially hair and makeup.

Angela An

Board President

What are you most looking forward to about this year's CMH Fashion Week?

Seeing the new trends and designs from our local talent.Every year it amazes me to see their beautiful creations that make me rethink my own wardrobe.

The Lineup

Nine others will also send collections down the CMH Fashion Week Finale Show runway. Meet the designers.

    • Ray Marsh

      Age: 26

      Collection: Beautiful chaos-beauty in the disorder of city clutter

    • Pop Soisangwan

      Age: 35

      Collection: Ready-to-wear women's clothing

    • Rachel Chertoff

      Age: 23

      Collection: Years of refinery

    • Marquis Engle of Popular Culture

      Age: 23

      Collection: This collection answers the question: What is popular?

    • Quintessa Ezell

      Age: 25

      Collection: Monochromatic, modern, chic, ease, uniquely organic

    • Akili Cooper of Jahi

      Age: 22

      Collection: Opulent, full of glamorous textures and sex appeal

    • Lubna Najjar of Lubna Designs

      Age: 27

      Collection: Inspired by a woman's body with a sense of Middle Eastern culture formality

    • DonaldHayes of Design Lab

      Age: 35

      Collection: Edgy, modern structure, urban-armor vibe with dark, mysterious undertones

    • Stephanie Foster of Prissy Duck Designs

      Age: 27

      Collection: Chic, contemporary clothing that exudes confidence and femininity