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Fashion Week SD

Brittany Arriola

It Happened!

Showcasing my "Hatch" collection in Fashion Week San Diego was an incredible experience, and I cant believe it's over! My first collection hit the runway 9/30 and I survived to tell the tale. It is a tale of anxiety, turmoil and above all, redemption! But I only have time to write the bullet points, so pull up a chair and settle in.

Watching my dresses walk the runway was completely surreal. I don't have kids, but I imagine the feeling is similar to sending them off to kindergarten. Just hoping that no one teases or harms them now that they left the safety of your nest. You might be asking yourself, "Whats with all the bird references?" Well this is just the first of many.....

Any who, when my song started I was watching stunned like a dear in headlights. I only watched three of my designs walk before I was whisked through a jungle of shrubbery to the back stage area. From the back I got to watch the rest of my dresses through a monitor. It was amazing to see everything come together. After my last dress walked the runway, I was pulled on stage to do a finale walk. I thought this would be horrible for me, but I actually was so relieved that all my looks fit and didn't spontaneously fall off or blow up that I was fine!

I end this journey feeling proud of myself, and also grateful for all the help I received along the way. I would like to thank the city bus driver for taking a chance on an unknown kid, and the breakfast crew at McDonald's for spending so much time making those little egg mcmuffins. Without which, I might never be tardy! But seriously, the team at FWSD has been so wonderful this past year, my husband has been so resourceful and supportive, and of course my co-workers at The White Flower have been incredible. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

What's Next? Well, I am starting with an Etsy store. I will be making one of a kind items and posting them for sale. Stay tuned!