During my (close-to) 3 years I’ve been in the Bay Area, I never visited California College of the Arts (CCA) building even though I’ve been in the Potrero Hill area several times (for Chez Maman, whose owner scolded me once for eating the famous burger using my knife and fork).
So Friday, May 13 was my first time visiting the grand CCA building in the perhaps-not-so-friendly neighborhood. Turned the corner towards 8th St. and there it is in its glory. And just like the week before, it was windy as hell.
Update: The Constituent Parts fashion show review is up!
I’m very excited to be coming to Constituent Parts / Independent Fashion Show this Thursday, April 28, 2011. Four of Art Institute of California – San Francicso fashion designers are breaking out from the pack and holding their own show: Autie Carlisle, Cameron Stewart, Justin Jamison, and Rachel Poulos.
When I reached out to the designers last week about their inspiration and goal for this event, Autie was really kind in representing all the designers by emailing me her response:
“Our inspiration for putting on this show was that we all have had part in other organizations and their fashion shows. Which is great, and has been, and will probably continue to be, helpful to us as it is alot less work for us individually, however, we felt it was time for us to present our own work the way we think it should be. We are all appreciating the ability to be quintessentially us in the music we choose, the hair/makeup, the style of walking, the venue, etc and that way we feel we are presenting a “collection” vs. being involved in a school show or the like.
Our aim is to have press there, of course, as we are new to entering the fashion industry we hope there could even be some potential job seekers out there. However, it is important to note that none of us are going into production with our lines yet, so these are all one offs and not meant for retail or buyers per say. The other side to this publication, and this may be more of a personal Autie side, is that we’ve all lived in the Bay Area for some time, and have been able to nurture our fashion dreams here, so to me, its a sort of giving back tot he art community. I feel that we’ve worked hard on learning our crafts (which will always continue!) and we’ve earned the right to say or give something back aesthetically and entertainment wise. So within that, alot of the people there will no doubt be friends, and family. “
I think it’s remarkable what these four are doing here. These four are VERY talented and I wish them the best of luck in bringing out San Francisco more in the fashion scene. And of course I’ll be covering the fashion show and will post my pictures and review soon after!
Are you coming this Thursday?
Last year, I missed this event entirely…….this year is my chance to join Bay Area National Dance Week from April 22 to May 1!
If you love to dance, no matter what your skill level is, you HAVE to take advantage of this free event. 10 days of 400+ FREE dance events all over Bay Area….what’s not to love?
Go browse the events and sign up, I mean it.
As a matter of fact, I’m doing it right now,
P.S.: One of Indonesia’s most respected dancer, Didi Nini Thowok is giving a lecture (and performance?) titled “Gender Mystic” at Asian Art Museum from April 21 – 24. The best time to catch him is April 23 at 1 pm at the museum. If you have a chance, great timing, and sudden impulse, I highly recommend that you see him. He is a terrific dancer that dares to cross boundaries and stay true to his crafts. I think he is on a class of his own in Indonesia, and he is UNBELIEVABLE. So amazing. So go check him out if you have a chance!
I love dogs so much that looking at great dog pictures is 100% guaranteed to at least put a smile on my face. Ana Kuperberg’s Slobber Space IS my one-stop destination to see great dog pictures (as well as find more inspiration about picture composition and camera angles). I strongly recommend for you to DO check it out if you’re a dog lover just like I am.
One more thing you should check out is Dave Imms. He captures that unique, seemingly simple but thoroughly complicated relationship between a dog and his/her owner. The pictures are simple and straight-forward, but you can feel the deep connection between the dog and the owner. Fascinating.
Now, to cap it off, this is a great OK Go video “White Knuckles” that promotes rescue dog adoption. The sheer joy you will feel from watching this video will hopefully set your gleeful mood for the rest of the day. Enjoy :)
Trust Daily Candy to try to dictate your outing schedule this weekend :) There are definitely a lot of things to do or see (my favorite is the Vintage Paper Fair, naturally), and I hope you keep getting inspired this weekend no matter what you do.
Two designers definitely worth mentioning here are Yvette Jelfs (gorgeous hats, hair clips, and headpieces that made me want to walk out from my sewing/creative table and just go shopping) and Wilfred (edgy and sleek winter clothing that’s definitely steps above your usual jeans/shirt combo).
So are you going to San Francisco this weekend?