Project Runway designer highlights Milwaukee Style Weekend

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra League’s RunUp to the Runway, is celebrating its success by expanding into Milwaukee Style Weekend on Friday, Oct. 16 at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Fashion designer Ra’mon Lawrence from Lifetime’s “Project Runway,” will show his Spring 2010 collection, straight from New York Fashion Week who calls it “Marie Antoinette meets Andy Warhol” featuring the couture designs of local designers Shannon Lee Molter, Miranda Levy and J. Rath; a showing of fall’s best looks from local boutiques; and a student design competition from Mount Mary College’s top budding designers.

The MSO League has also partnered with InterContinental Milwaukee for a second night of fashion on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the hotel for ‘Project InterCon,” a 24- hour fashion design competition in which 20 contestants will use items only available at the hotel to create unique looks. Interested contestants for Project InterCon can register for the event on Friday evening at RunUp to the Runway.

“At the InterContinental Milwaukee we feel we have created an atmosphere where self expression is embraced and encouraged. This goes hand in hand with Milwaukee’s blossoming fashion industry,” Tim Smith, general manager for InterContinental Milwaukee said. “The Symphony is such a large part of our Performing Arts culture here in Milwaukee; it only makes sense to support them wherever we can.”

The event will provide guests with an evening of exclusive fashion worn by professional runway models, live music, Style Bars, gourmet food stations and a silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind items, including a gown designed by Ra’mon Lawrence.

The first 20 budding designers to sign up at the Project InterCon booth will be given hotel materials and less than 24 hours to create a winning design. Winners will be chosen by popular vote at the Intercontinental Milwaukee the following night, Saturday, Oct. 17. Tickets range from $10 to $50 and can be purchased at

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