May 29, 2015

The Do List: San Francisco Fashion Events Sept. 12-18

While last week was all about celebrating local shopping destinations, this week’s top style events beckon San Francisco fashion fans to gather en mass in festival settings. You’ll find the details on the SF Indie Fashion Calendar.

  • On Thursday, an event for style-conscious dudes (and their admirers, of course) takes over the Bently Reserve for the 3rd annual Styling the Modern Man. Included with your ticket are complimentary cocktails, grooming services, a fashion presentation, access to the Levi’s Geek Chic Lounge and advice from experts such as romance coach Joy Nordenstrom.
  • Coast into Friday evening by stopping by the latest installment of Sassy City Chicks, hitting Fort Mason Herbst Pavilion this week. Reasons to go include shopping, cocktails and mini spa services. Another draw: the Off the Grid food festival goes down at Fort Mason the same evening, making the waterfront venue a super solid combo outing for foodies and fashion-philes.
  • Close out the weekend by setting aside a chunk of Sunday to peruse Capsule, the urban air market that fills four+ Hayes Valley blocks twice a year with over 130 independent designers and artists selling men’s, women’s, and kid’s clothing, accessories, jewelry, paper goods, glassware and items for the home.

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

We Came, We Saw, We Shopped: Renegade Craft Fair

Inside Fort Mason

In a time of easy access to how-to videos and blogs, major craft fairs might only serve as inspiration for whatever your next D.I.Y. project might be. But walk inside the Renegade Craft Fair, and you’ll quickly learn that craft has gone far beyond the basics. Recycled book covers turned into laser-etched butterfly pins? Check. A necktie made out of wood? Check.

At the Fort Mason show last weekend, more than 200 vendors brought a variety of booths, filled with everything from incredibly detailed jewelry and hand painted dinnerware sets to funky screen-printed tees. Not only did this installment of the Renegade Craft Fair reveal that flare and innovation are still alive in today’s saturated D.I.Y. market, but the free-to-attend event also made the latest in craft accessible to all.

Here are a few shots of what we found at the Renegade Craft Fair:

Stone & Honey

Teresa Robinson from Stone & Honey


Carie Saxl

Laura Bruland from Yes & Yes Designs

Erin Feller


Linea Carta

Christopher Steinrueck from Wood Thumb

Photography by Lindsay Harte

Runway Recap: Charity Fashion Show 2011

It took Fort Mason’s Festival Pavilion in San Francisco to hold the 40 local and national designers, models and approximately 1,200 guests who turned up for last Saturday’s Charity Fashion Show.

Dubbed as the largest fashion show on the West Coast, local and independent labels such as Anya Tatarenko, Kittinhawk and Ragdoll presented their latest alongside spring offerings from major brands such as Gap and Tracy Reese to benefit The Princess Project, an organization that provides prom dresses to girls in need.

“When we heard that it was moving to Fort Mason, we just knew this was going to be huge. This is a huge event. It’s for a good cause. I couldn’t think of anything better,” said Frock LA CEO and designer Victoria Tik, who presented two collections emphasizing clean, minimalist designs and long, lean silhouettes.

Before attendees could see the many models strut down the aisle (which was about half the length of a football field), flocks of well-dressed guests mingled in the sponsor’s room, where they sipped free samples of local wines, indulged in Sprinkles cupcakes, posed for photos in front of backdrops and stopped by local designer booths such as Stella & Dot and San Franpsycho, who screenprinted shirts on the spot.

The show began with a video about The Princess Project and was followed soon after by local Oakland designer, who showcased designs of beaded floral prints and bright colored gowns. Other notables from the evening included Ragdoll’s latest wedding collection of textured, draped white lace gowns inspired by the Victorian era.

Mixed between our beloved homegrown designers were big time names like Gap and Nicole Richie’s line, Winter Kate, as well as Antik Batik designs from as far away as Paris, France. Designs at the 2011 Charity Fashion Show ensemble at the 2011 Charity Fashion Show

Ragdoll Wedding Gown at the 2011 Charity Fashion Show

Frock LA Designs at the 2011 Charity Fashion Show

Askel Paris and Milly Designs at the 2011 Charity Fashion Show

Ashton Miyako ensemble at the 2011 Charity Fashion Show

Ashton Miyako ensemble at the 2011 Charity Fashion Show

Gown designed by Tracy Reese at the 2011 Charity Fashion Show

Menswear by Future Heretics at Charity Fashion Show 2011

Photography by Christophe Tomatis for SF Indie Fashion

More San Francisco fashion shows

The Do List: San Francisco Fashion Events March 7-13

The bad news? You’re gonna lose an hour of sleep this weekend. But keeping things firmly on the up and up this week are plenty of events sure to entertain San Francisco fashion fans. For that, we turn to the SF Indie Fashion Calendar. Read on for our weekly dose of trunk sales, beauty happenings, fashion shows and places to shop from independent sources:

  • On Tuesday, surround yourself in luxe local style during the Azadeh Couture trunk show and collection viewing. It’s a chance to see the local label’s refined women’s apparel and party-worthy dresses on display in a sophisticated setting.
  • Friday’s Spring into Fall Fashion Show promises locally-designed apparel and jewelry heading down the runway surrounded by the always-impressive interiors of the Bently Reserve. The cheapest tickets have already sold out, but here’s the good news: you can still buy your way into the choicest rows. Want to sit in the front row? It’ll run you $150, but take heart, as the proceeds go towards a good cause: The Coral Reef Alliance. A few of the participating designers include Amber Marie Bently, Miss G Designs, Sara Shepherd and Sequoia & Gita.
  • On Saturday, head to one of the few “fashion shows” that you might unwittingly already be a part of. Street Threads: The Show celebrates local photographer Ariel Soto’s years of capturing San Francisco street fashion. The event at Density doubles as the launch of Soto’s self-published book Street Threads, which features over 100 photographs of locals sporting noteworthy street style.

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

Use Your Head: Go to Thread


This weekend, Thread returns to San Francisco and, by the looks of it, the show taking place on Saturday and Sunday at Fort Mason is going to be bigger and better than ever. Along with over 100 designers and artists showing clothing, shoes and accessories for men, women and children, the event promises several new notable features:

- An eco-friendly section with goods made from recycled, sustainable and organic materials.

- A D.I.Y. t-shirt making station

- Hair and makeup styling

- A pro photographer to capture your new look

- A clothing swap from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. each day

- Live fashion show performances twice each day

- Inexpensive art from local artists on sale for $50 and up

- Drinks, music and shopping all under one roof

If you’re planning to go, be sure to RSVP in advance for $2 off admission.