From American Idol to Project Runway, it seems like the fashion world is edging its way to democracy. Stars are not prepackaged, but organic and pruned. Talented, raw, honest, and above all, authentic, are the traits that catch our eyes.
Started in Brooklyn New York, another independent movement amongst stylists and designers has started to build momentum amongst the fashion anarchists. Style Wars, put together by House of Diehl, is set to discover the next design talent. Cutting, tearing, tagging, draping..recycled garments and everyday objects become the raw material for brand new fashion pieces on stage. Let’s see who’s the next Taylor Swift of design.
Chictopia editors were invited to attend the San Francisco showing at Mezzanine on Saturday, November 21. The project runway like competition was intense, funny, and more engaging than any fashion shows we’ve seen.
From umbrellas to vintage fur, old t-shirts to trash bags, within moments, onstage designers turned them into tutu skirts, harem pants, and even face masks. The event showcased the end-to end inspiration to production process for some amazing San Francisco designers. Oh, and the MC commented: San Francisco is the only place where the competitors actually voted for each other – there is love in this city!
Here are photos from our coverage, and for those of you who didn’t make it to the event, there is always Chictopia to showcase your creativity.
Photo 1: Eighties military shoulder doesn’t have to be made of wool. Structured quilt would do.
Photo 2: Her head accessory was actually an old beaded purse.