Fashion Files – July 2017

Posted: July 7th, 2017 | Columnists, Fashion Files, Featured | No Comments

By Diana Cavagnaro | Fashion Files

Atlantis Downtown

The Epilepsy Foundation presented Atlantis Fashion Show and luncheon on June 1 at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. The afternoon began with a Champagne and boutique shopping spree and chairs for the day were Dottie Stanley, Maria Stanley and Darlene Davies.

County Supervisor Ron Roberts gave a proclamation honoring the Atlantis Fashion Show and its honoree Betty Beyster and family for their support of programs such as the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County. The award is called the Light of Hope.

(l to r) Lan Beyster; Jim Beyster; honoree Betty Beyster; San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts; and Mary Ann Beyster (Photo by Doug Gates)

Co-chairs of the event were Aimee Fuller and Patricia Baetz. Elizabeth Eshoo was introduced to the audience to talk about her journey with her daughter Emily’s epilepsy and the audience was spellbound by her story.

Emily danced down the runway with Lucie Roche to the delight of the audience.

The fashion show was produced by Leonard Simpson and co-produced by Brittany Noelle. Simpson gave a stellar lineup of designers for the runway.

The show opened with designer Debbie Nghiem showing off models wearing her glamorous gowns. Debbie Solan made intricate mermaid crowns for the models.

A model on the runway wearing designs by Debbie Nghiem (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro)

Next down the runway were stylish menswear fashions by Los Angeles-based designer Perry Jones 11.

San Diegan Oseas Villatoro showcased his womens and mens ready-to-wear collection on the catwalk.

A model wears designs by Debbie Nghiem (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro)

Gladis Pleita lit up the runway with her creations.

The finale highlighted the elegant collection by Nolan Dean Le.

Auctioneer Graham Sterling held a live auction with incredible items for all.

Proceeds for Atlantis went to the Epilepsy Foundation San Diego County. There are 50,000 people in San Diego living with re-occurring seizure disorders.

This nonprofit organization fights to stop seizures and works to find a cure by research, advocacy, and education.

For more information about the Epilepsy Foundation, visit

Bubbles on Fifth

Bubbles Boutique in the Gaslamp held a Hat Party on June 24 in its eclectic store. Gearing up for the upcoming Opening Day at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, on Wednesday, July 19, Bubbles Boutique threw this fun party with Champagne and nibbles.

Customers could come and make their own fascinator with milliner Diana Cavagnaro. All supplies were included with trims such as feathers, beads, flowers and ribbons.

Gayleen Nichols, the owner of Bubbles Boutique, helped coordinate garments with the customers finished hats. This trendy boutique on Fifth Avenue has been in the Gaslamp for 15 years now and carries an array of must-have items. Stop by and take a peek at 226 Fifth Ave.

Upcoming Events

July 16 | Designers at the Del — This free fashion show and brunch at Hotel del Coronado features Baza and VaughnBerry. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Sit and enjoy a special cocktail and brunch menu available for purchase.

July 20 | Fourth Annual Her Universe — A fashion show at San Diego Comic-Con, where designers compete for a chance to design a collection for Hot Topic. Located at Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel and hosted by Ashley Eckstein, the competition features a panel of celebrity judges. Need a Comic-Con badge to attend.

July 22 | Avant Garde Costume Gala — This event features Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD) designers with a fashion show, costume contest, live performances, art installations and 12 amazing chefs. 6:30–10:30 p.m. Park6, 590 Fir St. For more information, visit

Aug. 19 | 40th Haute with Heart — The annual St. Madeleine Sophie’s fashion show event, located at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront from 10 a.m.–2 p.m., with luncheon fashion show, boutique shopping, live and silent auction. For tickets, visit

—Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned couture milliner based in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Learn more about our hat designer, teacher and blogger at

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