Sacramento Fashion Week. It’ hard to know what to expect. Sacramento is known for it’s politics and ever-changing state of the basketball team. But fashion? Hardly. That’s left up to New York, Paris, London and Milan. Certainly not Sacramento. Or is it?
The week promised forums, workshops and events to educate and showcase the local talent in the industry.
In short, they delivered.
Monday night’s Fashion Forum panel included Naima Mora from ANTM, Uduak Oduok -Fashion & Entertainment Lawyer, Amber Collins from Cast Images Talent Agency, CEO & Founder of The Stylist Online, Amy Wister, Ester Amato, and Gerry Simpson.
Now, with all due respect to the only male in the group (apologies, Gerry), I’d like to talk about the women for a moment. Each and every one a powerhouse. Each more articulate than the next. Each more beautiful and more polished than the next. Such a strange thing when you’re in the presence of a group of such powerful women. It’s at once inspiring and intimidating. You (as in me) walk out feeling so immense, and strangely small. Something to talk to the therapist about, perhaps, once I get one.
The evening was certainly packed with information most relevant and useful in regards to the fashion industry. But read hard enough and you can get all such info from a book (or online, but of course). The true magic of the night, at least for me, was in the delivery…and in those magnificent women that delivered. Kudos and thanks to all for the inspiration. And especially for the intimidation. I am a bigger woman today because of it.
The next morning I wore a power suit. And felt much better.
Designer: Niv Elliot
The rest of the week was loaded with events for all levels and interests. Humbling to see a small (relatively speaking, of course) fashion community come together to put on such fabulous productions. We didn’t take part this year – just had the privilege of enjoying. Next year, we’ll pitch in, promise. Wish I could congratulate all personally for the hard work and time they volunteered. But, as with all these events, by the end, everyone needs to hurry on and get ready for the next. So here it is: A great big THANK YOU.
Then came Friday. And with it, the Designer Showcase. And what a showcase! Each of the designers displayed talent worthy of big city runways with their collections infused with ingenuity and expert design. But perhaps most charming was the idea that they are here, for now, in a small (fashion) town, and one day they will be recognized, celebrated and, most likely, untouchable. And we can say, “We knew them when.”