SACFW Fall / Winter Fashion Show 2013

By Annabelle Pericin
Photography by Quinn Ung

February typically is the month when we exemplify love on Valentine’s Day, and Sacramento expressed their love of fashion this year by officially launching their fashion week at the end of February. SACFW had a packed week full of events which included a fashion forum, model boot camp, and a hair and makeup workshop. The Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter Designer Showcases featured local and Bay Area designers and left us anticipating next year’s Sacramento Fashion Week.

The Fall / Winter Designer Showcase featured designs by Yennie Zhou, The Karisa Gold Collection by Karisa Gold, Tawnya Jackson for Dottie Charles Co., Felix Rodionov, R. Douglas, LOVE by Janelle Cardenas, Nolan Kouri, and Vasily Vein.

The Elks Tower Ballroom in downtown Sacramento was the venue for The Fall/Winter Fashion Showcase. A VIP private pre-show reception was held at the underground Elks Tower where the pool was converted into a lounge ready to welcome the evenings’ fashionistas.

From the start of the show, the energy was electric as were the designs. Yennie Zhou’s collection of dresses with their simplistic structure and texture were feminine and elegant, and the colors of the collection reflected the season.

The Karisa Gold Collection featured bright jewel-toned evening wear mixed in with a soft and romantic flair that were eye catching and kept in mind the season of stylish holiday galas and chic gatherings.

Dottie Charles Co. and R. Douglas represented their menswear collection on a full spectrum. While Dottie Charles Co. designs were dubbed “Urban Chic,” color and detail were the inspiration for the collection. The retro vibe is felt yet the modern man is very much present. Going from “Urban Chic,” R. Douglas encompasses the “well suited man.”  His suit collection is stylish and cleanly tailored. R. Douglas’ vision to reintroduce the idea of custom tailoring is represented in his collection and attention to detail from head to toe is seen as the laces in the shoes matched either the tie or the pocket square.

Edgy yet colorful, Felix Rodionov featured his collection of jackets, vests, and coats for both men and women in rich fall colors mixed with classic black and white. The overall look was comfortable but flattering and on-the-street trendy.

The Love by Janelle Cardenas design collection was inspired by fashion and Hollywood icons Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Twiggy. Using vivid colors combined with feminine fabrics, lush satin and textures adds a touch of funk element to the collection. Nolan Kouri’s collection was inspired by the glamorous 1940‘s film noir actress Veronica Lake. The stylish tailored red suit with a beautifully accessorized hat was iconic of that glamorous Hollywood era. The dazzling colors and graceful cuts used in both his women’s and evening wear were mesmerizing and sexy. Kouri didn’t forget to highlight his menswear with muted colors and classic lines with a minimalistic contemporary flair.

Russian born designer Vasily Vein closed the show with his collection consisting of sophisticated evening wear in metallic hues progressing to white and creating images of opulence with details that can’t be overlooked.

Sacramento Fashion Week 2013 fall/winter fashion show truly delivered exciting local designers bringing fashion notoriety to the state’s capital. We here at GEV were really impressed and are looking forward to SACFW 2014 in anticipation of their next showcase of more local designing stars.

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