Fashion hits and misses for 2011
Boston Fashion Week hits the big(ger) time
At the beginning of 2011, a group of local style mavens and business magnates began talks to give Boston Fashion Week a proper home. For years, the week was burdened with a reputation of being a disjointed clunker. But in September, a proper tent was erected behind the Mandarin Oriental and local designers could at long last showon a runway rather than a hotel lobby. The downside? The prolonged summer sent temperatures inside the tent soaring. That was coupled with runway shows that sometimes felt longer than an awkward family dinner. Still, it was an impressive sashay in the right direction.