Monday, May 11, 2009

IFCSF Earth Month Mixer Points the Way Ahead

The Innovative Fashion Council recently hosted a networking event and cocktail party to celebrate April as Earth Month. The event was held at The Entertaining Space, a fantastic facility close to the San Francisco Design Centre that can also accommodate film screenings within the comfort of your own living room.

Flat screens on the walls were playing reruns of Project Runway, a show that proved to be inspiration for St. Vincent de Paul Society's annual Discarded to Divine event (coverage to be posted soon). Sally Rosen gave a brief talk about the evolution of the event, which raises money to help the poor and the homeless. As the event’s creator, she was looking for a creative way to use the piles of women's clothing that come into St. Vincent de Paul every week. After seeing an episode of Project Runway she decided to contact the local fashion schools in San Francisco and engage their students to transform these discarded items into one-of-a-kind couture ensembles. The idea worked, and the event is now in its fourth year of partnering with the De Young Museum. This year's event had 125 handmade pieces to be auctioned and included an appearance and gown designed by Project Runway’s Sweet P.

Deepa Natarajan, who is the Program & Tour Coordinator for the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, offered the second inspiration for the night. A lover of fashion and plants alike, Deepa has been working very hard to help people make the connection between fashion and plants, especially with her own colleagues. The 34-acre garden contains an array of fibers and dyes that are used in sustainable fashion, and she'll be hosting a Green Gala fundraiser on Sunday, June 28th where models will glide down a runway in a redwood grove. Local designers will show pieces made from materials found in the garden, and local wineries and caterers will provide seasonal and organic food and wine. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

The IFCSF continues to offer networking mixers and educational events as a resource for the local sustainable fashion community and enthusiasts. Be sure to join our Facebook page for updates and invitations to events. Also thanks to our sponsors for the night, which included The Entertaining Space, Swan's Neck Vodka, Perkins Coie, VehicleSF, DJ Melvin "J and Warren diFranco Photography. Also thanks to Art Point who offered IFCSF attendees a special discount to their fundraising 80's bash (ArtPoint Turns 21) later that night at Mezzanine.

1 comment:

TVelocity56 said...

When will the Discarded to Divine review be up?! What was the best pieces you saw?!