San Diego Fashion Week held its Spring Showcase

San Diego Fashion Week presented a spring showcase to announce the designers of FWSD2022 on April 23 at the Republic Hotel. First, they introduced a new Community Sponsors Night featuring established fashion brand sponsors.

Sierra Mitchell, who is the top current designer, showed off and Territa Torres, who won first and second place in previous years, also showcased designs from their current inventory. Additional designers announced were womenswear brand called ODD Bird Designs by Brittany Arriola, Dorothea by Janelle Arnold, MOTIV by Marco Champion, Needles & Spines by Grace Spath, designer Nina Cicolo, Elegantique by Farah Shamoun, Jumpball Apparel by Danny Essix and Bliss and Bles Clothing by Lindsey Bles.

Look for these designers at the FWSD22 designer shows. The event will take place on October 8 at the Andaz where each designer will launch a collection of 10 pieces. FWSD2022 will feature a Knobbe Martens Legal Workshop on July 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This event will cover intellectual property law issues.

Hosts for the evening were NBC 7 San Diego meteorologist Jodi Kodesh and longtime commentator Jonathan Harris. The fun started with Kevin DelMaestro of Saxophone Music SD. He wowed the crowd and at one point was playing his tenor saxophone on the floor.

SD Stylist Angel Tan was part of the Community Night to make the spring showcase more interactive and bring in sponsorships/partnerships with FWSD. She is a wedding stylist who was featured on E Entertainment and worked as an event stylist and coordinator for famous WWE wrestler John Cena.

Designer needles and thorns.
Designer Nina Cicolo.
Designer ODD Bird Designs. PICTURES BY 656 PHOTOGRAPHY

Guests have enjoyed the Hotel Republic’s Topside Kitchen Bar and Grill as well as the refreshing Koozies at Cutwater. Sweet desserts were provided by Topside Kitchen Bar.

FWSD2022 was lucky enough to book award-winning comedian Jason Stuart for this kickoff. He has starred in over 250 movies and TV shows, including “GOLIATH” with Billy Bob Thornton. He just won Best Actor in an Independent Series with his hit show on Amazon Prime, titled “Smothered.” Stuart performed a comedy as part of the community night ahead of the 2022 creator announcements.

Additionally, FWSD will showcase Haute STEAM. This is a youth fashion sustainability workshop on July 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This summer program will allow students under the age of 18 to find out what part of fashion they want to specialize in before applying to a fashion school. For updates, visit


April 8-Oct. 2: “Fold, twist, tie” – This is an exhibit on Moses’ paper hats at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday to Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday to Friday. At the same time, there will be a lecture by Diana Cavagnaro on Hats at Coffee and Conversation, which will take place on June 24 from 10:30 to 11:30 am at the Frances Hamilton White Art Library.

Friday, May 20: 41st Annual Golden Scissors Fashion Show presented by the San Diego Mesa College Fashion Department at 7 p.m. Register to view this screening online using this link:

Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally acclaimed couture milliner based in the San Diego area. Learn more about our hat designer, teacher and blogger at

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