An issue dedicated to San Diego fashion is a first for CityBeat-we tend to leave that kind of thing to the glossy mag with a three-number title. But it's about time we gave page space to this town's growing community of young, talented designers and its small, yet worthy collection of hip independent shops. In SoCal, we love our malls a little too much and it's about time we get over it.
Following are short profiles of nine young designers you should get to know-patronize the shops that carry their stuff and check out the frequent trunk shows where they display their goods. We've also included profiles of some local retailers who deserve a look. Our lovely models Robin and Ledia, mugging it up for photographer Rachel Jones, selected their own outfits-some ensembles costing less than 20 bucks-while others might have to wait on that next big fat raise. And, lastly, because we can, we offer some words of advice for the fashion challenged. It's nothing personal, really.