San Francisco’s fashion community gathered to celebrate the 8th Annual Fashion on the Square this past Sunday at the Intercontinental Hotel. Radio personality Sterling James (dressed in Cari Borja) emceed the celebration of local designers and clothing companies based in the Bay Area, including Regan Heath, Jonathan Cheung, Jaevon Marshall, Keneuoe, Dark Garden, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Apple Bottoms, Charmosa, Troop, Randy Rowden, and Joseph Domingo. From children’s wear to hand-painted swimwear, the event showcased a little bit of everything.
The week ahead is a quieter one than most where local fashion is concerned, but three events stand out. On Friday, SFMade offers a chance to see the inner workings of the fashion biz during its latest local fashion factory tour. Saturday brings an all-day opening party for new Haight Street boutique Wild Feather, and, on Sunday, the annual Fashion on the Square event delivers a fashion show featuring San Francisco’s Joseph Domingo alongside apparel from a varied mix that includes Old Navy, Apple Bottoms, Keneuoe, Dark Garden and San Francisco State University student designers, among others.
As the lights went down in the city, the music was being turned up and drinks were being poured at the recent Wear SF Fashion Mixer thrown by San Francisco fashion startup Boutiika and The Bold Italic. Arriving fashionably late (is there any other way to arrive?) a stylish crowd came dressed to impress in cocktail attire.
If you like a session beside the runway, this week’s for you. The only problem: a trio of worthy shows on the same night. We’ll let you decide how to fill up your dance card. Will it be the invite-only Academy of Art Fashion Show (there’s a public repeat on Sunday, though minus the presence of special guest such as Alexander McQueen’s Sara Burton), Runway 2012: Defined featuring San Francisco State University graduating designers’ collections or Bianca Starr’s Spring Forward Fashion Show with apparel from Wonderland, Sui Generis, Density Dept and Top Shelf? While you’re figuring that one out, look ahead to the weekend, when you’ll have the chance to engage in more independent fashion adventures during the return of Artwear at the de Young and Urban Air Market.
Fashion for a good cause drew many out on a recent Thursday night to Mission boutique Hangr16 for the re-launch of the Wildlife Works Fashion Collection, a line of organic cotton, carbon-neutral clothing for men, women and children that helps create jobs in rural Kenya. Along with its socially-responsible take on style, the clothing appeals with simple shapes, neutral hues and easy wearability.