Hartford Fashion Week returns for a second season this month. And Troy Anthony is back for a second trip down the runway.
Anthony, the driving force behind, Troy Anthony Designs, will be showing his latest collection on Friday, Oct. 14 at Union Station in Hartford.
For this collection, Anthony said he will showing “flowing jumpsuits, tailored bodices, and flowing long skirts and draped evening gowns that will leave you wanting more.” Anthony said his pieces are appropriate for brunch, dinner, cocktail, happy hour, a girls’ night out, special occasion, award show or vacation.
“My inspiration is fantasy romance,” said the Hartford-based designer, who uses silk, satin chiffon and charmeuse as his fabrics of choice.
“I channeled my inner romantic side for this collection and I wanted to show how you can have a fashion fantasy,” said Anthony. “You dress for the moment not the occasion.”
Anthony said he likes “soft fabrics that give a women the freedom of movement and move with her not against her but still have an elegant class and grace.
On the Troy Anthony Runway, the designer said fashionistas will see a “confident independent women who is free and expresses herself and how she feels through the way she dresses and not afraid to take chances.”
Anthony said the collection at Hartford Fashion Week also has a subtle tribute to the late Prince by including different shades of purples from violet to eggplant. “He was my fashion icon.”
There also will be change-ups from last year’s runway show at Hartford Fashion Week, said Anthony. “I’m introducing a menswear outfit and I’m having the male model show how chivalry is still alive and how to court a women fashionably.”
To accessorize the collection Anthony also is working with Diaphani Jewelry Collection.
Anthony said he decided to return to Hartford Fashion Week after its inaugural event last year because “I enjoyed the diverse group of people the event attracts… I like how it brings awareness to the fashion and the arts to the city of Hartford… It gives fashion designers and artists a platform to showcase their talent… (and shows that) you don’t have to go to New York City to get designer clothing.”
“It’s important people support the local fashion designers and local based business as we can generate jobs and enrich the culture,” said Anthony.
“The first year (of Hartford Fashion Week) was a success for me so I felt I wanted to follow up and build on the momentum and continue to push the arts and fashion here in Connecticut.”
Hartford Fashion Week opens on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. with a VIP preview, where each of the designers will exhibit at least one garment on a model. This will be held at the Hoffman Auto Group, 600 Connecticut Blvd., East Hartford
On Friday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m., the following designers will show on the Hartford Fashion Week runway at Union Station in Hartford: Theo’s of Hartford; Troy Anthony; Crinkled Chiffon; ShirleyMarie; and Saints by S.J. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door.
On Saturday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. at Union Station in Hartford, the designers showing are FasChinn; Zoe Ilana Grinfeld; LàMoo Designs; EKBallroom; and Matthew Reisman. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door.
On Sunday, Oct. 16, HFW: Off the Runway will be held. It is a spotlight for local designers to sell their work. The runway designers as well as jewelers, shoemakers, vintage redesigners, and more will be on hand. This event is free and open to the public.
For more information about Hartford Fashion Week, go to Hartford.Fashion