LAKE FOREST, Calif.—Eyeporters hosted an Optical Women’s Association regional event at its studio in Lake Forest, California, on Thursday, April 20, 2023, to host a fashion show organized by students from the local Orange County School of the Arts. The 11 students included two project managers, two clothing designers, one photographer, one videographer, one caterer and four runway models. The students were challenged to either create or repurpose ensembles that worked well with the provided eyewear designed by Eyeporters.

The eyewear themes featured were oversized frames, geometric shapes and laminated colorations. The first half of the show featured spring/summer season inspired designs, with each outfit modeled with three different eyewear looks. 

During the intermission Eyeporters delivered a message on the importance of sustainability and how this initiative is incorporated into their eyewear development. The second half of the show featured fall/winter looks with the finale featuring a Vivienne Westwood inspired gown.

As a philanthropic gesture each guest was encouraged to bring gently used items of professional women’s clothing, which was donated to the Eli Home Transitional Housing For Women to support women experiencing times of crisis.  

OWA members were invited to the show and encouraged to bring colleagues interested in joining the OWA. On behalf of the OWA were Tiara Claxton, OWA past president, and Kathy Cruz, connections and enrichment committee member, who addressed the attendees with a message about the importance of being a member of  a women’s organization.

Cruz said, “I was amazed at how professional and engaging the students were with the OWA members in  attendance—such a wonderful experience Eyeporters provided with this event.”

Claxton said, “I was impressed by the Eyeporters team who assisted in the event’s success. The students from the OCSA were simply outstanding with their creativity and professionalism. Having their family and friends’ support meant a lot to them, you can see the happiness on their faces in all the pictures. I am proud to see how the OWA can reach outside our optical arena and touch our communities in such a positive way.”

Eileen Estrada, CEO and founder of Eyeporters, said, “This is Eyeporters’ first year as a sponsor of the OWA. We wanted to host an event that not only supported the women in the optical industry but also contributed to supporting the women of our future. Working with the students in our studio setting was beyond exciting and extremely gratifying—a terrific job by all.”