Thursday, January 16, 2014

January Fashion Files

Fashion Files - January 2014

Designer Vault
Christina Samoylov (Designer Vault)
& Celebrity Stylist Daniel Musto
Designer Vault presented a Trunk Show at PreFAB located in the newly opened Headquarters at Seaport District.   PreFAB is a creative space for pop-ups, trunk shows, meetings or gallery shows. Designer Vault was a collection of Vintage and pre-owned handbags, clothing, and accessories.  The Holidays are a great time for shopping especially for those who love Chanel.   This was the largest collection of Chanel that I have seen and I was in seventh heaven.   The founder of Designer Vault is Christina Samoylov a graduate of New York’s Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM).

Celebrity stylist Daniel Musto and Dean Hall were on hand to help style everyone in these designer duds.  In addition to the Chanel, one could find many other designers such as Balenciaga and Hermes plus an array of handbags to please every Fashionista.  A portion of the proceeds went to Promises2Kids, which is a non-profit started in 1981 to fight against child abuse and help the needs of foster children. If you missed this uber chic event check out Christina Samoylov’s online boutique at:  
Gaslamp went to the Dogs
 The Gaslamp was the scene for the 6th annual Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade & Expo on
December 8th starting at the Hilton Gaslamp Quarter Hotel.  This event was presented by Downtown Ace Hardware and included fun booths with dog products, specialty foods for fido, pet photography, pet supplies, and a wide range of canine products.  Dogs of all sizes big and small were decked out in holiday costumes.  There were also many other critters such as cats and Guinea Pigs.  They all congregated in the park having a good time and enjoying the vendors.  The contestants walked to 5th Avenue where the parade began with Leo, the Grand Marshall leading the charge.

Jan Savage and
Sir Ruffles von Vicious
The “Poop Patrol”
Winners were:  Winner of Best Costume Made Out of Duct Tape presented by Downtown Ace Hardware:  Tom turner and Minnie Mouse, Winner of Ugliest Christmas Sweater:  Dan Johnson and Coconut the French Bulldog, Winner of Cutest Critter:  Anna Morales and Annie the Mini Yorkie, Winner of Best Pet Costume:  Joseph Jaslow and Byron the “Dog Year Blimp”, Winner of Best Pet Costume (non-canine):  Erica Nasby and Sneaky the Guinea Pig, Winner of Best Pet Holiday Costume:  Mary Caraway and Bailey the “Yorkie Snowman”. My favorite at the parade was Jan Savage and Sir Ruffles von Vicious, the “Poop Patrol”.  They were the Winner of best Costumed Duo and I thought it was the most creative outfit. Winner of Best Costumed Group:  Gaetano Marino and Family, with Mx. Halle as “The Elf Family”.

This year’s Best in Show was the Elf Family:Justin Peverly and Kitty the Great Dane, as the “Reindeer on Strike”.  They will lead off next year’s Parade as the 2014 Grand Marshal.  Save the date for the 7th Annual on Sunday, December 14, 2014.  For more information on next year’s Gaslamp Pet Parade visit:

Upcoming Events
Sunday, January 26, 2014-Winter Bridal Bazaar with fashion shows presented by Gretchen Productions at the San Diego Convention Center. Three shows presented throughout the day. For more info: 760-334-5500.

Thursday, February 13, 2014 -2nd Annual Hearts, Hats & Heels Luncheon & Fashion Show at the Rancho Santa Fe Country Club from 11AM-3PM.  For information call: (619) 306-3498.

Friday, February 14, 2014 Go Red For Women Luncheon & Fashion Show featuring the designs of Zandra Rhodes at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines from 10AM-2PM.  For information call: (858) 410-3834

Monday, February 24, 2014 through March 9: San Diego History Center presents the exhibit Fashion Redux! 2014 which will feature 4 top designers from San Diego Mesa College. The finalist created contemporary garments inspired by 1930’s.  For more information call: (619) 232-6203.

Originally appeared in the San Diego Downtown News - January 2014.  Read it online HERE. 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 Council and the Fashion Group International.

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