May 22, 2015

Runway Recap: SF State Runway 2012 Defined Fashion Show

Amid flashing cameras and an overall impressive production, San Francisco State University senior design students recently showcased final collections during a spring fashion show called Defined. Held in the SF Design Center in early May, the show drew friends, family and press to view the 22 collections shown. Read on to find out which designers stood out and who won The Designer’s Choice Awards for 2012:

Careful construction and great execution shows in Monavie Tutop's voluminous dress.

Bold prints and excellent styling from designer Pearl Regalado

Associate Professor and Student Mentor Connie Ulasewicz helps Fashion Network Association President Stephanie Starr present scholarship awards to senior design students.

The show commenced with a welcome by SFSU’s Fashion Network Association. Previous organizers bestowed their blessings and new organizers welcomed the show’s guest collaborator, Goodwill Industries. Noting the popularity of thrift store finds, some students upcycled designs from Goodwill donations and used donated accessories with their creations.

In general, students stayed up-to-date with current trends and used natural elements found in nature (water, minerals, flora, fauna, etc.) to inspire their final looks. Designers Sultana Lodin and  Monavie Tutop stood out by choosing textures and prints based on travel experiences and their urban environment.

While many eye-catching garments went down the runway, only two student designers took home Choice awards. Regan Heath’s “Twig” collection was awarded “Most Marketable,” while design duo Angela Wolverton and Jonathan Cheung of Love Force won “Most Unique.”

Menswear was prevalent throughout the show, but Regan Heath's male model made her garments stand out.

Show-stopping children walking in Regan Heath's romantic "Twig" collection.

Brilliant on stage, this flowing ombre fabric added to the feeling and energy of designer Monavie Tutop's African-inspired dress.

Designer Angela Woverton (one half of Love Force) salutes the audience, furthering the Love Force inspiration that "The end may be near, but the garment cycle lives on."

Model exudes attitude & energy in one of Love Force's military-inspired looks. Seventy percent of their collection was sourced from Goodwill donations.

Designer Alexandra Ogburm used a variety of fabrics to create a very wearable and colorful collection that relied on a modern use of traditional prints.

Designer Rebecca Cahua presented a nostalgic line of ready-to-wear dresses.

Whimsical and created to emulate the movement of a butterfly, this dress by designer Sultana Lodin was one of the standout garments on the runway.

Nature as a theme was clear in this creative display of crafted skirts, dresses and outerwear from designer Dormisha Ellison.

Photography by Jenny Villarete

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SF Street Style: Spring in the City

Spring is in the air! Meaning park fashion at its peak. It seems like half the city is migrating to Dolores Park these days for some serious chilling out a la music, friends, a few cold bevs and maybe some Bi-Rite ice cream thrown in there. Check out the fashionable friends we found paired up and trolling the streets in and around Dolores Park on a recent weekend day:

Jaz & Erica

Spotted: Photographers on their way from work to park transition.

What is the best thing about spring in the city?

Jaz: My favorite part about spring is usually the rain…..I do enjoy bringing out the light and bright colors to wear. 

Erica: The best part of spring is the variety. Sometimes I wear one thing, but it’s easy to layer, and I can wear all of my wardrobe. 

Allison & Toni

Spotted: Heading to pick up burritos on 16th Street.

Allison wears Lush studded-neck blouse, vintage skirt, Doc Marten boots.

Toni wears Calvin Klein shirt, Levi’s jeans, Chie Mahari shoes.

Erin & Maura

 Spotted: 1970s & 1950s inspired looks trekking thru the masses en route to meet friends.

What is your favorite thing to do when it’s this hot?

Erin & Maura: We love to bring our dog to Dolores Park.

Photography by Sara Iravani

Snap Judgment: Ragabond High-Low Hemline Dress

Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: Prepare yourself for an afternoon in the park with this  green high-low dress, $58, refashioned by the vintage and upcycled fashion collectors of Ragabond, whose etsy shop is stocked with re-fashioned floral frocks, tribal prints and sheer vintage maxi dresses.

Photography courtesy of Ragabond

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Runway Recap: Bossini Fashion Show

Front row before the show.

Guests donned colorful, inventive dresses for the Bossini Fashion show.

A guest gets snapped wearing a one-of-a-kind Mugler design.

Guests enjoyed champagne and light bites while a live band kicked off the festivities.

A model poses at the end of the runway while the cameras look on.

iPhones may have been the evening's most popular accessory, especially among those in the front row.

Silicon Valley store Bossini of Santa Clara‘s sold-out fashion show at San Francisco’s Regency Center drew over 400 Bay Area fashion fans, designers, bloggers, industry players and a slew of photographers out to view  apparel by Versace, Mugler and others to raise funds for Breast Cancer Action.

“We are showing some never-before-seen pieces from Lady Gaga favorite, Mugler, and Versace, their past year’s 2012 collections. People have flown in from all over the U.S. and even London to see this show,” explained event producer and Melange Production CEO Nick Navarro, as he escorted groups of Versace-clad women to their seats.

From the beginning the event, which counted Versace and Mugler executives among its guests, Bossini teamed up with  t.used Versace, Mugler, Zanella, Gimo’s, TORRAS and Eton raise money for and celebrate the launch of their new collections of luxury womenswear.

Models walked the runway, first in casual daytime looks. Evening apparel followed. Among the evening’s most successful looks were print dresses from the Versace Spring/Summer 2012 Collection. After the show, DJ River kept the party going until late into the night, as lingerers enjoyed bites of desserts and mingled with photographers snapping shots of fashionable attendees.

Below, more pics from the runway:

Versace Collection SS 2012

Versace Collection Spring/Summer 2012

Versace Collection Spring/Summer 2012

Versace Collection Spring/Summer 2012

Versace Collection SS2012

Versace Collection Spring/Summer 2012

Versace Collection Spring/Summer 2012

Versace Collection Spring/Summer 2012

Versace Collection Spring/Summer 2012

Versace Collection Spring/Summer 2012


Mugler Womenswear

Photography by Briana Tovey (images 1-6) & Wayne Serrano (remaining images)

Party Seen: Free Dirt Apparel Launch Party

Free Dirt apparel on display for guests and newly anointed "Dirt Heads."

Party guest Michael Wasserman hams it up with the "Dirty Sanchez" T-shirt.

Local favorite Tnt Deejays helped the Dirt Heads shut the party down.

Party guests show off their Free Dirt hats on the dance floor.

This past Saturday North Beach played host as “dirtheads” flooded in for the launch of Free Dirt, a local brand with a healthy dose of in-your-face attitude celebrating the arrival of a new online store and men’s clothing line featuring brightly-colored jackets, hats and (it’s true) a t-shirt dubbed the Dirty Sanchez*. On the scene: friends, bloggers and photographers hitting the dance floor and downing mini tacos.

The Free Dirt Twitter feed was highlighted on the dance floor so partygoers could look for cues to throw up drawn-on finger mustaches for chances to win Free Dirt apparel. I tracked down designer Peter Vandendriesse to gain some additional insight into his dirt-y world:

Your clothing fits the high energy of your launch party. How do you describe the Free Dirt aesthetic?

All of our apparel features bright and clean designs influenced by the rural, gritty lifestyle. This matchup- rad meets rural – sets us apart from other brands and attracts the type of guy we hope to dress.

How did you come up with the name Free Dirt?

I founded the company a little over a year ago as a side project for my dirthead friends in Davis. These friends, who love to cause a ruckus, have a knack for making good natured people feel very uncomfortable. Their actions, and the sight of a “free dirt” sign on a long drive back from Vegas, are what sparked the brands creation.

Friends join Free Dirt designer and founder Peter Vandendriesse, who was sporting the Windsnapper jacket.

View the complete Free Dirt’s collection in the online shop.

Photography by Sara Iravani

*If we end up ranking in Google for this phrase, well, I guess that’s just gonna have to happen. A whole new readership awaits!