Designs of the Times

By Christianna Ablahad

(Published in the April 2010 issue)

San Diego fashion designer Brooke Catherine Nevins creates California chic dresses, skirts and blouses-by hand.

“I like to know what every piece looks like before it leaves my hands and heads to the store or to the customer,” she says.

Nevins’ spring line is filled with ruffles, happy florals and feminine silhouettes. One of her favorite pieces is her ivory wrap ruffled dress (pictured above).

“It is very versatile and the fabric is gorgeous,” she says. “As you can see, it can be styled with a ‘soft and hard’ look by adding the black corset belt and leggings. It also looks fabulous on its own. It is comfortable, feminine and classic.”

See more of Nevins’ work at Cecilia Boutique in Mission Hills, The Local Boutique in La Jolla and on her online indie fashion boutique,, which also features creations by many other Southern California designers.