Designers, Models, Stylists Unleash Columbus Fashion

Designers, Models, Stylists Unleash Columbus Fashion

In conjunction with Polaris Fashion Place, and with the hair and makeup support of the Paul Mitchell School of Columbus, local designers unleashed a wide array of fashion onto a crowd of FMMF music enthusiasts.

The Paul Mitchell School brought out talent, and kept the schedule moving along with only 45 minutes between some shows to get models ready for the next designer.

For larger fashion shows like FMMF, it’s common for models to “walk” for multiple designers, and that means there are times when hair and makeup teams are working on the same model simultaneously to accommodate tight turnaround times. Backstage at a fashion show is fast paced, and at times exciting and exasperating.

Women, and some men, seemed to embrace the fashion theme, and came to the festival dressed in a hip, cool way. People watching is certainly a part of the fun surrounding FMMF.

The stage this year was improved to allow music in the center of the runway under an expansive tent with VIP seating on the left, and open seating on the right. Live music is becoming more and more incorporated into the fashion tent events.

Designer Maya Eigel opened the Fashion show with models wearing trendy designs, and unusual white foundation makeup.

Some of the most elegant designs impressing the crowd came from designer Lydia Hopmann. Experienced Heyman model Sarah Volkman was outstandingly paired with an exquisite white dress. 

NID caught up with Kayla Watson, during an hour break, with Flow Jam Studios. Kayla and her crew demonstrated some fun cardio fitness moves with hoola hoops. For the fitness minded fashionistas, New Balance had a variety of sporty looks. Though, it was Esther Myong Hall's brand "Torn Angel" that brought edgy modern design to the stage.

CCAD ECO Designs included a variety of creative high fashion styles.

In between shows, NID caught up with Found Model Management agency owner Heather Hattaway.

Hattaway had several models from her agency participating in the show this year.

Best Laid Seams took some fashion risks that paid off. NID admired expert model Akilah West, who has taught other models how to walk the runway, in blue.

Cierra Lauren’s ready to wear dresses were beautiful, inspiring and likely prompted calls for orders.

Gary Jones brought out the boys, offering looks from conservative to modern fashion for men.

And then there was Michelle Lesniak, the Season 11 winner of Project Runway finishing up the night. NID loved her style.

… and how she dressed her final model Model Annie DeChellis.

That’s the first day of FMMF. There’s more to come from NID.

Tony Bentivegna

Tony Bentivegna writes reviews, articles and photographs for NID Magazine and can be reached at