This month of March is marked with a ‘historical moment’ in San Francisco, as the city welcomed Fashion Designers to present their creations from Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, South and North America. Although San Francisco is known for tech and not Fashion, last week the city came ‘head to head’ with other fashion capitals with representation of local and international fashion designs! Fashion Community Week is known to be the largest fashion week platform in Northern California, providing access to an otherwise exclusive fashion industry. The platform is the ‘global intersection of fashion’ in San Francisco, offering an opportunity for Emerging fashion talents and those talents whom are under represented in the fashion industry.
The Award-winning Fashion Community Week celebrated its 10th edition this March 5th through 8th. The 4-day event was filled with conference, brand presentation, installation, showroom, runway shows, and an opportunity to ‘Shop the Runway’ through the newly introduced tech platform. This feature created a buzz allowing attendees to access pieces ‘hot off the runway’ that is not yet available in the market place. The opening evening (March 5th) kicked off at the ‘Spaces’ with a Fashion-tech conference with brand presentation by: Shoplook, Bodyblock AI and Ohzone sharing the latest in the industry. An informational panel discussion took place with Couturme, Renaissance entrepreneurship center and two venture capitalists: Adam Gordon and Nick Zaldastani, sharing their expertise on the future of the fashion industry. The second evening (March 6th) commenced at the ultra chic Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel with a social hour and a fashion show, presenting One of a kind designs and Ready to wear collection followed by a celebration after party. The presenting countries and the designers of the runway show were: Tom Foolery (Haiti-Los Angeles), The Woven Threads(India), Genaro Rivas(Peru), Saga Do Rose(Suriname), Leather Exotica(Ethiopia), Essie Apparel(South Africa). The third evening (March 7th) inaugurated at the majestic Fairmont hotel with a red carpet reception and a runway show featuring Couture and evening wear collections followed by a cocktail party at the members club: Modernist. The presenting countries and the designers of the runway show were: Wanda Jara (Nicaragua), Dufie Boateng(Ghana), Mina BineBine (France Morocco), RABD(Japan), Nancy Vuu (San Francisco) and Eshtary(Egypt).
The Final afternoon (March 8th) was hosted at the striking Hotel Zelos presenting a ‘Designer- model installation’, pop-up and an opportunity to meet the designers who presented at fashion community week. The afternoon continued with an industry networking and fashion week closing celebration gathering. Fashion Community Week is an example of an organization using ‘fashion for good’ and changing the face of fashion to create a more sustainable, inclusive and unifying fashion industry for fashion designers and beauty talents of all backgrounds, origins, and aesthetics. The organization firmly stands with the belief that fashion has ‘no borders’ and had represented talents from 40 countries from around the globe. This season, 12 emerging fashion designers and 90 new fashion models launched at the 10th edition of the organization.
Fashion Community Week continues to expand to offer more lucrative business opportunities for emerging fashion creative’s. An indiegogo campaign is currently in place at: igg.me/at/fcwsf to help more creative’s. We invite you to follow Fashion Community Week on social media channels to stay tuned on upcoming events and exciting highlights. With the celebration of 10th edition and representing a global community of talents, the organization had successfully positioned San Francisco on the global Fashion Map!
Photo Credits: Chris Millican
Photo credits: Steven Ansley