May 30, 2015

Runway Recap: Black V 2011

A crowd and runway decked in dramatically dark apparel made for an evening of edgy, mysterious fashion at the recent Black V fashion show. A fundraiser for the City College Fashion Department, the annual event produced by Owen Buenaventura and Del Geronimo took over Madrone Studios this year to feature apparel by designers Jay Nicolas Sario, Dahae Kim, GB Shrive, LHC Couture, Menk, Ken Chen SF, Phuong My and Cari Borja and accessories by Kaatje Design, Guzel Design and Eugene Huang.

Below, a few looks from party-goers and the runway.


V-neck dress by Jay Nicolas Sario

Sheer black gown by Jay Nicolas Sario

A sleek one-shoulder mini dressby LHC Couture

Slit-skirt gown by LHC Couture

Vest and skirt by LHC Couture

Gown by Cari Borja

Gown by Cari Borja

Menswear by Menk

From the Homme collection by Dahae Kim

Dress by Phuong My

Dresses by Phuong My range from sculptural to party-ready
Models donning masks in keeping with the evening’s masquerade theme

Photography by Christophe Tomatis

Runway Recap: Pret-A-Porter


A crowd of San Francisco fashion fans turned out for the San Francisco Fashion Merchants Alliance-sponsored Pret-A-Porter show on Saturday night at Press Club, which is fast becoming quite the popular venue for local fashion events as of late. Among them were designers, shoppers, models, photographers and even a local celeb: Jay Nicolas Sario (check out the pic StyleWylde snapped of the Project Runway alum).

Down the long, narrow runway spanning the length of the subterranean wine tasting venue, apparel and accessories from Anya Tatarenko, Magdalena Trever, Malin Namita Couture, Mikelsen, Rock Chiq, Tosca Soraya, Vayaro, West Coast Leather and Work Clothes sauntered by in front of seated VIPs and standing guests.

We’ve pulled five choice looks from the many that appeared before onlookers. At top, we kick the images off with the hand-printed apparel of Oakland-based Work Clothes.


Print jumpsuit by Mike Seneriches’ label Mikelsen, which made its debut at the show.


Classic pink blouse and skirt by Anya Tatarenko.


Cocktail mini dress by Rock Chiq.


Tiered-skirt party dress by Tosca Soraya.

Photography courtesy of Doug Birnbaum. Want to peruse more photos from the event? Check out Birnbaum’s flickr stream.

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Good Hydrations: Jay Nicolas Sario’s Discarded to Divine Fiji Water Dress


Whether or not you’re attending tonight’s Discarded to Divine event benefiting the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco and its social services programs, we’re betting you can appreciate the work that went into this cocktail dress of Fiji Water bottles by Project Runway contestant and San Francisco designer Jay Nicolas Sario, who told us last week that he, in fact, drank every bottle of water involved in this little number’s creation.

Photo courtesy of Shelly Prevost for Fiji Water

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First Look: Discarded to Divine 2010

dd-fashion-shoot-343We recently enjoyed a preview of the garments and accessories created for this year’s Discarded to Divine, an annual benefit that taps emerging and established designers to turn cast-off clothing and textiles into new creations to raise much-needed funds for the St. Vincent de Paul Society and its programs. And with yesterday’s news that Project Runway contestant and San Francisco resident Jay Nicolas Sario is creating a garment as a guest designer for this year’s event, the spotlight on this San Francisco fashion event is only getting brighter.

We’re devoted fans of the event each year, but we were especially impressed with this year’s creations, which range from full-skirted party dresses in arresting pinks and blues to a jacket and skirt ensemble made out of reconstructed coats and outerwear. Some pieces tended toward the fanciful and exotic, while others were completely wearable options that we could see fitting into a normal gal’s day-to-day wardrobe.

Along with the apparel for women and children, new to the event this year are accessories, handbags and items for the home. So now for the first time, if you can’t swing bidding on a complete outfit during the April event’s silent auction, you can waltz away with a smaller, but no less meaningful souvenir in the form of a necklace, patchwork pillow or scarf.

Discarded to Divine takes place on April 29, and there’s a sneak preview on April 9 at the de Young museum.

In the meantime, enjoy a sampling of this year’s submissions.

Photography courtesy Gabriel Harber for Discarded to Divine




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Video: Preview Bay Area’s Project Runway Hopefuls

When Project Runway returns this Thursday night on Lifetime, you’ll spot two Bay Area locals battling it out on the sartorial reality show’s seventh season.

Learn more about Oakland resident Amy Sarabi and San Francisco’s Jay Nicolas Sario in these two short videos showcasing their home and work life.

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