As a tribute to the president and owner of the oneworld symposium at OC Fashion Week® in Orange County, California, Kathryn Marino marks the official start of Fashion Travel Week® (FTW) with the official Red Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Opening Day. announced. The Art of Travel & Style from Celebrity Cruises. The project started in 2010 as a travel incentive and support for fashion designers who like to travel abroad. OC Fashion Week® 2017 is the international fashion industry’s premier event, hosting exclusive runway, networking and access tours for designers and beauty trade groups to visit industry and fashion partners in Hong Kong, Greece, the Virgin Islands and Australia. Recognized as an international conduit for FTW, now in full force, launched and keynotes for all fashion designers, suppliers, influencers and e-commerce retailers to come together, meet, network and travel to destinations such as Paris, Spain and Italy. Immerse your guests in dynamic and exclusive opportunities to network with others. , offers five-star entertainment and expands your vacation with a cosmopolitan gateway for business and leisure, from fine dining to upscale discovery. Guest participants will be invited to set sail with designers from around the world starting in July 2023, highlighting the annual Red His Carpet Awards, four minutes of networking to discover new and exciting innovations, and the future of fashion abroad. will be announced. “If fashion is a language, style is what we talk about,” says Marino.
OC Fashion Week® Executive Producer Kathryn Marino also kicked off the season from September 6-10 this year, celebrating OCFW®’s 10th anniversary at World Peace Lake in Aliso Viejo. Marino officially joined his production in 2012 and the runway show was founded by two of his FIDM students who recruited Marino as a consultant in 2005.
“As a 10-year tribute, we are delighted to announce that OC Fashion Week® recently joined CFDA Connects, an initiative of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and participated at the associate level.”
CFDA CONNECTS is an initiative of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Launched in 2021, her CFDA CONNECTS recognizes, promotes, and provides business development support to Regional Fashion Organizations (RFOs), their Fashion Her Weeks, and designers based in these major US markets. increase. “What this means is that budding designers will have more opportunities and access to resources and workshops to support their trade. I’m excited,” says Marino.
“CFDA is proud to add Orange County to the CFDA Connects network of regional fashion organizations. There is tremendous talent in America and the mission of CFDA Connects is to bring awareness and support to local designers. is.”
Another OC Fashion Week® 10-year anniversary event was the return of Coral Castillo, the first Orange County designer to win the Emerging Designer Award. Since then, the designer’s appearance on her Project Runway for Bravo has further heightened retail’s respect for her craftsmanship.
“The Coral Castillo collection is structural yet feminine, featuring stunning pieces that are finished entirely in black yet somehow graceful and light. and shows a love of layers – the dramatic shapes and drapes reveal a playful relationship between light and opacity.” – Bryce Hill
Born in Mexico City, Coral had a passion for clothing design from an early age. Her mother was a dressmaker, and Coral grew up exposed to her fine fabrics and custom-made clothes. In 2005, Coral began designing for select clients without any fashion instruction or training. Once she decided to pursue her passion, she studied fashion design at the California Museum of Art in San Francisco.
Graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design, she did well in Fall 2012, winning the Best Portfolio Award. In 2009, she won Best Overall Effect at the California Museum-San Francisco Fashion Show. Other awards include 2009 and 2010 where she won Best of Women’s DayWear at Discarded to Divine, 2011 where she won 1st place in the OC-Fashion Week design competition, and 2013 where she won Coral Orange has been recognized as one of her county’s best designers. In 2019 Coral won the Mos Adams Fashion Innovator Award. In 2018, Coral joined the series She’s STITCHED and finished as the winner of Episode 5. Most recently, Coral said she was a finalist in PROJECT RUNWAY S19. Her work has been published in ELLE us, VOGUE Italia, VOGUE UK, WWD, APPAREL NEWS, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, LOS ANGELES TIMES.