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European Looks Glam Up Astoria for Fashion's Night Out

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | September 5, 2012 5:49pm

ASTORIA — You don’t have to go to Milan to catch a glimpse of the fashion world.

Astoria residents can get a taste of the glam and glitz during Fashion's Night Out this Thursday, including a pop-up market that showcases local artists and mini fashion shows presenting designs from Eastern Europe.

“I got involved because it seems like a great initiative to promote fall fashion and get people excited to shop,” said Kristine Foster from krisTEES boutique at 24-01 23rd Ave. in Astoria, who has been participating in Fashion’s Night Out since it started four years ago.

The event is a great tool to get her "small boutique out there," she said, and to participate in a city-wide night of fashion along with big stores like Bloomingdale’s.

Customers at krisTEES will have a chance to check out fall’s hottest trends, Foster said, including designs from contemporary independent designers like Style Stalker and Hero Crane.

Three local Japanese artists will also show their art: Hitomi Nozawa & Company will perform live modern dance, jewelry designer Asami Hotta will present a trunk show and Mieko Anekawa will showcase her latest paintings in an exhibit called Neon Girls.

A Croatian restaurant, Veslo, at 32-11 Broadway, which is participating in Fashion’s Night Out for the first time, will host a pop-up market showcasing many local artists and designers, including T-shirt designer Queens 77 and mixed media artist Ali Militano, specializing in acrylic painting.

“We’ll also have a mini fashion show,” said Cynthia Radalj from Design For You, the event organizer. The show will include high-end fashion from Russia and Croatia, she noted.

Astorians can also participate in a raffle, the proceeds of which will go to Fashion Targets Breast Cancer.

Both events will run from 6 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.