Flashback Friday: Fashion Week San Diego (Part Two)

Cyra Velasquez on the runway at FWSD on Thursday, October 3.

As promised, here’s Part Two of my Fashion Week San Diego posts. These photos were from Thursday, October 3 – the first night of runway shows!

The designers who showcased that night included: C Venti, CG by Cynthia, Collections of Kathryn Elizabeth, Isabel Vianey, Laced with B, Mahogany Blues and Second Star Designs. Also, Andre Soriano, Cecilia Aragon, and Dexter Simmons from Rihanna’s show Styled To Rock topped off the evening.

Unfortunately, my sister and I had class until about 6 p.m. that day, so we missed the show’s opening. But once we got to the venue, we were automatically sucked into the chaos that is FWSD!

Cyra Velasquez backstage at FWSD on Thursday, October 3.Cyra Velasquez backstage at FWSD on Thursday, October 3. Cyra Velasquez backstage at FWSD on Thursday, October 3.Backstage was set up with the hair and makeup team on one side, dressers and clothing racks on another, and models scattered around everywhere in between.

Since we weren’t assigned to a designer that night, my sister and I assisted the other dressers and mainly monitored the Funky Monkey shoes. Funky Monkey is the official shoe sponsor of this year’s FWSD.

Cyra Velasquez backstage with Funky Monkey shoes at FWSD on Thursday, October 3. Cyra Velasquez backstage with Funky Monkey shoes during FWSD on Thursday, October 3.Cyra Velasquez with models backstage at FWSD on Thursday, October 3.It was really cool to see everything up close and feel the excitement backstage. The hair and makeup artists did touch-ups on the models until the very last second – everything had to be perfect! Their strive for perfection was contagious; I lost count of how many times I tugged on a blouse a little to the left, a little to the right, and back again.

Cyra Velasquez backstage with CG by Cynthia models at FWSD on Thursday, October 3. Cyra Velasquez backstage with CG by Cynthia fashion models at FWSD on Thursday, October 3.In the fashion world, runway shows are for collections of the upcoming season, not the current one. So although the show was in the fall, the collections were for spring/summer, which explains all the vibrant colors. Above are some pretty designs from CG by Cynthia.

Cyra Velasquez backstage with Isabel Vianey fashion models at FWSD on Thursday, October 3.Isabel Vianey made these gorgeous jackets and pantsuits. I love the sophistication of the classic pieces but also how their colors and patterns easily transform them into glammed up day wear or eye-catching outfits for a night on the town.

Cyra Velasquez backstage with Mahogany Blues swimwear models at FWSD on Thursday, October 3. Cyra Velasquez backstage with Mahogany Blues swimwear models at FWSD on Thursday, October 3.This swimwear collection was designed by Mahogany Blues. My favorite piece is the hooded one; it’s so retro and different.

Cyra Velasquez with Styled to Rock designers Dexter Simmons, Cecilia Aragon, and Andre Soriano backstage at FWSD on Thursday, October 3.The energy (and attention) in the room definitely shifted once the Styled to Rock designers arrived. They came with their entourage and immediately, it was all eyes on them.Cyra Velasquez backstage with Styled to Rock designer Andre Soriano at FWSD on Thursday, October 3.

Cyra Velasquez backstage with Styled to Rock designer Andre Soriano's finale dress at FWSD on Thursday, October 3. Cyra Velasquez backstage with Styled to Rock designer Cecilia Aragon at FWSD on Thursday, October 3. Cyra Velasquez with Styled to Rock designer Cecilia Aragon backstage at FWSD on Thursday, October 3. Cyra Velasquez backstage with Styled to Rock fashion designs by Andre Soriano and Cecilia Aragon at FWSD on Thursday, October 3.Before I knew it, I was swallowed by a sea of leather, latex, chains, and feathers!

Cyra Velasquez with Styled to Rock's Dexter Simmons fashion designs backstage at FWSD on Thursday, October 3.Cyra Velasquez backstage with Styled to Rock's Dexter Simmons fashion designs at FWSD on Thursday, October 3.Cyra Velasquez backstage with designs by Styled to Rock's Cecilia Aragon and Andre Soriano at FWSD on Thursday, October 3. Cyra Velasquez backstage with Styled to Rock's Cecilia Aragon and Andre Soriano's fashion designs at FWSD on Thursday, October 3.Cyra Velasquez backstage with Styled to Rock's Cecilia Aragon and Andre Soriano fashion designs at FWSD on Thursday, October 3.The feathered pieces were from Dexter, and the black leather and latex designs were by Andre and Cecilia. My favorite from Dexter’s collection was the finale look (pictured below) – it was so fantasy!

Cyra Velasquez backstage with Styled to Rock's Dexter Simmons' fashion design at FWSD on Thursday, October 3. Cyra Velasquez backstage with Styled to Rock's Dexter Simmons' fashion design at FWSD on Thursday, October 3. Cyra Velasquez backstage with Styled to Rock's Dexter Simmons' fashion design at FWSD on Thursday, October 3.My favorite from Andre and Cecilia’s collection was the dress that model, Paris, wore down the runway. It was so fetish!

Cyra Velasquez backstage with Styled to Rock's Andre Soriano's fashion design at FWSD on Thursday, October 3. Cyra Velasquez backstage with Styled to Rock's Andre Soriano's fashion design at FWSD on Thursday, October 3. Cyra Velasquez backstage with Styled to Rock's Andre Soriano's fashion design at FWSD on Thursday, October 3. Cyra Velasquez backstage with Styled to Rock's Andre Soriano's fashion design at FWSD on Thursday, October 3.However, Andre and Cecilia’s finale dress was also impressive. All the female models wore these really cool headpieces and there was a giant “headpiece” for the last look. It was unlike anything I had seen before!Cyra Velasquez backstage with Styled to Rock's Andre Soriano's fashion design at FWSD on Thursday, October 3. Cyra Velasquez backstage with Styled to Rock's Andre Soriano's fashion design at FWSD on Thursday, October 3.

Cyra Velasquez backstage with Styled to Rock's Cecilia Aragon and Andre Soriano's fashion design at FWSD on Thursday, October 3.Cyra Velasquez backstage with Styled to Rock's Cecilia Aragon and Andre Soriano's fashion design at FWSD on Thursday, October 3. Cyra Velasquez backstage with Styled to Rock's Cecilia Aragon and Andre Soriano's fashion design at FWSD on Thursday, October 3.After the last look hit the runway, we helped collect all the clothing, organized the pieces by designer, and packed up all the racks for the night.

Cyra Velasquez with director Allison Andrews and Styled to Rock designer Andre Soriano at FWSD on Thursday, October 3. Cyra Velasquez with director Allison Andrews and Styled to Rock designer Andre Soriano at FWSD on Thursday, October 3. Andre Soriano with FWSD founder and director, Allison Andrews. They’re so cute together!

Cyra Velasquez on the Fashion Week San Diego runway at FWSD on Thursday, October 3.

Before heading home, I had to have my own little moment on the runway. Is my outfit couture or what? ;)

Check back next Friday for Part Three!

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