Marching (R)evolution: Fashion Show With A Military Edge

Photo from the Marc Jacobs Spring 2010 Collection.
The military look has normally been a fashion driven trend for colder months, however it has continued to take shape in a big way for the current Spring Summer 2010 collections.  Leather bombers, battle fatigues, and officer uniforms are just some of the many looks that have been appropriated outside the war zone.  The trend this season is driven by a strong color palette and an emphasis on military inspired femininity for the women’s collections and classic military designs for the men’s collections.  

This coming Monday, May 17, 2010, local designers Carly Mikkelsen and Jasmin Jian will be showcasing their design interpretation of the military look at Horatius in San Francisco.  Their fashion show, Marching (R)evolution, is the culminating show in a series of six runway shows that have been produced this Spring by a group within the Fashion Department of the City College of San Francisco.  The professional shows are not-for-profit and completely dependent upon the donation of time and service by coordinators, models and designers.  The hair stylists and make-up artists for this event are from The San Francisco Institute of Esthetics & Cosmetology.
In regards to her collection, designer Carly Mikkelsen says “My vision for this collection was to create a balanced juxtaposition of fluidity and architectural lines, inspired by our natural environment and war, respectively.  “Nature’s army” if you will.  I seek what is unfamiliar and work alongside my material to form an aesthetic that grows from two opposing entities.”

Designer Jasmin Jian says “For this fashion show, my inspiration for my women’s collection is a color story.  For the men, my inspiration is a classic military helmet influence.”  Jasmin’s grand finale will be a shimmery copper full-length evening dress with a train, which uniquely combines elegance with a military edge.

In addition to the runway show, the electro funk band, Elle Nino, will perform pre-show with the possibilty of a post-show encore.  DJ TV Wonder will be entertaining throughout the night with his stylistic spinning.  Lead Director of the event, Daphne Clarke, said that “We are pretty much throwing a party, because we love to party!”

Doors open at 7:00 PM and the show begins at 8:00 PM, followed by an after-party.  The event is free, but seating will be limited.  It is recommended to RSVP at to reserve seats.  Wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres will be available for purchase.  The event is taking place at popular gallery and dining venue Horatius, at 350 Kansas Street, between 16th and 17th Streets, in San Francisco.  This is a great opportunity to see local design talent interpret one of the major current trends of the season.
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