May 28, 2015

Runway Recap: Fashion on the Square

San Francisco designer Joseph Domingo (left) was honored for his work during Fashion on the Square.

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 MarshallKeneuoe, 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.

Local designs dominated the event and ranged from Dark Garden corsetry to Keneuoe’s modern silhouettes and Regan Heath’s romantic bohemian ensembles resembling Huckleberry Finn mixed with dandyism. The highlight was the latest collection from Joseph Domingo, honored during the event as 2012 Designer of the Year. Domingo transformed the runway into a glamorous red carpet that the models strutted down in beautifully embellished gowns and finely tailored suits.

Throughout, audience was entertained from start to finish as the show upped the ante by injecting a variety of performing arts into the evening.  One of the child models charmed the crowd with her enthusiastic reciting of Mary Williamson’s famous poem “Our Deepest Fear.” Just after intermission, Precision Dance surprised onlookers by entering the runway as if they were models before busting out an intense modern dance performance. Towards the end, a true hybrid of the arts dubbed “composed fashion,” took place as a string quartet set the mood for Dark Garden models in the local label’s intricate corsetry not simply to walk, but to perform their way down the runway.

Check out our photos from the evening:

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Photography by Jennymay Villarete for SF Indie Fashion

Runway Recap: Passport To Rio Fashion Show

The Passport to Rio Fashion Show that took place at the Clift Hotel late last month appealed with a line-up of independently-designed apparel from online fashion marketplace nelou amped up with the help and style-minded eye of event producer and longtime local stylist Bianca of Bianca Starr productions.

Along with a festive vibe, lots of creative ensembles in the crowd and a Brazilian-style performance as the grand finale, the show featured an assortment of looks that you won’t see everywhere else.

Below, some shots from the night. You can view more Passport to Rio images on our Facebook page. For more on nelou, check out our recent interview with founder Regine Harr.

Bianca of Bianca Starr

Photography by Jennymay Villarete….

SF Fashion Events: SFMade’s Factory Tour, Wild Feather + Fashion on the Square

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.

Find details on these and other upcoming San Francisco fashion events waiting on the SF Indie Fashion Calendar. And of course, as you know, it doesn’t stop there. We’re adding new fashion happenings all the time, so check back often.

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SF Fashion Events: ModCloth Academy, Passport to Rio Fashion Show + More


San Francisco’s style landscape is heating up this week, thanks to a bevy of events for those who love local fashion. As usual, Thursday evening brings a crowded calendar, with the latest installment of RAW SF, the kickoff of the Crimson Mim Summer Speaker Series, Loft 1513′s Mid-Summer Fashion Soiree and a Madewell event featuring Honestly…WTF? blogger Erica Chan Coffman. Once the weekend rolls around, there’s the 4th annual Styling the Modern Man Gala, the return of Treasure Island Flea, the very first ModCloth Academy and, a highlight on Saturday night, the Passport to Rio Fashion Show from Bianca Starr productions featuring apparel by nelou‘s global roster of independent designers.

Find details on these and other upcoming San Francisco fashion events waiting on the SF Indie Fashion Calendar. And of course, as you know, it doesn’t stop there. We’re adding new fashion happenings all the time, so check back often.

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Party Seen: SF Fashion + Tech’s French Technique

SF Fashion+Tech gave us a reason to celebrate the fashion capital’s independence. In honor of Bastille Day, designers, entrepreneurs, engineers, and media gurus gathered in SoMa for some mixing and mingling, a Paris-inspired fashion show featuring the eco-friendly apparel of Palo Alto label Amour Vert and displays from Bay Area companies such as ModeWalk and LIFT by Yappo.

Below some images from the festivities. You’ll find more on our Facebook page.

A fashion show by Amour Vert capped off the evening.

From the Amour Vert fashion show

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Photography by Jennymay Villarete