The Week Ahead in Fashion: Killer Heels, Queer Fashion Week, Steampunk Masquerade & Cosplay

Things are heating up in the San Francisco! Not only is the weather predicted to peak in the upper 70’s by the end of the week, but there’s numerous fashion shows starting Wednesday throughout the weekend that will feature some of the best in Bay Area fashion and modeling. This week’s fashion events range from a Killer Heels presentation at the JCC (who doesn’t love wearing are talking about fashionable shoes!) to a Fashion Trashion Fashion Show!. Whatever you decide to do this week, enjoy it in style!

High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection, March 14 – July 19, 2015, Legion of Honor, 100 34th Avenue, SF, Ticket cost ranges from free to $36

Gowns, accessories, and other looks by the most influential designers of the last one hundred years—including Chanel, Givenchy, Dior, and Charles James—trace the evolution of fashion in the 20th century. See this exclusive West Coast presentation at the Legion of Honor of Brooklyn Museum’s distinguished costume collection.


The Future of Patternmaking, Tuesday, April 14,2015, Apparel Arts, 1616 Franklin Street, Oakland, 6pm – 8pm, Cost $15

Join SF FASHTECH for discussions with industry leaders on the evolution of patternmaking and how technology is changing the future of apparel manufacturing. Meet and network with fashion and technology professionals, and learn what happens behind the scenes to bring fashion to life. Refreshments and snacks provided.

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#SHETALKSForum, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, Wix Lounge, 500 Terry A Francois boulevard, 6th Foor, SF, 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Cost $20

This event celebrates the talent diversity of the women workforce. To inspire others to seek out creative outlets, nurture innovative ideas, cultivate new opportunities and utilize impactful technologies for social good… Bring your style, smile and business cards.

Killer Heels, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, JCC, 3200 California Street, SF, 7pm – 8pm, Cost $35

400 Years of Provocative Shoes With The Brooklyn Museum’s Lisa Small, Curator of Exhibitions!
We love them. We hate them. We endure outrageous pain to wear them, because they’re just so gorgeous. Direct from the Brooklyn Museum’s sweeping exhibition, which the New York Times calls “provocative and profligate, appalling and dazzling,” curator Lisa Small shares history, images and film of some of our culture’s most coveted iconic fashion artifacts…Killer Heels!


RAW Artists presents “SF Exposure”, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, Ruby Skye, 420 Mason Street, SF, 7pm – 11pm, Cost $20

Join RAW Artists on April 15th at RUBY SKYE to celebrate local San Francisco Bay Area artists for EXPOSURE! A fat, fresh dose of underground talent, including Music, Visual Art, Makeup, Fashion, Film and Photography. Live music // Art gallery // Performing art // Fashion show Doors @ 7pm. This event is 21+ with valid ID only.


Queer Fashion Week
Queer Fashion Week, Thursday, April 16, 2015 – Sunday, April 19, 2015, Various Venues in Oakland, Cost varies

The first event, EVER, of its kind, Queer Fashion Week is four days of fashion, art, music, spoken word, live performance art, food and sooooooo much more. Pick a day or come for the whole week. Be inspired every day.

Local, regional and national designers and models will be showcasing on the runways. With 25 designers and over 100 models you know QFW is about to go HARD. They have a beautiful community and it is time to show up and show out!

Alternative Launch event for Levi’s California Collection, Thursday, April 16th, 424 Hayes Street, SF, 7pm – 10pm, no cost to attend

The highly anticipated launch of the Levi’s California collection will be celebrated at Alternative in Hayes Valley! Check out the fashion of this beloved SF denim brand and save 15% on all purchases!

Queer Fashion Week has thier Fashion Explosion featuring a fashion show, celebrities and much more. Also happening on Friday include:

ECCO Pop Up with Sole Bicycles, Friday, April 17, 2015, DSF Clothing Company, 520 Haight Street, SF, 9am – 6pm, no cost to attend

ECCO proudly announces the opening of a pop-up activation in San Francisco on Friday, April 17th. This one-day event will launch the brand’s latest collaboration with Solé Bicycles. At the pop-up event, ECCO will invite San Francisco commuters to take a break from their day to be the first to experience the brand’s latest collaboration and collection. Attendees will receive exclusive offers redeemable at either ECCO San Francisco location (40 Grant Avenue and 865 Market Street) along with enjoying games, light bites and refreshments.

Queer Fashion Week continues with a GENISIS: RIP the Runway Festival featuring an amazing line up of designers. Other events happening include:

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ECO Fashion Show at the Earth Day Street Fest, Saturday, April 18th, 22nd Street (between Mission & Valencia Streets), SF, 10am – 7pm, no cost to attend

Located in the heart of the most culturally rich neighborhood in the city, “The Mission,” Earth Day SF unites Artists, Activists and Amazing Entertainers all dedicated to promoting the protection and preservation of our Beloved Mother Earth and all of her inhabitants. This one-of-a-kind event promises to be a robust celebration of everything “Green, Fun and Sustainable.” Enjoy San Francisco style with an ECO Fashion Show presented by Shirin Hashem. Featured collections include Anubha Designs, sheila Ash Karleen and Synergy Clothing.

Britex Fabrics: Intro to Needlework, Saturday, April 18, 2015, Britex Fabrics, 146 Geary Street, SF, 10:30am – 12:30pm, Cost $35

Join Britex for an introduction to the materials and process of needlework with a modern take on procedure, design, and technique. In this class, you will view samples of different styles of needle work, with a focus on cross stitch and modern freestyle techniques, along with places to look for inspiration, and different ways to put your own take on the classic and time honored craft. All participants with receive a goodie bag full of supplies to start out on the road of needlework!

Made in Sausalito, Caledonia Street Festival, Saturday, April 18, 2015, Caledonia Street, Sausalito, 12pm – 5pm, no cost to attend

Celebrate Caledonia Street’s unique Artisans, showcasing their wares, knowledge and techniques. Over 20 in-store demonstrations in art, food, fashion and jewelry. Demonstrations throughout the day. Open to the public and free!

Trashion Fashion Show, Saturday, April 18, 2015, Sonoma Veteran’s Memorial Building, 126 First Street, Sonoma, 3pm – 7pm, Cost $25 -$50

Sonoma Community Center is hosting their 5th Annual Trashion Fashion Show! The Trashion Fashion Show is a showcase for outrageous, beautiful, theatrical and humorous fashions created from recycled materials. This is where art, fashion, and ecology come together and put on a great show! Here is your chance to see how innovative and beautiful recycled fashion can be.

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Spring Fling Fashion & Trunk Show, Saturday, April 18, 2015, Palm Valley Communities, 150 Palm Valley Blvd, San Jose, 6pm – 9pm, Cost $25

Enjoy an evening of fashion and shopping! The event includes a fashion show by a list of designers, included Chona Pike Designs, Peter Casara Clothier, and others! There will also be a trunk show by Wild Beautiful Clothing and lots of food, drinks and mingling to enjoy at the event!

Castle Masquerade Ball, Fashion Show and Exotic Car Show, Saturday, April 18, 2015, private estate in Woodside (details provided after ticket purchase), 7pm – 12am, Cost ranges from $150 – $300

Benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.The venue is a private 22000 square foot Woodside CA estate styled after a royal family retreat. The evening will get started with a sunset exotic car show, followed by hors-d’oeuvres, wine tasting, a Fashion Show featuring celebrity designers from LA, NYC and San Francisco and finally a masquerade ball featuring the latest sounds from a live DJ and Hollywood singer. This event will be hosted by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year candidate Rumiko McCarthy. All of the costs for the event have been covered by sponsor donations. All proceeds from ticket sales and bar will go directly to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Our special guests will include Hollywood celebrity designers, models, elected representatives, CEOs, investors and other bay area business leaders and media.

Steampunk Masquerade, Saturday April 18, 2015, NIMBY 8410 Amelia Street, Oakland, 7pm – 3am, Cost $35-$40

Not necessarily a fashion event, but there will be a lot of fashion to be enjoyed. Dust off your top hat and hop in your favorite steam engine for the adventure of a lifetime! Three amazing groups are turning NIMBY into a legendary evening to remember. Flaming Lotus Girl’s Serpent Mother will be ON FIRE for the first time in 2 years! She will be featured amongst 6 stages of music including international talent Slynk & Timothy Wisdom, a mutant vehicle round-up, interactive art, Silent Storm silent disco, fire performers, aerialists, and MORE!

Queer Fashion Week comes to a close with a Designer Trunk Show at Qulture Collective in Oakland. Make sure to stop by between 3pm – 6pm and support the QFW designers and vendors! Other events to enjoy on Sunday include:

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Cherry Blossom Festival Grand Parade featuring NorCal Cosplay, Sunday, April 19, 2015, Civic Center to Japantown, 1pm – 3pm, no cost to attend

Japanese Cosplay and street fashion is always unique, fun and refereshing to see! Since 1999, Japan Video’s Anime Costume Parade has been a part of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival — an annual event held in San Francisco to celebrate the Japanese culture and the arrival of Spring. The parade begins at the Civic Center at 1:00 p.m., proceeding up Polk to Post Street, and ending in Japantown at Post and Fillmore streets. A number of performers from Japan will also grace us with their presence. Japanese classical (Buyo) and folk dance (Minyo) groups representing the Bay Area will perform throughout the parade route like a myriad of floating butterflies.

Have a fashionable fun week!

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