Author Archives: Mark T.

A Moment of Darkness


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Prêt-Á-Porter 2011 Backstage


So last Thursday, I got all facified and headed to the Mission. I wasn’t really expecting this to be anything but an average fashion show; you know, fast music, a few hors d’oeuvres, and some models thrown down a runway, the usual… But, in reality, it was much more than that. The models were great, the designers even greater. Not to mention there were some fun people in attendance which always makes for a better show. SFFAMA definitely out-did themselves on this one. Pret-A-Porter is sort of like a precursor to SF Fashion Week; a preview if you will. In short, if Fashion Week is anything like this, count me in!

I hung out backstage for a while before the show and captured some of the excitement for all of you unlucky souls who weren’t there to grovel at the sexiness of it all. And I covered the runway so that’ll be in another post. Pictures are after the break…

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Explode La Mode!

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Ok everyone, Explode La Mode is in… 2 DAYS!! You should be excited. Andrea Igreja produces the show and recently, we sat down and had a chat about what’s going on with her, and the show.

So on Saturday, April 30th, after three shows in Portland, ELM will premiere in San Francisco with nine local Designers.

Here’s how the night is going to go:
Pre-party 9-10:30
Fashion Show 10:45-11:30
After Party!! 11:30-2

Also, ELM sponsors one charity per show and this year, the charity is A Home Within. A Home Within is a great organization which promotes the emotional health of foster youth, and those who care for them, by creating and supporting lasting, caring relationships. So a $10 donation at the door isn’t a lot and goes to a great cause!

Like I said, Andrea is producing the show and she definitely knows what she’s doing. She moved here from Brazil a short time ago. She’s worked Sao Paulo Fashion Week and was show producer for Berlin Fashion Week and has been a freelance stylist in Brazil for three years. So I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what she’s put together for ELM.

Ok, so I bet now you’re asking, where is it!? Good Question! Som Bar is the venue and it’s located at 2925 16th Street, close to BART as you can see:

elm location

Oh, and the list of designers that are showing on Saturday night:
Eloisa Serrano and Myrda Monasterial
Frida Larios
Liddy Parlato
Sarah Liller
Francisco Castro
Kelly Pantecost
Mary Yanez-Kennison

Fiat Lux

On Thursday I visited Alexei Angelides at his boutique, Fiat Lux. Fiat Lux is, well, it’s very different. In the good way. The boutiques main goal is to promote the certain type of indie scene and DIY aesthetic San Francisco is known to have while promoting the cities best designers. Take a look at the details of this fantastic boutique after the break.

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BobbePIN Spring 2011 Lookbook

I’ve recently had the wonderful opportunity to work with Oakland-based online store, BobbePIN. I did a lookbook and some shots for the BobbePIN site. We shot at an awesome neighborhood in Oakland, really industrial, it was pretty cool. It was mid-afternoon so the light was really harsh but I did my best to control it and I think the shots turned out pretty well. Check them out after the break.

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Backstage at En Vogue


Ok, I’ll admit, I had no idea what the En Vogue Gala or Camp Okizu were until about five days before the event but try not to hold that against me. So En Vogue is an annual black-tie charity gala put on to fund Okizu. The camp provides support, respite, mentoring, and recreation for children and families affected by childhood cancer. In addition to the silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, and great drinks, there was a fashion show featuring a few local designers… more on that in my next post. But I went, hung out backstage, and snapped a few pictures.

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Fashion Feud Round 3 Recap

The Final Designs

So of course, just like the previous two rounds of Fashion Feud, the third round was great. I love competition so that coupled with fashion just can’t be a bad time. I actually had more fun this time than the last two for some reason. And of course, we all all know the gist of what Fashion Feud is:

Fashion Feud is a live fashion design competition. Designers are given a mystery bag of Mood Fabrics material, a live model, a hair and makeup team, and an hour to create a design. The finished designs are presented by the models to a live audience and then voted on by both the audience and our panel of local industry judges. The winner from each round advances to the Finals in each city to compete for the title of best designer in their city.

I think of all 6 of the designs so far, these two were the best. They creative, well-conceived and, of course, most importantly, dramatic. These two pieces made a statement, much more so than the previous four designs of the past two Fashion Feuds which tended more toward the bland side.

Lori Dawn on Arielle Williams   Lori Dawn with her final look

Lori Dawn created a skirt and top from the black and not-very-appealing orange & white fabrics. I very much liked the skirt even though the fabric wasn’t the greatest. The top was interesting. The asymmetrical collar thing was really appealing and tied around the back which extended past the skirt. The back had this weird patch of fabric though which I didn’t really get and didn’t think needed to be there. Other than that, it wasn’t bad and I really liked the idea of the design.

Sally Marie Hahn on Stephanie Williams   Sally Marie Hahn with her final look

Sally Marie Hahn went in a whole other direction with her look. The hood is obviously the most interesting element of the design and (I think) the reason she won. Oh, she was the winner by the way, I kind of left that piece of information out. But, the hood actually extends and wraps around the body and ties in the back. The only issue I have with the hood is that it’s too long/big in the back. Otherwise, the dress was simple but worked well with the hood. In the end, the judges, Zoe Brock and Lauren Crawford (and crowd) chose Sally’s design which I totally agree with. So Sally Marie Hahn will be moving on to the final round on April 12th which I’m definitely excited for!

The Judges

The Crowd