Just prior to the kickoff to the International Fashion Weeks in New York, London, Milan and finally Paris, Orange County celebrates style with a week full of chic runway presentations. This season's events each had special and even surprising elements to up the excitement surrounding the collections.
Day One: Electra Cruise's Eternity Yacht
The week began with a memorable cruise around Newport Harbor on an elegant 4-story yacht. Not many fashionistas present had seen a fashion show aboard a boat before so it was an amazing experience.
Atelier 7918 showed some favorite SoCal-chic looks from their local Crystal Cove boutique.
Cheri Elizabeth's glamorous designs were perfect for a special evening out or red carpet event. Watch the dazzling finale video below.
Gigi Hunter's impeccable hand-knit pieces were sexy and sassy. Watch the finale below.
Day Two: Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington BeachCouture was on deck for this night and the designers did not disappoint!
Jewel tones and caged straps were the theme of Alisha Needham's collection. Check out the finale video below.
Llenuel Fro showed possibly my favorite collection of the week. From lasercut details to a flurry of tulle amid perfect draping, his couture collection was fit for a powerful queen. Check out the amazing finale video below.
Day Three: Island Hotel, Newport Beach
The perfect spot to showcase resort wear, the Island Hotel's garden atrium provided a lovely backdrop on this warm Summer night.
Designer Aida Novosel Savic is also a painter, and it was apparent with her artistry displayed on the backs of the button downs of her Menswear collection.
Intricate beading and a variety of breathtaking silhouettes were on display in Jacky Tai's bridal collection. You're sure to spot a gown you love in the finale video below.
Cover-ups in a vast array of flattering styles were on display in Si Mee Collection's presentation. At the end of the runway show, the ladies of One Strut Models put on an amazing surprise dance performance to Kanye West's "Fade" and the audience went wild! It was super fun to experience. Check out a peek of it in the video below.
Day Four: Seven-Degrees, Laguna Beach
Seven Degrees is always such a fun event venue and feels like a party and fashion show all in one!
Berenice Gonzalez showed a collection full of gorgeous Spanish influences, from bolero jackets to bullfighting-esque capes to flamenco flounce skirts. Watch the fabulous finale below.
Egypt Ufele is an amazingly inspiring 11-year old girl (yes, eleven!) who was drawn to design her own clothing when she was bullied. She has since been featured everywhere- from Teen Vogue to the Today Show, and it was so special to get to see her beautiful work in person.
Japanese designer Masaki Matsuka specializes in a very special polyester fabric that is one size fits all wrinkle free. Not only are the creations unique and flattering, but they are easy to wear and travel with, too!
Epitomizing relaxed Orange County street style, SPF Addict showed their chic fashions that are also made with special SPF 50 fabric so that you can look good while still protecting your skin.
With such a variety of style shown at Orange County Fashion Week, these designers and their newest collections have fashionistas covered from day to night! Which collections were your favorite?