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WTSP | 2-time Super Bowl champion launches annual Luxe Fashion Fest highlighting small businesses

Author: Anjelicia Bruton

APRIL 15, 2024

“Being able to be a staple in this community and bring things back to it is what’s important to me,” Marquez Valdes-Scantling said.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Back-to-back Super Bowl champion Marquez Valdes-Scantling is back home in St. Petersburg with a plan to encourage entrepreneurship.

Valdes-Scantling is hoping to make a new trend by expanding the fashion scene here in Tampa Bay with an annual fashion fest with designers from near and far.

“I’ve never seen anything like this, and I’ve been here my whole life,” Valdes-Scantling said.

This year, he’s launching Luxe Fashion Fest, featuring seven collections.

“I think being able to have the fashion space that doesn’t really tap this market that often and being able to keep bringing things back to it, is super important to me,” Valdes-Scantling said.

Juan Zapata, who lives in Tampa, created Muse by Pablo in 2017.

“Most of our customers are from up north and out west like California. Tampa market is still pretty small to make a living off,” Zapata said.

Avril Stinson with Tampa Bay chamber of commerce said entrepreneurship spiked during the pandemic.

“Going to traditional brick and mortar stores doesn’t always work for everybody,” Stinson said.

“It sucks that a lot of stores are closing but you got to move with the times,” Zapata said.

With traditional malls like Britton Plaza and Westshore Plaza potentially being looked at for redevelopment, local brands are emphasizing showcasing their products through different outlets.

“You have access to the internet you have companies that can provide you with what you need without having to go spend time at the mall,” Stinson said.

“This may inspire somebody to throw their own show. I feel like it’s definitely good for the future of Tampa fashion,” Zapata said.

Valdes-Scantling said we’ll have to wait and see where he lands next in his NFL career, but one thing he did share with 10 Tampa Bay is that he hopes to continue the Luxe Fashion Fest for many years to come.

WFLA BLOOM TAMPA BAY | Marquez Valdes-Scantling kicks off LUXE fashion fest in St. Pete

AUTHOR: Brody Wooddell

APRIL 11, 2024

ST. PETERSBURG, (BLOOM) – Marquez Valdes-Scantling, better known for snagging touchdowns as a two-time Super Bowl champ with the Kansas City Chiefs, is tackling the fashion world next. This Friday, April 12, the NFL star turned entrepreneur is rolling out the red carpet for the debut of LUXE Fashion Fest, a dazzling fashion show experience set to light up St. Petersburg, his hometown.

LUXE Fashion Fest isn’t your run-of-the-mill fashion event. It’s shaping up to be a blend of runway glam and party vibes, complete with a formal runway show spotlighting both up-and-coming talents and established names in fashion. Plus, there’s an after-party that promises to be anything but ordinary, featuring sponsorship activations to keep the excitement going.

The fest will showcase designs from six dynamic designers hailing from across the U.S. Watch for pieces from Valdes-Scantling’s own brand, SIK Selection, alongside creations from Los Angeles’ Andre Emery and Natalie Yousefi, New York’s Mena and Laurenelle, and Florida’s own Muse by Pablo. These designers have dressed everyone from Carmelo Anthony and Lil Nas X to Noah Cyrus and Lil Durk.

Express is jumping on board as the presenting sponsor, launching a collaboration with SIK Selection that’s all about boosting confidence and sparking creativity. Attendees will get a first look at this partnership through an immersive pop-up, where they can personalize their newly acquired runway finds with exclusive designs.

The style guru behind the scenes? Celebrity stylist Toreno Winn, whose fashion-forward vision has been spotlighted in major fashion publications and events around the globe. Adding an artistic twist to the evening, multi-disciplinary artist Marcus Williams, known as Maison L$PA, will be featured, bringing a unique blend of creativity to the mix.

The guest list reads like a who’s who of celebrity and sports elite, including Shaquem Griffin, Matt Dillon, Abby Labar, and a performance by hip-hop artist Dave East, guaranteeing that the evening will be as star-studded as it is stylish.

LUXE Fashion Fest is an invite-only affair, promising exclusivity and an unforgettable experience for those lucky enough to snag an invite. For media access or to throw your hat in the ring for the 2025 designer lineup, head over to luxefashionfest.com.

FWO | ATHLETE AND ENTREPRENEUR MARQUEZ VALDES-SCANTLING TO LAUNCH NEW RUNWAY EXPERIENCE

AUTHOR: FASHION WEEK ONLINE

Luxe Fashion Fest: An Evening Driving Creativity and Inclusion for Athletes and Tastemakers

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, MVS, is best known for his contributions to two consecutive Super Bowl wins with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Beyond pro sports, he is an entrepreneur and passionate advocate for fostering local community and creativity. On April 12, 2024, alongside the pro-athlete, fashion, and arts community, MVS will host a first-of-its-kind fashion experience called, Luxe Fashion Fest.

LUXE Fashion Fest will boast a formal runway show featuring both fresh and legacy faces in design, as well as sponsorship activations and a customized after-experience. Breaking the norm in timing and location, this fashion industry disrupter will occur in St. Pete FL as a nod to the founder’s hometown, and to provide regional ease to athletes in their off-season.

In the vein of creativity and inclusivity, this year’s LUXE Fashion Fest runway lineup highlights 6 dynamic designers from across the United States. LA’s Andre Emery and Natalie Yousefi, NYC it-kids Made by Mena and Laurenelle, as well as FL-local-favorites Muse by Pablo and Marquez’s own, SIK Selection. An exciting collection of fashion, these designers have been seen on an extensive list of celebrities including Carmelo Anthony, Nicole Miller, Lil Nas X, Cardi B, The Migos, Ice Spice, J Balvin, Manuel Turing, Noah Cyrus, Kiana Ledé, Sexy Red, NLE Choppa, Lil Durk, Holy Gabbana, Daniel Thomas, Derrick Milano, Jonathan Kuminga, Chris Claybrooks, Denzel Perryman, Jazzy Agcaoili, Ryno Neal, and more.

The show is set to be styled by celebrity stylist and fashion icon Toreno Winn–recently back from Japan where he was working on the launch of a new capsule collection–in a collaborative approach with the designers. Consistently seen in Hypebeast, Highsnobiety, Numeró, Flaunt, Vogue, PFW, NYFW –Toreno is a highly relevant part of the fashion and wearable-art conversation. Meaningful styling moments have been seen on a roster of prominent athletes and celebrities, as well as for large-scale projects like Nike’s Styling Suite for NFL’s Superbowl LVIII, and styling impact-driven shows at NYFW.

Beyond wearable fashion, LUXE Fashion Fest will also be featuring creative installations–including a highlight from multi-disciplinary artist Marcus Williams, aka Maison L$PA. Marcus has been featured as a Gucci Changemaker, is currently part of the creative team with Cordell Broadus (Snoop Dogg’s Son) at SHARESTIX and maintains a variety of capsule creative projects under his experimental, streetwear brand ALONE IN SPACE. He’s excited to unveil a custom visual installation to be featured at LUXE Fashion Fest 2024.

Iconic fashion brand Express is also delighted to partner with MVS on Luxe Fashion Fest as the presenting sponsor for this unique runway experience. Their capsule initiative with SIK Selection pilots new momentum to create confidence and inspire self-expression with the dreamers, doers, and designers of now. The exclusive collection features graphic tees and tanks and will be showcased in an immersive brand pop-up experience with Craft-Tee where attendees can customize products right off the runway with the design of their choice to style and take home.

The evening is sure to impress with a host of celebrity talent, and attendees including hosts Shaquem Griffin and Abby Labar, Matt Dillon, as well as guests Jet McKinnon—The Mayor, Justin Reid, Abby Berner, Preston Smith, Isiah Pacheco, Carlton Davis III, Rayshawn Jenkins, Chloe Jackson, Donovan Smith… The night also touts a feature performance by hip-hop favorite, Dave East.

Creativity and connection in fashion is what draws Marquez Valdes-Scantling to wearable arts. You can show up in a room without saying a word. The most profound impact lies in the ability of fashion to bridge divides, empower individuals, and facilitate dialogue across communities —ultimately enriching society with shared experiences and mutual understanding. MVS understands this as both a designer, a business owner, and through the creation and launch of LUXE Fashion Fest.

This is a select event with limited space. To request media access, secure your place, or apply for 2025 designer consideration, please go to luxefashionfest.com.

WFLA | Luxe Fashion Fest

AUTHOR: Deanna Moore

Apr 12, 2024

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, MVS, is best known for his contributions to two consecutive Super Bowl wins with the Kansas City Chiefs. Beyond pro sports, he is an entrepreneur and passionate advocate fostering local community and creativity. On April 12, 2024, alongside the pro-athlete, fashion, and arts community, MVS will host a first-of-its-kind fashion experience called, Luxe Fashion Fest.

LUXE Fashion Fest will boast a formal runway show featuring both fresh and legacy faces in design, as well as sponsorship activations and customized after experience. Breaking the norm in timing and location, this fashion industry disrupter will occur in St. Pete FL as a nod to the founder’s home town, and to provide regional ease to athletes in their off-season.

In the vein of creativity and inclusivity, this year’s LUXE Fashion Fest runway lineup highlights 6 dynamic designers from across the United States. LA Andre Emery and Natalie Yousefi, NYC it-kids Mena and Laurenellle, as well as FL-local-favorites Muse by Pablo and Marquez’s own, SIK Selection. An exciting collection of fashion, these designers have been seen on an extensive list of celebrities including Carmelo Anthony, Nicole Miller, Lil Nas X, Cardi B, The Migos, Ice Spice, J Balvin, Manuel Turing, Noah Cyrus, Kiana Ledé, Sexy Red, NLE Choppa, Lil Durk, Holy Gabbana, Daniel Thomas, Derrick Milano, Jonathan Kuminga, Chris Claybrooks, Denzel Perryman, Jazzy Agcaoili, Ryno Neal, and more.

The show is set to be styled by celebrity stylist and fashion icon Toreno Winn–recently back from Japan where he was working on the launch of a new capsule collection–in a collaborative approach with the designers. Consistently seen in Hypebeast, Highsnobiety, Numeró, Flaunt, Vogue, PFW, NYFW –Toreno is a highly relevant part of the fashion and wearable-art conversation. Meaningful styling moments have been seen on a roster of prominent athletes and celebrities, as well as for large-scale projects like Nike’s Styling Suite for NFL’s Superbowl LVIII, and styling impact-driven shows at NYFW.

Iconic fashion brand Express is also delighted to partner with MVS on Luxe Fashion Fest as the presenting sponsor for this unique runway experience. Their capsule initiative with SIK Selection pilots new momentum to create confidence and inspire self-expression with the dreamers, doers and designers of now. The exclusive collection features graphic tees and tanks and will be showcased in an immersive brand pop-up experience with Craft-Tee where attendees can customize products right off the runway with the design of their choice to style and take home.

Beyond wearable fashion, LUXE Fashion Fest will also be featuring creative installations–including a highlight from multi-disciplinary artist Marcus Williams, aka Maison L$PA. Marcus has been featured as a Gucci Changemaker, is currently part of the creative team with Cordell Broadus (Snoop Dogg’s Son) at SHARESTIX, and maintains a variety of capsule creative projects under his experimental, streetwear brand ALONE IN SPACE. He’s excited to unveil a custom visual installation to be featured at LUXE Fashion Fest 2024.

The evening is sure to impress with a host of celebrity talent, and attendees including hosts Shaquem Griffin and Abby Labar, and Matt Dillon, as well as guests Jet McKinnon—The Mayor, Justin Reid, Abby Berner, Preston Smith, Isiah Pacheco, Carlton Davis III, Rayshawn Jenkins, Chloe Jackson, Donovan Smith…The evening also touts a feature performance by hip-hop favorite, Dave East.

Creativity and connection in fashion is what draws Marquez Valdes-Scantling to wearable arts. You can show up in a room without saying a word. The most profound impact lies in the ability of fashion to bridge divides, empower individuals, and facilitate dialogue across communities —ultimately enriching society with shared experiences and mutual understanding. MVS understands this as both a designer, a business owner, and through the creation and launch of LUXE Fashion Fest.

TELEVISION

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