The question remains: Can San Diego pull off a real Fashion Week?
The hiatus is finally over; founder and producer Allison Andrews returns to the runway to present Fashion Week San Diego 2012 this October. Back in 2008, the first Fashion Week launched in downtown San Diego, an event that didn’t quite live up to big city standards. Four years later, we hope San Diego’s up-and-coming fashion designers will get the attention they deserve.
Fashion Week San Diego just announced the lineup of 17 local designers who will showcase their looks in the 2012 event, a high-production runway show slated for October 6 at the Hard Rock Hotel. The diverse collection of designers spans couture, ready to wear, swimwear, men’s, women’s, costume design, plus size, shoes and accessories. A few of the designers we’re most excited about include Andre Soriano, Kendall K., Stacie May, Erin Fader Jewelry and newcomer Jessica Faulkner.
“We are thrilled with the caliber of talent participating in Fashion Week 2012,” said founder and producer Allison Andrews. “The designers we have selected are a true reflection of the talent and creativity that is thriving right here in San Diego. These designers will have a unique opportunity to unveil their best work to the San Diego community this October.”
Try on this preview of 2012 Fashion Week San Diego designers.
*Designer descriptions provided by FWSD
A’Doreus: A'doreus is a plus size clothing line that caters to full figured women by creating romantic designs with the use of elegant style lines and an eclectic mixture of textures and prints. A'doreus' design philosophy and social responsibility are deeply rooted in embracing diversity and size acceptance. The A'doreus brand stands for fashion and beauty to adore, inside and out.
Amy Thai: Amy Thai brings a costume collection to FWSD with the goal of creating articles of symbolic significance. Blending the elements of historical costuming with modern day styles for an exclusive, custom wearable piece of art. With an emphasis on details, each element of design possesses a special meaning or purpose making the garment distinctive. Created for the distinguished person whom wishes to enhance their individuality in an alluring and elegant manner.
Andre Soriano: Andre Soriano channels high fashion and high art with influences from cosmopolitan cities worldwide, such as New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London, Milan and Tokyo. Soriano only selects the best luxurious fabrics on the market such as satin, velvet, chiffon, cashmere, knits and the crochet with bread-work materials that come from Asia and Europe. His vision and fashion interpretation is inspired by old Hollywood glamour with today's women and men in mind. (pictured left)
besos: besos is designed for the woman that expresses the strength of her femininity, individuality and sensuality. Timeless and versatile pieces with a minimalist aesthetic, besos is effortless comfort for the sophisticated woman.
Creative-Fashionista: Creative-Fashionista is a line of unique, individual women’s clothing and accessories created by Whitney Francis. The designs of Creative-Fashionista are all about individuality, but the connecting thread throughout is Whitney’s unique eye for fashion and style. Everything she creates is pieced together and sewn by her, from textiles to notions, which are picked by hand.
Dazzlme: Dazzlme is a hat line designed by Camille Wood after creating hats for herself that people kept asking for. This line is for those who want to stand out in a crowd looking uniquely beautiful, sexy and adventurous, but always with class, elegance and style. For that's what Dazzlme is all about - 'Saving you from the ordinary'.
Dos Caras: Dos Caras is a recent start up that specializes in cheeky, fun swim and resort wear. The brainchild of two San Diego natives, Syncletica Muniz and Aida Soria, the brand exudes fun vintage styling with a modern girl twist. Expect bold prints that are easy to wear but not easily dismissed.
Erin Fader Jewelry Design: All jewelry at Erin Fader Jewelry Design is vintage inspired and connects the past with the present. By up-cycling vintage materials combined with an emphasis on quality craftsmanship, the Erin Fader Jewelry Collection consists of unique designs, each with a history and story of their own. (pictured left)
Jessica Faulkner: Jessica Faulkner will debut her first collection at FWSD. After working and gaining experience as a freelance design assistant for the Los Angeles based women’s contemporary designer, Jane Oh, Jessica decided it was time to venture off and develop her own collection that focuses on practical clothing that can take a woman from day to night. She is excited to debut her first collection in her hometown where she is inspired by the lifestyle, the culture, and, most importantly, the women who make this city so special to her.
Kendall K.: Kendall K. infuses lady-like charm, European flare and modern sensibility to create clothing for the woman with inherent style. The line is inspired from designer Kendall Zundel’s love of vintage clothing and feminine detailing.
Kenneth Barlis: Known for his whimsical approach to style and luxury, the Kenneth Barlis collection is synonymous with intricate layering and exquisite attention to detail. The Kenneth Barlis brand goes beyond the traditional bridal and evening wear and reflects his vision to create a lifestyle positioned at the highest level of luxury and elegance.
Love Is A Devil: Love Is A Devil pieces are handmade works of art and each collection is made in limited quantities and based on supplies and materials available. Designed by Alana Crain and Sharie Ellis, each piece is unique in design, as they are the perfect combination of romantic edge with the use of mixed metals, glass beads, natural/natural dyed stones, fresh water pearl, Czech glass, Swarovski crystals and other unique beads the designers scour from around the world.
nOia Collection: nOia Collection was created by Evelyne Aguilar after studying fashion in Mexico and Italy. She started her own business in Mexico, opening up Noia Boutique where she sells clothes with a sweet, romantic, vintage style. Her focus as a designer is to design clothes for women, especially in the ages between 16 and 29. She loves making fashion and wearable clothes, with a touch of creation for every design.
Paul Rico: Designer Paul Rico entered a Home Economics class in high school not knowing what it is about or that he would fall in love with sewing. From here he knew he wanted to be a fashion designer. Debuting his collection of saucy, fresh, and memorable women’s and men’s clothing, Paul Rico hopes to take his passion and make it into a career.
Q Haute Couture: Qadir Hamidi's creations inspire to a woman of understated sophistication, youthfulness, charm and a spontaneous nature. Her passion for timeless luxury, quality, conversation piece designs and fine details distinguishes her style. Natural beauty and wit makes her Q Haute Couture.
Stacie May: Stacie May is a San Diego based clothing company that offers versatile, fun, timeless clothing for people who want to be unique and express themselves as individuals. Stacie has a flair for experimentation with fabrics, colors, textures, and cuts that compliment curves making her style desirable to all shapes and sizes. Everything is handmade in the U.S.A. Stacie also has a very philanthropist spirit and is very involved with community and charity projects. (pictured above)
SYC Collection: SYC Collection is a growing women’s wear brand created by designer, Sameerah Yasmeen Corporal. Since launching the brand in 2009, SYC has evolved from featuring jewelry, to accessories (shoes and handbags), and now to the launch of its women’s wear collection. From its humble beginnings in 2009, the SYC brand has made its way to customers across the US and in countries such as Australia, Ireland, Czech Republic, and Japan to name a few. One of the latest accomplishments of the brand has been creating custom pieces for stylists and cast on VH1 television.
*Designer descriptions provided by FWSD
2012 Fashion Week San Diego is taking over the Hard Rock Hotel on Saturday, October 6. For more information on the event and the designers, visit fashionweeksd.com