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:
Photography courtesy of Jayson Carpenter for Groundwork Opportunities