Free Look of the Local Fashion Show shows what Cambridge will wear this summer

A dress by Susanna in Porter Square
A dress by Susanna in Porter Square coming to a May 19 fashion show is modeled at Half Crown Design in Huron Village. (Photos: Elizabeth Clark Photography)

If Cambridge does deserve to be on a list of best-dressed communities – eyebrows were raised when it got No. 6 in a top 10 list in January – the proof will be onstage May 19, when 14 shops take to the runway for a free Cambridge Local First fashion show.

Called The Look of the Local Fashion Show, the event serves as a party to celebrate “all the amazing local retailers in Cambridge and their summer collections,” said the business group’s membership coordinator, Alexis Brinkman.

Yellow leather bag outfit comes from Nomad in Porter Square
A yellow leather bag outfit comes from Nomad in Porter Square.

Beer, wine, and food will be provided by Cuisine En Locale, whose Cantabrigian founder, J.J. Gonson, now has a bricks-and-mortar location in Somerville. In addition, every guest gets a raffle ticket to enter in a giveaway for items in the show. The event is sponsored by Eastern Bank.

“We encourage everyone to shop locally and remember that every dollar you spend in your city stays in your city,” Brinkman said, but “at The Look of the Local Fashion Show, being conscientious never looked so good.”

The fashion isn’t limited to the city’s most obvious, if funky, couture choices – such as Clothware, Nomad and Susanna and vintage and secondhand shops Boomerangs and Great Eastern Trading Co. The personal shopper Urban Thriftologee will be in the mix, along with the artists of Out of the Blue Too Gallery and the work of T-shirt maker WearPower. Lingerie and sleepwear shop Forty Winks is presenting, as well as Sudo Shoes and jewelers Rebekah Brooks Jewelry and Little Pancakes. African Gift Items and all-things-honey shop Follow The Honey round out the roster.

The fashion show takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. May 19 at Workbar, 45 Prospect St., in Central Square. Entry is free, but RSVP through this Eventbrite link or on the Facebook page of Cambridge Local First, a nonprofit network of locally owned and independent businesses. The group was founded in 2005.

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