July 28, 2008

Review: Art Of Fashion 2008

With all the commotion of putting together my Spring/Summer collection together, I have not been able to update my blog, so This morning I will try to catch up my readers.
It has been a little over a week , since the designers presented their new collections at the Art Of Fashion 2008, It was an incredible evening showcasing Designers. AND
We got Press! Micheal Quintanilla, writer for the Express-News. "probably the city's most eclectic and original style event", Nice tag line for a fashion show I started almost 10 years ago, to draw attention to the unique area we live/work in, SOUTHTOWN is part of the main street alliance, Arts/Business Disrtict in San Antonio. At the time I was on the Southtown board and suggested the fashion show as a fund-raiser to benefit the corridor and create awareness for local design talent. Then, we were using parking lots and unoccupied buildings in the area to present our annual style event and it just grew to a huge fundraiser, with the help of fellow designer and visionary, Angelina Mata of Euphorium, she over the last 3 years has moved the event to the Blue Star Arts Complex and raised the level of the show to a must-see event and in the process connected other institutions with the event: IADT, Incarnate Word, and Aveda, all providing students the opportunity to be in the thick of it. A real life, hands-on expierence for future Hair stylists, make-up artists and aspiring designers. Not to forget the beautiful models that donate their time for exposure and expierence on the runway, Could not do it without YOU. A Big thanks to Lisa Weller of Twirl salon for the stunning hair and CYNTHIA for lead make-up artist with the assistance of Aveda students, great job! thanks to
Lari Nelson Modeling and Avant Talent. okay.. more about Fashion

Micheal goes on to say " Cuellar, A Southtown favorite with a shop on S. Alamo, sent out beautiful lacey looks (channeling Prada'a fall inspiration, maybe?) as well as skirts and dresses that were patchworked. Others were fur-embellished or adorned with Mexican embroidery.
Tiny mirrors, bric-a-brac,and pony hair touches were worked into many of the looks in his collection he called "Mexican baroque meets peasant damas of the noche"."
Prada? No I don't think so, It was more like high-brow meets rasquache.
Rasquache: to create with whatever is available at hand, beauty out of nothing.
As an artist I find that the mashing of textiles and fabrics is part of this process for me.In creating garments that are wearable, yet artistic and becoming, finding new uses for
overlooked americana. Folk-Art Fashions?

Leigh Baldwin of the CURRENT, writes "Agosto Cuellar, uses pieces that come his way as inspiration for tongue-in-cheek architectural expressions" and
"the collection was a lovely mix of wearable high and low- restructured Mexican embroidery, faux fur,painted fabric,and lots of bright delicious, ethnic touches. the pieced mini-dresses were perfect, and a flowing madras wraparound halter dress said everything you need to know about July 2008 in San Antonio" yeah that sums it up, thanks to Leigh and Micheal.

to find articles; Express-News: mysa.com / keyword: SA life.

Current: sacurrent.com/arts.

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