Seven Things We Learned at Fashion Week San Diego’s 2016 Spring Showcase

Posted on: May 25th, 2016 No Comments

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May 24, 2016 | Lindsay Ryan | Affordably Accessorized 

Held this year at Harrah’s Southern California Resort on May 14, Spring Showcase serves as the official kickoff of Fashion Week San Diego. Here’s what we learned after seeing our first look at the newest FWSD class of designers and mingling with the wonderful San Diego style community that unites around this world-class event.  (Read Affordably Accessorized Blog HERE.)
On the runway: FWSD 2016 Designer y-u-l-i-y-a

On the runway: FWSD 2016 Designer y-u-l-i-y-a

The world of fashion comes together in San Diego.

From Chicago to Arkansas and India to Africa — this year’s designers hail from literally all across the globe and continue this event’s legacy of cross-cultural representation.
What a huge honor for Fashion Week San Diego, that they are finding their style platform here in America’s Finest City.

On the runway: FWSD 2016 Designer The Albert Ray Collection

On the runway: FWSD 2016 Designer The Albert Ray Collection

FWSD 2016 Designer Pashn by Survi

FWSD 2016 Designer Pashn by Survi

FWSD 2016 Designer LK Fashion Design

FWSD 2016 Designer LK Fashion Design

When it comes to accessories, bigger is definitely better.

As an accessory blogger, it’s the accents and sparkle that get my heart racing.
So with multiple accessory collections being shown this year, I may need to have a game plan to not pass out come October.
From sophisticated scarves to the best in bling — Fashion Week San Diego 2016 can proudly flaunt the tag #AccessoriesOnPoint.
On the runway: FWSD 2015 and 2016 Designer GFASH

On the runway: FWSD 2015 and 2016 Designer GFASH

On the runway: FWSD 2016 Designer Circa Suzy Vintage Couture

On the runway: FWSD 2016 Designer Circa Suzy Vintage Couture

In fashion you are always allowed to embellish the truth — or garment.

Gold foil? Massive sequin work? Quilted panels? We saw all these and more on display across multiple lines on the Spring Showcase runway.
Is it too early to coin 2016 “the year of the embellishment”? We’ll see in the Fall!
On the runway: FWSD 2016 Designer Jaded Marie

On the runway: FWSD 2016 Designer Jaded Marie

On the runway: FWSD 2016 Designer Bryan VaughnBerry

On the runway: FWSD 2016 Designer Bryan VaughnBerry

On the runway: 2015 (First Place) and 2016 Designer B.JASH.I

On the runway: 2015 (First Place) and 2016 Designer B.JASH.I

On the runway: FWSD 2016 Designer LK Fashion Design

On the runway: FWSD 2016 Designer LK Fashion Design

Even our furry friends deserve a healthy dose of canine couture.

Their humans can’t have all the fun! We spotted some of the most stylish four-footed folks around, proudly showcasing looks from The Stylish Bisou — Fashion Week San Diego’s very first darling dog apparel designer.
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On the runway: FWSD 2016 Designer The Stylish Bisou

On the runway: FWSD 2016 Designer The Stylish Bisou

 

Season 1 contestants: "America's Next Top (Dog) Model"

Season 1 contestants: “America’s Next Top (Dog) Model”

Local style blogger Jenna Pilant of Lucky Little Mustard Seed and puppy pal

Local style blogger Jenna Pilant of Lucky Little Mustard Seed and puppy pal

Everyone belongs in the San Diego fashion community.

Closeknit but also warm and welcoming, our local stylesphere is a wonderful melting pot of creative self-expression.
Being somewhat of a newcomer last year, I was overwhelmingly reminded at Spring Showcase of the strong bond formed between local designers, makeup artists, hair stylists, photographers, bloggers and brands.
And who doesn’t love a supportive group of awesome people putting San Diego on the “hot list”?
Fatsani Dogani of FWSD 2015 Second-Place Designer TaSanni and Julie Ferneau

Fatsani Dogani of FWSD 2015 Second-Place Designer TaSanni and Julie Ferneau

Gorgeous models sharing a pre-runway KIND Bar break

Gorgeous models sharing a pre-runway KIND Bar break

FWSD Founder and Director Allison Andrews

FWSD Founder and Director Allison Andrews

Louie of 656 Photography (thank you for all these fab shots!)

Louie of 656 Photography (thank you for all these fab shots!)

FWSD 2016 Designer Chavon Shree

FWSD 2016 Designer Chavon Shree

FWSD Emcees Jodi Kodesh and Jeff Krapf

FWSD Emcees Jodi Kodesh and Jeff Krapf

"First Baby" of FWSD and Proud Daddy

“First Baby” of FWSD and Proud Daddy

FWSD 2016 Designer Killem With Chic

FWSD 2016 Designer Killem With Chic

Make Up State of Mind Co-Founder Kristine-Monique Cortez and model Kelly Lenahan

Make Up State of Mind Co-Founder Kristine-Monique Cortez and model Kelly Lenahan

Local style blogger (and hair idol to everyone!) Vanessa Balli

Local style blogger (and hair idol to everyone!) Vanessa Balli

Amazing artwork by Stefanie Bales

Amazing artwork by Stefanie Bales

Femininity is always in style, and life so much brighter when lived in color.

From flowy lace to the most vivid of hues, the girly and colorful vibes were delightfully strong. And even more so when masterfully combined (a la Timmithea)!
On the runway: 2016 FWSD Designer P. Sangeeta

On the runway: 2016 FWSD Designer P. Sangeeta

On the runway: 2016 FWSD Designer as much again

On the runway: 2016 FWSD Designer as much again

On the runway: FWSD 2016 Designer Margaret the maker

On the runway: FWSD 2016 Designer Margaret the maker

On the runway: FWSD 2016 Designer Odd Bird Designs

On the runway: FWSD 2016 Designer Odd Bird Designs

FWSD 2015 and 2016 Designer Timmithea

FWSD 2015 and 2016 Designer Timmithea

Local San Diego mens' accessory brand Lord Wallington

Local San Diego mens’ accessory brand Lord Wallington

On the runway: FWSD 2015 and 2016 Designer Timmithea

On the runway: FWSD 2015 and 2016 Designer Timmithea


The Fashion Week San Diego signature runway shows can’t come soon enough.

This teaser taste of what we’ll see in October, has us all watching the calendar. Tick tock, tick tock…

Save the date for what will be the most talked-about week in San Diego!
September 29 – October 2, 2016, in fabulous La Jolla.

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