August 31, 2014

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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Runway Recap: SFFW 2012 Ready To Wear

The second night of San Francisco Fashion Week runway shows featured ready-to-wear collections from a variety of local designers.

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.

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Photography by Jennymay Villarete for SF Indie Fashion

Runway Recap: Kearny Street Workshop Fashion Show 2012

One of the most recent fashion shows to hit San Francisco: the KSW Runway 2012 Fashion Show, the annual show from the Kearny Street Workshop, the nation’s oldest Asian-Pacific American multidisciplinary arts organization. Featuring new designs by Asian-Pacific American designers, the runway that evening saw everything from typography-inspired evening gowns to body chains.

See a few of our favorite looks below and check out the entire album on the SF Indie Fashion Facebook page.

Typography inspired dress by Kim Shao

KTRcollection by KT Reed

KTRcollection by KT Reed

Body chains by CLARA Designs, Clare Adamos Morales

Body chains by CLARA Designs, Clare Adamos Morales

Body chains by CLARA Design, Clare Adamos Morales

Jeanette Au’s knitwear

Jeanette Au’s knitwear

Photography by Jennymay Villarete for SF Indie Fashion

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Runway Recap: Fashion on the Square

San Francisco designer Joseph Domingo (left) was honored for his work during Fashion on the Square.

San Francisco’s fashion community gathered to celebrate the 8th Annual Fashion on the Square this past Sunday at the Intercontinental Hotel. Radio personality Sterling James (dressed in Cari Borja) emceed the celebration of local designers and clothing companies based in the Bay Area, including Regan Heath, Jonathan Cheung, Jaevon MarshallKeneuoe, Dark Garden, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Apple Bottoms, Charmosa, Troop, Randy Rowden, and Joseph Domingo. From children’s wear to hand-painted swimwear, the event showcased a little bit of everything.

Local designs dominated the event and ranged from Dark Garden corsetry to Keneuoe’s modern silhouettes and Regan Heath’s romantic bohemian ensembles resembling Huckleberry Finn mixed with dandyism. The highlight was the latest collection from Joseph Domingo, honored during the event as 2012 Designer of the Year. Domingo transformed the runway into a glamorous red carpet that the models strutted down in beautifully embellished gowns and finely tailored suits.

Throughout, audience was entertained from start to finish as the show upped the ante by injecting a variety of performing arts into the evening.  One of the child models charmed the crowd with her enthusiastic reciting of Mary Williamson’s famous poem “Our Deepest Fear.” Just after intermission, Precision Dance surprised onlookers by entering the runway as if they were models before busting out an intense modern dance performance. Towards the end, a true hybrid of the arts dubbed “composed fashion,” took place as a string quartet set the mood for Dark Garden models in the local label’s intricate corsetry not simply to walk, but to perform their way down the runway.

Check out our photos from the evening:

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Photography by Jennymay Villarete for SF Indie Fashion

Runway Recap: Passport To Rio Fashion Show

The Passport to Rio Fashion Show that took place at the Clift Hotel late last month appealed with a line-up of independently-designed apparel from online fashion marketplace nelou amped up with the help and style-minded eye of event producer and longtime local stylist Bianca of Bianca Starr productions.

Along with a festive vibe, lots of creative ensembles in the crowd and a Brazilian-style performance as the grand finale, the show featured an assortment of looks that you won’t see everywhere else.

Below, some shots from the night. You can view more Passport to Rio images on our Facebook page. For more on nelou, check out our recent interview with founder Regine Harr.

Bianca of Bianca Starr

Photography by Jennymay Villarete….