LES Runway is Up and Runway-ing at Grand Opening

Posted on: September 16th, 2011 at 6:28 am by

Boogie correspondent Lori Greenberg reports on the latest temporary event at Grand Opening, the LES Runway.

Boutique by day, runway shows at night – pop-up shop LES Runway has recently opened. Never being one to resist a fashion show, a free drink, and a goody bag, we decided to check out the scene.

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Approaching the teeny-tiny storefront, we saw an impressive crowd of extremely good-looking, well dressed pretty people standing outside 139 Norfolk Street. They were giddy over the surreal sight of the thin runway extending out on to the street, flanked by bright lights and a small gaggle of photographers.

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We were greeted by Marc and Cheryl Maleh, the creative team behind the LES Runway concept, which gives a platform (literally) to emerging local designers. With them was Ben Smyth, owner of Grand Opening, the ever-changing storefront that, this month, is occupied by LES Runway. In the past, Grand Opening has been, among other things, a ping pong parlor, a drive-in movie theater (with one car), and a wedding chapel.

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Tonight’s show featured lovely and wearable silk clothing by Alexandra Taylor, and stunning sculptural wire jewelry by designer Meghan Patrice Riley. Shows are running until October 1, check the Grand Opening website for details. All of the designs featured in the various shows are also available for purchase in the store during the day.

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What’s your opinion of the new LES Runway concept?

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