This Week’s Fashionable Events: Fashion Shows, Trunk Shows, Parties & More

UPCOMING FASHIONABLE FUN EVENTS IN the sf bay area, September 20th – 26th, 2010


WEDNESDAY

Martino Zanotta, president and CEO of Zanotta SpA, an industrial design firm based in Milan, will be speaking of the company and the “Italian way of living design.” The firm’s works has won numerous awards over the decades and is represented in the collections of many major museums.

THURSDAY
The weekly Arts Market SF at the UN Plaza returns! Shop, mingle and eat while you enjoy live entertainment throughout this outdoor market. Some of the designers who are participating include Das Owl, Kenna Kristine, Mangosteen Jewelry, and Scottish Lily. Check out their website for the entire lineup of designers and performers, www.artsmarketsf.org.

Skin care line Heliotrope, based out of Noe Valley in SF, is hosting a party! Their boutique offers locally sourced natural skin and body care products, customized aromatherapy blends and personal accessories. Most every one of their products is fragrance-free and the aromatherapy bar in the store has over 50 oils and blends to create your own natural scent. Come join Heliotrope for refreshments, custom-scenting and a secret in-store sale!

Celebrate the launch of the Guerilla Twenty Four pop-up store at Harputs Union Square. Guerilla 24 is a new selvage denim line out of HK that will be making its US debut in San Francisco, the birthplace of blue jeans. Meet the designer, check out the line and enjoy break dancing demos, live graffiti, DJ’d music, tacos from the El Tonayense truck and tasty beverages from Black Star Beer and Distillery 29.
Fancy French Cologne is an online boutique inspired by the classic SF style: easy, wearable pieces that are never boring or blah. The boutique carries fashion-forward labels in clothing, bags and accessories that seamlessly transition from day to night and offers a range of sophisticated handmade items customized just for the store. Come celebrate their launch at Casanova Lounge in the Mission. Complimentary drinks for the first 40 guests and complimentary treats by local sponsors.

FRIDAY
Some fun events to get styled up for include the beginning performances of the SF Jazz festival (which continues through the month of October), the SF Greek Festival, and the Art for AIDS annual benefit gala. Other fashion events include the following:
Attend the Simon Fashion Now luncheon and runway fashion show benefitting the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Hospitals. Enjoy a catered lunch, full runway fashion show with a preview of the Fall’s hottest trends, silent auction and free goodies. Registration and silent auction begin at 11:30 AM. Ticket donation of $100 to attend.
Friday, September 24th Belljar Shop kicks off a weekend long event with tons of glamorous going-ons. Kitten Hawk will feature a trunk show of her jewelry and debut her new, reconstructed dress line. There will be a raffle ticket with any purchase and two or more for every increment of $100 spent. Giveaways include a Charlie Jade dress, a gift bag of Benefit Cosmetics, jewelry and prints by local artists, items from Chronicle Books and more! Plus, enjoy a 15% discount all weekend long off all brand new Fall merchandise. Make sure to stop in at Belljar between all your other events and activities.
Citystars.US is hosting an exclusive evening in celebration of fashion. Designers featured include Picky Studio by Lana & Yuri Shiller, Nelli Rosh and Irina Atkins. Entertainment includes a performance by opera singer George Komsky. Tickets are $50 per person.
The 28th Annual Macy’s Passport presents Glamorama with 100% of the proceeds benefitting AIDS research. A cutting edge fashion show, live performances by Macy Grey and Eric Hutchinson, and an opulent after-party at the Asian Art Museum makes this an event not to be missed. Ticket cost ranges from $78 to $1,000.

SATURDAY
Continuing events include the SF Greek Festival and the Belljar Shop fall sale. In addition, other events to get out and get styled up for around the Bay Area are the Expo for Independent Artists, Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, Taste of South Beach Mission Bay Street Fair, SF International Dragon Festival and 26th Annual Harvest Festival Ball at V. Sattui Winery. Fashion events in the Bay Area include the following:
In its 19th year, Artistry in Fashion will feature over 60 professional designers selling clothing, jewelry and accessories. A fashion show featuring pattern designer Sandra Betzina will start at 11 AM in the college theater. The fashion department will also have an open house from 12:00 – 3:00 PM displaying student projects. This is a fun event where you’ll meet professional designers and shop through an array of unique fashion pieces.

Studio 7 Arts in downtown Pleasanton is getting a new line of exclusive jewelry from local designer Debra Mitchell of Twisted Silver. In recent months, this jewelry collection has gained a star studded following from such actresses as Carolyn Hennesey (Cougar Town), Carrie Preston (True Blood) and Laren Bowles (True Blood). The custom jewelry collection made for Studio 7 Arts includes necklaces, bracelets, and earrings perfect for women who are warm, cosmopolitan and in need of an injection of eclectic style for Fall 2010.
“Stepping Out” has become one of Marin County’s most eagerly anticipated fundraising galas honoring those who have been touched by breast cancer.. An elegant evening of dining and dancing will be highlighted by an extraordinary fashion show featuring models, all breast cancer survivors. Funds raised benefit the To Celebrate Life Breast Cander Foundation’s grants program, which distributes funds to Bay Area organizations that provide support for people living with breast cancer. Locally based Noy Designs will send 10 looks down the runway and dance crew Shadow Optix will kick off the party with their moves and grooves. Ticket cost is $210.
RipStar is producing a fashion, art and music event at Loft 1513, emphasizing natural beauty that is fresh and exciting. Designers featured include RAGDOLL, IKohl, Marzart, Artwithin Designs by Dimitri & Devora, Tosca Soraya, Kitty Andrews Millinery by Melissa Bolin, Serena Hughes and LuckyFuck. Visual artists include Jessica Viera, Chui, Rob Jackson, Amelia Lewis and Slimm Buick. DJs Burkmonster&J-Dog and Kali will be entertaining the attendees with their stylistic spinning.
Swankety Swank will be celebrating hair as guest artist Nichola Kinch will be showcasing her bizarre and fastidious art with hair. In addition to the art display, MADUSALON hair artists will be styling hair on live models dressed by Swankety Swank’s talented designers: Miranda Caroligne, DAS, gibbous, Darina Drapkin, Yabette and Wayward Shifties. The entertainment doesn’t stop there as there’ll be live performances throughout the evening. Admission is $10.
  • Project Reach: Charity Fashion Runway Event, Saturday, September 25, 2010, Diamond Palace, Fremont, 7:30 PM – 1:00 AM
This is a sold out Charity Fashion Show Fundraising Event benefitting the needy children of Afghanistan and celebrating Eid (the festive season for all Muslims around the world when the honly month of Ramadan ends). Some of the Bay Area fashion designers being featured include Debbie Nghiem, Anya Zuyeva, Indu Arora, Constance Ng and Candace Janeen.

SUNDAY
Continuing events include the SF Greek Festival, Belljar Shop fall sale, and Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival. Other events to check out include the Folsom Street Fair, Alice’s Now & Zen Fest, and Shakespeare in the Park. Fashion events in the Bay Area include the following:
In celebration of Rockridge’s Out & About Street Festival on College Avenue, participating Rockridge Boutiques and Salons are hosting a fashion show at 2:00 and 4:00 PM. Stop in for the shows and make sure to check out all the vendors and entertainment participating in the festival.
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