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Sierra Mitchel backstage with her drawings on the models. PHOTO BY DANMSTUDIO


Mayor Todd Gloria and Roosevelt Williams III.  PHOTO BY EDWARD WALLACE

Mayor Todd Gloria and Roosevelt Williams III. PHOTO BY EDWARD WALLACE


Sierra Mitchel's design on the catwalk.  PHOTO BY DANMSTUDIO

Sierra Mitchel’s design on the catwalk. PHOTO BY DANMSTUDIO


Karlene Chavis (CBS8 News) and Roosevelt Williams III.  PHOTO BY EDWARD WALLACE

Karlene Chavis (CBS8 News) and Roosevelt Williams III. PHOTO BY EDWARD WALLACE


On December 5, Fashion Week San Diego partnered with Young Black and ‘N Business, a new local magazine and network organization in San Diego. This inaugural “Year of the Partnership Gala” was a tie event at Sycuan Casino and Resort. Together FWSD and Young Black and ‘N Business have kicked off the Diversity Designer and Cultural Program, which will raise funds for designers in underserved areas of the community. The event will be featured in the first official print of the Young Black e ‘N Business manuscript in 2022.

During this event, FWSD’s current flagship designer Sierra Mitchell showed a six-piece collection using multinational models. Create garments by combining hand-cut materials with traditional sewing techniques. FWSD hopes to bring awareness to talented designers from various cultural backgrounds such as African American, Native American, Pacific Islander, Hispanic and more.

CBS8 News meteorologist Karlene Chavis was the evening’s ceremonial master. San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria delivered the keynote address and presented the San Diego City Certificate of Recognition to the Young Black E ‘N Business. The keynote address was given by Councilor Monica Montgomery Steppe.

He also presented Young Black and ‘N Business Day in San Diego with a city council statement. The deal also included a red carpet mixer, resource fair, and power grid.

Proceeds from the event go to the Diversity Designer & Cultural Program.

Gwen Bates, Director of FWSD, said, “We are proud to work with Young Black and ‘N Business to bridge the gap between these two organizations and unite for a good cause by ending the year in solidarity and achievement. L “The goal of this program is to showcase, create exposure and help underrepresented brands with a successful launch.”

FWSD hopes to raise enough to give one or two designers, in an under-served community, a full business package and showcase of their iconic platform. FWSD is a stepping stone for emerging designers who bring consumers direct contact with designers through annual events, social media and sales opportunities. They are the largest fashion event in California that has lasted for 10 years.

They are starting their annual fundraiser and are currently accepting applications for designers which will run until January 31, 2022. The next official 2022 FWSD Runway Show will be held October 8-9 at the Andaz Hotel in San Diego. Stay tuned for social events and updates throughout the year at

Upcoming events

Until January 23, 2022- MartyO: Social Security and SAKI: Birds of a Different Feather at the Oceanside Museum of Art located at 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. These fashion-inspired exhibits are a commentary on the stereotypical and repressive roles projected onto women in the past century.

Sunday January 16, 2022 – Bridal Bazaar with fashion shows presented by Gretchen Productions at the San Diego Convention Center. Three shows presented during the day. For more information: 760-334-5500.

Until February 27, 2022 – “Language of Textiles” exhibition on Japanese fabrics at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. Open every day from 10am to 6pm. General admission is $ 12.

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