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Orange County, CA—Style and elegance were on point at Orange County Fashion Week, a two-week event that debuted the latest season trends for both women and men.

From February 27 to March 5, the event featured a variety of apparel from stylish street-wear and resort attire to tailor-made apparel and couture. Each night’s runway also highlighted different Orange County locations including Irvine, Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach and Newport Beach.

Although a more intimate event compared to the runways in Los Angeles and New York, Orange County Fashion Week offers a fresh look at emerging trends. The organization, which is a facet of the Orange County Fashion Week Council, supports and promotes local designer talent and other young professionals interested in the fashion industry. In fact, many of the designers featured during the event were students from local schools.

The menswear runway on March 3 combined motto-inspired sports attire with wearable tech. Male models donned denim jeans and combat boots paired with motorcycle jackets and casual tees made by Italian designer Dainese, which specializes in protective clothing for sports and automobile enthusiasts. Female versions of Dainese’s sports attire were also featured. To switch things up, the second half of the show highlighted the recent dapper trend. The men wore suits and tailor-made apparel by J Hilburn collections.

Orange County Fashion Week’s highly anticipated finale event on March 5 featured women’s couture fashion in the sculpture gardens at Dawson Cole Fine Art in Laguna Beach. Evening gowns designed by Dawn Sunflower Couture flaunted intricate beading and lace trends in vibrant shades of blue. Fun, floral and feminine prints were also prevalent in the Mark Aaron Bright Couture dress collection. Gatsby-esque sequin and lace gowns created by Charmaine Joie Couture ended the night.

Other runway collections featured during Orange County Fashion Week included resort apparel and avant-garde. For more information about Orange County Fashion Week’s events and designers, visit

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Jen Moynihan

Jen Moynihan is in her final year at California State University Fullerton, working toward a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Political Science. Prior to M.U.S.E., Jen worked as a producer, anchor and reporter for multiple shows at the university’s station, Titan T.V. Jen also enjoys hiking and traveling in her spare time.