Fashion Week San Antonio finale: 'The Emerging Designer Show'

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Fashion Week San Antonio wrapped up on Friday evening with a final Fashion Group International (FGI) event, “The Emerging Designer Show.” Hosted in an historical part of Sunset Station, “The Depot,” the runway show began spectacularly thanks to the beautiful building’s vaulted ceilings, balcony seating and 1,000 lights. State Representative Joaquin Castro, was not only excited about San Antonio’s third annual fashion week, but said the city would continue to support it for years to come.

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The first models down the catwalk wore Malissa Long’s Spring/Summer 2012 creations, which began with smaller fitted clothes, and continued with looser, cooler numbers, like a fun orange “trash bag” dress with chest embellishments. Long’s pieces often mixed the fitted and loose look, and while her poufy gray shorts and splash-colored dresses and tops were inspiring, be on the look-out for her array of multi-color-blocked handbags. They are a must-have.

Carol Reyes’s collection was a little bid louder, with interesting looks including a pink and black fur coat with silk waist belt over a fitted two-toned dress which was completed with ruffles around the bottom. Her creative take on color blocking included dresses with black and white polka dots. However—above everything else—her black flowered elbow-length gloves were so sexy and elegant I’d like to wear them everywhere—like a six-year-old princess; to school, to bed, to Halloween, everywhere.

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Dolores Vernor featured warm weather clothes with intriguing detail; a gray calf-length coat with fur collars and cuffs, and black longhorn logos on pink background. The attention-getting “Cruella di Vil” jacket, another take on the popular color blocking, incorporated large vertical black and white stripes.

The “featured” designer of the evening was Adrienne Yunger, whose memorable outfits included her fresher designs.  A man in golf clothes wore army green and navy blue plaid pants, accompanied by a bright blue billowy top with bright stripes. Other looks were Native American-inspired as men donned colorful coral pants with tops in Southwestern-colored palates which were also reflected in Yunger’s dresses.

Toni Jackson’s noteworthy House of Krimson label was inventive and reminiscent of ‘Lady Victoria’ while my favorite designs of the evening were created by the duo Monique Ganis and Petrecia Falcon. Their collection felt like I was going to London in the fall, winter—or even spring for that matter, thanks to the city’s temperamental weather. Gorgeous double breasted coats and chic gray business suits inspired, while a flowy umbrella jacket with bright red lining twirled and twirled. It was a romantic ending to a romantic evening.

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