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Inaugural fashion show to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters

'Micaceous Blossom' by Patricia Michaels
'Micaceous Blossom' by Patricia Michaels
Courtesy Robert Mesa

Designing women are an edgy lot. That’s true at least of the three designers showcased in a benefit fashion show for Big Brothers Big Sisters Saturday (Oct. 14) from 5-7 p.m. at the Taos Country Club, 54 Golf Course Drive, off County Road 110, south of Ranchos de Taos.

The Taos designers invited for this inaugural annual event are our very own international superstars: Patricia Michaels, of Taos Pueblo, as well as Trish Sereda, of Arroyo Hondo, formerly of Venice, California.

Also gracing the runway will be the fashion statements of Taos’ Wanderer boutique, curated and designed by owner Ashley Arabian, formerly from San Francisco, California. Each designer said they want to raise money for and bring attention to the importance of the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization’s cause.

Besides the fashion show, there will be a silent auction, a designer meet and greet to visit with and purchase from the designers, as well as a plated dinner. Proceeds from the evening go to support free, one-to-one mentoring for youth of Taos and Colfax counties.

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) has been a leader in one-to-one youth service for more than a century, creating positive friendships benefiting children, volunteers, families, neighborhoods and communities, press materials state. Research has shown positive relationships between adult mentors and at-risk children have a measurable impact on children’s lives. Youth in the program perform better in school, get along better with their families and are less likely to use drugs or alcohol. BBBS Mountain Region serves nearly 1,100 local youngsters and their families in Doña Ana, Grant, Los Alamos, Río Arriba, Taos, Colfax, McKinley, San Miguel and Mora counties.

Tickets to the fashion show are $50, available at An online purchase guarantees seating at this event, which is limited to 100 spots, according to Executive Director Karen Koyote. The organization has reserved spots for all its volunteers, so waiting to buy tickets at the door is unwise, as there may not be any seats left.

Contact Koyote at (575) 770-5751 or email


Fashion artists

PM Waterlily

Native American haute couture will be rockin’ the runway this November at the Louvre in Paris, France, with Patricia “Waterlily” Michaels’ latest collection debuting at World Fashion Week Paris 2017/2018 Expo. She will be the first Native American woman to present her work at this prestigious show. While she may be best known for her two seasons on “Project Runway,” according to press materials, her company, PM Waterlily of Taos Pueblo and Santa Fe, has also shown at “Fashion Week in [New York City], gained national recognition for her Peabody Essex Museum show and international attention after receiving the highly prestigious Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Arts and Design Award.”

Seven PM Waterlily past designs will be presented at “Fashion-Taos Style” (the local Big Brothers Big Sisters benefit) as a retrospective of Michaels’ work, giving homage to mentors who were inspirational in her own life – including Martha of Taos; her mother, Juanita Marcus Michaels Turley; and the School of Taos Artisans.

Raw and Edgy

Trish Sereda is an international sensation in the fitness industry, which took off in the 1990s. Located front and center at Gold’s Gym in Venice, California, Sereda and husband Dr. Lynn Sereda created Hotskins Bodywear, which sold in 50 countries all over the world. “We were big in a small [area of the design] world,” she likes to say. Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director Karen Koyote reports that Sereda is a recipient of a designer of the year recognition in her field for creating the “Anatomical Fit.”

The Seredas moved to Taos in 2004 and started Raw & Edgy Deerskin Designs, featuring one-of-a-kind, hand-sewn, predominantly leather goods at Trish Sereda’s Arroyo Hondo studio. Famous for her deerskin jackets, she is also making purses, “Hip Riders” and making serious inroads into hoodie culture, which she can’t keep in stock. Her work is at Leatherwerks in John Dunn Shops, Smoke Signals on Taos Plaza and Overland Sheepskin Co. in Santa Fe.

Wanderer boutique

Ashley Arabian chose the name Wanderer because she’s always been one. “I’m one of those people who get itchy feet or have wanderlust,” she says. “I’ve gotten a lot of flak for it, but in Taos, most of the people are like that.” She said most people think it’s a beautiful thing to wander, so the name just fit.

After designing a small line of caftans in San Francisco, California, for her previous brand in 2014, she started Wanderer in 2016 in Taos, which carries “all-natural body and beauty care, candles, vintage items, trendy and affordable apparel, hats, handmade jewelry, local artists, handbags and design books. It’s a truly unique shop in Taos that is targeted toward women, but both men and women enjoy coming in here.” Wanderer boutique is located at 110 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in Taos and now also in Albuquerque at Spur Line Supply Co.