After only two seasons Dallas Fashion Week® has been reintroduced back to its true potential. The team of organizers and talent, led by Texas fashion mainstay Victor Quinteros, Brand Development Director of Dallas Fashion Week®, is impacting the Dallas fashion world by giving local and international buyers and press an altogether new experience at what breakout and established and talent alike have to offer the world of fashion.
“I refused the job five or six times” remarked Quinteros on trailblazing a new vision forward for Dallas Fashion Week®. “I considered Houston a good place to start and test the product before coming to Dallas. Finally I decided it was the right time to take it on because I really wanted to support the fashion capital of Texas and the local fashion scene.”
Quinteros saw a fresh way forward and officially began it with the acquisition of the Dallas Fashion Week® trademark, which granted him the creative and directorial freedom to bring his many years of experience to the Dallas fashion scene.
“I spoke with the most respectable local producers,” said Quinteros. “They considered supporting me in the future but in the present there was need for someone to break the ice and turn the corner from the past. “There was a distorted editorial taste, so many failures and an sceptical press. To form a good team I decided to take action and make the event rain or shine” For that, I realized it was important to take full responsibility of the redevelopment.”
Quinteros also eschewed the commercial labels so common at previous Dallas fashion events, preferring instead local designers while also including other participants such as three Indian brands, who were the first to support the project.
Participant designers included Ruby Bhandari with Silk Threads (Couture), Ruby B (Ready-to-Wear), Samina Mughal, Uday Doshe with Yuavan, Mexican-American designer Samuel Wong, and others, all presenting their unique visions.
As a regular in the New York Fashion Week scene, Quinteros made use of his photography expertise as well as the work of Samuel Wong to enliven a social media campaign that quickly generated a following in the thousands.
Following a March 2015 preview at a video and photography studio, Quinteros focused on a retro-chic trend and assembled talent able to bring his idea to reality even while relinquishing the standard lounge/club fashion show for more atypical fashion environments, such as the princely Old Red Museum in downtown Dallas.
“Everything is better now,” said Carolina Galvan, who designs the Refurbished Fashion for Kids, along with Natalie Galvan. “We showed first at Houston Fashion Week® and we came to Dallas and we could really see the redevelopment. The makeup, the hair, the people helping us — this time it was perfect. We drove all the way down from The Woodlands this season, and they made it easy.”
ES Collection Dallas showcased men’s swimwear from the creative vision of Eduardo Suñer, designer and product manager for ES. In the course of the last decade, Eduardo has seen ES expand into a brand that offers exceptionally stylish athletic collections as well as casual apparel, from winter coats to jeans, sweaters, and polos.
Silk Threads, a fashion company by Ruby Bendari, with two decades experience and a focus on customized creations, was exhibited in March’s preview as well as the Ready-to-Wear and Couture Shows in October.
Samina Mughal, known for an emphasis on the modern woman, presented her intricate collection.
Yuavan offered that fashion is not simply about clothing, but about bringing imagination to life.
Dallas Fashion Week® is helping to raise awareness for cancer groups such the Kelsey-Seybold Breast Cancer Support Group, which according to the American Cancer Society is the largest in the country according to attendance.
Looking forward, Quinteros plans to continue to collaborate and support upcoming as well as known fashion brands and fashion accessory brands, not only in Dallas but by taking full precedence of the Austin, Laredo, San Antonio, and Houston fashion scenes, which include teaming traditional manufacturers with designers, all so as to build Texas into the exciting influence and fashion expression it holds so much potential to embody, and is already becoming!
Next on the calendar is the Texas Fashion Awards in Houston on December 19th and then the “Texas Fashion Designers” presentation during New York Fashion Week scheduled for February 6th, 2016, in New York City.
In support of the development of the Costume Collection Society to keep a historical record of the work of local fashion designers and the implementation of exhibits for educational and preservation purposes.
Special Thanks to:
GoPRO2.com; Mercedes-Benz; Topo Chico Mineral Water; Paul Mitchell Systems School at Arlington; Mia Bella Esthetics; PROS Media; The Fairmont Hotel; The Old Red Museum; Silver Song Productions; American Bollywood TV; Illy Honest Tea; One to One; Texas Model Management; Texas Fashion Network, Misha Talis with Mane-T.a.i.n, D&A Signs and Banners, Creative Chaos.
Note: Tickets are non refundable.