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Tony Harris Dishes About Fashion Week San Antonio

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Moda Next designers Valerie Perez, Christian Alonzo, Bruno Horwath, Blanquita Sullivan and Joey Ramirez - COURTESY
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  • Moda Next designers Valerie Perez, Christian Alonzo, Bruno Horwath, Blanquita Sullivan and Joey Ramirez

Moda Next: Fashion's Forthcoming

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 says, "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). $15-$30, 6:30pm Tue, Nov 4, Texas A&M–San Antonio Educational & Cultural Arts Center, 101 S Santa Rosa.

Model Isabeli Fontana in a look from Morena Rossa, one of three Brazilian lines showing at Fashion Week San Antonio. - COURTESY
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  • Model Isabeli Fontana in a look from Morena Rossa, one of three Brazilian lines showing at Fashion Week San Antonio.

Bonita Brazil: International Runway

Straight from Brazil, Morena Rosa, Moikana and Cynthia Fontenalla promise an evening filled with feminine mystique. This will be the second year at Fashion Week San Antonio for Morena Rosa. "They believe in this American market," Harris says, "San Antonio specifically, because of our culture and heritage, and they have really worked hard to bring the best of the best."

Spoiler alert: Harris dropped hints about a big surprise for the evening's showcase. "They have a very entertaining surprise that is flying in for the event," he muses, "what they're investing in Fashion Week is quite exciting and groundbreaking for fashion." $15-$35, 6:30pm Wed, Nov 5, Texas A&M–San Antonio Educational & Cultural Arts Center, 101 S Santa Rosa.

Forever 21

Forever 21 is a staple in malls across America, but what most people don't know is that it's the fifth largest retailer in the world. With new stores popping up regularly, Forever 21 is fashionably on fire, and the San Antonio runway is sure to burn up with their "high-fashion affordable" apparel. "It's important with any Fashion Week, or with any presentation, to show a variety of price points," Harris explains. $15-$30, 6:30pm Fri, Nov 7, Texas A&M–San Antonio Educational & Cultural Arts Center, 101 S Santa Rosa.

Arte of Fashion Gallery

Staged in conjunction with Public Art San Antonio's X Marks the Art initiative and the Department for Cultural & Creative Development, the inaugural Arte of Fashion Gallery on Houston Street will be revealed at the start of Fashion Week and will remain on view for the next six months. "I thought it would be so cool if we could ... unveil a fashion takeover of X Marks the Art. And with that idea, Harris commissioned a group of designers, artists and fashionista friends to develop window displays inspired by fashion.

Without disclosing too many details, Harris teases about the installations, including a lucha libre-inspired scene created with high-fashion labels and a series of larger-than-life accessories crafted from wood. "I'm really excited about [the gallery] because it's another opportunity to educate the community about our industry and let you know it's very accessible," Harris explains, "We just want you to think about fashion all the time." Free, from Sat, Nov 1, downtown Houston Street.

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