A fall sale from San Francisco-based Danish designer Sofie Olgaard means special pricing and discounts on everything in her online shop, including dresses, coats and skirts.
Bay Area fashion fans won’t be bored this week, thanks to the sheer variety of style-minded events on the SF Indie Fashion Calendar in the days ahead. What’s in store? Oh just the City’s biggest live fashion competition, a nightclub runway show featuring local designers, a vintage fashion fair, a noteworthy Berkeley trunk show, the preview night for Discarded to Divine and much, much more.
- Start the week off with a bang by heading to the Fashion Feud Final Competition on Tuesday night, when the winning designers from the three previous rounds will compete in a rapid-fire 60-minute sewing competition while attendees drink, mingle and shop from local vendors. Once designers Crystal Hermann, Kryztina Lazar and Sally Marie Hahn have completed their garments, models will compete in a walk-off before judges Joseph Domingo, Zoe Hong and John Robblee.
- On Thursday, Project Ethos brings an evening of local art, music and fashion to the clubby-club atmosphere of Ruby Skye. During the 10 p.m. fashion show, local names such as MENK, Danielle Pettee and Zoe Hong will show their apparel alongside the Frederick’s of Hollywood swimwear collection.
- Friday evening brings the first chance to view the apparel, accessories and items for the home created by local and nationally-recognized designers for Discarded to Divine, an annual fashion event and auction showcasing work made using cast-off or recycled textiles in support of St. Vincent de Paul Society and its programs. While the main event isn’t until April 28, a free preview night at the de Young Museum offers the public a chance to view for the first time garments from designers such as Louisa Parris, gr.dano, Christopher Collins, Connie Walkershaw, Shay Miles and many others.
- Once Saturday sets in, there are two reasons to hit the Bay Bridge. The all-day Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire brings over 50 vendors offering apparel and accessories for men and women hailing from as far back as the Victorian era to the 1980′s. If you missed the recent Vintage Fashion Expo, this is another excellent opportunity to scope out professional vintage dealers and their wares. For new merch from independent sources, head to Berkeley for the Rue Atelier Spring Trunk Show, featuring apparel by Sofie Olgaard, hats by O’Lover Hats milliner Elwyn Crawford and scents from perfumer Ineke Ruhland. All designers will be in the store for the event, and you’ll also find bubbly and treats sweetening the deal.
You can find details on all of these events and more happening this week on the SF Indie Fashion Calendar.
We love the flattering silhouette (abbreviated v-neck + empire waist? yes, please!) and simple ease of this little black dress by San Francisco designer Sofie Olgaard.
Sparkly accoutrements about the wrists and neck could make Olgaard’s Burdaberg Dress dazzle at a New Year’s Eve soiree, while a colorful cardigan and paired-down accessories could send this versatile number sashaying out to the bar or date night dinner in style.
Pockets strategically hidden in the side seams only make us want to befriend this LBD all the more, while the cotton fabric says, go ahead, wear me year-round.
One of the newer items from Olgaard’s collection, the dress is available in the designer’s online shop.
We’re having a love affair right now with clothing that can be worn multiple ways. We love the versatility of this dress from San Francisco designer and Gen Art Fresh Faces in Fashion 2008 alum Sofie Ølgaard.
Wear the sash around your neck for a shoulder-slimming, A-line look (we might even sport it in a bow or geek-chic bow tie for kicks) or wrap it around your waist to create a pretty, hourglass effect. You could also do away with the sash completely or sub in a colorful belt to create a ton of different looks. Don’t even get us started on the fab possibilities sure to unfold were a cute cardigan, patterned leggings or skinny jeans to collide with this piece….
We hear Sofie will be launching an online store in the coming weeks, so stay tuned. In the meantime, check out her work at The Mission Statement.
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