Delray Struts It’s Stuff at Fashion Week

I remember the first event at Delray Fashion Week maybe 8 years ago–and then I went to two this week and was reminded how far we have come as a town—and as a town that knows how to do an event or two.


Laura Simon, head of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and her team as well as PR/event guru Sarah Flynn and local sponsors like Menin Development and Vince Canning Shoes, have pulled off a week of events showcasing the city’s retailers in an imaginative format, from an 80s disco party in the middle of Atlantic Avenue (complete with mirrored disco ball) to an evening at the Museum, a pep rally, lunch on the water at Che, with a fashion show and more.

I’ve never thought of Delray as fashion-forward, but I can tell you it has beautiful clothes that people really wear, and it’s fun. And more fun. One of my colleagues said to me as we were leaving the disco event, “Who does this? Do you know of any town but this one that does these kinds of events?”

And I had to say no. But that’s why we go there, after all. It is a place with a life all it’s own and we are happy to be part of that. You still have time to go to Delray Fashion Week (AND the Big Game!)—just visit for details.

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Marie Speed is group editor of all JES publications, including Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Worth Avenue, Mizner’s Dream and the annual publication for the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce. She also oversees editorial operations of the company’s Salt Lake City magazines. Her community involvement has ranged from work with the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce to a longtime board member position at Caridad Center. She is also on the George Snow Scholarship Fund review committee. She is a past officer of the Florida Magazine Association and a member of Class XVII of Leadership Florida. In her spare time, Marie enjoys South Florida’s natural world through hiking and kayaking, and she is an avid reader and an enthusiastic cook.