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Uptown Fashion Week Showcases Glamour in Washington Heights

By Nigel Chiwaya | February 8, 2013 9:20am

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Move over, Lincoln Center; northern Manhattan is preparing its very own  Fashion Week.

Uptown Fashion Week, which takes place on Feb. 14 at the Triangle building on 166th Street in Washington Heights, will feature the fall/winter collections from 12 designers located both here in New York and as far away as Peru, the Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic.

Uptown Fashion Week, now in its second year, was born out of frustration from a lack of attention given to uptown designers during downtown's Fashion Week.

"Fashion Week is one of the most amazing and important events to happen in New York City every year," said Albania Rosario, Uptown Fashion Week's organizer. "Yet nothing seems to be happening in uptown community."

Rosario said that Uptown Fashion Week is a chance to rectify that. The show will feature the collections of New York based designers Larry Underwood and Marco Hall, among others. Hall's designs have been worn by the likes of Rihanna and Alicia Keys.

"We have so many talented people uptown," said Rosario. "We're trying to build a bridge from downtown New York to uptown."

In addition to showcasing designers from around the world, the event, co-sponsored by state Senator Adriano Espaillat, city Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez and state Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa, will also call attention to domestic violence.

"We're trying to bring awareness to this problem that happens every day in our community," said Rosario.

Uptown Fashion Week, which takes place on Feb. 14 at 6:45 p.m., is free to the public. Seating is limited.