Calling all fashionistas! Coming to Benicia this weekend is one of the Bay Area’s most exciting runway shows. We’re talking celebrity designers from the Lifetime series Project Runway, Project Runway All Stars and Under the Gunn, behind-the-scenes interviews, trunk shows, and a sneak-peak into the hottest styles trending this season.

Meet our Project Runway, Project Runway All Stars and Under the Gunn Designers

Back for his fourth year is “Jersey Boy” Richard Hallmarq, showing off his chic and comfortable ready-to-wear designs. Expect a casual style that can easily be dressed up for a night on the town with heels and jewelry. Sonjia Williams will be flying in from New York, where she debuted her latest collection during New York Fashion Week, 2016. You’ll see Sonjia’s versatile and flattering pieces that will showcase your personal style. Fabio Costa will be defying the conventional with his unique and artistic designs known as NotEqual. For the woman looking for innovation, sophistication, and comfort, Layana Aguilar will bring an understated style that broadcasts confidence. Rey Ortiz turns art into style with his tailored designs and creative flair. Expect bold pieces to accentuate a one-of-a-kind look.


The Preview Party

Kick off the weekend with America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 6 finalist Jade Cole Friday, September 16 from 6-8 p.m. at The Rellik Tavern. Rally for a special evening of behind-the-scenes stories shared by “Project Runway” designers. Hear all about the fashion, mentoring, and personal experiences working with the show’s hosts Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn. Directly following will be an exclusive trunk show preview. The Rellik Tavern is located at 726 First Street. Tickets for Friday are $30 and can be purchased online at

Runway_16_0Grand Finale Runway

The main event will be held at the Treasury Commons located at First and D Street Saturday, September 17 at 6 p.m. Mingle with models and couture enthusiasts alike during the preshow reception. Enjoy wine, fashionable tastes, and much more as celebrity designers take to the stage. The Grande Finale Runway Show and Auction will commence at 7:30 p.m. Witness the unveiling of all five designer collections, including the latest trends from Christina S Fashion Destination. Then shop till you drop during the after-party downtown from 8:30-10 p.m. Tickets for Saturday are $40 and can be purchased at Christina S Fashion Destination, 370 First Street; Benicia Main Street, 90 First Street, and online at

About Benicia Fashion Runway Weekend

Benicia Fashion Runway Weekend is sponsored by Christina S Fashion Destination, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting a local charity. Each designer will donate a piece from their private collection to be raffled off during the Grand Finale Runway Show. This year’s beneficiary is Soroptimist International of Benicia, whose mission is to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.

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