I had the recent pleasure of attending a truck show at the Silverman Gallery in San Francisco. Jessica Silverman, curator and proprietress, gathered together some of San Francisco’s emerging female designers for a night of fashion.
Jennifer Jennings is the clothing and textile designer behind Serial Cultura. Jennings studied at the Kansas City Art Institute were she mastered the craft of traditional fiber arts. From there she explored screen printing on a Residence Artist Scholarship at the Oregon College of Art and Craft. Jennings tops off her academic career having studied fashion design at Parson School of Design. Now calling the Bay Area home, her Spring 2010 collection will mark her fifth season with Serial Cultura. Her garments are constructed in San Francisco and created from prints using her own original artwork. Each garment embodies organic structure using the body to take shape…the perfect canvas for her printed art.
San Francisco native, Sarah Borruso, debuted her collection, Stars + Ravens this night. Taking inspiration from the history of her hometown, Burroso based her collection on contrasting events like the 1906 Earthquake and the hippy dippy times of the Summer of Love. Taking the theme of contrast even further, she reflects this in the name she chose for her line, creating pieces that are both understated yet outspoken and contrasting colors both bright and dark. Her garments are made of the finest fabrics: wool, cashmere and silk…a top notch collection worthy of calling San Francisco home.
Debuting their Fall ’09 collection at New York Fashion week, the sisters Potesta, hold a Masters in knitwear, a Bachelors in fashion design and a priceless education from their Italian grandparents…grandmother being a master dressmaker and grandfather a shoemaker. Taking all they have learned over a lifetime, Micaela Greg emerged. Craftsmenship, quality and attention to detail come to mind when viewing their collection but quirky and playful come through strong in their whimsical designs. Designed and constructed in the Bay Area, we are sure to see more from Micaela Greg, they did the 2008 Avant Garde Gen Arts International Styles Award after all.
Manufacturing your footwear in the company of Chanel and Chloe is a great place to start. Add 15 years of industrial design, a couple of years studying shoe design and some engineering courses in Milan and how could you do wrong? Well you can’t. When Martha Davis couldn’t find the right shoes, she decided to make them herself. She thinks of her shoes as “little projects or architecture for the feet” and I couldn’t agree more, each shoe looks like a sleek car or building, from the heel shapes to the materials used, these works of art are worship worthy on your feet or on display. Davis designs in Hayes Valley, manufactures in Italy and sells world wide. 2009 marks her debut collection and we look forward to the future of footwear in the world of Martha Davis.
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