East Aurora got a taste on Saturday evening of the hype and creativity that come with famous designers showing their collections at high-profile fashion shows.
About 60 people attended the event, which featured funky music and original designs. Upon approaching the shop, guests were given the Hollywood treatment, as they could have their pictures taken on a red carpet.
Botticello opened her boutique in July after working at the Downtown Clothing Exchange, also in East Aurora, for five years.
“It was just time for me to do my own thing,” she said.
To find some designers for the show, Botticello contacted Buffalo State College’s Technology Department and was put in touch with some of the school’s fashion design students.
“I checked out their pieces, which I loved, and then we went from there,” Botticello said.
The fashion show showcased five local designers, four of whom were Buffalo State College students or graduates.
Designers include Lyudmila Kennedy, clothing; Norene Chonka, jewelry; Yuri Polyachenko, clothing; Emily Tolnay, clothing and purses; and Britt Chonka, clothing and accessories.
“The designers were still sewing the night of the show to make sure that everything came together,” Botticello said.
Yuri Polyachenko, a 24-year-old Kenmore resident, showcased the clothing line he and his brother, Roman, started. The line, which is called Eurostyle, features men and women’s thermals, T-shirts and hoodies. Its graphic designs are unusual and very eye-catching.
Polyachenko said the line’s name comes from his old nickname, Euro.
He then added the word style to it to come up with the name.
Polyachenko’s line is meant to be very functional. Its pieces are also affordable, with items ranging in price from $30 to $50.
“It is meant to be a comfortable line that can be worn casually or for a night out,” he said.
This was Polyachenko’s first fashion show, and it proved an exciting time for him.
“It was a rush,” he said. “Rehearsal was agonizing because it took forever, but once the spotlight was on us, it flew by.”
The Eurostyle clothing line’s website is http://www.eurostyle. bigcartel.com.
Emily Tolnay, a junior in Buffalo State College’s fashion and textile program, showcased her line, “Bang,” which is named after the collaboration of inspirational pictures and the mood of the line. She used a lot of luxurious fabrics, including linen and suede, to create her pieces.
When it comes to designing, Tolnay said she likes to keep it simple.
“I like to use a simple silhouette because it is easy for any girl to look good in,” she said.
Her collections feature mostly blouses and skirts. One of her items, a tulip-patterned blouse, sold quickly after the show.
Amherst resident Lyudmila Kennedy holds a bachelor’s degree in apparel design from Buffalo State College, from which she graduated this summer. Her untitled collection had a Victorian influence and featured feathers as well as lace-up corsets.
She said her designs are comfortable and that the women who wear them feel sexy.
“I love accentuating female curves,” Kennedy said. “So I focus on that.”
All the designers will be featured at Ooh La La boutique during different weeks of the month during November.
Britt and Norene Chonka will sell their clothing and jewelry at the store from Nov. 1 through 6. Lyudmila Kennedy will be featured from Nov. 8 through 13; Emily Tolnay’s collection will be sold from Nov. 15 through 20; and Yuri Polyachenko’s Eurostyle line will be available from Nov. 22 through 27.
Ooh La La boutique is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.