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Eiona by Lashonza creates through healing. PHOTOS BY 656 PHOTOGRAPHY AND VICTOR CASTILLO PHOTOGRAPHY

Eiona by Lashonza creates through healing. PHOTOS BY 656 PHOTOGRAPHY AND VICTOR CASTILLO PHOTOGRAPHY


Fashion Week San Diego presented its Spring Showcase 2021 on April 22. This year was a new fashion hybrid event that gave the guests the choice to attend in person or watch it virtually on Facebook or Instagram.

There were 40 exclusive guests who had the opportunity to come to this fashion event and enjoy the hosted bar by U4RIK Distillery & Event Space. They are well known for their signature glowing vodka and smooth Tequilla drinks. All of those who watched from home were encouraged to have a viewing party.

The special guest host for the evening was Emmy Award-winning meteorologist Jodi Kodesh. Kicking off the evening, she introduced founder Allison Andrews and director GFASH designer Gwen Bates.

FWSD is a launching pad for emerging designers and is now in its 13th year. This pre-event is a sneak peek of the 10 designers chosen this year for the upcoming Fashion Week San Diego runway show in October.

Bea Cruz PH is back again this year. You might remember she is a designer from the Philippines who was voted the Top Designer last year by the audience. She creates elegant women’s wear.

Eiona by Lashonza uses healing and therapy in her designing process and even adds crystals to some of her garments. J2911 makes a semi-sustainable brand with elements that are recycled. LLabel Loves Emvee Bikini is a sexy swimwear line partnered by Lauren Dani and Melisa Price.

Moondust Concept is a metallic and silica fused porcelain jewelry line. This amazing artwear is made by Kristin Conrad. My Generation is a streetwear brand created by designer Ashleigh Perri. These graphic tees were inspired by music and fashion. NALAA is a brand developed by designer Jeanette Ramirez. She aims to give power back to women of all shapes and sizes.

Natakan is a gorgeous feminine line produced by designer Natthakan Chomphuwiset. She emphasizes eveningwear and professional power suits. Outsiders Clothing was created by Calah Olson as an alternative clothing brand that shows it is OK to be different. Sierra Mitchell produces garments that are hand-cut and sewed with classical sewing techniques.

The complete collection of these designers can be seen at the Designer Runway Show on Oct. 2 from 6-9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at The event will also have the FWSD21 Designer Trunk Show the following day on Oct. 3, from 1-2 p.m. This will give you a chance to purchase some of the cool designs that you have seen on the runway. Stay tuned for more details.


Upcoming Events

May 21 – 40th Annual Golden Scissors Fashion Show & Awards. More information forthcoming on social media: @sdmesafashion. At 6 p.m., they will be releasing an online video runway, showcasing the garments from collections, designers, and Fashion Redux finalists. To watch the video runway portion, register via Eventbrite site (registration is free).


May 22 – Ugochi Iwuaba Charity Runway at The Inn, Rancho Santa Fe at 4-6 p.m. Donations will go to R. Roger’s School for classes with children with disabilities. For more information, visit


May 23 – Bridal Bazaar-Bridal Expo & Wedding Expo from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Free advance tickets at


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