By Sophia M. Papadopoulos
Santana Row held its 6th annual Fall Fashion Show in the Park this past weekend (Friday, September 10th and Saturday, September 11th). The two-day event featured 17 Santana Row stores, along with shopping and styling events and private parties. Although it was a fall fashion show, the weather proved to be more like that of summer, as guests were dressed in their fun and flirty summer outfits.
Before the beginning of the show, guests enjoyed sumptuous hord’oeuvres provided by Blowfish Sushi and Maggianos, and a wine selection from Vintage Wine Bar. This year the show featured special guests, designer Donald J. Pliner and Project Runway season 7 runner-up, Jay Nicolas. Jay Nicolas mingled with the crowd and posed for pictures with fans before introducing the opening of the show. As a featured guest, it was only natural that Donald J. Pliner’s fall fashion line opened the show.
This year’s fall fashion trends can be summed up in three words: funky, preppy, and bold. Bold, bright-colored and funky accessories and shoes were the obvious trend of the season. Colorful handbags, belts, and shoes are the perfect accompaniment to be worn over or on top of dark, gray-toned or all black outfits.
Vintage-like skirts and dresses, and glittery cocktail dresses are also a must for all women’s closet collection this fall. To fend off the chilly weather, thigh-length jackets and pullovers are a classic fall staple. Preppy colors and mixed patterns and shapes are also in style this season.
Anew addition to this year’s fall line-up was Touleh Pet Boutique. Man’s best friend made his debut down the catwalk (oh, the irony), showing that pets, along with their owners, can also be fashionable.
The show came to a close with the preview of Priscilla of Boston’s ever-elegant and awe-inspiring wedding gowns. From classic a-line dresses to fairy-tale like princess gowns, the show ended happily-ever-after just like a love story.
After the show, guests were invited to make their way to Ted Baker for an after-party. There, guests were treated to martinis and mini-cupcakes. Jay Nicolas also made a special appearance and offered a personal meet-and-greet with the patrons.
Among all the fashion and glamour, there was an undertone of generous activity in play. The proceeds from this year’s show benefited four local Bay Area non-profit organizations: EHC LifeBuilders, The San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Junior League of San Jose, and the National Charity League.
As Silicon Valley’s own fashion Mecca, Santana Row’s fall fashion show was again a stylish event to remember.
Make sure to visit us for a review of Santana Row’s spring fashion show 2011.