Fashion Files: A spotlight on San Diego’s fashion shows
by Diana Cavagnaro
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A model wears one of Ines Di Santo’s glamorous designs. 
Diana Cavagnaro | La Jolla Village News
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Some Like It Haute

M Bride presented “Some Like It Haute” on Sept. 27 at the W Hotel. Arturo Sierra provided music while guests sipped on specialty cocktails and munched on hors d’oeuvres. Designers Ines Di Santo and Kevan Hall made personal appearances, showing off their latest collection. These glamorous fashions were modeled throughout the evening on jumbo cubes. Each gown was en-hanced by exquisite jewelry by Juelerie.

Ines Di Santo is a leading designer of evening and bridal couture. These luxurious gowns are made of the finest materials, using European craftsmanship. Di Santo’s signature designs are drop-waist silhouettes with embellished bodices. There were two collections shown: A Walk in Italy and a Garden of Paris. These collections were the ultimate in femininity with fabulous fit.

Hall stepped into the spotlight when he accepted the prestigious position as design and creative director of the house of Halston. Hall single-handedly revived this dormant brand from fall 1998-spring 2000. This talented designer went on to launch the Kevan Hall Collection in 2002. Hall’s signature designs are sleek silhouettes and elegant styles. Many stars have been seen on the red carpet in his stylish designs.

M Bride is a première bridal salon located in La Jolla. This exclusive house carries fashion-forward designers like Hall and Di Santo. They were both in town for a two-day trunk show at M Bride on Sept. 27-28. For more information, visit

Vixen pop-up

Vixen presented a pop-up boutique and Fashion Show at the Spa of La Jolla on Sept. 20. Vixen produces curated events featuring fashion, music and art. Vendors set up boutiques for fabulous shopping deals and the all the guests were scurrying around shopping for incredible buys. The RealReal was a featured vendor. It offers a premier online luxury resale store. DJs entertained the crowd as they sipped on cocktails and ate gourmet food. Visitors participated in a clothing swap. Art from Thumbprint Gallery was on display, including the production of live art. The Spa of La Jolla gave free select spa services. This top-notch skincare and day spa offers facial massage, body awareness and rejuvenation.

The fashion show is always the most anticipated portion of the evening. Street Chic featured amazing fashions with fabulous clothes and jewelry. Satori Designs rocked the crowd with eclectic clothing that was accented by a mix of global fusion. Shop Moderne showed off fashion-forward clothing.

This night of beauty and fashion was topped off with terrific VIP gift bags for everyone. For information on the next pop-up boutique, visit

Strut For Sobriety!

A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing) presented its 8th annual Strut for Sobriety, a luncheon and fashion show held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina Grand Ballroom on Sept. 8. The afternoon kicked off with a fun boutique and silent auction, followed by a luncheon and entertainment by Junior Crew. Guest auctioneers Little Tommy Sablan and Laura Cain from KYXY 96.5 also added excitement to the audience.

Guest emcees Rory Devine from NBC 7 and Geni Cavitt handed out the PATH to Recovery awards to: Denise and Gary Cullen, founders of Broken-No-More and national directors of GRASP (Grief Recovery After Substance Passing); Major Neill Franklin, executive director of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition); Kathi Lencione, senior vice president and CEO of Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital and Sharp McDonald Center; and philanthropist Virginia Napierskie. A special award was given to DeeDee Sagun as a Decade of Dedication honoree.

Gretchen Productions produced this upbeat fashion show. Fashions presented were from Macy’s West at Horton Plaza and eveningwear from Macy’s at Fashion Valley. The styles coming down the runway showed a trend for solid colors, especially cobalt blue and candy apple red. Another standout trend was tribal prints in geometric patterns. Eveningwear was almost all back with some navy blue.

Proceeds from the event benefited A New PATH, a non-profit that works toward reducing the stigma of substance abuse in order to increase access to quality drug addition treatment services. The goal of PATH is to save lives, heal families and move towards a healthier society. For more information visit

– Diana Cavagnaro is a nationally recognized hat designer and milliner. Diana has been operating a fashion business for 30 years, the last 20 years in downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter. She has been teaching in the fashion department at San Diego Mesa College for 20 years. Diana is an active member of the Gaslamp Quarter Association, the American Sewing Guild, the San Diego Costume Countil and the Fashion Group International.

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