Imaginative Realism is Alive and Well at Academy of Art 2014 Graduation Fashion Show

Imaginative Realism is Alive and Well at Academy of Art 2014 Graduation Fashion Show

At the beginning of the Academy of Art University 2014 Graduation Fashion Show and Award Ceremony on Thursday, May 8, 2014, Gladys Perint Palmer set the tone for the rest of the evening by saying it’s going to be an “ode to joy”. And she was right; there were no troubles to be found that night. The annual Academy of Art University (AAU) fashion shows are always a much-anticipated soiree, and this year was no different. The seats flanking both sides of the runway at 2225 Jerrold Avenue building were fully packed. Three generations of Missoni women Rosita, Angela, and Margherita Missoni were honored, with Angela and Margherita receiving honorary doctorate degree from Dr. Elisa Stephens. They are so inspiring, and I suggest reading more about the Missoni family’s visit in San Francisco on this SFGate article. Suzy Menkes (who recently left New York Times for Vogue as the International Vogue Editor) announced the awards and internships for the AAU students. She complimented AAU students’ works and called them an exquisite expression of “imaginative realism”. I love that phrase! Compared to the extremely hard-to-hear announcements during last year’s chaotic end of graduation fashion show, this was a very welcomed change. While I’m at it, I really have to compliment the whole production crew for holding such a professional, very well-organized, and thoughtful graduation fashion show. WELL DONE!! Now back to the awards and internships. It’s really fun to hear screams from different sections of the audience whenever a winning student’s name was called out. The big winner for that night was Yuko Okudaira (you can see her works below),...
Cheryl Burke’s activewear Ideology launched at Macy’s San Francisco

Cheryl Burke’s activewear Ideology launched at Macy’s San Francisco

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 :) The ballroom dance performance featuring Cheryl’s students were fantastic, and Cheryl herself looked as gorgeous in person as she always is on TV. Energetic and eager to emphasize the performance, function, fashion, and affordability of Ideology line. The pieces are sold mostly under $50 and promise high performance and comfort. For someone who dislike gym (I wore my vintage Calvin Klein to do small hikes in Yellowstone, for example), seeing Ideology pieces did make me think twice about not adding more workout-friendly outfits in my wardrobe. Perhaps in the near future? Plus, Cheryl’s my favorite Dancing with the Stars pro! Why not, huh? Below are some pictures that my photographer Christian Hadidjaja took during the show. It’s very lovely seeing familiar faces walking down the runway. Beautiful models! Cheryl Burke's Ideology Activewear launch at Macy's SFMay 15, 2012Photos: 24   Good luck with the Ideology line Cheryl, and always the best of luck in the...
Tuan Tran WireWear 2011 Review

Tuan Tran WireWear 2011 Review

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. Below are some pictures depicting some mood and atmosphere before the show. It was a very energetic yet controlled, relaxed atmosphere (yay for scoring a picture with the ever fabulous Cristina Ribeiro backstage :) ), and it was very interesting to see how models the models acting as live mannequins at Galiara’s windows, attracting attentions from Mission St. passersby. And did I mention Ava getting a surprise birthday cake? Once again, happy belated birthday Ava! And before I forget, let’s talk about the shoes. I have a special place in my heart for deeFind shoes. Her shoes have statement-making characters, and if the rest of your outfits are basic, these shoes will lift you up, if you know what I mean :) If you’re a fan of her shoes, make sure to check out deeFind shoes Holiday Launch Party at Root Division Gallery, 3175 17th Street on Friday, December...
Charity Fashion Show feat. Vasily Vein

Charity Fashion Show feat. Vasily Vein

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. Talking to some of the models before the show revealed the elaborate walking pattern that’s especially designed to maneuver around the bustling dining hall. But that’s to be expected for a Charleston Pierce Production. Throughout the night, the audience (including the restaurant goers) were treated to live entertainment and great fashion. More on that in just a little bit. But first, I have to do a shout-out to the duo that furiously, soulfully played their piano and clarinet into oblivion to entertain our ears while we were waiting for the fashion show to start. The name is John Brothers Piano Company, and yes they’re good! Outstanding entertainment from these duo, really transformed me in time. I would love to see them perform again. The show started out with (mostly) men’s collection from Crisanta Malig & Nara Camicie. Crisanta’s transparent shirts with loose and boxy fit were not my cup of tea, but they’re not bad either: Crisanta Malig - BBC Menlo ParkMay 18, 2012Photos: 7   On the other hand, Nara Camicie’s collection (women’s and menswear) is solid overall; the plaid men’s...
J-Pop Summit 2011: a Reflection

J-Pop Summit 2011: a Reflection

“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 2011 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. The term “J-Pop Summit Festival” may generally mean outlandish cosplay, anime-related festivities, contests, and such that usually highlight the growing sub-cultures of Japan and the celebration of youth. But I am so proud that this year’s festival in San Francisco also brings out something else: a humble yet noble inspiration. I went to J-Pop Summit Festival with an initial goal of “just” covering h. Naoto fashion show on Saturday, August 27. And yes, h. Naoto really delivered, and he was really passionate about letting the guests know about the story behind each look. A straight-forward avant-garde fashion show from a really talented yet humble, charming designer. Love this guy! This is him pictured below with Mai, his translator, who’s going to be the...
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