Winter Wonderland fashion show benefits disabled San Diegans – San Diego Community Newspaper Group

Nikki Myer wearing Debbie Nhgiem
Winter Wonderland was presented by the ARC of San Diego on Dec. 2 at the US Grant Hotel Downtown. Guests were able to purchase gifts at the vendor boutique and the silent auction for Holiday shopping. At noon all the attendees moved to the main ballroom for the luncheon and fashion show. Maria Stanley and Cici Drummond were chairs for the event. The festivities were kicked off by the emcee, Brittany Shiperly.
The witty Clint Bell was the auctioneer for the crowd. He is such an expert at speaking off the cuff and kept the audience in stitches. My favorite live auction item was being first in line at the valet service. Since there was a huge crowd at check out, this was an invaluable item.
After the luncheon, the entertainment was presented by style personality Leonard Simpson. He is a well-known television-style host and producer of high-profile fashion shows in San Diego, Los Angeles, and New York. The runway show began with a ‘Global Fusion’ look by Satori Designs. They have a colorful and very international look. Next came the gorgeous Fashion Forward coats by Leonard Simpson. Emporio Armani showed off the latest trends. Next, Hidden Rose Boutique came down the catwalk with their ultra feminine dresses made from tulle and chiffons.
Bespoke tailor shop Zeglio Custom Clothiers added to the afternoon with impeccable style and fit. Satori had a repeat performance coming down the runway with their vibrant, colorful clothing. Creative headpieces by Gloria Parker were added giving pizzazz to the presentation. In keeping with the holiday season, glittery and sparkling gowns came down the walkway by Shangri La. They carry vintage and modern fashions. Nolan Dean presented his beautiful gowns in rich luscious fabrics.
Ford model Nikki Myer made a special guest appearance in two of the segments. The finale showed the designs of Debbie Nghiem. Ahead of the holidays, she showed standout designs in rich velvets, sequins, and feathers.
All the proceeds from this event benefit The Arc of San Diego. They provide services to persons with disabilities and help them to achieve their life goals. Founded in 1951, they provide programs at more than 20 locations throughout the county. For more information about his amazing organization visit:
Upcoming Events: 
Pet Parade in the Gaslamp at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17. From 2-5pm is the Pups in the Pub Party & Awards Ceremony. Dress you and your pet in a holiday costume. Register at: or
Bridal Bazaar with fashion shows presented by Gretchen Productions at the San Diego Convention Center on Saturday, Jan. 15 2023. Three shows presented during the day. For more information call 760-334-5500.

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