When: Thu., Nov. 5, 7 p.m. and Fri., Nov. 6, 7 & 8 p.m. 2015
Moda Next: Fashion's Forthcoming (7pm Thu): Fashion Week San Antonio producer Tony Harris created the Moda Next showcase back in 2012 as an emerging designer competition. Today, with support from the City of San Antonio and the Department for Culture & Creative Development, the program exists as an incubator for local talent, providing not only a platform during FWSA, but also mentoring and business support throughout the year. Harris promises this will be the best Moda Next yet, with returning designers Joey Ramirez, Valerie Perez, Christian Alonzo, Blanquita Sullivan and Bruno Horwath tearing up the runway with a "more secure and confident" aesthetic. Tessa Guerra, owner of the Pearl's Roo & Me, also joins the lineup with her line of children's clothes. "It's always about showing what's next, showing what's cutting-edge, showing what's fashion-forward. These emerging designers are exactly what that is. Fashion Week is really centered around the young talent and what they have to show," says Harris. Anthony Ryan (7pm Fri): Reality television junkies may have already noticed a familiar face lurking in The Anthill, the new Stone Oak boutique owned by none other than Project Runway All Stars winner and Project Runway contestant Anthony Ryan Auld. Known for his definitive shapes and bold fabric selections, the fan favorite saw the Alamo City as the perfect spot to finally set down roots after his whirlwind competition experience; now, he's ready to wow his new hometown audiences with his premiere FWSA presentation, "The Darkness and the Light." "A new world. A new chance. A different adventure ... One never knows what danger lies lurking in the wood," teases Ryan of the upcoming collection. Samantha Plasencia (8pm Fri): In San Antonio, the name Samantha Plasencia is synonymous with fashion. From her first place win at University of the Incarnate Word's Cutting Edge Fiesta fashion show, to the Moda Next showcase, to a stint on Project Runway, to numerous showings at FWSA, her "urban chic with a bit of edge" looks have consistently been in line with the fashion world at large. Constantly evolving, her upcoming collection combines her signature streetwear aesthetic with experiments in non-fabric materials for waterproofing and sustainability. Expect to see more men's designs this time around: "I got inspired for this line by a lot of hip-hop artists that are taking fashion to a more simplistic yet still cool look," Plasencia explains.