May 22, 2015

Sneak Peek: Discarded to Divine 2011

Discarded to Divine 2011 is just around the corner, and, as in past years, the annual fundraiser for St. Vincent de Paul Society San Francisco and its programs is full of fashionable garments made from cast-off textiles. They’ll all be up for auction on April 28. In the meantime, a few highlights from this year’s show:

The Baile de Oro ("Dance of Gold") dress by Mary Hall Patron of Backstitch Embroidery features a cinched waist tied at the back. Photo by Gabriel Harber.

The Flouncy Party Dress by Jenne Giles of Harlequin Feltworks pairs an unstructured body with feminine details. Photo by Gabriel Harber.

Cari Borja's Galatea at Twilight jacket features the Easy Bay designer's signature ruffles and a dramatic tiered silhouette. Photo by Gabriel Harber.

The houndstooth Dorothy coat by Janice Paredes was inspired by her mother, Dorothy, a skilled seamstress who taught her daughter to reuse fabric to make new creations. Photo by Gabriel Harber.

The one-shoulder Aphrodite dress by Academy of Art students Xiang Zang and Yoorum Kim features chiffon, fine knit and cashmere and includes a removable fur collar adorned with ribbons. Photo by Gabriel Harber.

Wesley Ito says of the Tablecloth dress created for this year's show, "The greatest challenge was to figure out what to create with a tablecloth, since there wasn't much fabric to work with. Another challenge was to make it feel modern and new so that someone would want to wear it." Adding to the intrigue, the waist detail is yellow velvet. Photo by Gabriel Harber.

The Anastasia coat by Olga Shor is streamlined, yet colorful and ornate.

gr.dano's Jill Giordano and Brian Scheyer created this coat using drapes, a baby blanket and a woman's suit. Says Scheyer, "The inspiration for the coat we designed is based on our daily drive toward the Golden Gate Bridge from our home in Sausalito. The hand dyed ombre technique is derived from the color gradient of the bridge as it appears and disappears amongst the morning fog. The overall draping and pleating of the coat reflects the three-mile drive up the hill to the bridge."

Photography courtesy of Gabriel Harber and Discarded to Divine.

The Do List: San Francisco Fashion Events March 28-April 3

Fashion for a good cause dominates the SF Indie Fashion Calendar in the days and weeks ahead. Read on for the details on two fund-raising fashion shows this week, as well as our regular weekly dose of trunk sales, beauty happenings and opps to shop from independent sources in San Francisco:

  • Ethical fashion is the topic of the night during an Global Action Through Fashion event on Tuesday at SoMa’s The Hub. Green Content in Online Media features speakers from Ecofabulous and EcoSalon in a panel discussion focused on the many ways online media can be used to educate consumers about ethical fashion choices and eco-minded fashion industry innovations.
  • On Thursday, the official opening party for Sui Generis Illa Boutique brings a chance to sip bubbly while commiserating with other fans of the shop’s high-end consignment and apparel by emerging labels. We hear the top dandy of them all, Patrick McDonald, will be making an appearance at the sure-to-be-fun fete.
  • Also on Thursday, Appel & Frank Spring into Style brings a chance to scoop up locally-made apparel and accessories from 65+ vendors, indulge in mini beauty treatments and – hilariously enough – meet David Good and Jesse Kovacs of ABC’s The Bachelor Pad (whose group kissing challenge brought reality TV to new levels of germ-sharing last fall). The boys will be there signing their books. Attendees receive a free glass of wine and a gift bag. SF Indie Fashion readers can save 20 percent on the ticket price (reg. $10) with the discount code appelandfrank20 when they purchase advance tickets. We’ve also got a few pairs of free passes to give away, so be sure to check our Facebook page and Twitter for those this week.
  • Once the weekend rolls around, you’ve got two chances to enjoy fashion for a good cause. Billed as the largest fashion show on the West Coast, Charity Fashion Show relocates to San Francisco from Stanford for the first time this year. Benefiting the Princess Project, the show features apparel from both mainstream (Gap, Milly, Tracy Reese) and emerging designers (Aksel Paris, Frock LA, Paul’s Hatworks) from the Bay Area and beyond. On the same night, the Give Back Gala raises funds for Career Closet and Women Inc with a dinner, silent auction and fashion show featuring FIDM alums such as Ericka Engelman and RockChiq’s Indu Arora.

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

Sneak Peek: Discarded to Divine Dress by

See it here first, only on SF Indie Fashion: a sneak peek a one-of-a-kind dress by constructed out of shower curtains for April’s Discarded to Divine, a fashion showcase and auction of garments made of cast-off clothing that benefits St. Vincent de Paul Society’s programs and services.

Stay tuned for the official unveiling on April 15 during the de Young Museum Preview night.

For more on Discarded to Divine, always one of our favorite fashion events of the year, check out our previous coverage.

Photography by Christophe Tomatis

Give Back Gala – A Charitable Fashion Event


February 22, 2011 – San Francisco, CA.  The San Francisco/Marin Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni have announced the date for their second annual Give Back Gala. The event will take place on Saturday April 2, 2011 at 6:00PM at the J.W. Marriott Ballroom in San Francisco, CA.

The Give Back Gala brings together food, wine and fashion to benefit local women’s non-profits: Career Closet and WOMAN Inc. Career Closet is an organization designed to empower women to re-enter the workplace equipped with everything they need to make a great first impression and land the job they want. Their services begin with business attire, but what they really provide is confidence. Women Organized to Make Abuse Nonexistent (WOMAN), Inc. has operated since 1978 serving battered women in San Francisco and the larger Bay Area. They provide a 24 hour crisis line and culturally sensitive support to women in domestic violence situations.

The event includes a cocktail hour, three course dinner, silent auction and fashion show.  Cocktail and dinner wine will be served complimentary on behalf of Barefoot Cellars. Fashion show will be produced by Nicole Lindgren of Style Bust and feature designs from emerging designers: Aya Yoruha, Catalina Alcala, Ericka Engelman for Ericka Engelman Couture, Indu Arora for Rockchiq, Wilson Kong, Jennifer Ly, Jess Lindgren, Kajan Padraig: Couture Collection by Cake Carlos and Patrick Steber, Sharon Peng, Tiana Vega and Varunee for Sincerely, Varunee.

The give Back Gala is open to the public. The dress code for the event is semi-formal. Tickets are $75/person if purchased by March 18th and a reserved table for eight is available at a discount rate of $500. Tickets can be purchased online at

If you would like to stay the night in the City, the J.W. Marriott will offer guests a special room rate of $179.  To make a reservation please call (415) 771-8600 and mention the Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Give Back Gala room block.

To inquire about Press Passes please contact Nicole Lindgren

Thanks to Owen Geronimo of SFFAMA and Jo Gruszka for their in-kind event production sponsorship.

The Do List: San Francisco Fashion 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. This week is no exception. Here’s our pick of top events this week:

  • Want to get involved with San Francisco’s fashion community? A chance to do that in a major way comes during Wednesday’s quarterly meeting of the San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Network, the organization behind such events as last winter’s SNOW fashion show. The meeting is open to members and prospective members only. To attend, rsvp to sfbafn (at) yahoo (dot) com.
  • On Thursday, head to The Common for another Storefront event from and DNA (Designers + Artists). It’s a one-night-only pop-up shop featuring vintage, handmade and on-trend apparel and accessories for men and women at up to 65 percent off retail. Even better: you can save 50 percent on admission (reg. $20) with the discount code shopdna when you buy your ticket in advance. Goodie bags go to the first 50 shoppers. 
  • On Friday, celebrate the grand opening of Big Things, a web site and online shop curated by Rebecca Goldschmidt and devoted to art, apparel, design and ideas from around the globe. The shindig goes down at Kitsch Gallery, where you’ll find installations by local artists, classic rock ‘n roll from the pre-teen musicians of the SF Rock Project and lots of covet-worthy objects and accessories from independent sources.
  • On Saturday, step out with Fashion Your Mind’s 2nd Annual Giving to Live Fashion Show at the Westin St. Francis. Benefiting those living with cancer, the black tie event features a runway show hosted by Charleston Pierce, casino-style games and many chances to win prizes while supporting a great cause.

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