Designer will be at two local fashion events; Oasis runway to feature real women, with real bodies
Fashion designer Nicole Miller is known for her figure-flattering silhouettes. She’s also very flattering toward San Diego, where she’ll hold two events this week.
“All of the women are gorgeous there. They’re very feminine and very fit; they’re all in such great shape,” Miller said by phone from New York on Tuesday.
“San Diego is not a place of fashion victims. You know there are some cities — and I’m not going to name them — where everybody is wearing something weird. San Diego isn’t one of them. Everyone’s dressed attractively,” said the designer, whose iconic colorful prints have made her a fashionista favorite for decades.
Miller will showcase her spring/summer, beach and pre-fall 2016 collections on Wednesday and Thursday at separate events in North County.
On Wednesday, she’ll be at her boutique at The Forum in Carlsbad for a trunk show, where Champagne and chocolates will be served. On Thursday, she’ll present a fashion show and luncheon at the Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa; the event will benefit The Clearity Foundation, which supports ovarian cancer research. A mini boutique will be set up for shopping before and after the fashion show.
Miller said her collections are bursting with shades of coral and raspberry. “They are very colorful, and San Diego is a city that responds to color. The people are always somehow tanned,” she said with a chuckle.
Her body-conscious designs fit the region’s clientele, she added, “due to (San Diegans’) fabulous physiques. I make clothes that if people don’t have curves, they give you curves, and if people have too many curves, they give you less curves.”
Miller said she visits San Diego about once a year and is looking forward to again checking out the dining scene.
“The restaurants there are always so good,” she said.
Here are details on Miller’s events.
▪ Nicole Miller appearance and trunk show: 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday. Nicole Miller San Diego store, 1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad. (760) 632-7000 or nicolemillersd.com
▪ Spring/Summer 2016 Fashion Show & Ladies Luncheon:11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe. Tickets $100 (includes three-course lunch, gift bag, complimentary valet parking); buy tickets by calling (760) 632-7000.
‘SPRING CHIC 2016’
Here’s a refreshing break from the fashion industry’s obsession with size 0 19-year-olds. Oasis, the nonprofit that fosters successful aging through classes, travel and volunteer opportunities, is holding a fashion show featuring models who are decidedly not size 0 or 19 years old.
The May 7 “Spring Chic 2016” event, which includes an afternoon tea, will showcase looks from Macy’s, along with real women, with real bodies, on the runway.
“Our models are not skinny or young, our models are the beautiful adults who are our Oasis members,” said Simona Valanciute, the organization’s president and CEO.
“Our fashion show is all about celebrating that different kind of beauty, celebrating the older adult, who is doing great and keeping themselves great.”
Proceeds from the fashion show will support Oasis’ literacy tutoring and mentoring program, which pairs 465 volunteers with 750 children, grades K-4, from 90 elementary schools and 11 districts across the county.
“These are all … students who have little resources,” Valanciute said.
The literacy mentors, she said, help build students’ confidence and ability to read and write, while developing supportive, one-on-one relationships.
“This isn’t just coming in and reading a book,” she said. “Our trained volunteers are paired with the same student for at least a year, they’re in the same classroom, and making (an impact) in their lives.”
Details: 2 p.m. May 7 (check-in begins at 1:15). Macy’s Westfield Mission Valley, third floor, 1702 Camino del Rio N., Mission Valley. Oasis members can register online at sandiegooasis.org and select Class No. 10, or call (619) 881-6262. Admission is $20 on or before May 3, $30 thereafter.
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