Fiesta Ole Celebrates Real Women….Who Salsa!!

Few of us actually get the chance to walk a runway, but one of the reasons I love the Fiesta Ole’ Fashion Show hosted by the Pan American League is real women are the models…moms, grandmas, businesswomen, media women,  college students…all sizes, all ages, all FUN!  It is a glorious celebration of San Antonio women representing diverse, colorful cultures.

Local designer, Graciela Carillo, creates a show painted with a little bit south of the border flair: Southwestern aesthetic; bohemian chic; warm weather must-haves; and wearable art.  It is colorful fun-appropriate-garments across many ages.   Graciela hand sews the majority of her creations and wants each one to be unique, so no two women look alike.  She also makes the many accessories seen on her models and in her shop…Graciela’s Creations at the Yard, 5323 McCullough, 210-829-8776.  Today I am treating you to the more colorful side of this show…but, remember, I am saving the neutral styles of Fiesta for Friday’s post.

My absolute favorite part of this show is toward the finale when the women begin to salsa on the runway…then Graciela leads a rumba line around the ballroom.  This year all participants wearing her fashions were invited up to the runway to join in and you would be surprised to see how many of the 300 in attendance jumped aboard.  It is a party!!  Everything Fiesta represents for our city!

Please join me Thursday for a lesson in Fiesta vocabulary and pictures of the glorious accessories seen throughout the week.  Have a wonderful Wednesday, all!


  1. I am taken with the headwear in your photos, and everyone looks to be having a great time. It's wonderful to see real women walk the runway. I remember your colorful posts of Fiesta last year, and enjoying it again in 2013.

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