Runway Recap: GO’s Define Beauty Fashion Show

A fashionable and philanthropically-minded crowd packed Madrone Studios last week for Define: Beauty, a runway show put on by local nonprofit organization Groundwork Opportunities. With its notable line-up of labels, several of whom rarely show their work in local shows, the evening promised serious style eye-candy and lighthearted fun. But the evening’s goal was much more serious: to raise enough to fund a clean water project for over 4,000 people in Tanzania.

After the opening cocktail hour, a runway show featuring the latest from Kajan Padraig, MENK, Retrofit Republic, Sarah Liller, Ken Chen, Daniel Sudar, Cari Borja and Dallas Parke took place before a full house, with every chair occupied and several rows of standing room only space. Against the venue’s photographer-friendly, seamless white interiors, chic dresses with carefully-placed slashes and rips by Kajan Padraig, well-tailored menswear from MENK, gender-bending ensembles from Retrofit Republic and crisp suits from Daniel Sudar stood out.

Along with a solid showing of San Francisco fashion, the evening produced an even more uplifting result: approximately $5,000 was raised to benefit a community in Tanzania, just one of the many projects from Groundwork Opportunities.

Below, some of our favorite looks from the show:

Neutrals collide in this dress from Kajan Padraig
Patterned pants and a sculptured jacket caught our eyes in this look by Kajan Padraig.
MENK showed looks that were sophisticated and well-tailored, yet ready for everyday wear.
A form-fitting blazer and rolled up denim stand out in this look by MENK.
Retrofit Republic inverted the usual order of things for its presentation, which featured female models in menswear....
...and male models donning women's apparel from the Retrofit Republic collection of recycled apparel and accessories.
Contrasting prints and a girlish innocence defined the latest from Sarah Liller.
How much does this model, in Sarah Liller, look like Maggie Gyllenhaal?
A versatile women's swing coat by Ken Chen
A model channels James Bond in Ken Chen
Daniel Sudar's three-piece ensemble features a hooded layer underneath a blazer.
A creative closure adds interest to an otherwise classic suit in this look by Daniel Sudar.
Tulle, ruffles and layers created a dessert-like effect in this ensemble from Cari Borja.
Cari Borja's signature exposed seams and ruffles created movement in this two-piece look.
A cinched waist and short hemline add va-voom to this look by Dallas Parke.
Dallas Parke's all-black collection closed out the show.

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Photography courtesy of Jayson Carpenter for Groundwork Opportunities