FAB Fashion Boutique to unveil designs at runway show in Turners Falls

  • Richie Richardson of Richie Richardson FAB on 2nd Street in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Richie Richardson FAB on 2nd Street in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Fashion for sale at Richie Richardson FAB on 2nd Street in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Fashion for sale at Richie Richardson FAB on 2nd Street in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 10/7/2021 3:42:25 PM

TURNERS FALLS — FAB Fashion Boutique owner and high fashion designer Richie Richardson is hosting his FAB 4 Fall Collection Sidewalk Runway Fashion Show and Sell on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Known for his “ethnic chic” aesthetic, the Trinidad-born designer draws on experience designing clothing in the Caribbean and Brooklyn, New York to bring fresh looks to Turners Falls.

Hosted by Kathryn Swanson of Swanson’s Fabrics in celebration of the boutique’s fourth anniversary, FAB 4 will be a two-part exhibition bisected by a musical performance by DJ and singer Anthony Alfred.

The free show, held outside of his boutique at 67 Second St., will be just the second held at FAB since it opened four years ago, with the first being held in its inaugural year. It will include seating under a tent on a first-come, first-serve basis. The shop will remain open after the show for attendees to purchase pieces.

While he had initially planned to showcase a fall collection that includes an expanded range of men’s clothing, Richardson said he decided to hold these pieces until the next show while he refines the designs. In addition to his own pieces, FAB 4 will also feature bags from New Jersey-based bag designer Doriet Chichester designed specifically for the show.

As he takes extra time to develop the men’s portion of his collection, Richardson will use FAB 4 as an opportunity to celebrate women.

“We’re going to feature more of the women’s clothing in this collection,” Richardson said. “It’s not only stylistic. It’s also social commentary and the politics.”

The collection, modeled by six Pioneer Valley-based models, will be shown towards the latter half of the show. Beforehand, Richardson will be presenting an “Equal Rights and Justice” exhibition themed around Peter Tosh, founding member of Jamaican reggae band “The Wailers,” and his music. Richardson said this portion would be centered around the Women’s Movement, the Indigenous experience, and the Black American experience, but wants to keep further specifics a surprise. He hinted towards never-before-seen fashion designs.

“It has not been done in fashion,” Richardson said of his secret designs. “If I give it away now, somebody could use it and mine would not have an impact.”

What he made clear, however, is that FAB 4 will be unique from anything he’s done in the past.

“One of the things you’ll learn about me is that I very, very seldom repeat,” Richardson said. “What’s consistent is that this show is designed to appeal to everyone from 16 to 106.”

Reach Julian Mendoza at 413-772-0261, ext. 261 or jmendoza@recorder.com.




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