May 29, 2015

Runway Recap: Bianca Starr Spring Forward Fashion Show

Want to know what went down the runway at the recent Bianca Starr Presents: Spring Forward Fashion Show held recently at the Clift Hotel? We’ve rounded up a few pics from the night below.

Chris Hess wearing a dress from Top Shelf, the mobile fashion truck boutique

Emily Sauce wearing apparel from Density

Chris Hess in a gown from Wonderland SF

Faith Garcia in apparel from Wonderland SF

Gown available at Wonderland SF

Photographer Christophe Tomatis at the event with Metallica's Kirk Hammett

Photography by Christophe Tomatis

More San Francisco fashion shows….

Runway Recap: Discarded to Divine 2011

We had the pleasure of attending the sixth annual Discarded to Divine event at St. Mary’s Cathedral late last month. Not limited to fashion, but also including housewares and textiles, the evening began with a silent auction and culminated with a live runway show featuring garments from select designers. Over $100,000 raised during the evening’s festivities went to support the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco and its programs for those experiencing poverty, homelessness and domestic violence.

Proving once again that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, each design was created using only discarded materials. The cocktail hour and silent auction kicked off the night, and the main fashion show followed. As the models walked the C-shaped runway, the dresses were auctioned off to the highest bidder. The designers added to the drama by taking the stage with the models and making last-minute adjustments to garments. Melissa Panages’ dress made from computer chips and Jill Giordano and Brian Scheyer’s dolman-sleeve ombre-dyed coat were the highlights of the show. Hopefully, we can all be inspired to look at the things in our closets in an entirely different way.

Scenes from the silent auction. Bottom right: Luggage Bag Blazer by Ryan Morar.

Top row (from left) St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco Executive Director Chris Cody with wife Marybeth Cody and guests Thatcher and Shannon Davis. Middle: Owen Buenaventura, Jill Giordano, Brian Scheyer, Melissa Panages, Alan Derwin and Mario Benton. Bottom row: Moya Stone, Y'Anad Burrell, Brandy Kuentzel, Apprentice Season 10 Winner Sushanta Bhandarkar, Epifany Sree and Naz Saeed from Zansus purses.

Mille-feuille by Tanja Milutinovic, Pei-Ju Lo, Shih-Wei Fang and Qian Xie

Patrick Meade of Bonhams and Butterfields auctioning off a strapless cocktail dress made using a tablecloth and velvet trim by Wesley Ito

The Dorothy Coat by Janice Paredes.

Tablecloth Dress by Wesley Ito

Anachronism Dress by Kelly Cercone.

Aphrodite Dress by Xiang Zhang and Yoorim Kim.

Chihuahua Day Jacket by Marianne Pearson. Modeled by Biggie.

Silk Print Monet by Ulises Alcala

Anastasia Coat by Olga Shor Design Studio.

Ombre Coat by gr. dano

Alchemy Triptych by Hansine Goran. Three-piece carpet made from factory surplus materials.

Galatea at Twilight Dress by Cari Borja

Ethereal Anti-Mass dress by Miranda Caroligne.

How the West Was Won Dress by Melissa Panages.

Photography by Christophe Tomatis

Runway Recap: Project Ethos

The first Project ETHOS show to hit the Bay Area inspired and entertained over 600 attendees at Ruby Skye earlier this month. The evening merged art, independent and established fashion brands and music performances featuring Bay Area artists and included a live performance by Geographer. But the highlight of the night had to be the fashion show, presenting work by locals Zoë Hong, Danielle Pettee, Menk designer Mansha Khithani, Lucy Bea Swimwear and Kristina Michelle on a 50-foot white runway alongside Fredrick’s of Hollywood Swimwear.

Adding to the evening’s excitement, Lucy Bea’s design team took home a $3,000 prize after the audience texted in their votes during the evening’s vitaminwater zero™  Flavor Fashionista Challenge.

A 50-foot long white runway.

Fredricks of Hollywood Swimwear.

Cardiwrap by Kymaro.

Ensemble by Zoe Hong.

Menk menswear

Dress by Kristina Michelle

Lucy Bea Swimwear

Dress by Danielle Pettee

Photography by Christophe Tomatis

Runway Recap: Fashion Feud Finals

The final round of this year’s Fashion Feud took place at Rickshaw Stop on Tuesday night.  Many familiar faces were among those packing the full house, including designers, photographers, bloggers, stylists, hair and make-up artists and San Francisco fashion enthusiasts.

The three finalists – Crystal Hermann, Krysztina Lazar, and Sally Marie Hahn – were joined by the always-lovely models Shelby, Monica and Faith for the competition. With only one hour to design and create an outfit, the atmosphere was intense. In the end, judges Joseph Domingo, Zoe Hong and John Robblee could only give the Fashion Feud title to one well-deserving designer. Congratulations to Crystal Hermann for taking home the victory!

Below, images from the final style showdown:

Crystal Hermann races against the clock.

A full house at Rickshaw Stop

Fans pose for the camera.

The models wait for their dresses.

The judging begins.

Joseph Domingo takes stock of the dresses by (l-r) Crystal Herman, Krysztina Lazar and Sally Marie Hahn.

Dress by (l-r) Crystal Herman, Krysztina Lazar and Sally Marie Hahn

Crystal Hermann (center, back row) celebrates her victory with her fans.

Photography by Christophe Tomatis

Sneak Peek: Discarded to Divine Dress by

See it here first, only on SF Indie Fashion: a sneak peek a one-of-a-kind dress by constructed out of shower curtains for April’s Discarded to Divine, a fashion showcase and auction of garments made of cast-off clothing that benefits St. Vincent de Paul Society’s programs and services.

Stay tuned for the official unveiling on April 15 during the de Young Museum Preview night.

For more on Discarded to Divine, always one of our favorite fashion events of the year, check out our previous coverage.

Photography by Christophe Tomatis