How to Do Fashion Week Without Doing Fashion Week

You don’t need me to tell you that San Francisco Fashion Week is officially out of the gate and running. Nor do you need me to tell you that Gen Art’s Fresh Faces in Fashion event is tonight.

But I am here with a few suggestions for ye peeps who can’t or don’t want to fork over the moolah for tickets to this week’s events – and those folks who, like me, happen to be jet-setting off to fairer cities this week and missing San Francisco Fashion Week entirely (actually, I’ll be in Detroit. But I’ll say it with a French accent to make myself feel better).

Here are SF Indie Fashion’s Official Ways to Enjoy Fashion Week without Going to Fashion Week:

1. LookSpark: As the “official new media sponsor” for San Francisco Fashion Week, LookSpark is going to be uploading photographs live from the runway shows, posting party pics and shots of participating designers’ collections and running a blog about the event. From my quick turn around the site this morning, there’s nothing up there yet, but if all goes according to plan, we should be able to get a quickie visual summary of each evening without even leaving the comfort of our computer chair.

2. The Heartbreaker Fall 2007 Fashion Show: Think of it as the fashion Festivus for the Restofus. For $6, you can be at a runway show on Saturday night at the Space Gallery. The show features eight designers, including Machine, Rhoda by Ellen, Tony and Zack, Amanda Wolf, Nat(alie), Erica and Gibbous.

3. APAture Runway: Also on Saturday night, this show from the Kearny Street Workshop goes down at space180 in the Mission and features local designers T.A.T., PunkCakes by Jeanna Limtiaco, Caryne Finlay Designs and Amy Ho. Admission is sliding scale $10-25 and proceeds benefit the APAture, a multidisciplinary arts expo showcasing the work of Asian Pacific Americans.

4. Stitch Lounge: Make your own fashion statement by dropping into this Hayes Valley sewing studio (check the schedule, lounge is not available during scheduled classes).

5. Go shopping: When all else fails, go shopping. Adorn yourself in something fabulous from one of San Francisco’s many indie-friendly shops and make a night of it.