San Francisco’s Chic Fashion Week is One Week Away

A couple months ago, I was at a fashion show, sitting next to a gentleman who owns a shoe store in San Francisco.  He claimed “the only designers in San Francisco are those Burning Man type designers who make costumes.”  I thought, “really?”  I mentioned that I happened to work in the local fashion industry for awhile helping San Francisco designers produce their collections and that I even knew several high-end women’s shoe designers from the Bay Area as well.  He gave me a look as if I told him the most amazing thing.  Really.  I wish I could sit down and have a talk with each person who doesn’t think or is unaware that a fashion industry exists in the Bay Area and that there are local designers producing innovative, even affordable clothing.  However, why do this when San Francisco’s Chic Fashion Week will be giving a voice to local fashion designers and industry professionals with a week-long series of events.

San Francisco’s Chic Fashion Week is being held August 1st through the 8th, 2010 in San Francisco.  Under the direction of Mario B. Productions and Leather + Lace Events (no, this is not a fetish company), talented fashion industry professionals are hosting a week of events that include fashion shows, industry mixers, trunk shows, chic fashion soirees, a gala benefit, and the main weekend fashion shows.  Furthermore, a portion of the proceeds are being donated to benefit Until There’s a Cure and will help start a school which focuses on high-risk students, preparing them for success within the fashion industry.  According to the organizers, “Chic Fashion Week is committed to exemplify what San Francisco fashion has to offer.”  


The exciting line-up of events include the following:
SUNDAY, AUGUST 1, 2010 HELIUM MAGAZINE’S “BLUE” LAUNCH EVENT
The Blue Launch.
San Francisco’s Chic Fashion Week and Helium Magazine have come together to kick-off the week with two big firsts.  The start and rebirth of a fashion week in San Francisco, as well as the launch of Helium Magazine’s new San Francisco site: www.sfHelium.com.  True to supperclub’s style, this event will include a multi-media fashion show featuring Bacca Da Silva.  Guests are encouraged to don their blue in support of the new website which will be going live during the fashion show.  Dinner guests can expect to be entertained with live performances and hair styling by Salon Blu.
To make dinner reservations, call supperclub at (415) 348-0900.  Dinner is $65. Mention “Chic Fashion Week Helium Blue Launch” to receive special dinner pricing of $55.
General admission after 10:00 PM ($10 cover).  The multi-media fashion show starts at 11:00 PM.
Supperclub is at 657 Harrison Street, San Francisco.

MONDAY, AUGUST 2, 2010 MEI LWUN PRESENTS CHIC MANIC MONDAY
Where SF’s entertainment industry mingles with fashion.
DJ Mei Lwun is one of the top local DJs in the Bay Area and his famed Manic Monday event has partnered with Chic Fashion Week to bring the San Francisco entertainment and fashion industries together.  His weekly “industry night” mixers at Matrix Fillmore have become a celebrated Monday night tradition in San Francisco.  For Chic Fashion Week, Manic Monday will represent a chance for designers, models, vendors, and ticket holders to mingle to the mash-up style sounds of DJ Mei Lwun.
No Cover Charge
Doors open from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Matrix Fillmore, 3138 Fillmore Street, San Francisco

TUESDAY, AUGUST 3, 2010 TRUNK SHOW AT WONDERLAND SF GALLERY AND BOUTIQUE
Check out the goods.
San Francisco’s Chic Fashion Week is affording their designers and vendors the chance to show and sell their pieces at the recently launched Wonderland SF Gallery and Boutique located in the Mission.  This event will include music, side bar and a forum for a select group of Chic Fashion Week vendors and designers to meet and greet potential buyers in an intimate environment.
No Cover Charge
Open from 7:00 to 11:00 PM
Wonderland SF, 2929 24th Street, San Francisco

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2010 WHERE ART MEETS FASHION
Art inspired fashion.
Chic Fashion Week‘s Art Meets Fashion event at The Artists Alley will feature a live body painting fashion show to explore the many ways art and fashion influence each other.  The event will also include live painting, passed wine and cheese, and an art exhibition.  The Artist Alley is located in downtown San Francisco and boasts an impressive following of art and fashion lovers.
$10 Cover Donation
Open from 7:00 to 10:00 PM
The Artists Alley, 863 Mission Street, San Francisco

THURSDAY, AUGUST 5, 2010 UNTIL THERE’S A CURE CELEBRATION
Fashion fighting for a cure.
This is the night where designers will showcase their HIV/AIDS awareness challenge looks, styled around the Until There’s A Cure bracelets, to be donated to the Under One Roof Boutique in the Castro District.  Party goers will have the chance to view the Until There’s A Cure fashion show, learn more about the cause, and buy the bracelets, all while supporting local fashion.  The night features DJ Jared F. on the decks and will be promoted throughout the Bay Area by Mixed Elements and Dolce Presents.
No Cover Charge
Open from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Fashion Show at 11:00 PM
Slide, 430 Mason Street, San Francisco

FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 2010 CHIC FASHION WEEK PREVIEW WITH CHARLESTON PIERCE
Join us for a sneak peek into the weekend’s shows.
San Francisco’s Chic Fashion Week is working in collaboration with famed Charleston Pierce.  Not only will he be hosting the big show at the SF Design Center, but he is throwing an exclusive preview on Friday night.  Additional details will be disclosed this week.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 2010 ESTABLISHED DESIGNERS NIGHT
San Francisco style at its best.
This night will feature 12 of San Francisco’s best and most established designers.  The show includes a VIP Gala, vendor opportunities and surprise performances.  The full fashion production will be in place, including light effects, audio visual technology and a 40 foot runway.  
VIP ticket is $75, General Admission is $40 (check the Chic Fashion Week site for discounted package offers)
VIP Gala is from 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Event is open to General Admission after 6:30 PM
Show begins at 8:00 PM
The Galleria at the San Francisco Design Center, 101 Henry Adams Street, San Francisco

SUNDAY, AUGUST 8, 2010 STUDENTS AND EMERGING ARTISTS NIGHT
Emerging San Francisco designers.
This afternoon show will feature 12 of San Francisco’s best emerging talent on the glammed out 40 foot catwalk.  The show includes a vendor fair, surprise performances and a Capture after-party.  
VIP ticket is $35, General Admission is $25 (check the Chic Fashion Week site for discounted package offers)
Vendor Fair is from 2:00 to 3:00 PM
Show begins at 3:00 PM
The Galleria at the San Francisco Design Center, 101 Henry Adams Street, San Francisco

CLOSING PARTY – CHIC FASHION WEEK CAPTURE PARTY
Close out Chic Fashion Week with Capture style.
Chic Fashion Week has partnered with Damien Miller of Sapient Photography to throw the Chic Fashion Week Capture Finale Party at Project One, just one block from the Galleria.  Capture is a monthly fashion series, which includes models and photography, as well as live performances by SF dance troupes and other performing artists.  Celebrate the close of Chic Fashion Week in style with all of the designers, models, performers, vendors and ticket holders.
$5 Cover
Doors open at 6:00 PM, Show begins at 8:00 PM
Project One Gallery, 251 Rhode Island Street, San Francisco

The organizers of Chic Fashion Week best summarizes the spirit of the week-long events:  “Not only are we a fashion forward community with diverse and cutting-edge style, but we are a community that gives back.”  It really is.

Additional information on Chic Fashion Week can be found on their website at www.chicfashionweeksf.com.

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