On February 3rd, San Francisco's design elite went to the dogs, packing the beautiful Galleria atrium of the San Francisco Design Center for the first annual Haute Dog SF. Legendary designer Wilkes Bashford emceed the sold-out evening, which was attended by Bay Area luminaries—including former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown—who enjoyed delicious bites, engaged with a wide array of wine sponsors, and imbibed fantastic cocktails made with Karlsson's Vodka.
From crochet to the art of couture, knitwear designer, Violetta Vieux, was designing in Paris, before she moved to the Bay Area in 2008. Her line,VioGemini, will launch a new bridal collection next month, but you can preview it this Thursday, along with her intricate crochet dresses, at the RAW: Natural Born Artists event at 111 Minna.
Couturier to the likes of Beyonce, Lena Horne and SF's own Pamela Joyner, b michael was this year's featured designer at Fashion On The Square held July 25th at the Intercontinental Hotel. After leaving the white-collar world of Wall Street, the NYC-based designer had stints at Oscar de la Renta and Louis Feraud before launching his own millinery line, finally taking the plunge into eveningwear in 1999. Gavin Newsom was so excited about his visit to our fair city that he even declared July 25th b michael Day. How's that for street cred? We were lucky enough to catch up with b michael for a quick chat to discuss the San Francisco aesthetic, his inspiration and plans for the future:
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We may be serious about fashion, but there’s at least one place in San Francisco where we’re more than happy to embrace fashion that’s a total joke. House of Nat: Fashion Tips from the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit and Humor, opening today in the San Francisco Public Library Skylight Gallery, pokes fun at fashion through the ages with artwork, photography and ephemera displaying the ha-ha-funny side of haute couture.
On any given day, former designer to the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia and Bebe exec Azadeh Riaz is hard at work in her Union Square atelier creating her made-to-measure daytime, evening and special occasion garments for San Francisco’s haute set. In the midst of her work custom-fitting pieces from the spring collection, refining designs for fall and planning an expansion later this month into the ground floor of her current building (a space formerly occupied by Prada), Azadeh took a moment to chat about her time with Bebe, the future of fashion and the staying power of lace.
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