Last night, Feb. 24, Sacramento’s annual SAC Fashion Week was kicked off with a mixer and party at the Mix in downtown Sacramento.
SAC Fashion Week is not about the latest styles from Paris, Milan, New York, or even San Francisco. No, Sacramento has its own array of talented designers and its own unique style.
The gala event began as the full moon peered over the high-rises surrounding the second story patio of the club. Models, designers, stylists, and guests poured into the L street nightspot to network, pose for pictures, and talk about the latest fashions and styles created in the capitol city.
As the crowd grew, and cameras flashed, everyone there could feel a sense of importance. SAC Fashion Week was just beginning - highlighting “their city” and the creative community within.
Representatives from the Junior League of Sacramento were among the many present at the festivities. The organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism to enhance the well-being and future of the Sacramento community has a very special role in this year's fashion week..
Each year SacFashion Week partners with a local non-profit to instill in our community the essence and importance of giving local. The Junior League, this year, was given that honor.
Some guests were from New York and other far away cities - in town for the week-long fashion extravaganza.
Even Kevin Johnson showed up; however, upon further investigation, it was not the Mayor of Sacramento (Kevin Johnson is a rather common name).
There were those checking out shoes, dresses, hairstyles, and of course the finger food. But most notable was the feeling in the air - a vibrant feeling - a sense of pride and accomplishment that Sacramento still holds onto, despite being labeled as a “cowtown.”
Karri Grant who prides herself in being a “stylist with substance” is the event stylist for SAC Fashion Week. Grant, who selected the designers and boutiques for SacFashion Week, sat down in the corner of the patio in front of a fire pit for an interview.
She was asked how Sacramento fashion compares with other markets – New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco.
As Grant spoke, reflections of the flames in the fire pit danced on the pupils of her eyes as if they were long-legged models gliding across the runway.
“As a stylist, I wouldn’t want to compare or try to compete with those markets. Sacramento has its own base, its own demographic. Sacramento has been kind of this laid back, casual, you want to go there and visit kind of city, and I love that,” Grant said.
Continuing, she said that she would like to see more boutiques come here and more people shop local and get more variety. “It’s not San Francisco, it’s not New York, and it’s not L.A,” she said.
Even though some of the designers showcased this week are now located in New York, L.A., and San Francisco, Grant said she chose only designers that originated in Sacramento.
Then Grant summed up the purpose of SAC Fashion Week, which includes a fashion forum today, Feb. 25, workshops Feb. 26 and 27, and three evening runway shows, Feb. 28, Mar. 1, and Mar. 2, with her final statement.
The "stylist with substance" said, “We have our own Sacramento style, and we’re showcasing just that at Sacramento Fashion Week.”
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