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Delray Beach Fashion Week 2022 Celebrates Its 10th Year

Mark your calendars for February 23rd through the 27th and get ready for a stylish lineup of events, because it’s time for Delray Beach Fashion Week! Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this award-winning event by the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and downtown merchants has always been amongst the highlights of the season for many. Laura Simon, Executive Director of the DDA, credits the popularity of these events to “their fun engagement with the local merchants and customers who love our village by the sea. It is creating a very authentic Delray experience. The fashions shown in the shows and events are all found in the retail stores in downtown so what you see on the runway you can go right to the store and pick it up!” 

Downtown Delray Beach is founded on local creatives and merchants. The talent that we have in our very own backyard is immense, not to mention all of the wonderful locally-owned boutiques. Delray Beach Fashion Week shines the spotlight on those local designers, artists, and entrepreneurs. Participating for her sixth year, Maryse Boisvert, boutique owner of Blings & Things, says that “It’s the perfect occasion to show our collections to the audience that comes from all over South Florida.” 

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DBFW / Glavidia by Glavidia Alexis / Photo courtesy of Delray Beach DDA

Five days of events throughout Downtown Delray Beach will kick off with the can’t-miss opening night fashion show on Wednesday, February 23. New York Fashion Week’s Bryant Park has a formidable counterpart with the Park at Old School Square serving as the new setting for the staged runway show featuring 30+ retailers. As in past years, excitement and fun is sure to fill the air with more than 70 models strutting down the catwalk with flair and confidence. As Simon says, “Opening night will have a fun tropical vibe, giving a big splash in the heart of Downtown Delray.”

Another highlight worth checking out is the “Colors of the Tropics” fashion show and luncheon at the brand new restaurant Meso Beach House on Thursday, February 24. And if you can’t get enough of a good fashion show, Saturday’s runway will feature fitness and swim wear, two staples found in most Floridians’ closets.  

I encourage you to venture out to attend these special events. Let’s support local businesses and talent because that’s a large piece of what makes the fabric of Downtown Delray Beach truly unique and wonderful. 

Below is the complete list of Delray Beach Fashion Week 2022 events and visit to purchase tickets. 100% of ticket proceeds benefit the Achievement Centers for Children and Families

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DBFW / Surf District Surf Shop / Photo courtesy of Delray Beach DDA

Opening Night: “Living in Paradise” Fashion Show Experience

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 | 6 – 10 p.m.

The “Living in Paradise” opening night runway show will feature more than 30 retailers highlighting the “best of the best” that their stores have to offer. Enjoy tropical décor, live musical entertainment, step and repeat photos, downtown merchant pop up retail and food tents, a cash bar offering wine, beer, champagne, and a lounge.

Location: Park at Old School Square, 44 NE 2nd Avenue, downtown Delray Beach

Ticket Price: $50 per person for opening reception, a seat for the show, and 1 complimentary drink.

“Colors of the Tropics” Fashion Show and Luncheon

Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022 | 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Celebrate the Colors of the Tropics with a themed runway fashion show featuring more than 40 Spring and Summer resort looks. The luncheon includes an opening reception, three-course lunch, silent auction, and entertainment at Meso Beach House. Each guest will also receive a welcome cocktail, swag bag and entry into a raffle package worth more than $500.

Location: Meso Beach House

Ticket Price:$125 per person includes reserved seat luncheon, welcome cocktail, swag bag, silent auction, fashion show with more than 40 looks, entertainment. 

Parking: Complimentary valet parking will be available.

Sunsational Shop and Sip Event

Friday, Feb. 25, 2022 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  (CHECK-IN 10- 11:30 a.m.)

Join us for a Sunsational Shop & event throughout downtown Delray Beach. Check-in at Rosewater Rooftop at The Ray Hotel and receive a complimentary beverage, light brunch bites, and a goodie bag of shopping specials, then stroll downtown to shop the many retailers seen in Fashion Week. Passport provided to each attendee to be checked at every participating location. All completed passports will be entered into a raffle for a Downtown package. Turn in the passports at the post-event reception at Johnnie Brown’s. Enjoy complimentary parking along Atlantic Avenue.

Location: Throughout Downtown Delray Beach 

Ticket Price: $25 per person available online in advance and on-site. Continental breakfast at check-in, Fashion Week Swag Bag (with coupons to stores), free parking certificate, access to Ride Freebee, & raffle prize opportunities at the post-event reception.

Sand & Sea Fashion Event

Saturday, Feb. 26th, 2022 | 3 p.m.                

Fashion Show featuring swim and fitness wear, tropical entertainment and more.

Location: The Ray Plaza

Downtown Delray Beach Craft Show

Sat. & Sun., Feb. 26-27, 2022 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Howard Alan Events and the DDA present this juried art show.

Stroll NE 4th Ave and visit more than 100 artists and vendors along with the new beachside businesses and hidden gems.

Fashion and trunk shows at local retailers

Sunday, Feb. 27th, 2022

Fashion trunk shows, in-store events, and shopping throughout downtown Delray Beach.

Location: Throughout downtown Delray Beach; Parking free downtown until noon and available at Old School Square Garage—95 NE 1st St (FREE until 4 PM; $5 Flat Rate after).

Olivia Hollaus
Olivia Hollaus
Olivia Hollaus is the Founder and Creative Director of Protect My Shoes, a brand focused on creating stylish, sustainable, and practical shoe care products. She loves fashion, design, and all things fabulous, so she’s always on the lookout for what’s new and unique. Aside from running her own business, Olivia is the proud mom of two boys who keep her on her toes. Follow her on Instagram at @oliviahollaus and @protectmyshoes

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