The Week Ahead in Fashion: Fashion Shows, Sample Sales, Earth Day events

Buying locally made fashion is made easy this week with all the runway shows and sales featuring San Francisco Bay Area designers.  In addition, there are fun fashionable events including jewelry making workshops, networking parties, and costume/fashion competitions.  Whatever you decide to do this week, enjoy it in style!

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier,  Photo by Ed Jay.

Get inspired by fashion and art at this dynamic, multimedia exhibit which spotlights 140 haute couture and prêt-à-porter designs created by Jean Paul Gaultier between the 1970s and 2010, along with numerous sketches, archival documents, fashion photographs and video clips.  Despite the gritty and sometimes controversial content of his collections, the clothes remain beautiful, superbly crafted with the finest dressmaking and detailing skills.  General admission is $11.

Discover the limitless devotion to beauty and inspiration found in “The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde exhibit” at the Legion of Honor.  This exhibit will also feature a series of exclusive programs including live entertainment, lectures and hands-on art making.  Programs are free with museum admission of $11.

Explore an exhibition of twenty artists’ work that uses armature of clothing or actual clothing as a premise for sculpture.  Embracing personal ideas and the conceptual edge of craft, the artworks address concepts of money, human nature and statements of identity.  Ticket cost is $5.


Meet local fashion entrepreneurs and industry professionals and expand your resources and knowledge.  This is a stimulating networking event that will also include a panel discussion led by a team of local fashion industry professionals.  Cost to attend is $10.


Fatlace is having a 2-day blowout sale on apparel at discounts of up to 75% off during their Spring Warehouse Sale.  Pick up 3 tees for $20, 5 tees for $30 or 10 tees for $50.  Sneakers will also be on sale at 50% off. 

Come by 5thStitch in the Castro to shop and party!  Event highlights include live screen printing, free of charge, a trunk show and sample sale of designs by Varon Andel, a live performance by singer Jae-Mi and prize give-aways. 

Join gallery Carte Blanche to celebrate the opening of their new show “This is your world.”  This refreshing photo exhibit explores beauty and femininity in a dreamlike journey through images.  The event will also include a pop-up shop of designer accessories and jewelry and free massages and makeovers.  No cost to attend.

The beautiful and historic live/work Cotton Mill Studios in the Jingletown Arts District of East Oakland will be exhibiting artwork of resident and guest artists for its sixth F3 (Third Fridays) exhibition with a “Sideshow” theme.  Exhibiting artwork includes painting, sculpture, photography, jewlry, fashion, mixed media and furniture.  There will also be various live performances.  No cost to attend.

The Fatlace warehouse sale continues today in addition to the following fashion events:

The Bead Society of Northern California is hosting a one-day show with over 120 studio artists and bead exhibitors selling ancient/vintage/modern beads, finished jewelry, findings, books and more.  Cost to attend is $7.

San Jose Made is hosting a festival of local storeowners, makers, artists and purveyors of San Jose made and inspired goods.  The event will also include entertainment and food trucks coordinated by SJEats.  No cost to attend.

Celebrate April 19th Indigenous Day in Brazil with Red Poppy Art House and learn how to craft jewelry, Pataxo style!  This family centered event is free, with donations welcome for the art materials and supplies.

Truly Beautiful is a fashion show and shopping event highlighting the eco-friendly and ethical alternatives available in fashion, cosmetics and design.  Designers being showcased include Rubenesque, Sarah Liller Designs, Tash & Cody, Haute Trash, Invisible Hero and NewField Eco-Design.  The fashion show starts at 2:30 p.m.  Ticket cost ranges from $10 to $30.  This is for ages 21 and over.

Masagin General is a pop-up shop featuring clothing, jewelry, books and artifacts from California-based designers, artisans and independent shop owners.  Participating jewelry makers and vendors include Katy Krantz, Michelle Lane, Aniaise, IKO IKO, Stitch & Hammer and  many more.  No cost to attend.

Jewelry designer Sarah Graham will showcase her newest collection at Shibumi Gallery and give an informal talk on the inspiration of her signature designs.  She will be also premier her new fingerprint jewelry and will be personally taking fingerprints for designs.

In support of the Planet Green Movement and to honor Earth Day, Ecolett and Bravado Coffee Bar & Lounge are presenting an evening of fashion, music, raw food and lush drinks. The fashion show will showcase the eco-friendly creations of 9 exceptional designers.  Cost to attend is $20 at the door.

     The non-profit Your Special Child Development Center is hosting their first annual fundraising fashion extravaganza to raise funds for autistic children.  The runway show will feature apparel from local Bay Area fashion designers.  Cost to attend is $25 to $50 and includes appetizers or dinner.

     The Bay Area’s premier 4/20 event “Deep Green” is hosting an eco-friendly fashion show of both men’s and women’s wear made from either recycled or repurposed hemp, bamboo or organic cotton fabrics.  There will be 100% hemp tee’s from Hempteeness, 100% hemp garments from Dash Hemp, Satori’s designs that mix recycled polyester, hemp and organic cotton, and many other designers.  Event registration cost ranges from $15 to $75.


      San Francisco’s celebration of Earth Day at Civic Center Plaza features 3 stages of live music, workshops, speakers, art and eco-friendly vendors.  Apparel and accessory vendors showcased  include Estilo Clothing, Sean’s Celtic Creations, Xylem Clothing, Island Tribe, Steampunk Hatter  and many more.  No cost to attend.

      Designer Mariya Milovidova. Photo by VIPSocialite and Shaun Tiangsing.

      The Earth Day festivities at Civic Center in San Francisco will feature an exciting eco-fashion show of apparel from local designers, showing that high fashion can be truly sustainable.  Designers participating include Tuan Tran, Irina holmes, Mariya Milovidova, Daniel Chimowitz, Larisa LaVladi, Dustin Page and many more.  The fashion show starts promptly at 12:0 p.m. on the Deep Green Stage.  No cost to attend, but arrive early to reserve a spot near the runway.

      The talented designers of Truckee High School’s Envirolution Club will unveil their new line of earth-friendly clothing at SF’s Earth Day celebration at Civic Center.  The Trashion show will feature glamorous outfits and exciting fashions, all created from recycled products that would have otherwise been buried in landfills.  The fashion show will start promptly at 2:30 p.m. at the Earth Mother Stage.

      Enjoy complimentary champagne as you shop the Bubbles Boutique’s Spring Fling Pop-Up Shop event.  Participating designers include Hilside Bags, LizHutnick, Prodigal Daughter and many more.  There is a $10 cost to attend but includes drinks and fabulous door prizes.

      DXC (the original buy, sell and trade travelling event series for sneakerheads and streetwear collectors) is invading San Francisco.  Hosted by Fully Laced, DXC will feature 30 local vendors and their freshest collections.  Music will be provided by DJ Juice and live painting will be done by Bigfoot and Jesse Hernandez.   Cost to attend is $8 presale, $10 at the door and $15 for VIP admission.

      Fashion design students in the SF Bay Area will show their works and compete for fan favorite and judges’ prizes similar to the format of Project Runway.  There will also be a showcase of fashions from Barbara Friday and an accessories boutique to browse.  All proceeds benefit the music education programs of the Santa Rosa Symphony.   Ticket cost ranges from $35 to $45.

      The Cherry Blossom Festival will feature what promises to be a colorful costume contest with competitors wearing their most original and fashionable anime creations including cosplay, gothic lolita, kogal and harajuku styles.  The contest will also include a parade by the contestants.  No cost to attend.

      Million Fishes Gallery is hosting an afternoon of fashion, ritual jewelry, music and complimentary drinks and appetizers.  Check out the new Sefirah Fierce 2012 collection and handcrafted wearable metal art and ritual jewelry from Sparkle Pow.  No cost to attend.

       Couture de Cure is a fashion show fundraiser benefitting the American Diabetes Association and Tour de Cure.  Cocktails, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served by Barndiva and Vin Couture while you enjoy the fashion show and silent and live auction.  Ticket cost to attend is $100.

      The SF Carnaval king and queen competition will be a fun and fierce multi-cultural music and dance event to select this year’s Carnaval royalty,  As with most of the Carnaval festivities, there will be colorful, sparkly costumes and exciting performances.  Cost to attend is $15 in advance and $20 at the door, with proceeds going towards the Carnaval parade in May.

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