Do you know who Anna Wintour is? Can you name the current creative director for Céline or Chanel? If this type of trivia is child’s play for you, then you’ve probably already picked out which Fashion Week San Antonio (FWSA) events you’ll be attending next week, Nov. 1-7. If you feel more comfortable in Crocs and as far away from a runway as possible, I still believe you may enjoy at least one gathering during the most stylish week in our city. Allow me to explain.
1. It’s a cultural experience.
The same way an art exhibit or a musical performance can tantalize the senses, an expertly produced fashion show can be a beautiful expression of human creativity. With internationally-renowned designers presenting their collections at the Texas A&M University-San Antonio Educational and Cultural Arts Center (formerly known as Museo Alameda), the quality will be top-notch and the opportunities for expanding your mind will be vast. This season, FWSA will witness more than 40 events dedicated to runway shows, fashion presentations, VIP social events, and custom shopping and dining experiences in celebration of the week’s festivities. Spring collections will include Czar by Cesar Galindo, BCBG Max Azria, Morena Rosa, Moikana, Cynthia Fontenella, RVN, Forever 21, A’Gaci and Samantha Plasencia, a current Project Runway contestant, and local San Antonio designers.
2. It’s good for the city’s economy.
FWSA is sponsored in part by the City of San Antonio, the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Mayor’s office. All these organizations understand that Fashion Week is an opportunity for them to get the city in front of people who may not have otherwise considered San Antonio an option for their travel or business plans. As the nation’s seventh-largest city and and leader in Latin American culture, San Antonio attracts an audience of more than 4,000 fashion-conscious consumers, press, and international buyers. Tony Harris Fashion, the premiere fashion public relations firm based in San Antonio, is the owner of the event and all its strategic initiatives. With all the Latin designers participating, you can bet there will be fashion aficionados across the border and beyond paying attention to the Alamo City next week.
3. It’s good for small business.
High-end designers aren’t the only ones who will benefit from Fashion Week. Moda Next is an event featuring local designers that offer services to clients across the city year-round. At least, they would love to if the community would support them instead of buying from big-box stores. Prix Fixe will pull in the culinary talents of the foodie scene, with restaurants creating special dishes particularly inclined towards the fashionable palate. Finally, the City Events initiative of Fashion Week gives local boutiques, shops, and salons the opportunity to host an event in their store to celebrate Fashion Week. Think a “Shop Local” week with a stylish flair.
FWSA also is partnering with international human rights organization Love146, assisting in its efforts to end child trafficking and exploitation. Proceeds from the week’s events will benefit Love146’s Texas chapter.
4. It’s promoting a unique downtown experience.
Anyone can plan a dinner and a movie for that special someone, but a runway show in beautiful downtown San Antonio would knock a lady’s or sartorially savvy gentleman’s socks off. Before the show, FWSA transportation partner Uber can provide your ride for $40 off, taking the stress of parking off your mind and impressing your date with your forward thinking. Even a stroll down Houston Street during the week will provide free and unique entertainment with the Arte of Fashion exhibit. Artists around the city have been commissioned to fill the vacant storefronts with fashion-inspired artwork that any passerby will be able to view and enjoy. Then stop by one of the many Houston Street eateries for a completely fabulous downtown evening.
5. It’s a chance to be a part of history.
Each year, Fashion Week grows to a higher level of prominence and recognition internationally. And with that growth comes a more robust fashion industry in every part of town, which may someday be a serious source of income for the city. As I mentioned before, Fashion Week San Antonio is also endorsed by the City of San Antonio, the Mayor’s office, and SA2020. All this adds up to an event that will be a part of San Antonio’s legacy for generations to come. I look forward to seeing you there.
For additional information on Fashion Week San Antonio, visit the website at www.fashionsa.org. Here’s a taste of events to get you started:
*The Arte of Fashion Gallery will be open all week. It is a free event that will be held at the Houston Street Gallery at 231 E. Houston St. next door to the Palm.
Saturday Nov. 1
Celestino Couture Show Space at 4 p.m. at the Texas A&M – San Antonio Educational Cultural Arts Center at 101 S. Santa Rosa St. Tickets start at $10.
#FWSA Kick-Off Party and Masquerade Ball at 8 p.m. at the Tobin Center Riverwalk Plaza at 100 Auditorium Circle. Tickets start at $20.
Sunday Nov. 2
Samantha Plasencia Show Space at 4 p.m. at the Texas A&M – San Antonio Educational Cultural Arts Center at 101 S. Santa Rosa St. Tickets start at $10.
Tony and Guy Hair Show, presenting “The Classics Re-done” at the Texas A&M – San Antonio Educational Cultural Arts Center at 101 S. Santa Rosa St. Tickets start at $10.
Monday Nov. 3
A’Gaci Show Space at 6:30 p.m. at the Texas A&M – San Antonio Educational Cultural Arts Center at 101 S. Santa Rosa St. Tickets start at $10.
Tuesday Nov. 4
Moda Next Showcases at 6:30 p.m. at the Texas A&M – San Antonio Educational Cultural Arts Center at 101 S. Santa Rosa St. Tickets start at $15.
Wednesday Nov. 5
Thrift and Mingle at Goodwill San Antonio, 406 W. Commerce St., 4-6 p.m. Complimentary Starbucks coffee and treats with fashion designer and blogger Agosto Cuellar.
Bonita Brazil: International Runway featuring Morena Rosa, Moikana and Cyntia Fontanella at 6:30 p.m. at the Texas A&M – San Antonio Educational Cultural Arts Center at 101 S. Santa Rosa St. Tickets start at $15.
Thursday Nov. 6
Angelina Mata Show Space at 1:30 p.m. Location TBA.
The Red Party x Beau-Tie Bulletin at 8:30 p.m. at The Vault, 314 E. Commerce St. Free admission.
Friday Nov. 7
RVN Show Space at 6:30 p.m. at the Texas A&M – San Antonio Educational Cultural Arts Center at 101 S. Santa Rosa St. Tickets start at $10.
For more information about FWSA’s schedule of events, click here.