With three major fashion events across Temecula over three days’ time, the Inland Valley Business and Community Foundation enjoyed record success with their annual Fashion Week fundraiser. It is expected that Fashion Week will become an annual event, according to IVBCF.
Thursday: The swimsuit collection available at Hope’s Chest of Wildomar showcases the stars and stripes for summer at the IVBCF Fashion Week kickoff celebration at Leoness Cellars Winery.
Thursday – Sassy beachwear gets the audience going at Leoness Cellars Winery’s opening night of IVBCF Fashion Week.
Thursday – Fitness model Chris York didn’t make the IVBCF Fashion Week in 2015 as he suffered a major traumatic injury. Now, one year later, he earned a standing ovation from the crowd on the catwalk.
Thursday – Fitness model Chris York being escorted down the catwalk at Leoness Cellars Winery for the IVBCF Fashion Week’s kickoff show. Designer showcase at IVBCF Fashion Week, when designer Cheri Elizabeth showcased her spring couture gown collection at Leoness Cellars in Temecula.
Nick Verreos (c.), celebrity fashion designer and master of ceremonies for the Hello Promenade Temecula runway fashion show, with Temecula resident Deanna Hetterling (l), and fashion student Jamie Wooning (r).
IVBCF President Stephen Matson (l.) with Marie Waite, celebrating the success of their 2016 Fashion Week at Promenade Temecula.
Karen Allen Aveda Salon celebrated spring hair and their new Promenade Temecula location with their unique hairstyle portion of the Hello fashion show, at IVBCF Fashion Week.
The crowd at Promenade Temecula gathered for the Hello fashion show, for IVBCF Fashion Week 2016. People stopped to watch along rails and passing by the runway, to hear celebrity master of ceremonies Nick Verreos teach all about the latest fashion trends for spring 2016. Ashley Ludwig photo
”This event serves to support the IVBCF Scholarship Fund,” stated Stephen Matley of IVBCF. ”This year, we celebrated not only the fashion, but a real life super hero success story.”
Matley and fellow IVBCF community leader Marie Waite wished all in attendance to acknowledge the dedication and sacrifice by model Chris York, who has overcome a life-threatening accident since last year’s fashion show.
”Chris, a former fitness model, was involved in a life-threatening rollover accident last year,” Matley said. ”He was in a coma, and in the hospital for 11 months total. He had to re-learn how to use right arm again, how to walk. Now, he’s run a half-marathon, and is back on the runway. Chris York is a real life Superman and that deserves celebrating.”
IVBCF celebrated York’s return, along with the growth they’ve achieved since humble beginnings in 2011.
”We were a small fashion show, with one boutique and a dozen local business professionals who were our models,” Waite said. ”Now, we are a high-profile event, but still community focused with a mix of professional models, entertainers working with local talent to raise funds for local student scholarships.”
Sponsors for the event included Fletcher Jones Mercedes-Benz of Temecula, Leoness Cellars and Promenade Temecula, each the location of the three-night event. The vision is a full, week-long event comparable to fashion weeks in LA and San Diego, and even New York, according to Waite.
”The spring fashion show is just the beginning,” she said. ”Now, with partners like the City of Temecula, Valley News and Visit Temecula Valley, our amazing event will continue to grow.”
Best prom dresses liverpool awards were also awarded each night. Thursday night at Leoness Cellars Winery, the Best Dressed award went to Millie Otto from Wisconsin, mother of designer Cheri Alexander. Winner of the Best Dressed award Friday night at Mercedes-Benz was Dana Waters. VIPs to the event were awarded backstage passes, Red Carpet Photo Shoots, and guaranteed admission and upfront seating for each of the runway events.
”The IVBCF exists to build business and community together,” Matley said, ”and this event was, is and will continue to be a unique and artistic way to help achieve that goal.”
Fashion in the Vines
The show began Thursday, April 14, at Leoness Cellars Winery, with their Fashion in the Vines event. The night was a showcase of three designers, including bathing suits and intimate wear from Hope’s Chest, and Kingdom Kraft Generation with Cherie Elizabeth Collection headlining the show. With jewel toned couture dresses, Elizabeth’s collection of gowns stole the evening. Hair and makeup by Sandra Michelle Villalobos and Jacquie Macias.
The kickoff event held in Leoness’s barrel room. With raised catwalk runway, the designers showed off their skill. Entertainers for the evening included Adelle Lim and Valerie Geason.
Cars and Couture
Fletcher Jones Mercedes-Benz was the location for night two of Fashion Week Temecula 2016, with the ”Mad Men” themed Cars and Couture event. High fashion met luxury with a backdrop of the Mercedes-Benz 2016 collection of fine automobiles.
Friday night featured the designs of Ann’s Classic Affairs, Vanessa Alfaro and Whanda Madrid by Claire’s Collection. Entertainment was provided by American Idol performers Britt J and Anatalia Villaranda. Miriam Kim, Temecula and the United States reigning Karaoke champion also performed for the crowd.
Hello Promenade Temecula
Fashion Week 2016 wrapped up with the Promenade Temecula showcase, hosted by Nick Verreos—celebrity designer of Project Runway fame. Crowds gathered around the runway and photographers assembled en masse while reserved seating and prizes greeted VIP guests of the event in typical Promenade Temecula event style, organized by Director of Marketing, Kym Espinosa.
”It was wonderful to just appear, and have Promenade Temecula do everything tonight,” Marie Waite said. ”This is a fantastic end to our Fashion Week.”
Local fashion students were also in attendance, many wearing their own designs as individual showcase items. Fashion student Jamie Wooning attended the Saturday VIP Hello event with Temecula local Deanna Hetterling. Wooning, a fashion student at the Art Institute, was excited to meet fashion designers and wear her midriff-baring design.
Verreos entertained the crowd with easy banter and style. While the models walked the runway he engaged and educated the crowd with fashion advice – everything from the necessity of nude heels to the latest trend worthy colors and the tip that shoulders never show your age.
Spring fashions from JC Penny, G by Guess, Macy’s, White House/Black Market, Soma Intimates Francesca’s, Windsor, Iris Bridal and Formalwear, Swarovski and Loft were displayed at the show. Sephora, Angle, Bel Ange Studio and Palomar College were also sponsors. Karen Allen Aveda Salon, newly renovated in their outdoor location, showcased their avant-garde hair styles, up-dos and shades while models wore Greek-goddess-inspired costumes.
Asymmetrical hemlines, tones of strawberry and cinnamon with bright bold patterns started the show. Boho chic and beachwear were the theme, with night on the town, pops of crystal and culminating with bridal gowns as is tradition for the runway show. Nick Verreos finished the day showing everyone how it’s done with his sass and fun walk down the runway.
”I love showing the style, it’s not always about just couture, it’s about real women and men,” he said. Verreos brought all to cheer with his version of the catwalk to end Fashion Week 2016.
”Great affordable clothing is available to everyone,” he said. ”Remember, don’t make fashion your enemy, it’s your friend.”