When the San Francisco Fashion Week Ready to Wear fashion show began, the prevailing vibe in the room for the second runway presentation in a week-long series of events celebrating local fashion was relaxed yet refined. While typical spring show runways are filled with floral prints and sandals, our City’s have layers and rich printed fabrics. Each collection seemed ready to outfit every kind of San Franciscan. Read on for our favorites from the show.
Show opener Alyssa Nicole displayed a fun and versatile collection. The talented, young designer was able to manipulate the houndstooth-esque fabric she had imported from France into multiple silhouettes that included a one-shouldered dress with flowy sleeves and an ultra structured collared dress. To really add interest, she utilized trendy silhouettes such peplum dresses and high-low skirts. When I caught up with Alyssa Nicole designer Alyssa Cesares, she told me the seeds of the collection were planted with inspiration from Christian Dior and the design of the silhouettes.
Other stand out collections came from R State and Mere. While R State impressed with leather jackets perfect for San Francisco fog, Mere presented modern sportswear with a retro appeal characterized by eco-friendly hemp based fabrics complemented by a palette of crisp white and gray.
The event featured sponsorship from various tech companies, another detail that added to the distinctly San Francisco feel. The audience, which was made mostly of the San Francisco fashion community, supporters, friends and family of designers and models, was fully engaged, and the smiles on the faces in the crowd seemed proof that the night’s show packed in enough style to suit our City.
A few images from the show are below. Check out our SFFW 2012 Facebook album for more.
Photography by Jennymay Villarete for SF Indie Fashion