The Week Ahead in Fashion: runway shows, trunk shows, designer appearances

Fashionable Events in the San Francisco Bay Area
Week of March 26th through April 1st, 2012
There are several museums in the Bay Area with exhibits highlighting fashion, which is perfect for sharpening and expanding one’s fashion knowledge.  In addition, there are many fashion shows, trunk shows and other fun fashionable events happening throughout the week.  However you choose to spend your week, enjoy it in style!

ONGOING

Experience a fashion exhibit like no other.  This dynamic, multimedia exhibition spotlights 140 haute couture and prêt-à-porter designs created by Jean Paul Gaultier between the 1970s an 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.

Check out the avant-garde beauty of the Aesthetic Movement at the Legion of Honor art exhibit through June 17th, 2012.  This look at The Victorian Avant-Garde will feature a series of exclusive programs including live entertainment, costumes, 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.

The Botanical Garden at UC Berkeley is hosting a special exhibition of natural fibers and dyes.  From traditional uses to inspired future innovation in Eco-fashion and textiles, a walk through the exhibit illuminates the connection of culture within nature.  Admission is $10.

    TUESDAY 

    Meet award winning fashion designer Bibhu Mohapatra and view his latest collection of elegant evening gowns. To schedule an appointment, call 415.362.3900 ext 2351.

      WEDNESDAY
      This is the last day to review Bibhu Mohapatra’s collection of evening wear at Neiman Marcus.  In addition, check out these other great fashion events:

      Acclaimed jeweler Robindira Unsworth is hosting a trunk show Haute Jewels in Corte Madera.  Save up to 30% off the entire line of distinct, fine jewelry.

       Come join the fun at Pandora’s Hope Foundation fundraiser and mixer.  Watch Jeremy Lin’s game from 4:00 to 6:00 pm and enjoy a mixer afterwards.  There will be models greeting guests and participating in a fashion photoshoot during the event.  Recommended donation to attend is $5.

      This showcase event will feature music, visual artists and a fashion show.  Body painting will be done by Rose the Painter and Bare Rocks.  DJ’d music by DJ John Da Bomb and “Easy” Evie.  Participating designers include GG Connections, Ronnie JR & D’Ray Sample McDaniel, Serena Hughes Designs, Jewelry by Maria Rodriguez and Deen & Gray.  Cost to attend is $10.

        THURSDAY
        The Robindira Unsworth trunk show continues today in addition to the following events:

        Come be part of the ultimate fashion face-off hosted by Style Studio’s Keylee Sanders and Anh Sundstrom, fashion blogger of 9to5Chic.  Contestants will be chosen from the audience to create a head-to-toe look to be showcased by models, with the selected winner receiving a $100 Macy’s Gift Card.  In addition, Keylee and Anh will be sharing their top style tips for spring.

        Stock up on Sumbody’s pure, natural and handmade soaps, scrubs, skincare, mineral makeup, bath products and haircare items.  Save up to 75% off retail price at this special annual warehouse sale.  Only four days to save!

          FRIDAY
          The Robindira Unsworth trunk show and Sumbody annual warehouse sale continue today in addition to the following events:

          Finnish artist Mia Maljojoki is presenting her new collection of contemporary jewelry pieces inspired by the dramatic and energetic aurora borealis.  Meet the artist and find out more about the inspiration of her latest collection.

          The de Young Museum’s latest exhibit “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier” inspired the latest Friday Night at the Museum with the “Gaultierize Yourself” event.  The evening will include live performances, a styling room, art-making workshops, runway lessons and a special lecture of Jean Paul Gaultier.  Cost to attend is $11.

          Join Macy’s and OUT for an evening of informal modeling, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, fragrance and skincare sampling from Lab Series.  Save 25% on purchases over $100 with the amount saved donated to The Trevor Project, Human Rights Campaign and Project Inforum.  To RSVP, please call 800.786.2665.

          Attend this special quarterly fashion show by Runway Couturier featuring collections by designers Pashma, F.O.B. Zoe Bikini, TFabiano and Sikara & Co.  No cost to attend.

          This club event will feature music, dance and fashion.  Streetwear fashion designers include Illamentals, Universal BBoy Clothing, Homerun Kings, Renegades Restoration and MA.  There will be free giveaways from the clothing sponsors throughout the evening.  Cost to attend is $10.

            SATURDAY
            The Robindira Unsworth trunk show and Sumbody annual warehouse sale continue today in addition to the following events:

            Come out to Healdsburg for this fashion boutique featuring over 25 vendors.  Some of the vendors include Arbonne, Miche Bags, Teeze Trunk, Cookie Lee Jewelry and Time For Style.  No cost to attend.

            This is the last day of the Alessi Daylight Savings promotion of 20% off all watches, clocks and timers with a special 40% off the blue Luna wristwatch.

            Bossini and the executive sales team from Versace are hosting a vignette style fashion show featuring looks from the Versace collection available at the boutique in Valley Fair Mall.  This is the launch event for the Versace fashion show later in the evening in San Francisco.  No cost to attend.

            As part of the Fiber and Dye Exhibition,the Botanical Garden at UC Berkeley is hosting a “Creating a Garden Garment” workshop where attendees will learn how to create and dye their own scarves.  Registration is $40.

            Votive magazine is launching their newest edition featuring The HUB in Sausalito.  Bay Area’s top local fashion designers are all under one roof and Votive magazine breaks down how the HUB began, who is involved and details on the labels.

            As part of the Macy’s “Gardens in Paradise” flower show, enjoy informal modeling and light refreshments as stylists explain how to make any outfit pop with Brazilian-inspired accessories.

            Lombardi Sports is showing they have much more than sports attire at their Urban Fashion Event.  The runway fashion show starts at 4:00 pm and complimentary food and drinks will be served.  Free with RSVP and limited gift bags available.

            Lotus Premium Denim is hosting a style lounge featuring their latest trends in denim, DJ’d music by DJ B-Simple, food from the WoW Truck and chocolate covered treats from Fruits & Chocolate.  No cost to attend.

            Jackie Christie of the reality television show “Basketball Wives LA” is hosting this red carpet event featuring a fashion show, a lineup of entertaining performances and fashionable mingling.  Ticket costs range from $50 to $250.

            Check out the Spring 2012 collection for designers Versace, Thierry Mugler, Zanella and more at this event sponsored by Bay Area retailer Bossini.  The evening will include an exciting runway fashion show, live entertainment and complimentary appetizers and drinks.  Ticket cost ranges from $50 to $250

              SUNDAY
              The Robindira Unsworth trunk show and Sumbody annual warehouse sale continue today in addition to the following events:

              The artists of Novato Arts Center is hosting an Open Studios featuring painters, jewelry makers, mixed media artists, quilters, sculptures, photographers and more.  Admission is free.