July 26, 2014

SF Fashion Events: Indochino in SF, Freda Salvador, Score Swap + More

A celebration for the debut shoe collection from Bay Area label Freda Salvador takes over Jackson Square’s La Boutique on Thursday.

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.

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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Runway Recap: Kearny Street Workshop Fashion Show 2012

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.

See a few of our favorite looks below and check out the entire album on the SF Indie Fashion Facebook page.

Typography inspired dress by Kim Shao

KTRcollection by KT Reed

KTRcollection by KT Reed

Body chains by CLARA Designs, Clare Adamos Morales

Body chains by CLARA Designs, Clare Adamos Morales

Body chains by CLARA Design, Clare Adamos Morales

Jeanette Au’s knitwear

Jeanette Au’s knitwear

Photography by Jennymay Villarete for SF Indie Fashion

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SF Fashion Events: SEE Eyewear Opening, Shopping to Benefit Homeless Prenatal Program, Urban Air Market + More


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.

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: FNO SF, 31 Rax Vintage Clothing Workshop + More

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.

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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Retrospective Smackdown: Jean Paul Gaultier vs. Cindy Sherman

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.

1. Volume: 

Over 140 ensembles of Gaultier’s are currently showcased, along with sketches, documents, photographs and even his first teddy bear. There are 150+ photographs of Sherman by Sherman on display in SFMOMA. But judging not by individual pieces, but based on the sheer size of the exhibitions, GAULTIER has Round 1 in the bag.

Gaultier’s “Galleon” headband. Photographed by Jennymay Villarete

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #92, 1981; chromogenic color print; 24 x 47 15/16″ (61 x 121.9 cm); The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Fellows of Photography Fund; © 2012 Cindy Sherman

2. Technology:

Gaultier worked closely with Montreal-based theatee company Ubu Compagnie de Création to produce lively projections of faces to bring mannequins to life (see photos). Also, the lighting of the exhibition transforms the galleries into more of a spectacle. However, Sherman relies on Photoshop alongside clothing, prosthetics and make-up to completely manipulate her image in every photograph. For using technology as part of the art, Round 2 goes to SHERMAN.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #193, 1989; chromogenic color print; 48 7/8 x 41 15/16″ (124.1 x 106.5 cm); courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures, New York; © 2012 Cindy Sherman

Gaultier mannequin photographed by Jennymay Villarete

3. Tangibility:

Keep your hands in your pockets, ladies and gentlemen. Gaultier’s variety of textures and fabrics makes it hard to abide those “DO NOT TOUCH” signs. Even though Sherman’s photographs make you want to jump in and be a part of her creative process, they don’t have the same 3-D effect as the physical clothes themselves. Round 3’s winner is GAULTIER.

Gaultier ensemble photographed by Jennymay Villarete

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #512, 2011; chromogenic color print; 6′ 7 3/4″ x 11′ 4 7/8″ (202.6 x 347.6 cm); The Museum of Modern Art, New York, courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures, New York; © 2012 Cindy Sherman

4. Exclusivity:

Both artists are celebrating their retrospective debuts with these traveling exhibitions. Plus, they both boast the appeal of showing “never before seen” items. Yet, Gaultier’s designs have graced many magazine pages, thanks to his runway shows, red carpets and celebrity collaborations (who doesn’t know Madonna and her cone bra?). Sherman’s acclaimed Untitled Film Stills series, owned by MoMA in New York City, has never been shown with all 69 photographs all together in one exhibition. Since it’s the first time you can see the entire series. And with that, SHERMAN wins Round 4.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #56, 1980; gelatin silver print; 6 3/8 x 9 7/16″ (16.2 x 24 cm); The Museum of Modern Art, New York, acquired through the generosity of Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder in memory of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd; © 2012 Cindy Sherman

Gaultier’s first cone bra on his childhood teddy bear. Photographed by Jennymay Villarete

5. Social Commentary:

Both artists explore controversial and provocative topics relating to sexuality, diversity, and multiculturalism. Using clothing and styling, Gaultier and Sherman encourage viewers to consider various issues in the world on a broader spectrum. Looks like this one’s a TIE.

Gaultier bodysuit photographed by Jennymay Villarete.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #458, 2007-08; chromogenic color print; 6′ 5 3/8″ x 58 1/4″ (196.5 x 148 cm); courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures, New York; © 2012 Cindy Sherman

DING DING DING! This smackdown crowns both Jean Paul Gaultier and Cindy Sherman as victors of this match. Did you really expect us to choose one of these intriguing artists over the other? As if. They both use fashion to articulate big ideas about our world and do so in aesthetically beautiful and interesting ways.  Not only did this result in a tie, but there’s a literal tie between the two: there’s a Cindy Sherman piece IN the Gaultier exhibition (see image below).

If you’re pressed for time, be sure to check out Gaultier’s work at the deYoung because it closes on August 19. Luckily, you still have a few months to get some face time with Cindy Sherman at SFMOMA, which closes on October 8.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #131, 1983; chromogenic color print; 7′ 10 3/4″ x 45 1/4″ (240.7 x 114.9 cm); courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures, New York; © 2012 Cindy Sherman

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Photography of “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier” by Jennymay Villarete.

Photography of “Cindy Sherman” courtesy of SFMOMA.