For Dancing with the Stars fans, the name Cheryl Burke is an absolute no brainer. The gorgeous Bay Area native and two-time Dancing with the Stars champion has her biography “Dancing Lessons” published last year and now she’s launched her activewear line Ideology at Macy’s.
Last Saturday, February 18, a fashion presentation event featuring a ballroom dancing performance, an Ideology line fashion show, and a meet-and-greet book signing session was held at Macy’s Union Square (4th floor) at 2 p.m.
I found out about the event from 7×7 Style Radar roughly two hours before the event and just impulsively decided to stop by since we’re about to meet friends in SF Downtown anyway :)
Galiara The Artists Alley, 863 Mission, San Francisco was weaved into an artful Tuan Tran WireWear fashion show on Saturday, November 26, 2011. It’s exciting to see how the casting call from two months back morphed into such a splendid (AND on-time) art-as-fashion Tuan Tran WireWear production led by Ava Byrd.
I think it’s important to give the appropriate credits for the production team because they did such an excellent job in getting everything move smoothly. In addition to Ava Byrd, special shout outs to MUA team: Coordinator Arlene Coleman, Lead MUA Christian Alvarez (with Berkeley O Bjornsen, Mimi Tran, Kristine Rose) and Lead MUA Regard Tang (with Thazzia Falek, Denise Velasquez, and Rochelle Dingman). Hair is by Bellarmine Salon.
The lively and vibrant atmosphere inside British Bankers Club, Menlo Park defied the soggy, drab rain that poured outside. Stepping into the historical bar/dining hall (depending on who you ask), we (my photographer Christian Hadidjaja and I) were immediately greeted with busy restaurant atmosphere coupled with live piano & clarinet music that reminded me of French Quarter at New Orleans. Marvelous ambiance. On that Saturday night, a charity fashion show showcasing Vasily Vein’s New Fall 2011 Women’s Collection and benefiting Kids on The Move America was held.
“I’m sorry for asking such a complicated question, but one does not get this kind of chance very often…”
This was uttered by one audience member during Q&A session with Kyoto designer Takeshi Wakabayashi (pictured left) of Sou Sou Lecture at New People 3F Frog Gallery, Japan Town, San Francisco at J-Pop Summit Festival on Saturday, August 27.
And from that moment, I completely realized that I was blessed to be at the right place at the right time. And I vowed to myself right there and then, that I will make a reflection piece about my experience in J-Pop Summit Festival 2011 at San Francisco (thank you for being such an awesome company, Cynthia from StyleWylde!) no matter how “late” it might be. Because just like the audience member said, one does not get this kind of chance of being humbly inspired very often.
Remember last month when I gave a quick shout-out to Cheryl Maleh’s Kickstarter Project Les Runway? Well, I’m VERY happy that her project was successfully funded and managed to gather $9.5K out of the original $8.5K goal :)
Now Cheryl and her husband Marc are looking forward to do it all over again this September at Grand Opening, and they’re looking for new designers! The application fee is $15, and all designers must live or work in one of the five NYC boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, Staten Island) to participate in the runway shows and pop up shop. The shows are all going to be held in the Lower East Side.
I’m a genuine supporter for Les Runway; it’s a great thing to be involved in, especially since Les Runway is one way to give back to the local fashion community and also make the runway experience accessible to all. I know I’m based in the Bay Area, but lots of love from the West Coast to East Coast!!! (I really want to go…it’s been a while since my last visit to NYC, but we’ll see :) )
On his email to me, Marc noted that Les Runway has “already received some press on Bowery boogie, Racked, Mashable and Blackbook magazine. The Grand Opening space we are working with has received a ton of press on previous projects from CNN, NYTimes, and NYMAG and previous sponsors have included brands like Puma for the Pong events. ”
So if you’re interested and happen to work / live in NYC, this is your chance to show off your craft for a wonderful cause!
In the meantime, I will be dreaming to go to NYC’s thrift stores…