Thursday, May 25, 2017

La Jolla Fashion Files | May 19, 2017

Bucket List Bash


Soroptimist International of La Jolla celebrated 70 years of service at the Birch Aquarium on May 13th.  This second annual Bucket List Bash began with a cocktail reception overlooking a breath taking view of La Jolla Cove.  The President Diana Hill welcomed the crowd.  Vickie Riggs, Vice President, took the podium and announced that Barbara Bry from City Council District 1 was honoring this Soroptimist Chapter with a “commendation” for serving the community.  Councilman Bry was unable to attend and sent Bridger Lanfer from her office to bestow the honor. 

During the evening two different awards were given:  Live Your Dream Award and the REBOOT Ladies.  TV personality Leonard Simpson made the presentations.  The first was the Live Your Dream awards given to three incredible ladies: Haniyyah Haqq, Chuc Le, and Otani Linn Laster.  Soroptimist helped these women get back on their feet after the struggles they have endured in their life.  This will give them a chance to pursue their careers and help with the raising of their children.   

Soroptimist has been focusing on women in the military since 2015.  The National Veterans Transition Service Inc. provides a 3-phase program to help the transition to the civilian world.  They call it “REBOOT”.  Maurice D. Wilson, MCPO, USN, designed the REBOOT Workshop to help veterans and was on hand to talk about the program.  Six amazing women finished the REBOOT Workshop and were honored on this extra special evening.  They were Andrea Griffin, Beverly Smith, Clara Bryant, Clairabella Bindoy, Beck Bujaki, and Camille West.   All nine of the honorees began the evening by having their make-up done by Karen Delgado from Karoli Make-up School and Cosmetics.  Everyone had their hair styled by Whattani of Del Mar Plaza.  All the honorees walked down the runway as Simpson commented on their history and goals.  Macy’s provided fashions for the women. 

The Soroptimist International of La Jolla helps women and girls with programs such as the Live Your Dream programs which Educates and Trains Women and the Dream It, Be It program which gives career support for girls.  Soroptimist means best for women and that is what they have been doing over the last 70 years in La Jolla.   

The Soroptimist have been instrumental in the La Jolla community.  In 1950’s they started a meeting place for seniors that is now the La Jolla Community Center.  They helped build Parker Auditorium at La Jolla High School. The Soroptimist convinced the merchants to display American flags for the 1969 San Diego Bicentennial and had a story published in Reader’s Digest about this “Avenue of Flags”.  In the 1980’s they raised funds by creating a Vaudeville Troupe.  In the 1990’s they held a symposium with UCSD School of Medicine and founded the Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health.  In 2010 they worked on preventing girls and young women from sexual exploitation in human slavery.  They have now added the REBOOT program to their list of accomplishments.  I can’t wait to see what they do for the next 70 years!  For more information about this amazing organization visit: www.soroptimistlj.org





Upcoming Events


Saturday, May 27th, 2017 Meet The Makers presented by Fashion Week San Diego from 5-7 will feature FWSD17 Designers.  Hosted drinks, raffles, artists & fashion designers from the LGBT community.  Location is 3102 Reynard Way.  The event is free. 

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 Stiffened Sculpted Lace Hat Class.  Australian Milliner Jane Stoddart will teach a one-day workshop on her signature style of hats.  For more information or reservations call: (619) 239-4287. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017 Cali Luv Fashion Show & Expo presented by SD Small business Forum from 12:00pm to 6:00pm at the San Diego Marriott La Jolla.  Ticket $10 available at www.eventbrite.com.   


This article originally appeared in La Jolla Today on May 19, 2017. Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned Couture Milliner based in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Learn more about our Hat Designer, Teacher & Blogger at www.DianaCavagnaro.com

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Fashion Files | May 5, 2017

Social Service League Takes Top Award


G.O.L.D. (Gifts of Loving Donors) Diggers presented the 24th Annual Hats Off To San Diego on April 28th.   The event took place at the gorgeous Estancia Hotel & Spa in La Jolla.   The theme for the day was “As Time Goes By”.   The events began with a Champagne Social and Silent Auction.  The Mistress of Ceremonies was Geni Cavitt who welcomed everyone.  The Co-Chairs of the event were Gold Digger President Charlotte Perry and Gold Digger Executive Vice President Gerri Teyssier. Sonia Wilson was announced as GOLD Digger of the Year.  

A presentation was made to two Beneficiaries.  Each one received $4000 for their work in the community.  The first was Autism Tree Project Foundation, which works with Education, Advocacy, and Early Intervention.  The second beneficiary was the Playwrights Project that empowers individuals to voice their stories through playwriting programs and theatre productions. 

The program continued with the Betty Mabee Parade of Hats.  Every year there are 12 nonprofit organizations that create a hat using the theme. Each organization makes an elaborate hat and many of the hats were adorned with clocks in keeping with the theme, “ As Time Goes By”.  A representative of each organization modeled the hat on the runway and then strolled throughout the audience showing their creation.  Everyone in the audience was given a chance to vote for their favorite.   The Best themed hat went to B.A.B.E.S. that was modeled by Jamie Tyrone.  This Golden Shovel Award garnered $750 for Beating Alzheimer’s By Embracing Science. 

Carol Fasching
modeled the 3rd Place Prospector Award. $1000 was awarded to Angels of Aseltine.  The 2nd Place 49er Award went to B.A.B.E.S. for $1500 and was modeled by Jamie Tyrone.  The 1st Place 18-Karat Gold Award went to Social Service League of La Jolla for $2,500.  Kristi Pieper modeled this winning hat.  Gold Diggers has a Wild Card Drawing for one of the organizations who wasn’t voted in the top three.  The wild card winner was Classics 4 KIDS taking home $750.  Each year a money hat is decorated with $500.  This year it was created by Jill Courtemanche and the lucky winner of this hat went to Carol DeBaca

The Gold Diggers is a local non-profit that has been in San Diego for 24 years.  They give to smaller charities that are instrumental in providing assistance to children, the elderly, crime victims and others. If you missed this philanthropic event and want to find out more information visit: www.golddiggerssandiego.org.



Upcoming Events


Friday, May 12th, 2017 Golden Scissors Fashion Show & Awards at the Sheraton Harbor Island Hotel & Marina (In the Pavilion) at 5:30pm.  San Diego Mesa College fashion students show their designs.  For info: (760) 994-8083.  

Friday, May 12th, 2017 Surfrider Art Gala from 6:00pm-9:00pm at Paradise Point Resort.  Six Fashion Week San Diego designers have been commissioned to create original pieces of fashion art from trash.  Aaron Chang is the Honorary Chair.  To purchase ticket visit:  https://sandiego.surfrider.org/artgala/ 
 

Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned Couture Milliner based in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Learn more about our Hat Designer, Teacher & Blogger at www.DianaCavagnaro.com

Sunday, May 14, 2017

San Diego Fashion Files | May 2017

Hats Off to Everything’s Coming Up Roses


The Altrusa International Club of San Diego presented their annual Fashion Show at the Double Tree Hotel at Hazard Center on April 22. This Luncheon and Fashion Show began with a silent auction and boutique shopping. If you forgot to wear your hat, guests could purchase one at the vendor booths. Hats From Wyatt was there with hats for the occasion. Willa Deen Isbell Ramsay, Ed. D looked stylish in her Oscar de la Renta hat and St. John Knit. Ramsay was signing copies of her book, "Reach for the Stars!!"

As guest sat down for the luncheon, “The Corvelles” who gave a tribute to the Supremes, entertained them. This trio was a real crowd pleaser with their Motown music. The President Charlotte Perry welcomed everyone. Barbara Hill was Master of Ceremonies for the afternoon and got the festivities going.

Fashions from the Show were from Chico’s at UTC. Nicola Martin was commentator for the show. There were models in all sizes, shapes, and ages. Martin gave the audience tips on the latest styles in fashion. Some of the spring and summer fashions were the colors of turquoise and also the color tangerine. One of the big season trends is the off the shoulder look. As an added treat Martin gave a demonstration on how to turn a long oblong scarf into a vest. She showed how easy it is for anyone to do it and the look is very chic. Martin also showed how to accessorize each outfit. Chico’s philosophy on accessories is that one piece is good, two are better, and three are amazing!

All the proceeds go to Altrusa that is a non-profit organization dedicated to improve the economic well- being and quality of life. They do this through commitment to community services and literacy. Some of the organizations they support are Rady Children’s Hospital, Wreaths Across America, The Ronald McDonald House and Second Chance Program. For more information visit: www.altrusasandiego.org




FAB Workshop


Fashion Week San Diego presented a FAB Authority Workshop at the FIDM San Diego’s downtown location. The topic of this event was Intellectual Property given by Knobbe Martens. This was a great opportunity to hear Jason J. Jardine, Loni Morrow, and Jeff Van Hoosear talk about the legal issues needed to protect your brand. Some of the topics were copyrights, trademarks, patents, and how to safeguard your designs.

The FAB (Fashion Art Business) Authority helps merging Fashion and Art entrepreneurs. This was the first scheduled event for Fashion Week San Diego this year. On May 13th they will present their Spring Showcase at the Hotel Del Coronado. An announcement will be made to disclose the location of the Runway Show on October 5th and 6th. Stay tuned for more information or visit: www.fashionweeksd.com.

Upcoming Events


January 14, 2017-June 4, 2017 Knotted Fiber Jewelry This exhibition by Sandy Swirnoff is at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park. The artist combines the old with the new using various beads and a form of macramé. Hours are Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5-pm.

Friday May 12th, 2017- Golden Scissors Fashion Show at the Sheraton Harbor Island Hotel from 5:30pm to 9:00pm. San Diego Mesa College fashion students show their designs. For info: (760) 994-8083.

Saturday May 13th, 2017 FWSD17 Spring Showcase at the Hotel del Coronado from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. For tickets visit: www.tickets.sandiego.org

Thursday June 1st, 2017 –Atlantis Fashion Show & Luncheon at the Marriott Marquis, San Diego Marina benefiting the Epilepsy Foundation San Diego County. For tickets visit www.epilepsysandiego.org

Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned Couture Milliner based in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Learn more about our Hat Designer, Teacher & Blogger at www.DianaCavagnaro.com

Saturday, April 15, 2017

La Jolla Fashion Files | April 7, 2017

The Global Community


The La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival is gearing up for the 8th year starting on July 20-22, 2017. In the past this annual event has been at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCASD). Since it is under renovation and expansion for the next 2 years, the Festival will be moving to a new location at the Mandeville Auditorium. Attendance has accelerated each year and the Festival producer Fred Sweet said they already have 1300 reservations.

Although this event is by invitation only there will be many free events where La Jollans can come and be part of in this Global Community. One of the exciting events that the community can watch is the Red Carpet late afternoon and evening on Friday the 21st and Saturday the 22nd. It is a chance to come and see all the stars and celebrities come down the Red Carpet. In the past some of the celebrities have been: Sue Wong, Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe, Zandra Rhodes, and Bruno Aveilaan.

Another opportunity for the community is to come to the After Parties on Friday and Saturday night between 11pm-2am. The Venue will be at The LOT for these ultra chic gatherings. The LOT is open to the public so this is a great chance to come and mix and mingle with everyone. You will be able to see actors and actresses in their costumes from the films and meet the filmmakers who have come here from all around the world.

On Saturday afternoon there will be a no pass matinee for the public. This is a great chance to view some of these fashion films. For those who come to the matinee it is a perfect time to hang around after the filming and stay for a viewing of the red carpet. Don’t forget to bring your cameras.

This year I was asked to have many of my hats in the filming of “Habana 3AM”. This is the world premier of the high fashion film that features the famous fictional actor Max Vogue. He has been knocked unconscious and travels through a Lewis Carroll world where he meets his icons and divas such as Maria Felix, Salvador Dali, Elsa Schiaparelli, Ernest Hemingway, and Josephine Baker. Antonio Contreras who is the mastermind behind the Max Vogue character is also a sensational artist and has made “Loteria cards” for all the cast and crewmembers of “Habana 3AM”. The official poster for the film is made from all these innovative “Loteria cards”.

Contreras has also created a weekly comic series with the character Max Vogue. It is an ingenious concept where Max Vogue is pictured as a brilliant time traveling fashion detective who can be moody and angst filled at times. This ongoing weekly series is distributed by LJIFFF through La Jolla’s global weekly updates and festival experiences. Contreras’s innovative artwork may be viewed at the Art Installation on Thursday July 20th, which will also be at The LOT.

This Global Community is growing by leaps and bounds with more fashion people joining forces and awesome Internet collaborations. Fred Sweet said that the Festival even had romantic team ups that have lead to marriages. To keep abreast with Max Vogue’s adventures or receive the latest Festival news visit: www.LJFFF.com

 




Upcoming Events


Friday, April 28th, 2017 The 24th Annual Hats Off to San Diego will be at the Estancia Hotel & Spa at 10:30pm. This luncheon & Betty Mabee Hat Parade is presented by The Gold Diggers (Gifts Of Loving Donors) for information, call Jackie Bailey, (619) 670-3643.

Sunday, April 30th, 2017 The 7th Annual Bags & Baubles will be presented at a private Rancho Santa Fe Estate from 1PM-5PM. (address will be supplied upon registration) This silent auction fundraiser goes to FACE who provides life-saving veterinary care for local pets. For more information visit: www.face4pets.org.
 

This Article originally appeared in La Jolla Today, April 7th, 2017. Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned Couture Milliner based in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Learn more about our Hat Designer, Teacher & Blogger at www.DianaCavagnaro.com

Thursday, April 13, 2017

San Diego Fashion Files | April 2017

“Nifty Fifties”


The sixth Annual FASHION REDUX! Held their 2017 Finale Party in Balboa Park on March 3. This annual design competition was co-hosted by the San Diego History Center and the Fashion Program at San Diego Mesa College. This year the theme was the “Nifty Fifties”. Everyone was encouraged to wear 50’s dress. A 1955 Thunderbird was parked at the entrance so that all the guests could take pictures with it.

Each year a different time period is picked and the students come in to view the historic garments as inspiration pieces. The next step in the competition involves creating the sketch, making muslin, and constructing the finished garment. Finally faculty and industry advisors judge these creations. The judge’s decisions are based on creativity, workmanship, and wear ability. Four finalists were chosen and the garments were put on display at the History Center leading up to the finale. The inspirational pieces from the Historic Clothing and Textile Collection were also on exhibition to give everyone a better idea of the process.

A Finale party and reception was held to announce the winners. During this time the guests had the opportunity to cast their vote for the “People’s Choice Award”. The “Lead Designer” and “ People’s Choice Award” went to Juliet Liet. Kara Riekstins and Phitsenee Jirathamrongkarn tied for second place. The third place finisher was Rachel Merrill. This year a special award went to Carla Robyn W. as the best 50’s dressed guest.

After the awards presentation, the crowd retired to the auditorium for an awesome presentation by Gabe Selek who is the History Ambassador. Selek shared his wide knowledge of the 1950’s history in San Diego. Mesa Fashion Professor Susan Lazear gave an illustrated fashion lecture on the fashion styles of the 1950’s. Bringing a close to this marvelous evening, Lazear went through the entire process of creating these inspirational garments for the audience.

As a follow up the Villa Montezuma in Sherman Heights was open for a tour on March 25th. The four inspirational pieces of the students were on display and the designers were able to speak to the guests about their collaboration with the History Center. The Villa Montezuma is a Victorian Mansion built in 1887 for Jesse Shepard. They are only open 4 times a year so this was a great opportunity for the students to talk with the public about their creations. For more information about the History Center visit: sandiegohistory.org. San Diego Mesa College is a two-year college with associate degrees in Fashion, Merchandising, and Computer Technology. For more information Visit: www.sdmesa.org


Upcoming Events


January 14, 2017-June 4, 2017 Knotted Fiber Jewelry This exhibition by Sandy Swirnoff is at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park. The artist combines the old with the new using various beads and a form of macramé. Hours are Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5-pm.

Thursday April 27th, 2017 FAB Authority presents an Intellectual Property Workshop with Knobbe Martens as part of Fashion Week San Diego at 6PM. This free event will be located at FIDM on 350 Tenth Avenue #300. RSVP at befab@fabauthority.org

Friday May 5th, 2017 “Double Oh Siete (007)” is a luncheon and fashion show fundraiser to benefit the Vista Hill Foundation at Town & Country Hotel. For info: (858) 449-8060.

Friday May 12th, 2017 Golden Scissors Fashion Show at the Sheraton Harbor Island Hotel. San Diego Mesa College fashion students show their designs. For info: (760) 994-8083.

This article originally appeared in the San Diego Downtown News April 2017. Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned Couture Milliner based in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Learn more about our Hat Designer, Teacher & Blogger at www.DianaCavagnaro.com

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

La Jolla Fashion Files | March 24, 2017

Live Your Dream


Soroptimist International of San Diego presented Women: Stronger Together on March 11th.    The Luncheon Fashion Show began with a fun boutique at the Sheraton Harbor Island Bay Tower.  There was a variety of jewelry, handbags, candles, and women’s wear.   Mistress of Ceremonies was Rory Devine who is an award winning news reporter for NBC San Diego and Geni Cavitt who is a local TV personality.  During the luncheon they held a live auction for an incredible hand made carpet from Turkey. 

Soroptimist means best for women and that is exactly what they do.  During the luncheon a Woman of Accomplishment Award was given out to Nicole Anderson.  Anderson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and works with homeless adults who have re-occurring mental illness and substance abuse issues.  Three other women were honored with the Live Your Life Dream awards.  The first was Samantha Arpallan who has turned her life around and is currently studying to be a lawyer so she can help others to find a change in their lives.  The second Honoree was Michelle Gutierrez who has overcome challenges in her life and currently is studying to prepare for medical school.  The third honoree was Viridiana Romero who has beat many hardships and is studying to become a Registered Nurse. 

The upbeat Fashion Show was presented by Gretchen Productions.  Gretchen Bergman has an extensive background in dancing and modeling so it is not unexpected that she presents a theatrical fashion show.   The runway was located in the center of the audience.  The models came out four at a time using cubes that were interspersed on the stage for this entertaining show.  The beginning number opened with models wearing always-stylish black and white garments from Macy’s.  My favorite was a segment with children playing games such as badminton, beach ball, and jumping rope. One segment included fashion forward designs by London’s Ted Baker. Other must have fashions included Satori Designs and Carlisle.  The finale featured gorgeous evening gowns all in shades of sapphire blue also from Macy’s.  

The proceeds from this event go to the Soroptimist International of San Diego.  This international organization is made up of professional women who work to help local women and girls.  They furnish safe houses for abused women, education, and support to prevent trafficking and sexual slavery for women and girls.  For more information about the Soroptimist International of San Diego visit: www.sisandiego.org

 

Photos: Diana Cavagnaro/La Jolla Today              

Upcoming Events


Friday, April 28th, 2017 The 24th Annual Hats Off to San Diego will be at the Estancia Hotel & Spa at 10:30pm.  This luncheon & Betty Mabee Hat Parade is presented by The Gold Diggers (Gifts Of Loving Donors) For information, call Jackie Bailey, (619) 670-3643. 

Sunday, April 30th, 2017 The 7th Annual Bags & Baubles will be presented at a private Rancho Santa Fe Estate from 1PM-5PM. (address will be supplied upon registration)  This silent auction fundraiser goes to FACE who provides life-saving veterinary care for local pets.  For more information visit: www.face4pets.org


 This Article originally appeared in La Jolla Today, March 24th, 2017. Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned Couture Milliner based in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Learn more about our Hat Designer, Teacher & Blogger at www.DianaCavagnaro.com

Saturday, March 25, 2017

San Diego Fashion Files | March 2017

Something Old is New Again


The Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park is presenting an amazing exhibit called Knotted Fiber Jewelry. The exhibit is a retrospective of Sandy Swirnoff ‘s work and consists of approximately 30 necklaces and bracelets. Swirnoff uses many materials to create her work such as amber, turquoise, Czech glass beads, and antique glass shards. The shards from the 1900’s came from Tiffany, Galle, Peynaud and Daum.

The story began back in the 80’s when a truck lost control and crashed into a store window in Oregon. The window contained beautiful art glass from the Art Nouveau period which was broken into pieces from the impact. Finding these pieces of treasure, Swirnoff created pieces of art with them. By recycling them she breathed new life into them. Pieces of shard that use to be gorgeous pieces of artwork were transformed into new pieces of incredible knotted fiber jewelry.

The jewelry pieces are hand knotted much like the process of macramé. The bezel around each piece of shard is beaded. These creations are one of a kind using gorgeous colors and texture in her designs. Each one of these pieces is named and reflects a huge influence of nature. Many are created free form with out a preconceived plan.

One of my favorites was the one named Frida after Frida Kahlo with amazing Tibetan coral, Indonesian silver, seed beads and fiber. Another was the Tiffany blue glass shard with a Tiffany bracelet. Quezal feathered gold with Quezal antique glass shard, gold metal leaves, and seed beads. It is hard to pick a favorite because they are all made with such imagination and creativity.

Swirnoff retired from a career in Psychotherapy and began studying jewelry. She has only been creating Knotted Fiber Jewelry for 25 years and will leave an indelible mark on the world with her distinctive artwork. She even has one of her pieces as part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Art and design in New York City.

Knotted Fiber Jewelry will be on exhibit from January 14 –June 6. This is a not to be missed exhibit with incredible originality. Swirnoff will be giving a demonstration on April 28 at Noon at the Mingei International Museum. This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to see how she creates these pieces of art. A book was published in conjunction with the exhibit and can be purchased at the museum. For more information on Swirnoff, visit her website at: www.swirnoff.com.

The Mingei International Museum is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park. It houses folk art, craft, and design from around the world. Museum hours are Tuesday-Sunday 10AM to 5PM. For more information visit: www.mingei.org.
 



Upcoming Events


January 14, 2017-June 4, 2017 Knotted Fiber Jewelry This exhibition by Sandy Swirnoff is at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park. The artist combines the old with the new using various beads and a form of macramé. Hours are Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5-pm.

Friday March 3rd, 2017 Fashion Redux! 2017 Finale Party at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park from 6pm-8pm. Four finalist from San Diego Mesa College will have their 1950 inspired designs on display from February 21-March 3, 2017. For tickets visit: www.sandiegohistory.org/event/fashion-redux-2017-finale-party

Thursday, March 9th, 2017 Debut Collection of Malia Designs at Rigby & Peller from 6PM-8PM. Malia designs are handcrafted handbags and accessories. Learn how they fight human trafficking with Fair Trade Fashion.

Saturday March 25th, 2017 Fashion With A Passion at 11am-3: 30pm located at FIDM on 350 Tenth Avenue. There will be a Vendor Village with boutiques for shopping, a make-up artist & jewelry designers, an Ultimate Fashion Swap, Raffles, Silent Auction and a Fashion Show presented by a top FIDM designer. Proceeds go to Make- A- Wish San Diego. Tickets at: www.fashionwithapassion.org

This article originally appeared in the San Diego Downtown News March 2017. Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned Couture Milliner based in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Learn more about our Hat Designer, Teacher & Blogger at www.DianaCavagnaro.com