This year’s San Francisco Fashion Week went out with a bang last Sunday night at its third runway show of the week, which focused on couture and avant garde designs. Held at Madrone Studios in the SOMA, the show featured local designers Vio Gemini, Ken Chen, Aya Yuroha and Diane Oo, Jackie Princeau, Homme by Dahae Elyse Kimm and Camelia Skikos.
Vio Gemini opened the show with decadent bridal gowns equipped with feathers, Victorian collars and decorative pleating. While most of the gowns were floor length, there were a few pieces with hemlines above the knees. These shorter dresses added a flirty, laid back flair to the classic bridal look.
Next up, contemporary designer Ken Chen paired with handbag label Vayaro for their collection in the show. The two brands blended together seamlessly as Vayaro’s bags added kicks of color to Chen’s mostly neutral, minimal designs.
Jackie Princeau’s array of shift dresses, tailored pants and clean cut tops channeled a classic Parisian chic vibe. Putting a spin on the simple style, the brand topped multiple looks with leather body pieces that added futuristic flair.
Homme by Dahae Elyse Kimm managed to effortlessly combine draping, sleek cuts and modern dye techniques into one fluid men’s collection. The most notable piece was an asymmetrical, dip-dyed jacket that immediately captivated the audience with its modern cut and high contrast.
Closing out the show was former Gap and Levi Strauss designer Camelia Skikos. Her designs, which featured vibrant pops of cobalt blue, showed the most adventurous use of color out of all the designers. Similar to Jackie Princeau’s body pieces, Skikos also used playful shoulder accessories, which added a fashionable spin to streamlined silhouettes.
Below, a few images from the show, produced by the San Francisco Fashion and Merchants Alliance:
Photography courtesy Shaun Tiangsing