When: Tue., Nov. 4, 6:30 p.m. 2014
In 2012, Tony Harris started Moda Next as an emerging designer competition. “We selected some of the best young talent,” he gushes, “and we did intensive research to find out who would be great to represent San Antonio on a Fashion Week platform.” And from that pool of talented designers the panel selected a single winner. This year, however, the runway does not stop after fashion week for Moda Next designers. Harris states, “I wanted to take that young emerging talent and … create this program into which we could get funding and mentorship … It’s about creating a working industry here so that designers can have their own shops and they [can] thrive.” Starting in 2015, the newly formed San Antonio Fashion Council will provide mentorship and business support to the Moda Next designers in hopes of keeping cutting-edge young talent in the Alamo City. This year’s showcase represents what, in the words of Harris, is “so next” in fashion. The emerging designers include Valerie Perez, VERSEAU; Blanquita Sullivan, Bonjour Biqui; Bruno Horwath, Ala Verb Clothing; Joey Ramirez, Jose Ramirez; and Christian Alonzo, ’91 Authentic. This will be the first year two emerging menswear designers show collections at Moda Next (Horwath and Alonzo).