The week ahead in San Francisco fashion promises plenty of chances to shop and mingle among independent fashion sources. All week, online custom clothier Indochino will be in town and taking private appointments for made-to-order menswear. Indulge your shoe fetish on Thursday at La Boutique, where local fashion fans will be celebrating the in-store arrival of Bay Area footwear label Freda Salvador’s debut collection (be sure to email the shop to RSVP if you’d like to attend). More diversions come in the form of the Bay Area Fashion Week kick-off on the Peninsula, the always-entertaining Vintage Fashion Expo, Score Swap at The Bold Italic and a night of erotic art and fetish fashion at Gallery 4N5.
One of the most recent fashion shows to hit San Francisco: the KSW Runway 2012 Fashion Show, the annual show from the Kearny Street Workshop, the nation’s oldest Asian-Pacific American multidisciplinary arts organization. Featuring new designs by Asian-Pacific American designers, the runway that evening saw everything from typography-inspired evening gowns to body chains.
Well, hello, September. Suddenly, we’re almost in the middle of you. Quelle surprise! But onto this week’s events. Monday night, we’re heading to the SEE Eyewear VIP Opening Party on Market Street, where Project Runway‘s Mondo Guerra will be turning up. On Thursday, shop for a worthy cause during Conifer’s Fall Shopping Night benefiting the Homeless Prenatal Program. Once the weekend rolls around, prep for Saturday trunk shows from local sources such as Camilla Olson, Serial Cultura and Clary Sage Organics. Close it all out at the Urban Air Market, the massive outdoor independent fashion, design and art festival that hits Hayes Valley twice a year.
And just like that, we’re jumping with two feet right into fall. As we’re sure you’re well aware, New York Fashion Week kicks off on Friday, and that means a slew of Fashion’s Night Out events happening around town on Thursday – and a solid number feature local boutiques and independent designers. We’re also super-enthused about a 31 Rax Vintage Clothing Workshop on shopping, styling and caring for vintage clothing that’s part of the three-day Skill Exchange Workshop Series taking place this weekend. Also ahead and worthy of a look-see are the Kearny Street Workshop Runway Fashion Show, Indie Mart and – midweek – a beauty event for the curly-haired at Festoon Salon.
For the moment, San Francisco has not one, but two must-see fashion-centric exhibitions on display. Jean Paul Gaultier’s edgy ensembles have taken over the deYoung Museum with The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, while Cindy Sherman’s variety of costume changes are gracing the galleries of SFMOMA in Cindy Sherman. We compare the exhibits blow-by-blow. Who will win this stylish smackdown? Read on to find out.