SACRAMENTO — Salutations Sacramento is my subdued interpretation of the widely used phrase “Hello Hollywood.” It appears as though the conservative little capital city has finally arrived with fashion and flair comparable to that of the City of Angels.
Sac Fashion Week swept through town last week sweeping Sacramento off of its 6-inch heels. The six day fashion frenzy kicked off said heels with the Launch + Fashion Affair Mixer at local hotspot, The Mix.
Week long fashion festivities included nightly fashion forums and workshops such as Runway 101 and Social Gone Vogue, a discussion on proper uses and promotional benefits of industry-reliant social media tools.
Fashion on Film presented by the California Film Foundation on Wednesday night was a nod to the artists behind the lens. Local filmmakers created a selection of short films based on Sacramento’s local fashion scene for the screening.
Friday and Saturday night were reserved for the much anticipated and sold out designer showcases. Sixteen collections from local designers showed over the two night span.
Friday night’s showcase featured designs by Monica Buo, renowned for her Buo-tiful Design aesthetic, Rebecca Cahua the women’s wear rocker-rebel, Maisha Bahati also showcased a line of beautiful jersey knit dresses.
At the after party I had the opportunity to mention to Maisha how much I liked the blue and green plunging, flowing number and she replied that “it was her favorite.” I must have that dress!
The Niv Elliot collection was also very interesting, created by student designer Joanna Durkee. Some pieces from this collection incorporated the use of a translucent, plastic material. My mind wondered off to Dexter’s kill room thinking the pants would be perfect attire for cleanup. But that’s just me, I hope, and aside from that the outfits were still very innovative.
The Friday night show stopper for me, were the elegantly whimsical designs by California transplant Nelli Rosh. Originally from Europe, Nelli’s deigns evoked the romantic feel of Paris, France.
The male designers got in on the fashion action too, Friday night. Britboy Fashions by Brian Terry brought a fun, funky perspective from across the pond. Kingstribe by Samuel Parkinson was urbanely chic and included an unexpected use of colorful leather patchwork pockets. Men’s wear collection Rampart by Jason Powers was also an unexpected mix of futuristic Mad Max style utility gear complete with Hannibal Lector-esque leather mouth masks.
More traditional men’s wear line R. Douglas by Ryan Hammonds was an offering from Saturday night’s collections. Talk about a sharp-dressed man. R. Douglas designs are clearly made for the man on the move. Celebrity model, Bobby Jackson, former Sacramento Kings player and currently assistant coach of the franchise, looked dapper in R. Douglas designs, owning the runway just like the court.
Felix Rodionov’s models also rocked the runway literally in his line of rock & roll inspired attire. Leather, jeans and tees baby! And Charles Co. by Tawnya Jackson showcased a men’s wear line, but she’ a woman. Cool.
Other women designer’s included Yennie Zhou who opened Saturday’s show with her line best described as casual textured architecture. Karisa Gold showed a sleek evening collection that nicely complimented the goth-glamour line presented by fellow female designer’s line Love by Janelle Cardenas.
Sacramento native Michael Kouri showcased an impressive collection of Nolan Kouri designs. Tailored to perfection, the classical styles conjured nostalgia of the days gone by Hollywood era.
Okay, warning bias alert. In the long-standing tradition of “saving the best for last,” Bay Area- based designer Vasily Vein closed out the two-day fashion showcase. Model selection along with the couture collection displayed by Vasily was absolutely impeccable. Alright I’ll confess. My college-age daughter made a special trip from San Francisco State University to walk in the Vasily Vein show. It was great to have her home for a few days and it was a magical moment watching her walk the runway. Admittedly a fabulous job was done by all of the models that took to the stage for Sac Fashion Week.
The conclusion of the Vasily Vein showcase marked the end of an evening of enchantment. But wait, as fashion patrons were exiting those left meandering were invited to stick around for, what else, the making of a viral sensation “Harlem Shake” flash mob video for Sac Fashion Week. http://www.examiner.com/video/sac-fashion-week-s-harlem-shake
So with that Sac Fashion Week concluded until next year, except for the after parties if you were lucky enough to get in. According to urban legend, SAC Fashion Week producers, Will Rodriguez and Duane Ram were even denied entry, due to capacity, to the official SACFW after party at The Park Ultra Lounge.