November 22, 2014

The Do List: San Francisco Fashion Events Feb. 7-13

Fashion Week may be kicking off in New York, but you can still play stylishly on the Left Coast. 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. Here’s our pick of top San Francisco fashion events this week:

  • Tuesday brings the second showdown of this year’s Fashion Feud. Head to Rickshaw Stop to watch designers Krisztina Lazar and Chrystine Druge battle it out for fashion dominance. Judges Adelle McElveen and Laura Robblee will decide their fate. Added perks: this is a free, 18+ event.
  • One of our favorite events this week takes place online, thanks to the livestream of the Evolving Influence fashion blogger conference that will be taking place on Thursday in New York. Hop onto the Internets to catch the action if you can’t make it x-country for the real thing.
  • Also on Thursday, you can prep for romance on the horizon or indulge in a little self-love at Stillpoint Wellness Center, where a Be Your Own Valentine event promises complimentary 15-minute mini services, Champagne and sweets to those who RSVP. Check the calendar for the details on how to attend.
  • Once the weekend hits, continue celebrating local fashion with a stop by RAG’s Expansion Celebration Party on Friday evening to glimpse the Hayes Valley shop’s new space or head to The Public Works for the Archetype Runway and Trunk Show, where you’ll find apparel and accessories on view from Behida Dolic, Jasmin Zorlu, Danielle Pettee, Kittinhawk, Ric Rac Clothing, Alley Collection and others.

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

Runway Recap: Fashion Feud II, Round One

Last week’s round one of Fashion Feud at Rickshaw Stop was a battle between designers Crystal Hermann and Mary Yanez. If you’re not familiar with this event, think of it as a cross between Project Runway and Iron Chef.

Contestants have one hour to design and create an outfit using a surprise fabric given out at the last moment. Each designer is paired with a model (Caitlyn McClennan  and Jenn Lazorack) and hair and make-up artists. Two more elimination rounds are on the horizon this year, and the winners of each round will head to a final showdown on April 12.

Two guest judges plus an audience vote (through an iPhone or Droid application, so bring those smartphones) decide the winner. This time, judges Maggie Alhadeff of Mimosas in Bed and Stacy Lee of Sex + Design were on the scene, and ultimately Crystal Hermann and her her bold diamond cutout dress were crowned victorious. Although the wait during the design period could have used a little more entertainment for the audience, the event proved to be an entertaining and fun evening. Ready for the next round? Save the date for February 8, when the competition returns to Rickshaw Stop.

Crystal Hermann (left) and Mary Yanez receive surprise fabric.

Hermann (top) and Yanez sew like mad to create looks in one hour. Below, Jenn Lazorack wears a creation by Mary Yanez (bottom left), and Caitlyn McClennan models Crystal Hermann's dress.

Yanez (left) sews. Jenn Lazorack shows off the front of the dress by Yanez.

Hermann's dress features a bold cutout over the chest.

In the end, Hermann's drapey cutout dress won out over the cinched waist and plunging v-neck of the dress by Yanez.

The Do List: San Francisco Fashion Events Jan. 10-16

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. Here’s our pick of top San Francisco fashion events this week:

  • Get the week in style with the return of Fashion Feud, the live showdown between local designers competing to make the best original garment during a brisk hour-long challenge. Round one features designers Crystal Hermann and Mary M. Yanez and goes down at Rickshaw Stop, where judges Maggie Alhadeff of Mimosas in Bed and Sex + Design and Stacy Lee of Sex + Design will choose the winning look. Further enticements: the event is free and open to the 18+ crowd.
  • Come Thursday, an unusual pairing of attractions takes place at Makeup Gourmet during the SoMa studio’s Cash for Gold event. Yes, it sounds a bit like the beginning of a late-night infomercial, but think of it this way: you can get hair and makeup advice while recycling any unwanted jewelry in your stash into cash that you can then use to further beautify….or buy draanks…or whatever. Either way, you win.
  • Once you’ve made it to the weekend, you can celebrate independent art and jewelry with a stop by the Inner Sunset’s Pearl Gallery, where a one-year celebration will be taking place on Saturday. We hear dessert wines and matching treats will be served to sweeten the deal.

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

All Hail to Gail

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At last week’s Fashion Feud finals, we were pleased to see more audience members than ever turn out for the event. Between moments catching up with designers like Bacca Da Silva and Charlie B of Invisible Hero Industries, we had a fine time watching Alexandria Von Bromssen, Gail B. Shrive and Julia Meeks concoct wearable ensembles from Mood fabrics in only an hour.

By the time Shrive (above right, with model) was announced as winner, the crowd was in fine spirits, thanks to the convivial surroundings (and a few drinks from Mighty’s bar, of course).

– SF Indie Fashion Contributor Michelle Ruiz

Shrive followed her win last week up with a show on Friday at Supperclub. Below, a few images of her latest work:

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[Photography: top images, Michelle Ruiz; bottom images, Amanda Graves]

Style Showdown: Fashion Feud Finals

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