Winter is coming.
Or at least it was at Knoxville Fashion Week's Grand Finale Runway Show.
For her collection for this year's event, Alexis Montclaire, lead fabricator of Shattered Stitch Cosplay took inspiration from HBO's hit television series "Game of Thrones," based off the book series of the same name.
"There is so much ornate fashion work that goes on for that show's costuming department – there was absolutely no shortage of inspiration to be had," Chattanooga resident Montclaire said. "There's just not enough hours in the day sometimes to pay homage to something as amazing as the visuals from 'Game of Thrones' with the proper respect to all the talented hands that work on their costuming."
Hosted by Gage Talent, Knoxville Fashion Week is an annual event, taking place the first weekend of March. This year was the event's fourth anniversary and featured various events over the span of four days.
In addition to Shattered Stitich Cosplay, also closing this year's Knoxville Fashion Week were designers KRISTI, Royal Peasantry and design duo Kelly Jones & Diane Corey.
"My whole experience with the event is nothing but positive," Montclaire said via email. "I was shocked to be chosen and am so grateful for the opportunity; it could've been completely horrible and I'd still have been on cloud nine. But since it wasn't horrible ... it was just that much better.
"From my position, it was extremely professional, all the models and make up and hair artists were perfection, and it went off without a hitch."
Gift & Gourmet Interiors in Bearden hosted the kick off event for the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, beginning the festivities on Feb. 26. The next night featured the accessories showcase and the emerging designer runway at Market Square's Latitude 35. Friday night at The Relix Theatre there was the swimwear, men's and accessories show. The Grand Finale event took place the evening of March 1 at the Holiday Inn at World's Fair Park, which also featured the children's runway event and the teen runway earlier in the day.
Brianna Blount, Oneida High School junior and model signed to Gage Talent, became the face of Knoxville Fashion Week this year, the third in her career. She walked in the Grand Finale event.
"Over the years, the shows get better and there are more people involved," Blount said after the show. "I think this year is the biggest year ever."
Rebecca Fechino, sophomore in public relations, attended the event for the first time and said she was "delightfully surprised."
"I was expecting prom dresses; it definitely wasn't what I was expecting," Fechino said. "It was cool; it made me feel really classy that I was here."
Sophomore in kinesiology Samantha Riccardi said her expectations were fulfilled, even though some of the designs were not her style.
"I was expecting a lot of local designers displaying their outfits and that's what I saw," Riccardi said. "It is definitely what I expected. I enjoyed it, I wouldn't wear everything in the shows, but I enjoyed a majority of the lines."
Compared to previous years, Blount said this year's event gathered a much larger group of people. Fechino had the same feelings.
"I didn't think it was advertised very well until I got a ticket for it," Fechino said. "I didn't think many people here would be interested in it."
Blount, who juggles school, dance and modeling, said she struggles with deciding what her priorities are but admitted she enjoys participating in Knoxville Fashion Week as an alternative way of self-expression.
"I really like it; you feel like you're on top ... and trying to establish to others what the new fashion and style is," Blount said. "It's just a moment for you to show your personality in a different way instead of talking."
After every look from each collection walked the runway, the models walked down the runway again with the designers who created the clothes they wore. Montclaire said besides walking with her models, her favorite part of the event was "the vibe."
"Everyone was helping everyone else, designers interacting and sharing information, my models all sitting together watching "Game of Thrones" on Amazon while we waited to get them all dressed," Montclaire said.
"It felt like a very fashionable little family Saturday night."