As usual, I took my camera with, but spent all of my time schmoozing with all of the fashionistas, sewists and creators-of-fabulosity that I kept forgetting to take any pictures. One sign of a successful event, I say!
At least I have some after-the-fact shots of the goodies I bought. I spent in restraint, but if $ were no object, oh my gosh is this the place to spend it! The curated artist booths were SO rife with drool-worthy goodies, from hand-painted silks to recycled clothing, eco-dyed fabrics, exquisite shaped hats, unusual buttons and notions, innovative jewelry, and positively gorgeous people on both sides of the vendor booths!
The featured speaker and fashion show presenter was Sandra Ericson, director of the Center for Pattern Design, and creator of a truly unique and inspirational line of patterns. Many of her patterns were inspired by Madeleine Vionnet and Cristobal Balenciaga. She uses a lot of bias cuts, and a minimum of pattern pieces that require as few stitching seams as possible. Her designs are "simple" (i.e., not "fussy"), but the way many of them are put together is quite unusual (and sometimes mind-boggling!) Despite the relative simplicity, the patterns are also designed to be "educational" - Translation: minimal instructions, meant for the intermediate or advanced sewer. Do check out her site for a much more detailed story of her journey and philosophy.
I bought these 3 patterns (all of which just happen to be Balenciaga inspired):
I've made up the CB Bolero (post coming soon!) and it's a comfy and wearable winner.
I've also made a test version of the spiral blouse - this one is destined to be made up several times!
The Paletot is a half-scale pattern. I've enlarged it, and can barely wait to get going on it! (I've lusted after this coat ever since seeing it at the Balenciaga exhibit at the DeYoung a couple of years ago)
My other purchases were earrings. I was delighted to find that one of my very favorite jewelry designers was selected as a vendor at AIF this year: Kayoko Designs. I buy a pair of earrings from her nearly every year at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, so I was thrilled to find another excuse to add to my collection of her pieces :)
|Elegant Asian Simplicity - LOVE her work!|
|Lightweight, unusual, affordable, and highly wearable - what's not to love???|
And check out that cup holder - an innovative (and re-usable) way to display their earrings!