The week ahead in fashion: warehouse sales, runway shows, fashion films

This week in San Francisco Bay Area fashion for the week of Monday, April 9 through Sunday, April 8, 2012 includes the exciting launch of the San Francisco Fashion Film Festival.  This highly anticipated event brings together fashion, style and film, defining its influence on popular culture.  Other events to enjoy include special shopping sales, celebrations, fashion shows and more.  Whatever you decide to do this week, enjoy it in style!


The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.  Photo by Ed Jay.

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.

James McNeill Whistler, Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander, 1872–1874. Oil on canvas. Tate, London

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.


For three hours only, the hottest dresses sold at favorite SF boutiques will be on sale for more than 50% off.  Brands include BB Dakota, Charlie Jade, Max & Cleo and many more.  Over 500 dresses, jackets, tops and more start at $25 with everything under $100.  There will be an exclusive free gift from Benefit Cosmetics for the first 30 shoppers.  Check it out before it’s gone!

Mingle with fashion industry professionals and celebrate the launch of San Francisco’s first Fashion Film Festival.  Network and make new connections with designers, entrepreneurs, developers, writers, models and others within the fashion industry in a casual fun atmosphere.  No cost to attend.  This is a 21+ event.

Find out about the successful techniques of improving self-image, off and on the runway.  Model trainer, runway coach and TV personality Charleston Pierce will share his experiences in the entertainment and fashion industry and successful techniques for a successful confidence.  Cost to attend is $10 and free for students with IDs.


Meet fashion experts from Trina Turk as they present the season’s hottest must-have styles.  Guests are invited to a glamorous Palm Springs sunset inspired event of fashion, cocktails and more.  A limited edition Cake Plate Boutique/Trina Turk Straw Hat will be on sale exclusively at the boutique and online.  Come find out why Elle Magazine’s listed this as a “Must-do” event for April!

Cheap Monday will be showcasing their newest collection at Azalea Boutique, as well as pre-season samples from their Fall 2012 collection.  The event will include live music by up-and-coming local band Ghost and complimentary beer by PBR. 

The de Young Museum’s latest exhibit has the whole city buzzing with Jean Paul Gaultier inspired events.  Check out a double-fashion movie feature with designs by Gaultier: Madonna Truth or Dare and The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover.  Ticket cost for both films is $10.

Kaatje Designs is presenting the latest in bold, fun and funky designer jewelry at the Slide “Allure Thursday” fashion show.  Meet the designer and check out her latest designs!  KS Thant is the guest DJ of the evening.  No cost to attend.


    Shop for beads and learn how to create your own jewelry pieces at this three-day event.  Vendors will be providing deep discounts on jewelry and jewelry making materials.  Beading classes are free with purchase of a $10 jewelry making class kit.  Cost to attend is $8.

    Eco-stylish brand Zansus Purses is celebrating two years of Eco-chic fashion!  Celebrate with the designers at Isabella Boutique and enjoy live music and models showcasing the latest spring fashions.  Come shop and enjoy a cocktail and slice of cake with Zansus Purses!

    Peaches Christ is hosting a fabulous evening at the de Young featuring a fantastical fashion show and a cavalcade of costumes and performances in tribute to the exhibit “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier.”  Starring in this event are local superstar designers Mister David, Tria and Mrs Vera.  Cost to attend is $11.

      The Castro Theatre is presenting their second evening of movies featuring Jean Paul Gaultier designs.  This evening’s features include The Fifth Element and The City of Lost Children.  Both movies provide visual eye candy of Gaultier’s over the top designs.  Ticket cost for both films is $10.

      Come to Hangr 16 to celebrate’s launch!  This is an amazing new GPS-based mobile app that allows people to follow their favorite boutiques, track items, reserve new arrivals and more.  Come enjoy drinks, appetizers and DJd music.  There is a 20% discount on purchases at the event with a download.

        The International Gem and Jewelry Show continues today in addition to the following fashion events:

        Explore fashion and style through film at the San Francisco Fashion Film Festival.  The first day of the festival includes films Ziegfeld girl, How I get Dressed/The way I Dress, Jack Taylor of Beverly Hills, Barbarella and The Matrix.  Ticket cost ranges from $10 to $15.

        Attend the book release party of “Tomboy Style Beyond the Boundaries of Fashion” and meet author Lizzie Garrett Mettler.  This compact coffee table tome celebrates the tomboy look made popular by style icons Katharine Hepburn, Patti Smith, Jane Birkin and others.  Food and drinks provided.  RVSP to

        This bass-heavy fashion event will feature a runway show of rave inspired fashion and a trunk show featuring vendors The Alley Cat Sewing Co., Shmelt Clothing, See Odder Designs, and Doing the Unstuck Clothing.  The event will also feature live art and an amazing lineup of DJs.  Cost to attend is $20.

          This is the last day of the International Gem and Jewelry Show and San Francisco Fashion Film Festival.  Film festival movies include City of Lost Children, Miss Representation, God Save My Shoes and Marie Antoinette.  Enjoy these events in addition to the following:

          Celebrate Easter in style at the Legion of Honor “Victorian Easter Wonderland” in celebration of their latest exhibit.  Festivities include a Victorian Easter Egg Hunt on the front lawn (free of charge), an Easter bonnet making workshop compliments of Petrushka Couture Accessories, a movie feature of the animated version of Alice in Wonderland and other activities.  This will be a unique Easter experience with something for the whole family to enjoy.

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