Flashback Friday: Fashion Week San Diego (Part Three)

Cyra Velasquez backstage at Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD).

It’s Friday, so you know that means I’m bringing you yet another Fashion Week San Diego post! Today’s is part three of four; here’s part one and part two in case you missed them.

Today is all about the second night of runway shows during FWSD. The event took place on Friday, October 4, even though it feels like just yesterday! This time around, my sister and I were able to make our 3 o’clock call time – which was hours before the show started. While we waited, we got to know some of the other volunteers, watched the models practice their walks, and witnessed the glam team work its magic. Once 6 o’clock rolled around, it was show time!

Cyra Velasquez backstage with Diestra models at Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD). Cyra Velasquez backstage with Diestra models at Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD). Cyra Velasquez backstage with Diestra models at Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD).That night, we were assigned to the designerย Diestra. The collection was classic black and white –ย soooย chic! I also loved the balance of feminine pieces with a masculine touch. For example, a white blouse with cutouts, cinched shoulders and pretty pleats was paired with loose-fitting satiny shorts.

My absolute favorite look from that night was the white crop top and high-waisted flared trousers that Nikki (far left) rocked. I remember seeing it on FWSD’s homepage and falling in love, so touching it and seeing it in person made me love it a hundred times more.

Cyra Velasquez backstage with Diestra models at Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD). Cyra Velasquez backstage with Diestra models at Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD).Hair and makeup that night were also on point! I love the slicked-back updo; again, clean and feminine but the roll and teased ends gave the look a nice edge. The bold winged eyeliner and hot pink lip (one of my favorite makeup combos) went so well with Diestra’s collection for a perfect pop of color.

Cyra Velasquez backstage with Diestra models at Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD).

Cyra Velasquez backstage with Diestra models at Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD). Cyra Velasquez backstage with Diestra models at Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD).

Our models were awesome! I loved that Nicole (left) and Nikki (right) didn’t take themselves too seriously and had fun with it. They were all really sweet and thankful for our help, which I appreciated.

Cyra Velasquez backstage with Diestra models at Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD). Cyra Velasquez backstage with Diestra models at Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD).

Before hitting the runway, our girls even got together for a little pep talk and huddle to encourage one another and wish each other good luck. I thought it was so cool and they were the only group (to my knowledge) who did that in all three days of runway shows. I was lucky to work with these ladies!

Cyra Velasquez backstage with Dos Caras Swimwear models at Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD). Cyra Velasquez backstage with Dos Caras Swimwear models at Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD).

Also showcased that night was Dos Caras Swimwear. I loved the flirtiness of the cutouts and frills! Also, the colors were great and I loved that the models walked out with the cutest balloons: palm trees, dolphins, hearts, stars, even a Tiki. A nice little touch!

Cyra Velasquez backstage with Greenpacha hat models at Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD). Cyra Velasquez backstage with Greenpacha hat models at Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD). Cyra Velasquez backstage with Greenpacha hat models at Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD).

This year, FWSD also did something a little different; it not showcased clothes, but hats as well. These are by Greenpacha. FWSD founder and director Allison Andrews explained to us that highlighting hats on a runway was a challenge, but she was determined to pull it off. I think it was well done and the hats definitely had their own moment.

Cyra Velasquez backstage with RHCreation models at Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD). Cyra Velasquez backstage with RHCreation models at Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD). Cyra Velasquez backstage with RHCreation models at Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD).

This colorful collection is by RHCreation, who was voted the winning designer of this year’s FWSD. The resort wear is comfortable and flowy, which is perfect for anyone on a vacation in paradise. I also can’t get over the beautiful watercolors – it’s almost like some kind of painting you can wear!

Cyra Velasquez backstage with Rancho Coastal Humane Society dogs at Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD). Cyra Velasquez backstage with Rancho Coastal Humane Society dogs at Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD). Cyra Velasquez backstage with Rancho Coastal Humane Society dogs at Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD).

At the end of the show, we had some furry friends stop by from the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Allison is a board member for RCHS and wanted to feature some highly adoptable animals needing a good home. I have owned pets (mostly rescue dogs) since I could remember, so this hit close to home for me as well. The dogs were super friendly and everyone backstage couldn’t stop fawning over these cuties! It seemed like the audience loved them too, so I hope these doggies found forever homes.

Cyra Velasquez on the runway at Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD).

By the end of the night, I was exhausted! But I had to somehow recharge and save up energy for the next day, as it would be FWSD’s last runway show of the year.

Check back next Friday for my fourth and final FWSD recap!

One response to “Flashback Friday: Fashion Week San Diego (Part Three)

  1. Pingback: Flashback Friday: Fashion Week San Diego (Part Four – Final) – cyravelasquez·

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