Boro gears up for Fashion Week

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This year’s hottest trends will be strutting down the Queens runway this weekend as the borough kicks off its annual Queens Fashion Week.

The fun kicks off this Thursday night with the QFW gala opening at the Standard Motor Loft at 37-18 Northern Blvd. in Long Island City. The event, which begins at 7 p.m., will allow fashionistas to view some new designs and meet top designers, including “Project Runway” contestant Qristyl Frazier.

On Friday, up-and-coming tailors will have a chance to show the world their stuff during the Young Designers Initiative at the Manhattan View Holiday Inn at 39-05 29th St. in Long Island City. The event, which will also include a “young entreprene­urs” segment for the business-savvy fashion experts, begins at 5 p.m.

Fashion Week’s flagship event, the Queens Fashion Expo, takes place Saturday at 2 p.m. at Standard Motor Lofts. The free venue will allow interested consumers to shop and view some of best trends made in the borough.

The fun comes to a close Saturday at Standard Motor Lofts, with the Finale Runway Show at 6 p.m. Watch as models from around the world show off designer clothing along with other celebrities and dignitaries.

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— Ivan Pereira

Updated 6:01 pm, October 10, 2011
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