December 22, 2014

The Do List: San Francisco Fashion Events Oct. 31-Nov.6

Among the stylish San Francisco events to look forward to this week are a jewelry-making class with sass, an accessories-heavy shopping event, a local designer’s fall collection on display and a denim trunk show. Intrigued? You’ll find the details on the SF Indie Fashion Calendar.

  • Get the week going by learning a thing or two during the Feathers, Leather and Chains jewelry-making class at Workshop. The one-evening how-to will leave you with two pairs of earrings and one necklace, as well as plenty of jewelry-making basics courtesy of instructor Shana Astrachan.
  • Midweek you can shop independent, scope accessories and apparel and indulge in cocktails and mini beauty treatments during the latest installment of Shecky’s Girls Night Out, taking place at Fort Mason. Participants include BellaSole shoes, Benefit, Stella & Dot, Aknot jewelry and others. The two-evening event offers goodie bags, and you can score a free ticket and book a complimentary brow arch before you go here.
  • Also on Thursday, local favorite (and Project Runway contestant) Christopher Collins re-opens his Sutter Street boutique after closing to focus on summer and fall deliveries with an evening gathering featuring the label’s Fall 2011 collection, as well as a $50 discount on purchases when you buy two items. Dunno ’bout you, but we’re kind of salivating over the jacket up above (stop it animal print-meets-tribal thing. just stop it). Can’t make it that night? Email them to stop by earlier in the week.
  • If you’re a denim hound, you’ll find premium pairs on display this Saturday at Heidi Says Casual during the Pac Heights boutique’s Paige Denim Trunk Show.

You can find details on all of these events and more happening this week on the SF Indie Fashion Calendar.

Photography courtesy of Christopher Collins

Snow II

On the runway at Snow, A White Fashion Event, Year 2. Dress by Joseph Domingo

Last night’s Snow was an impressive event for San Francisco fashion. In addition to the participating designers, a slew of interesting and notable folks turned out, including Christopher Collins and his co-pilot-in-fashion Erica Tanamachi, Charleston Pierce, Karen Tamblyn, Owen Geronimo, Fati Farmanfarmaian, Lorence Manansala, Marie Leggette and many others.

The show was smoothly-produced, and the space looked like it had been made for a fashion event, though it may very well have been the first runway show to happen in the space (I’d need to check my sources to confirm this, but that’s my guess).

Stay tuned for more on the show this week. We’ll be covering it extensively in photos, words and also a film (thanks to the return of the super-savvy SF Indie Fashion contributor Jessica V.) But just wanted to throw something up here today since it’s all fresh in my head.

The above pic is of a dress by Joseph Domingo. My iPhone photo obviously doesn’t do it justice, but at least you can get the feel of the space and what it was like to have everyone on the runway and surrounding it in the crowd all dressed in white.

The Do List: San Francisco Fashion Events This Week


The SF Indie Fashion Calendar is always full of events to keep San Francisco fashion lovers busy with trunk sales, beauty happenings, fashion shows and places to shop from independent sources — even on a fine holiday week such as this one. Here’s our pick of top San Francisco fashion events this week:

  • We’re sure we don’t have to tell you how many chances there are to save on merch come Friday. For a San Francisco Black Friday sale that’s not to be missed, head to Christopher Collins boutique on Sutter, where the Project Runway alum will be offering dresses for under $100 and coats for under $150, as well as tops for under $50 a pop.
  • Over the holiday weekend, take a journey to the East bay to celebrate Saturday’s grand opening of Oakland’s newest boutique, The Rare Bird, whose inventory of locally-sourced, vintage and recycled items for men, women and the home have us smitten.
  • Also on Saturday, shopping local becomes a cause for nationwide celebration during the first-ever Small Business Saturday. Shops, restaurants and other businesses around the country are offering special deals, in-store events and discounts in honor of the event. One that may appeal: American Express cardholders will receive a $25 credit when they purchase from a small business. To register your card in advance, go here.
  • Two events happening all weekend long bring further opportunities to shop. First, there’s Rock & Republic The Warehouse Sale Event, which brings oodles of premium denim to the City at a discount during its 11-day run on Post St. Drawing a different, but no less eager crowd is the The Women’s Building 32nd Annual Celebration of Craftswomen, billed as San Francisco’s largest holiday gift fair.
  • Close out the holiday weekend with a visit to Sunday’s Indie Bazaar, a free-to-attend shopping event featuring 40+ local, independent vendors, as well as a photo booth with Del Geronimo, beauty and styling demos and beats from DJ Mario Esco. Another reason to go: the event is having a clothing drive benefiting SF Smiles, so clean out your closet before you go.

You can find details on all of these events and more happening this week on the SF Indie Fashion Calendar.

Photography courtesy of Christopher Collins

‘CC Us: Christopher Collins Fall 2010

Fresh off a stint on Project Runway, San Francisco designer Christopher Collins now boasts the distinction of having pieces from his Fall 2010 collection available at Neiman Marcus in Union Square. Here, we take a look at his latest looks, which stand out from the crowd with feminine cinched waists, wide-leg pants and easy going versatility in neutral hues.

Want to know more about local designer Christopher Collins? Check out our previous coverage or head to Thursday’s Fashion Group International Trend Event at Temple nightclub, where Collins will discuss his current work, influences and inspirations.

Photography courtesy of Christopher Collins

Christopher Collins, Thank You for Renewing My Interest in Project Runway

I’ll admit it. I didn’t even watch the finale of last season’s Project Runway until three weeks after the fact on DVR. So when Erica Tanamachi, the creative director behind San Francisco label Christopher Collins, got in touch today to say that Christopher is one of season 8′s contestants, I was not only thrilled to hear that a local was once again going to be on the show, but also thankful that there’s now more than one reason to watch (the other obviously being Tim Gunn).

It will be interesting to see how Collins, an affable guy who has been unflappably nice every time I’ve met him (and owns a pet chicken, a random factoid that I’m obsessed with), interacts with the other designers, as there’s sure to be some snarky-McSnarks in the bunch.

Here’s hoping he hangs in and powers through the experience, which I hear is a long, exhausting and, at times, grueling one from former contestants that I’ve interviewed, among them Andrew Christian and Jay Nicolas Sario.

Want to catch the first ‘sode of Project Runway Season 8? It airs on Lifetime at 9 p.m. on July 29.