Rise of the Cool Kids

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    There’s a stylish underground movement that will rise to the surface on October 25 for Rise of the Cool Kids (ROCK) at Washington Park.


    The concept was founded in 2012, and the round table production features the combined efforts of: Duru Armagan of Sloane Boutique, Jacob Gerth of frameshop, Ruchi Rikhi of LPK, Brock Maitland and Marsha Ashley of Style Edit, Nathan Hurst of Cincinnati Fashion Week, and Robert McGraw.


    This second annual event will take place from 5-11pm October 25 at Washington Park and will feature a variety of activities. “There will be dancing, art, a fashion show, street style and people watching, shopping drinking and much more,” Armagan explains. “Think of Rise of the Cool Kids as fashion, dancing, cool kids, shopping and more. The perfect combination for a Cincinnati event.”


    While the event features a fashion show, it’s not like any fashion show you’ve ever seen before, Armagan says. “It’s actually a digitally projected video that fuses music, pop culture, city progression and the vibrant landscape of Washington Park,” she explains. “There are a lot of runway-type fashion shows put on in the city. Our projected video show is what makes the fashion aspect of the event so unique. Also, the venue will be built specifically for the show, something that no one has ever done before, so that adds to the uniqueness of ROCK as well.”


    Maitland and Ashley from Style Edit styled the video shoot for the projected fashion show. “The video will be shown on a giant projection screen toward the end of the evening,” Armagan adds. “Last year, the video was such a hit people were screaming for an encore. We ended up playing it a couple more times before the end of the night.”


    For this year’s event, the organization pulled looks from several local boutiques including Sloane Boutique, Corporate, Original Thought Required, District 78, Flow, Misfit Genius, Fuse Theory, Need Vintage, Legit Vintage and much more. Each store will have a “pop-up” shop at the event. So, aside from enjoying the fashion show video, you’ll also get to shop with the hand-selected designers and boutiques featured in the show at the event.


    On the day of the event, attendees can enjoy an ArtWorks happy hour from 5-7pm. Then, from 7-11pm, there will be the ROCK dance party curated by DJ Sinceer and Columbus’ own DJ Giovanni, a style market featuring vendors from all over the city, a Peroni bar, and the projection fashion show.


    Once the event ends at 11, you can head over to any 4EG location for an after party until 2am for those who aren’t quite ready to leave the dance floor behind.


    The cost of attending ROCK is $10 and you can click here to purchase your tickets. You can also learn more about the event on Facebook.


    PHOTO: (left to right) Ruchi Rikhi of LPK, Jacob Gerth of frameshop, Brock Maitland and Marsha Ashley of Style Edit. Not pictured: Duru Armagan, Nathan Hurst and Robert McGraw (Neysa Ruhl Photography)