Welcome to Oakland Fashion Week 2018, Day One! Opening Ceremony!
Monday, May 14th, 2018-Oakland, Ca
Oakland Fashion Week 2018's Opening Ceremony began with a gathering at Agave Uptown, a fantastic restaurant on the corner of Franklin and Broadway in Oakland. Enjoying cocktails and eating delicious Oaxacan Mexican cuisine is always a great way to start off any week, and this occasion was no different, as the people happily packed in to socialize and enjoy the fashion week program! Local celebrity, and stylist, Sara Anders was our host for the evening, creating a truly exciting atmosphere for those in attendance. I love Sara's vibrant personality, and energy. I know that any event will be fantastic if Sara is there!
In a banquet room behind the bar, OFW set up a private backstage area, where designers could organize their designs, where models were getting ready with the hair and Make-Up Artist, and where stylist, and event coordinators were finalizing their tasks. Backstage is often a busy, chaotic place for those participating in the fashion show, but it is an experience we all greatly enjoy, as we come together, making visions reality!
This is the lovely, and talented Jacquelyn Vassar (Beauty by Vassar), who worked each night during Oakland Fashion Week as one of the many Make-Up Artists!
Battle of the Stylist!
One of the main features of Oakland Fashion Week 2018's Opening Night, was a styling competition where two local stylist presented three complete looks styled accordingly to a theme of their choice. Stylists arrange accessories, and pair them with specific garments to create a stylish and attractive look. They work closely with designers, as well as Hair and Make-Up Artists to prepare models for runway events, photoshoots, or films. The competing stylist this evening were Oluwabukola Animashaun, and Pharoah Brand.
Oluwabukola Animashaun is not only a stylist, but a designer as well. You can see her designer collection during OFW2018's Day Three event showcasing collections from Emerging Designers. On the evening of Opening Night, Oluwabukola presented a mini-collection inspired by the recent Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) Exhibit, "Heavenly Bodies", which opened with the famous MET Gala, in which celebrities attended wearing designs and costumes to reflect the exhibit's theme. Check out the "Heavenly" looks Oluwabukola was inspired to create:
Pharoah Brand has had many positions in the fashion industry besides that of a stylist, including creative director for photoshoots and magazines, as well as a runway trainer. Pharoah worked each day during OFW2018 back stage coordinating runway looks with designers. His inspiration for the styling competition was "Millennial Fashion". I loved how he put together looks that were classy, and elegant, with an element of futuristic. Check out his "Millennial" looks:
After the stylist runway presentation, all those in attendance voted by cheer and applause for their favorite stylist! The winner... Oluwabukola Animashaun! Who was your favorite stylist?
Another feature of OFW2018's Opening Ceremony that was unique to this year, was a preview presentation of designs that would be shown on different days during the upcoming week! Several designers were invited to bring a garment from their current collection to showcase as a Runway Preview! Check out the beautiful designs by OFW's featured designers:
Here are a few more event photos of designers and their models:
Thank you for taking the time to read my first article of five in my Blog Series covering each night of Oakland Fashion Week 2018! To catch up on my OFW2017, and OFW2016 Blog Series, click the here for the Blog Category Oakland Fashion Week. Special thanks to photographer Marco Acevedo Garcia, for granting me permission to use his lovely photos for this article!
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I sincerely hope that you have a Fantastic Day!
Hello Readers! Welcome to my Blog! I am Roxanne Rodriguez Rangel, a Fashion Designer from Northern California. I love all things Fashion, particularly historical fashion! Join me, as I take you around Northern California, covering fashion events and related topics!