Fashion Week in San Antonio

Last week, San Antonians were transported to style savvy cities like Paris, Milan and New York from the comfort of downtown during San Antonio Fashion Week.

Through the commitment and hard work of the local fashion community, this week-long celebration was launched to showcase the Alamo City’s most innovative designers and to brand partnerships by presenting their 2015 spring collections in a runway show or fashion exhibition. Hoping to expand and grow across the world, Fashion Week San Antonio (FWSA) has fixed itself to cultivate and broaden a talented homegrown fashion community worthy of recognition on an international scale.

The Alamo City welcomed the month of November with this annual sophisticated celebration. Designers near and far revealed their spring collections from Nov. 1 – 7. The goal of this stylish crusade was to attract multi-cultural fashion to the growing art culture of San Antonio.

Fashion PR powerhouse, Tony Harris Productions, organized fashion week thanks to sponsor Land Rover automobiles. Fashion-forward individuals, including Harris, comprised the FWSA committee.

Fashion Week San Antonio was also directly supported by the City of San Antonio’s government offices of the Mayor of San Antonio, Department for Cultural & Creative Development and San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The first event occurred on Nov. 1, downtown at the Arte of Fashion Gallery on Houston Street. Festivities continued with the Celestino Couture 2015 fashion show and ended with the Dia De Los Muertos Masquerade Ball at the Tobin Center Riverwalk Plaza. Patrons came dressed to impress in their creative skeleton face paint and vibrantly colored corsets.

The week continued with exhibitions and runway shows from Forever 21, A’GACI, RVN and Bonita Brazil. Fashion followers had a front row seat for the hottest spring trends. The unique variety of clothing ranged from chic street-style to Brazilian cultural attire with embroidered and feather head wear.

Not only were the designers gathering major exposure, but local models also networked and expanded their careers.

This year marked the 10th consecutive year that Toni & Guy Hair has collaborated with San Antonio Designers. The dynamic hair duo is also famous for sponsoring London Fashion Week. This year’s international trends reflected a classic-with-a-twist feel. Toni & Guy blew away the audience with their pop-culture inspired avant-garde looks. Project Runway contestant Samantha Plasencia also revealed her upcoming edgy, urban-chic line to the FWSA spectators. In 2013 she was voted most talented local designer and went on to show her designs in New York City. After FWSA, she will continue showing her work nationally.

The remarkable FWSA closed with some of the hottest parties ever seen in the Alamo City. Tony Harris hosted an invite-only Red Party x Beau Tie Bulletin party where guests were requested to show off their trendiest looks in red. Harris showcased his take on modern menswear that is also published on his fashion and style blog, Beau-Tie Bulletin: The Modern Men’s Sartorial Source. After the final fashion exhibition of the week – the RVN showcase – FWSA finished with the official Be Fashion(ABLE) After Party at Blue Box in the Pearl Brewery. Press, fashionistas, models, supporters and the FWSA committee let the fashion world know that the Alamo City is preparing to take over.