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Behold, the CR Fashion Book Issue 5 cover story featuring Beyoncé
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Behold, the CR Fashion Book Issue 5 cover story featuring Beyoncé

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Drag Queens On Ice: An Eleganza Extravaganza (Originally Posted on GEV Magazine on Jan 9, 2014)

By Mocha Fapalatte a.k.a. Roderick Macabenta

January 2014 is already speeding by, with surges of New Years resolvers hitting the gym and reflecting on how their 2013 was spent. And how could we possibly reflect on the year in the Bay Area without shining some light on an only-in-San-Francisco holiday season must see? On Thursday, December 12 at the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines, the night was taken over by the most glamorous gathering of glamazons the City has to offer.


The event was presented by Visit Mendocino County, a non-profit organization designed to draw tourism into the community, who also hosted a special photo booth with Sister Roma of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the “most photographed nun in the world.” All donations from the photo booth will be matched by Visit Mendocino County to benefit the partner charities of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence.

Read on - http://gevmag.com/2014/01/09/drag-queens-on-ice-an-eleganza-extravaganza/

City College of San Francisco’s 12th Annual Spring Fashion Show: Haute Mystique (Originally Posted on GEV Magazine on June 6, 2013)

By Roderick Macabenta
Photography by Denice Sy 

City College of San Francisco presented another stunning show this year on May 19 at the luxurious landmark nightclub, Ruby Skye. Presented by the students of Natalie Smith’s Fashion Show Production class, this event boats being the largest entirely student produced fashion show in Northern California. Haute Mystique was complete with a star-studded line up of local, student designers and celebrity hosts.


The show was hosted by RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5 contestant, Honey Mahogany, the first queen from San Francisco to be on the show, and locally celebrated performer, Lindsay Slowhands. Before the show there was a raffle of four luxury raffle packages, including gifts from Tenuta Winery, Partita Custom Design Jewelry, Black Oak Casino, Parc 55 Wyndham Hotel, and Asia SF.

Read on - http://gevmag.com/2013/06/02/city-college-of-san-franciscos-12th-annual-spring-fashion-show-haute-mystique/


Macy’s Union Square Men’s Designer Event (Originally Posted on GEV Magazine on May 6, 2013)

By Roderick Macabenta

Who needs a better reason to go out than gorgeous models, cocktails, and top-name designer fashion? April 25 was Macy’s Union Square’s Men’s Designer fashion event at their Men’s Store in the heart of Downtown San Francisco, presented by OUT Magazine, the Human Rights Campaign, SF LGBT Center, and The Trevor Project. The highly anticipated annual spring fashion event raises money for these charities supporting the LGBT community in San Francisco, true to form in Macy’s “150-year tradition of supporting local and national charities that make a difference in the lives of [their] customers.”

The event kicked off at 6pm showcasing the latest trends from Impulse and designer labels, including Hugo Boss, Armani Jeans, Michael Kors, Theory, Versace Jeans, Diesel, and others.

Read on - http://gevmag.com/2013/05/06/macys-union-square-mens-designer-event/


Snow 4 - A White Fashion Event 2013 (Originally Posted On GEV Magazine Feb. 10, 2013)

By Derick Macabenta
Photos by Carl Simpson

As January sped past and we go into the tail end of the Winter season, we watch the remnants of this cold period fade away into the opening of spring. The ever-grey Winter nights in the City blossom with pops of resort season colour, but the San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Network had one last flurry of white for the season – Snow, their annual all-white fashion show showcasing the brightest and best designers in and around the city. This year’s line-up brought looks from Cari Borja, The Artful Gentleman, Julie Schindler, Cana Klebanof, Charmosa by Neide Hall, and Joseph Domingo.


The show took place in the heart of downtown San Francisco at the Cowden Automotive center – a foreign car repair shop transformed into the most glamourous venue in the City. Draped in sheer white fabric and subtle accents of silver and white snowflakes, the garage was already filled with style-philes within minutes of the door opening. While taking a look around after grabbing a glass of bubbly sponsored by Freixenet, it was clear that the guests pulled no stops to put together their best all-white outfits – exploring the vast realm of silhouettes and textures to pull together an outfit that shows a knowledge of dressing that only the fashion elite could possess.

Read on - http://gevmag.com/2013/02/10/snow-4-a-white-fashion-event-2013/


Locally Made - Lo’Cal Fashion Show at The Clift (Originally Posted on GEV Magazine on Dec. 17, 2012)

By Roderick Macabenta
Photography by Pierre Gussman


“San Francisco is a city with people from all different cultures and walks of life, and we wanted to put on a show that would best reflect that,” said Travis Alexander Walls on his team’s recent production of the Lo’Cal Fashion show set in the lush Clift Hotel in San Francisco. Wednesday 12/12/12, was certainly a day to remember, and not just because it will be the last repeating date in a hundred years; the Lo’Cal runway was graced by a stunning display of fashions from some of the Bay Area’s finest designers and retailers: Altitude Showroom, Vintage Joy, DSF, Jeanette Au, Mullholand Leathers, Endless Ammo, andPaulina Carach. Walls – along with his co-producers: Brent Moncourtios, Anthony Pham, Mickey Olivas, Kayla Wagner, and Daphne Palomares – show that celebrating the apex of luxury in one of the City’s most iconic hotels was the perfect way to ring in the holiday season. Walls comments, “We felt that having the show at the iconic Clift Hotel would reflect the statement of the show in the best possible way.” And indeed – the luxurious setting, along with cocktails in the Redwood Room preshow all added to the glamour and intrigue of Lo’Cal.

Read on - http://gevmag.com/2012/12/17/locally-made-local-fashion-show-at-the-clift/


Tart Collections Presented by Academy Of Art University (Originally Posted on GEV Magazine on Dec. 6, 2012)


By Roderick Macabenta

Photography by Carl Simpson

On Thursday, November 29 a group of 11 Academy of Art University fashion students presented their first-ever student-produced fashion show in the beautiful atrium of their Polk Street campus. Using clothing from Northern California-based fashion label Tart Collections, the students repurposed and styled a fresh new look for the holiday collection. Co-founder of Tart Collections Dana Finegold praises the students’ hard work in presenting their label, “I’m just really impressed with the outcome. I think they did an amazing job. We’ve done our own fashion shows and this was definitely comparable to our own.”


Tart Collections is known for their sexy, comfortable, and wearable clothing – notably their sexy jersey dresses and modern knitwear – taking California-casual and injecting it with a well-needed dose of sex appeal. Finegold continues to spill about this holiday’s inspiration, which takes elements of resort wear from the South of France, “Sexy, beautiful, and comfortable have to be in it.” And this holiday season fell nothing short of delivering all three elements. Taking the runway at Academy of Art was a show-stopping parade of long, draped dresses, layered with equally fluid knit tops and capes, slim fit cigarette pants, and sheer tops sure to find places in any woman’s wardrobe.

Read on: http://gevmag.com/2012/12/06/tart-collections-presented-by-academy-of-art-university/

Froomz Brings Event Planning Into the Modern Day (Originally Posted on GEV Magazine Oct 5, 2012)

By Roderick Macabenta

Thursday marked the official launch party for Froomz.com’s new venue booking website for event planners, hosted by Events by Collette. After a year of beta-testing,the company finally unveils Froomz 1.0 to be rolled out this month. No punches were pulled to celebrate bringing in their product – complete with live music, catered hors d’oeuvres, and a fabulous assortment of raffle prizes.

Setting the tone with Seven’s Fears playing live offered a good balance between energetic and easy going for a party set in Gallery 4N5 in Downtown San Francisco. After grabbing a glass of wine and a couple bites courtesy of Knight’s Catering and red velvet cupcakes by Susie Cakes – it was time to mingle with the guests.

Read on: http://gevmag.com/2012/10/05/froomz-brings-event-planning-into-the-modern-day/


(Image Sourced from GEV Magazine, shot by Roderick Macabenta)

Château Baccarat Crystal - The Art of Drinking Fine Wine (Originally Posted to GEV Magazine on Apr 2, 2012)


(Image Sourced from GEV Magazine and Shot by Kat Silan)

By Roderick Macabenta
Photography by Kat Silan

Picture the landmark Hotel Niko in downtown San Francisco during a horribly rainy Tuesday evening. Just standing outside for a minute soaked me to the bone, but the trek was well worth it. Château Baccarat Crystal recently launched a new collection of luxury wineglass stemware and was giving an exclusive preview in collaboration with Boisset Family Estates wine hosted by the fabulous Anthony Dias Blue, known to many by his Blue Lifestyle Minute syndicated radio show.

No sooner than I checked in and taken off my coat was I handed a glass of JCB No. 21 (SRP $19.99) in one of the new Baccarat glasses. This particular bubbly was the perfect balance of floral and fruity to take the lack of colour outside away from my attention. Within a matter of minutes of touring the Peninsula room where the tasting seminar took place, I was finished half a glass and ready to sample the fine wines Boisset has to offer.

Read on at http://gevmag.com/2012/04/02/chateau-baccarat-crystal-the-art-of-drinking-fine-wine/

Tory Brunch - Food and Fashion at the Four Seasons (Originally posted on GEV Magazine on Feb. 15, 2012)


 (Image sourced by GEV Magazine, shot by Roderick Macabenta)

By Roderick Macabenta

It’s Valentine’s week and love is in the air. Love for fashion, of course. Sunday afternoon brought a sneak preview of Tory Burch’s Deauville inspired Spring 2012 collection against the luxurious backdrop of Seasons Restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco. Starting out the week with a feast of fashion and brunch food (not to mention bottomless mimosas!) is definitely the way to live for those with a taste for style.

Walking into the venue, I already notice the crowd is impeccably dressed while sipping their morning cocktails and watching models parade around in between courses. Once I was seated at my table, the first thing that captures my breath is the gorgeous view of Downtown San Francisco from Seasons’ fifth floor dining room. Not too long after my mimosa arrives, the server presents us with gift bags from Tory Burch and the Four Seasons containing a votive candle set, a $25 promotional card to one of the Tory Burch boutiques, and a dessert teaser from the hotel’s Violet Hour.

To read more - visit http://gevmag.com/2012/02/15/tory-brunch-–-food-and-fashion-at-the-four-seasons/

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