Day 2 of San Antonio fashion week featured the first runway show of the week held at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center. Current collections: the SA emerging designer fashion show, 4 finalists, 4 unique collections, 1 winner
Fashion spectators, including Mayor Castro’s twin brother Representative Castro, gathered to see four of San Antonio’s most talented designers as they showcased their fashion points of view on models who stomped it out on the runway.
Danielle “Dani” Andrews’ collection, “Daring in prints,” showed the high-low mullet trend in jackets and skirts. In this mainly black shaded collection, Dani worked with sequined fabrics and leather to give an edgy feminine touch.
Voted best local designer of 2012, Samantha Plasencia titled her collection, “the good, the bad and the ugly.” She moved from glam ready to wear with deep v cut necks and backs and a gorgeous brown leather jacket, all the way to the dark, not for the faint of heart, fashion lovers with an overly spiked red leather straight jacket.
LaToya Chenelle Hudson’s collection, “The Great Gatsby,” was full female elegance as LaToya explained, “I feel a women is more powerful when she feels beautiful.” Her models walked in metallic asymmetrical pleated satin cut to classic feminine silhouettes with open backs and high slits.
The only male designer of the finalists and subsequent winner of the night, Joey Ramirez, showed us “Dita meets Lucy,” with the pin-up sass of Dita Von Teese and the old elegance of Lucille Ball. Joey masterfully manipulated polka dot sheer fabrics into classic collared buttoned down shirts. His conservative lady like shapes were made edgy and new with zippers and studs.
All 3 of the judges of the night, stylist Grizelda Garza, designer Angelina Mata and editor in chief of San Antonio magazine Rebecca Fontenot, unanimously voted Ramirez as winner.
When I asked Joey about his win he had this to tell me, “I would have to say that last night was a truly unexpected honor and even if I had not won, I would still be as excited and honored. I do want to thank the judges for their decision and I am glad they were pleased and very big thank you to Tony Harris for giving me this opportunity to show a collection to San Antonio.”