Queer Diversity Shines Through

2nd Annual Queer Fashion Week celebrates its second year as the Bay Area’s premier queer fashion event, celebrating diversity and the expression of individuality. QFW opens its doors at the historic downtown venue, VENUE at 420 14th Ave, excitement builds around this glamorous event. Queer Fashion Week & Conference takes place September 28 – October 2.

Queer Fashion Week came to life in April 2015 with its inaugural week that brought together the best names in queer fashion. With the collaboration of Miz Chris of fiveTEN Oakland Events and Fallon Davis of the This is Butch Movement QFW took shape to encompass all the attributes of the fashion, glam, modeling, and political views of the Queer Community.
With over 25 designers, 150 models, and over 75 production staff, Queer Fashion week celebrated fashion and diversity represents a vibrant Bay Area LGBTQ community. Miz Chris recognizes that “Oakland is a very fashion forward town, where walking down the streets is like walking down its own runway filled with an amazing array of personal style.” Oakland will remain home to Queer Fashion Week for yet another year.
This year the 2nd Annual Queer Fashion Week will highlight designers that have been in the biz for years as well as some that are just starting out. The lineup features over 32 designers including Dapper Boi, Rebirth Garments, Tom Boy X, and Size Queen Clothing. The QFW’s vision is to make a space where seasoned and new designers, models, stylists, entertainers, artists, brands, and community organizations can showcase together, network with each other and share with each of their creativity. Make sure to visit the Vendor Village to see over 30 vendors.
In addition to the three runway shows, the conference offers over 15 sessions Wednesday – Friday including Modeling 101 presented by Fallon Davis, a graduate of LIM College, a private, specialized undergraduate and graduate college focused on the business of fashion in Midtown Manhattan.
For more information visit the website and be sure to RSVP through the Queer Fashion Week Facebook event pageClick here to purchase tickets and to check out available pass types

CARNAVAL San Francisco

 

Carnaval San FranciscoCarnaval San Francisco has been occurring on Memorial Day Weekend for 38 years. It celebrates the diverse Latin American and Caribbean roots that use to make up the Mission District. The diminishing population of Latinos lost to luxury condominiums, “hipster” stores and rising rent prices didn’t limit the representation of what once was. The parade included music, dance, and artistic expression that had attendees dancing, smiling, and taking photos to memorialize their experience. A pride could be felt in the air that told you, a part of us will always be here.

Carnaval San FranciscoUnited Farm Workers co-founder and Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta lead the way as this year’s Grand Marshal. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 2012 by President Barack Obama. She’s been fighting for what’s right since the 1960’s and continues to speak out for those who haven’t found their voice. Carnaval San Francisco’s Executive Producer Roberto Hernandez thought she was the perfect choice to lead the way, her advocacy for farm workers and the environment fit perfectly with this year’s theme Viva La Madre Tierra – Long Live Mother Earth. 

Carnaval San FranciscoThere’s also a 2-day festival with food, live music, vendors and an auto showcase. This years feature musician was Venezuela-born Oscar D’León. CARNAVAL San Francisco is one of the largest multi–cultural celebrations on the West Coast. It’s a reminder of how important it is to know your roots and how diverse cultures make life more beautiful. It’s also free, making it a great way to spend your weekend with family and friends. You can find out more about the organization at: http://www.carnavalsanfrancisco.org

 

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Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective

Oscar de la Renta: The RetrospectiveIt’s been a long wait for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and its finally here, the world premiere of Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective presented at the de Young Museum. It’s the first exhibit of its kind celebrating the life and career of the Dominican fashion designer, and took about a year to come to fruition. He is one of fashion’s most influential designers and has dressed many prominent figures since becoming internationally known in the late 1960’s. The exhibit includes a collection of over 100 garments spanning over fifty years.

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Exhibition Curator, Andre Leon Talley and Acting Director & Exhibition Organizer of Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Richard Benefield.

Former Vogue editor-at-large and personal friend of the designer, André Leon Talley is the curator of the highly anticipated display. Each room represents a theme including different times in his career, cultures that influenced his design, nature, and Hollywood. When entering the exhibit you’ll first be introduced to his earlier work including daywear and evening wear. After that you’ll stroll through Spanish, Eastern, and Russian inspired garments. Each room is also adorned with art and vases to contribute to the ambiance.

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The garden room incorporates a large video of one of his gardens surrounded by spring fashion pieces. The next room has a re-creation of a 2010 Vogue photo shoot with models from China, Japan, and South Korea wearing his ball gowns and sporting punk rock hairstyles. You’re then welcomed to the final room with a video loop of Hollywood stars the designer dressed for red carpet events. Ball gowns are placed in front of mirrors reflecting the glamour that he infused into Hollywood and socialites from all angles. The display right before exiting to the gift shop (also designed to represent the icon) include some dresses worn by Karlie Kloss, Amy Adams, Sarah Jessica Parker, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Penelope Cruz and Rihanna.

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The celebrated designer is described as being humble. He was someone who respected his clients and always had the intention of making them feel beautiful. It was never about how he would be perceived by outsiders; it was always about the woman he was dressing. “He wanted to make women look beautiful, that’s why he was a great designer, he loved women, and he saw no reason why every one of us regardless of shape, size, color, anything, shouldn’t be absolutely beautiful in one of his dresses” said Board President of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Diane B. Wilsey.

Board President of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Diane B. Wilsey

Board President of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Diane B. Wilsey

Andre also spoke about Oscar and got emotional remembering his dear friend and how he influenced him by just being himself and accepting people for who they are, “He saw something in me I didn’t see in myself”. We often hear about his red carpet creations but he also dressed many political women like Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush but, the most unique pieces were always reserved for his wife. “Each year he makes a special dress for her [Annette], no one else has the privilege or the luck to be able to own that dress because it’s designed just for her” shared Andre. “He was inspired by great women. He was inspired by his wives. He always said at the end of a fitting, if there was a question about a dress, he would always say out loud to himself, ‘Will my wife love it?’ ‘Would Annette wear it?’ And that meant, if she would wear it in his mind, the dress was a success.”

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Walking through each gallery and looking at each style one could imagine being in them. They were vibrant and accentuated the female form unlike some other designers. They’re not designed to fit a person like it would on a hanger. Some were beautifully simple and others more opulent. It’s an exhibit that the fashionista and non-fashionista can enjoy alike. Andre really captured his friend the way he remembers him in this exhibit “Oscar was all about feeling wonderful in life, he loved living in the sun, he loved nature, he loved his native land, and he just wanted everyone to be joyful in life” and that’s the feeling you get when experiencing each room.

Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective

Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective runs May 12th through May 30th at the de Young Museum. Tickets range from $15 to $30.

One on One: Designer Ashley Nell Tipton

Ashley Nell Tipton was born and raised in San Diego, California. The youngest of four children she had an early passion for fashion. Tipton remembers discovering her love of sewing when she would design clothes for her Barbie’s. She learned to sew on her grandmother’s sewing machine when she was just seven years old.

Tipton created her first fashion collection during her senior year in high school. She was inspired by the look of the hippie generation and their eclectic styling. She chose to attended fashion college after graduating high school. She then graduated from Fashion Careers College (FCC) in San Diego in the spring of 2012. FCC offered her the opportunity to hone her skills as a designer and to receive an education in fashion. During her 18 months at FCC she took a college trip to Paris in May 2011. She visited the Atelier Chandon Savard School and met many of the Parisian students. Tipton used the chic styling of the French students and the Parisian woman for inspiration in her current collection.

One of her goals is to help full figured women feel good in what they wear and she hopes to be “THE” Full Fashion Designer. She understands what plus women want and would like to give curvy girls a chance to show their style with chic edginess.

She says: “My collection is a full figured collection for the woman in her 20’s or 30’s who is a chic rocker! My collection is an artful combination of glamour and street fashion. I love color and I’m very inspired by curvy women and helping them feel good in their clothes. I want to offer plus size women the opportunity to wear fun colors and to avoid the pit-falls of only wearing black because many curvy girls think it is the only color that is slimming.”

Tipton chose to go against the plus size industry grain and created a collection that is full of bright hues and bold patterns. She says: “I pictured my muse roaming the streets of Paris unabashed and feeling confident in their stride while wearing designs that are not seen in full figure fashions today. The finished line is filled with bold colors and finesse… just like me!”

Tipton talked to Pink Egg Media during the Timken Museum’s “Art of Fashion” event in San Diego, CA.

Timken Museum’s Art of Fashion

The Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park showcased a rare exhibition of fashion inspired by fine art at the eighth annual Art of Fashion 2015 fundraiser on April 20, 2015. More than 200 fashion enthusiasts from throughout Southern California attended the event, led by honorary chair Dame Zandra Rhodes, international fashion icon and designer.

Ten graduate student costume designers from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s (UCLA TFT) David C. Copley Center for Costume Design have created half-scale costumes inspired by Claude-Joseph Vernet’s 1749 “A Seaport at Sunset” from the Timken collection.

Original costume designs ranging from classic to wildly dramatic will showcase the talents of the students. Each student performed extensive research and infused a certain element of the masterwork in their one-of-a-kind designs, from the unusually large sky, the lighthouse, the ships in the harbor, the tradesmen and their families to the distinctive landscape of the mountain range.

Prior to the evening’s soiree, Rhodes and an honorary committee of fashion-forward and civic-minded female philanthropists will judge the designs at an exclusive private luncheon in the museum, which includes remarks by Academy Award-nominated costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Ph.D., professor and founding director of the UCLA TFT Copley Center.

Attendees were able to to see the winning designs from last year’s gala as well as those from previous Art of Fashion events: Masterworks on display will come to life as guests examine the remarkable costumes up close and speak with the designers about their creations. “Art of Fashion is one of the most important events to the Timken,” says Anita Crider, chief operating officer, Timken Museum of Art. “It’s a brilliant way to construct a creative and interdisciplinary educational opportunity for extremely talented costume design students and it allows us to raise funds for our programs to keep the love of fine art alive in San Diego.

Organizers aim to raise $100,000 at this year’s Art of Fashion, with proceeds supporting the museum’s outreach programs.

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Queer Fashion Week’s Fashion Explosion

Fashion Explosion, where community, art, fashion, and music coexist.

Hosted by America’s Next Top Model Cory Wade, the Fashion Explosion show was a mix of celebrities, art, fashion, and music. The celebrity RED runway show benefitted RED.org which founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver to get people to involved in the fight against AIDS. Designers showcased their red-inspired designs.

There were also performances by Lady Cultura, Micha Tron, AstraLogik, Pr3ssPlay Poets , and DJ Val G.

Xtreme Makeup and Body Art Showcase:
Iron Drumwork, Antonio Daniel, Liana Sundar, DzL MC, Chrystal Linaja, Susie Oquendo, and Katwalk Koutoure.

Fashion Week San Diego Founder Allison Andrews

Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD) returns September 30th-October 6th and will take place at the Port Pavilion on the Broadway Pier Downtown. “I’ve always appreciated fashion & creative arts, but love business, numbers and analytics. FWSD blends my passion and what I’m innately good at together,” said founder Allison Andrews. The dream of merging her two interests together came to fruition in 2008. After a four-year hiatus, the event returned in 2012 and quickly garnered the attention it deserved. The growing number of sponsors, attendees and the talent it attracted has allowed it to grow in just one year. “We have tripled our growth!! New, large venue- 3 days of runway shows- celebrity keynote industry speakers, so so much more! We have a musical act on Saturday night then our official after party in venue with VJ from Sleeping Giant Music! We partnered with Style to Rock the new competition fashion reality series produced by pop star Rihanna, and not to mention adoptable dogs looking for their forever homes on our runway Friday. Each night is so different and not to be missed.”

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Any pressure to emulate other fashion shows such as New York Fashion Week?

No. We stand on our own and if anything I feel pressure to do it right and make sure for the right reasons. Quality over quantity.

The designers from 2008 FWSD; where are they now?

Many and most are still doing their designs. BUT that was a very hard year and many got displaced with the recession. Terrible time for retail in general.

What’s your biggest challenge?

Time and money, as with most large-scale productions.

If money were no object, who would be your dream guest designer?

That is a hard one. I immediately go with someone I would like to meet, but then the Director of FWSD jumps in and I would say it would need to be a designer that has paid their dues, been a leader in their industry and also set a higher example for clothing designers in the world market. They would also need to support other emerging designers, as that is a core factor to FWSD. I would want to do more business research on the list that comes to mind for the perfect fit.

Are there any designers that are being showcased this year that didn’t get a chance to show their pieces last year?

Yes and that is something that makes me very happy- that they come back and don’t feel defeated. I always encourage them to grow and take it as a learning lesson. It’s usually technical skills- craftsmanship.

What do you look for in a designer?

What we look for is that they want to be doing this full time and dedicated to making this their career.

Tell us about the process for designers who are interested in being involved with FWSD?

Written application, then interview in person or Skype and the final is interview with model in outfit with full hair and makeup.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t want it more for someone else. They have to want it.

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Trust your gut.

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You can’t make everyone happy.

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Do the right thing, even if it means putting your neck out there.

What’s the worst advice you’ve ever received?

Any person that has been a yes person- I enjoy real feedback & conversation even if it’s not in line with my viewpoint.  So the worse advice is when people say what they think you want to hear. Don’t have a particular quote to reference at this moment.

Who are your biggest supporter(s)?

No question: My husband and my mother.

 

Don’t miss out! For more information and/or to purchase tickets: http://fashionweeksd.com

 

Out on the Runway: Fashion Week San Diego

Fashion Week San Diego returns to the runway next month to give our city’s fashion stars the attention they deserve. Allison Andrews founded the event in 2008 with the idea of aiding the developing fashion culture.  After the initial launch, it went on a three-year hiatus to recoup from the economic recession. It gave them time to re-group and now it is back stronger than ever.

The seven-day event will feature 17 designers from San Diego with collections ranging from ready to wear, jewelry, sportswear and haute couture on October 1-7. In addition to fashion, this event also provides models, hairstylists and makeup artists a platform to showcase their talent.

Two of those designers are Kenneth Barlis and Andre Soriano. After submitting their applications in February 2012, it was a waiting game for close to three months. “The process of getting selected for FSWD was very nerve wracking… you’re going through the application process with the directors, the interviews, and then the official list selection of the designers” Barlis remembered.

Barlis wasn’t always a fashion designer. He started in the fashion industry as a model. When he turned 21 he felt modeling was not for him but his love for fashion persisted and he pursued fashion design as a career. He credits Alexander McQueen as one of his biggest influences from the industry due to his design and impeccable craftsmanship “It shows how the impossible could be possible. From a simple material can also be turned into an extraordinaire [sic] work of art.”

Being part of the LGBT community has influenced him as well, “to get out from my comfort zone and to stay true to myself for who I am as a designer whether the people will like me and my designs or not. It’s all about self acceptance, how different we are from each other whether as a designer, or just our personality in general.”

When he got the news of his acceptance he was at home doing homework. “It gives me butterflies in my stomach knowing that this is my first Fashion Week experience ever.” He already has a few upcoming shows after FWSD including International Fashion Week in Barbados, where he’ll be taking 40-60 design pieces from his Spring/Summer 2013 Collection.

“My inspiration for my Spring/Summer 2013 collection was my ‘love story’. I am showcasing a dark romantic collection that captivates everybody’s hearts. It is a story of a young beautiful lady that falls in-love with this handsome man. However, the world around them doesn’t permit their love [for each other] to happen, and even though that it didn’t work out, they are still hoping for a happy ending~ someday” Barlis explained. He named his collection “DIVINA” as a tribute to his grandmother who has found that happy ending with his grandfather.

Andre Soriano was encouraged to apply by FWSD’s founder and Director, Allison Andrews while attending FWSD’s 2012 kick off meeting in January. He submitted his application without hesitation after their encounter.

“The anticipation was very grilling, because this was the second FWSD and we (Soriano and director Manoj Sharma) wanted to be [a] part of this event, which has grown a lot now. This is going to be the biggest event of the year in San Diego. Also we wanted to change the way people look at fashion in San Diego, and they will see in our section during FWSD on October 6th at the Hard Rock Hotel Downtown”.

For the grand finale Soriano’s bringing in Nightlife Personality and Entertainer Paris Sukomi Max to present his haute couture look. “[The] LGBT Community influences me to be Creative, Fearless and Original.” Soriano will be donating 20% of the proceedings from his trunk show to various charities. “Andre Soriano always wants to help the community, and the people who really need our help!” said Sharma.

Soriano and Sharma were eating dinner at Urban Mo’s when Soriano got the final decision, “I got a phone call that I am selected, which made me excited and nervous at the same time.” Growing up around stylish women inspired a young observant Soriano, “I grew up around fashion and watching my mom and other women around me dressing up, which inspired me to pursue fashion designer as a career.” Fabrics, textures, colors, different cultures and Hollywood glamour influence Soriano’s designs. His showcase will be a diverse set of elegant gowns to avant-garde to haute couture staples.

On October 6, the designers will be presenting their Spring 2013 collections on the runway show at Hard Rock Hotel. Audiences will vote for their favorite design based on wearability, creativity and overall production. The winning designer will receive a business package that will make their line a reality. This event will not only introduce these up and coming fashion designers but it will give them momentum to grow.

Fashion Week San Diego™ is presented by APA Business Consulting, Inc.

The event will be open to both industry professionals and the public. For more info, visit www.fashionweeksd.com

Kenneth Barliswww.kennethbarlis.com

RTW collection is available for purchase online or by visiting M. Daskal La Jolla

Andre Soriano –  www.andresoriano.com