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Fashion with a message

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Despite the impending blizzard, Fashion Week will go on as scheduled in New York City.

And here at home, we have a first for Tampa Bay. We don't cover a lot of fashion shows and when we do, the models are often showing a lot of skin with their fashions. But this one is about new clothing from Christian designers.

It's called Christian Fashion Week and it started with an event Friday night. And unlike some of the outrageous and eye-popping fashions you might see in New York, this local show is less about skin and all about clothes that work here in the real world. It's well-made clothing that leaves something to the imagination.

Saturday night the room upstairs at the LSN Hall in Tampa, will be packed with fashionistas and the sounds of camera shutters rapid-firing, as we get a look at the very first Christian Fashion Week.

"Tighten this one up," said Jose Gomez, as he tightened some of the final bolts hanging the spotlights over a gleaming 50-foot runway. The final lights were hoisted into place Friday night.

Several local and international designers will show their collections.

"We made a stance that this wasn't going to be an Amish fashion week, this was going to be Christian Fashion Week,"said Gomez, who is co-founder of the event and marketing director. "Which means you're gonna see a lot of stuff that you wouldn't see in a normal fashion week!"

Gomez said they were turned off by some of today's more revealing fashions, especially for women.

"They wouldn't wear it and they certainly wouldn't want their daughters to wear it, so what we decided to do was, put on an event that allows us to showcase fashions that are modest," said Gomez.

The looks are bold but decidely demure.

"I think one of the mistakes that's happening is that people believe that you have to take the clothes off in order to sell the clothes and I think what we're saying is, you don't have to do that," said Gomez.

Models will still bring the sexy and the attitude, but without showing too much skin.

"We're really looking for things that people can wear out on the street, women can feel good about and husbands can feel good about their wives wearing as well," said Gomez.

There's a real emphasis on modesty for Christian Fashion Week and once the models exit the runway, they'll both be going separate directions, so there's no chance of any wardrobe malfunctions.

"The girls are all gonna be on this side," said Will Lugo, who's in charge of producing the event.

He showed us the private dressing rooms for models, hair and make-up.

"All the men are going to be on this side of the stage," he said, pointing to the right of the stage. "It's gonna be ok, no one's going to see something they're not supposed to see."

The fashion show is Saturday night at the LSN Hall at 4810 North Howard Ave. Tickets at the door are $85 and the doors open at 5 p.m.

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