Runway Recap: SFFW 2012 Couture & Avant Garde

The final night of San Francisco Fashion Week 2012 featured designers with collections considered to be either couture or avant garde.

While the first two nights of San Francisco Fashion Week runway shows focused on emerging designers and ready-to-wear collections, the final night challenged the audience to see things differently by featuring labels considered either couture or avant garde in their aesthetic. Read on for our favorites from the show.

La Bete, a rebellious and sexy collection from Jennifer Ly, jump-started the evening with models artfully clad in gold chain head pieces and sometimes floor grazing, dramatic hooded garments that brought a certain ‘bad girl’ edge to the garments otherwise pleasantly ethereal silhouettes.

The spirit of couture was alive and well in Artful Gentleman‘s sleek custom menswear: done in sharp blues and plums, pieces were both bold, yet sophisticated and displayed high quality tailoring. Also eye-catching was the knitwear of Scott Ian Mcfarland, whose sweaters, tops, leggings and accessories for men and women were undeniably cozy and inviting to look at, but inventively avant garde in their patterns, textures and overall styling.

Below, some top shots from the night’s presentations. You can view the entire album on Facebook.

La Bete by Jennifer Ly
La Bete by Jennifer Ly
Artful Gentleman
Artful Gentleman
Artful Gentleman
Keneuoe
Keneuoe
Van Der Neer: The 11th Dimension
Van Der Neer: The 11th Dimension
Scott Ian McFarland
Scott Ian McFarland
Camelia Skikos
Camelia Skikos

Photography by Jennymay Villarete

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