When I first laid eyes on this artist she captured me. She had taken to the runway stage for a quick photo by her husband. Not many probably noticed but I did. And then when I realized she was a designer at the fashion show it made a little more sense.
Giovanna DizZurita and I bumped into each other again at an International Fashion panel this spring. Everyone there was intrigued by this artist’s new twist on fashion. She creates art on canvas and has now started to screen print the images onto material for items to be made- Custom clothes and home decor. From dresses to t-shirts to pillows and backpacks she is spreading her art all around.
Gio is a gem to be around. She is charming and vibrant about her work. Her husband is sweet and supports his wife in all her efforts. Gio has a mixed media style all her own.
This past Saturday Grio’s Gallery highlighted some new artwork and some new duds. Complete with a catwalk, dj and ordering station this event showcased Gio’s originality and creativeness.
If you are ever down at the Alley on Bitters be sure to stop in her gallery. And next time she has a runway, don’t miss it.
Online boutiques are all the rage these days. You can find them on Facebook and Instagram. Women are loving the ease of shopping for looks that they see others wearing through multiple social media platforms and blogs.
Plus, from a business standpoint, this has allowed entrepreneurs to get started in the fashion retail industry with little overhead and minimal startup costs. Alll you need is a “Shopify” (or marketplace) website, some inventory and a drive for social media and your boutique can be off and running. (I know some wholesale companies will even do the shipping for you. No inventory needed.)
And that is just how I came across our Fashion Friday boutique, on Instagram. I often peruse the fashion hashtags on Instagram ( #satxfashion, #sanantoniofashion #fashionblogger, etc) and this spring I came across My SAS Couture. With a clean logo and sweet dresses, this boutique spoke to my own personal style and what I thought you readers would love as well. So I reached out to meet the owner, Sirena.
Sirena is running her online boutique, of womens and girls clothing, out of her home office here in San Antonio. Her dream of owning a brick and mortar store is slowly becoming a reality as she builds a name for herself locally. My SAS Couture has been featured in two local fashion shows, EveryBody Beautiful and An Evening on South Beach Fashion Show, along with gaining exposure through her instagram account, @mysascouture.
San Antonio has some programs that help popup boutiques acquire a brick and mortar store after gaining a certain level of following and interest. Sirena is hopeful that this program, along with a possible kickstarter campaign, will help her get the storefront she has always dreamed of.
I loved visiting this little in home store with her cute summer dresses and off the shoulder tops. She has everything from leggings to jumpers, plus little girls clothing and dresses. She is even adding some plus sizes looks due to the demand and growing interest of that body type. Sirena has done a great job of keeping everything organized and new items coming in regularly.
My SAS Couture plans on having some pop up shops right in her own home and neighborhood this fall season. She will be featuring a Sip and Shop for her followers to try stuff on and enjoy an afternoon. Until then you can find all her stock on her website at www.mysascouture.com or follow her on Instagram @mysascouture.
If you love any of these looks click on the picture and you will be taken to the My Sas Couture shopping page. Let's show this local entrepreneur some love!
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One of my mottoes is Shop Local. Thats a big part of why I host the girls night out events once a month. To empower local women and give them an outlet to support other local women in business and friendship.
Because as we all know, when you buy from a local business an actual person does a happy dance. Plus this creates a stronger community of customers and friends who are supporting each other and not competing.
The same happens when you support a local designer on Kickstarter who has a great story about designing sustainable clothing and empowering women.
Meet Dina. A charming, quiet darling of a woman who has been in the fashion industry for 10 years. Previously she owned a boutique in Austin, Cypress Vanguard, with a handful of other designers back in 2011-2012 after she studied costume design at The University of Texas-Austin and then Fashion Design at The Academy of Art University for costume design.
Tragically, at the same time, Dina’s sister was diagnosed with cancer. So she left Austin to be with her family. Sadly her sister passed away. It was then, Dina started researching more about cancer and found that fashion was one of the top industries that harmed the environment which in turn causes more occurrences of cancer.
Driven by this tragic event, Dina wanted to start a line of clothing that was not only more sustainable, known as slow fashion, but also better for the people who would wear it and the environment. SixChell was born.
She launched a Kickstarter campaign and is hoping to reach her goal this week. If everyone just gives $10 she is sure to reach her goal and start rolling out her designs this fall.
Dina currently has three samples all made of vegan leather, Bamboo organic cotton, and Tencel Twill. You can learn more about supporting this local designer here in the video and donate to support her on Kickstarter here.
If you have hung out with me for any length of time you will discover that I definitely have my own style going on. Wearing “fashion” has never been my strong point. Mostly because I am the mother of five plus I always love things that fit my mood. I could be wearing a skirt or jeans or heels or running shoes. For me it all depends on how my day is filled.
But I have always loved being a part of watching designers flourish in their creative zones on runways, and behind sewing machines. Back in the day, when I had cable television and a DVR, (I am guessing some people still have these right?) I would record all the Project Runway shows along with America’s Next Top Model.
Spending hours catching up on all the episodes and relishing in the new ways the designers saw clothes and how those models displayed them. I think it was the little girl in me who always hoped to find this avenue of life. Although life took a different route my love for the industry is still burning strong.
So as this blog continues to develop and grow my voice I knew fashion needed to be involved. It just makes sense for who I am and a passion I have always had.
Over the course of this Fashion Friday Summer Series I will be highlighting some boutiques both online and brick and mortar that are standing out in the fashion world-either online or on the local runways here in San Antonio.
And just this last Saturday Coco of Coco Productions had her fifth Stylish Saturday runway show of local designers. And I was quite impressed with the mix of local, fast fashion that was displayed in this 70’s themed style.
These models had their work cut out for them between the 10 different designers and a changing room with no air conditioning. But I say... it just made the women “glisten” in their bare back jumpers and high waisted trousers.
Models is not for the faint of heart. It is hard work. And these girls did nothing less then impress the onlookers in the industrial style CoLAB that was the back drop for the show.
Chris Cantoya and John Frazee captured the amazing designs, styles and designers from many angles. This quick recap will take you through the evenings highlights.
In case you fall in love with something here many of these designers can already be found in stores like Diva J’s Closet and A.Marie and Flawless Fashionista plus online on etsy. Plus they would love to make something special order just for you, just look them up on Instagram or Facebook.
The next show fashion extravaganza will be in October. If you’re a designer, model or artist in the industry contact me and I will get you all the info you need.
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