I love discovering fun, new and interesting designers. While Diane von Furstenberg and Catherine Malandrino will always make my heart skip a beat, there’s something equally exciting about seeing someone start from the ground up, building both a brand and business, all while satisfying our fashion palettes with unique and impressive pieces. Such is the case of deaf fashion designer Josue Flores. Intrigued already aren’t you? Not only is he overcoming obstacles most new fashion designers have to endure – financial backing, creating inspiring pieces, etc. Josue is also overcoming physical challenges as well. I’m impressed!
His line, Josway, currently consists of dresses in fun prints, silhouettes and colors. My absolute favorite is this Capheira Dress ($150). The white dress with purple sequin embellishments is impeccably cut with its boat neck and cap sleeves. I love the pockets which give it a relaxed go-lucky vibe and unlike the model, I don’t think I need a purple wig to pull it off. I also adore how they styled it with red peep-toe pumps, showing how easy it is to mix colors and not be so matchy-matchy. The a-line skirt flows away from the hips, flattering an array of silhouettes.
Coming in at close second however is the fuscia Thalassa Dress ($200). I can’t help it…I’m attracted to sequins, what girl isn’t?!? And I love seeing them applied in this wavy diamond pattern over, and in combination with, a patterned lace, versus a block of sequin patches on the dress. The sequin pattern helps to lengthen the body, and at 5’3”, I need all the lengthening I can get! The boat neck pairs perfectly with a back scoop. So cute!
Josue recently presented his collection at the Aquarium Fashion Show. Using deaf models from around the world, they strode the catwalk in brightly hued Lady Gaga-like wigs showing us all that regardless of the cards you’ve been dealt, a little perseverance combined with hard work and effort will take you to great places. Like any runway show, a few fantastical pieces added to the lure. In addition to their fun wigs, theatrical head gear was donned. Of course, on the rest of us, it would all come off as cray-cray, but it all played well into the “Aquarium” themed event. I adore the bold pops of colors he used on his various designs for the warm-weather season. Just what we need for spring and summer!
The event was held at Santa Ana Centennial Park in Santa Ana, California and even drew some attention from a few minor celebs. The always interesting (used here, “interesting” means girl we’d all kinda like to punch), Courtney Stodden was in attendance along with her equally interesting (and yes, I’m going for creepy in this instance) husband Doug Hutchinson. Actress turned hostess Erin Murphy also attended.
Be sure to take the time to learn more about upcoming designer Josue Flores and his Josway line of dresses. It’s heartwarming to see someone beating the odds all in the name of fashion!