MCNAY ART MUSEUM
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
DOORS: 6:30, SHOW: 8:00

Fashion is about discovery.
At DESIGNERS, we’re going to introduce you to 7-10 emerging and established fashion brands from Texas and beyond. these designers are all playing with fashion boundaries. They’re all focused on what’s NEXT in fashion. Come see them now so you can say “I saw them when…”
The full list of participating of participating designers will be announced this Summer.
FEATURED ON THE RUNWAY
COLEUR BLINDE BY ANTHONY RYAN
Anthony Ryan is a Texas-based fashion designer who won the second season of Lifetime’s Project Runway All Stars, along with the title of Fan Favorite & most recently was featured on the All Stars International Winners Edition. He was also cast
on the ninth season of Lifetime’s Project Runway. A Louisiana State University graduate known for his unconventional use of fabrics and raw outlook, Anthony Ryan has been recognized nationally for his award-winning designs in publications such as Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, USA Today, US Weekly & OK Magazine. He has also studied design techniques in Paris, France, under the creative minds behind Vivienne Westwood, Basil Soda, Elie Saab, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and Anne-Valerie Hash.

 

With his label Couleur + Blindé by Anthony Ryan, he creates fashion to inspire the modern individual with clean lines, definitive shapes, bold colors & unconventional fabric selections. His innovative use of color, pattern, texture & simple forms continues to bring forward-thinking individuals striking pieces that are current yet unfading.

SAMANTHA PLASENCIA
Starting her design journey in college, Samantha has been designing for over fourteen years now. She has been featured on the Lifetime hit series “Project Runway”, showcased at NY Fashion Week, and has done mentorships for aspiring designers along the way. Having a focus on streetwear with a fashion forward eye, Samantha is able to mix street & glam while keeping it fun.
BRITTANY ALLEN
Brittany graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2011 with a BS in Human Environmental Sciences and graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2013 with a MFA in Fashion Design. Almost immediately after graduating, she accepted a lead designer position with a company that owned 4 footwear brands and worked designing footwear for almost 3 years. She has also worked with Betsey Johnson in fashion domestic production and was lead footwear designer for another celebrity that owns a large, well-known lifestyle brand. Brittany is currently a freelance pattern-maker and CAD designer multiple brands & also has her own brand, Brittany Nicole, which is a luxury womenswear line. She is also a full-time fashion design professor at the Art Institute of Austin and is pursuing a PhD in Apparel, Merchandising, & Design as a distance student at Iowa State University. Some of her greatest achievements are having designs featured in WWD, Footwear News, and dressing many celebrities in the music industry, such as Bon Jovi and Lady Gaga, with her designs. Recently, the brand underwent a name change from Brittany Nicole to Brittany Allen, and it is officially a founder/designer namesake fashion line.
VALERIE GARMINO

Valerie’s European fashion training and aesthetic are inherently evident in her precision-based design process that influences her to create thoughtful designs that are mainly inspired by the multiple roles that an empowered woman could play, while still maintaining her femininity.

Her hard work, talent and determination have earned her both rewards and recognition in the ever-trying business of fashion. She is a multiple Fashion Group International of Dallas award-winner designer widely renowned for its elegant twist to wardrobe essentials.

The startling beauty of Valerie Garmino’s latest fall collection came to blossom this past March during Paris Fashion Week at the emblematic 18th century hotel Le Bristol Paris
For this occasion, Valerie will be unveiling her new SS2020 Collection, specially designed for the woman who feels comfortable with her natural and effortless beauty.

GARAGE SALE X OLYVIA
GARAGE SALE x olyvia embraces the beauty in all forms of clothing, whether that be used, outdated, or unconventional. I strive to create unique looks out of pieces that no longer feed my creative soul that is constantly changing. Expressing who you are is so important but doesn’t alway feel possible due to financial circumstances. I grew up without the means to stay “on trend” easily. Luckily with an entrepreneur as my father and a fashion major as my mother, I was able to learn that I can express myself through hand me downs and thrifted pieces. It doesn’t matter what you have, it’s what you make of it. I taught myself to sew and have been making changes to the clothing I wear since I was in junior high. I now design and create original pieces as well as revamp old looks that define who I am. It is my goal to show that there is more than one definition of beauty and to break social norms by making people comfortable with feeling uncomfortable.
LALA
LALA is a signature line based out of Austin and the Rio Grande Valley, designed and crafted by artist Laisa Macias. Bringing a fresh take on street style, each capsule collection offers a hip, urban, and cultural vibe of artfully mixed textiles. The ease and comfort of the designs can be felt and seen in each unique piece.
ASHLEY NICOLE MATERNITY
I started my company to help women find stylish clothes during their pregnancy. I look for maternity clothes that are stylish, sophisticated, and comfortable that a woman would want to wear them post-pregnancy.
BAD BEHAVIOUR
BAD BEHAVIOUR is an official blackstargang brand created by San Antonio native, Melanie Alva.
The brand stands for individual empowerment and creative collaboration. With each piece, Mel creates a mood for a person to wear, inspired by music and completed with unconventional styling.
HEY MIJITA
My name is Samantha Duran- Giacobbe, I was born & raised in San Antonio TX. I am the owner & Creator of a Latina Empowerment Apparel & Accessories brand called Hey Mijita. I celebrate the Latina Culture, promote women’s empowerment & entrepreneurship.
FEATURED POP UP SHOPS
CASSANDRACOLLECTIONS
Combining creativity with craftsmanship, CassandraCollections by designer Cassandra King Polidori features unique jewelry to be worn as everyday essentials or for formal occasions. Each piece is lovingly handcrafted and therefore one-of-kind, meant to reflect the distinct, individual taste of its owner. The collection’s aesthetic is defined by thoughtfully chosen stones and by intricate silver, gold, or rose gold wire work; and each piece is always a conversation starter. Now, five years after taking her jewelry business full-time, Cassandra has earned esteemed recognitions, loyal celebrity clients, and has shown her pieces in trunk shows in 15 cities throughout Texas, the United States, and across the pond in Rome and London. Her jewelry has been featured at Henri Bendel and The Curator Gallery in New York City, on the cover of The Society Diaries and Austin Woman and the pages of WWD.com, Vogue.com, FinancialTimes.com, Cosmopolitan Latina Magazine, WhoWhatWear.com, Texas Monthly, PaperCity Magazine and San Antonio Woman. Cassandra’s client list includes world-renowned Performance Artist Marina Abramović, former First Lady Laura Bush, the Kardashians, actress Selenis Levya and New York Times Best-Selling author Dr. Kellyann Petrucci, and various regional and national influencers.