Hot Couture 2014 at The Crucible

Hot Couture 2014, The Crucible Hot Couture, Oakland fashion show, Crucible Oakland

The Crucible’s Hot Couture event took West Oakland by storm last weekend, serving up pieces by up-and-coming local designers with a hefty dose of fire. For those who have yet to visit the West Oakland space, The Crucible is a non-profit arts education facility that trains both children and adults in the industrial arts. I participated in Hot Couture last year, where I walked the runway wearing a corset and metal cage. If the 2013 show was a roaring bonfire, 2014 was an unstoppable inferno.

Featured designers included Miss Velvet Cream, Annamarta, Heather Wakefield, Medium Reality, and several others. From giant, fashion-forward birds to Victorian-inspired corset-dresses, Hot Couture turned a classic runway show into an all-encompassing dramatic experience.

Some pieces were designed to be worn; others, to excite and inspire. Medium Reality showcased LED-lit partywear, while Samuel Waller & Sophia Constance Ellis’s fantasy-inspired pieces would fit right in an an episode of Game of Thrones. The attention to detail and strong craftsmanship elevated the costumes into serious art, and the sudden presence of a twenty-foot-tall dragon finished the presentation with a roar.

From fashion to fire to molten metal, Hot Couture brings fashion back to its daring, artistic, truly creative roots. It’s easy to start playing it safe when it comes to your wardrobe (see my uniform post from last week!), but nights like this inspire me to try something new. I might not walk down Fillmore Street wearing a giant bird head, but I’m definitely inspired to turn up the heat.

Photography by James Winstead.

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Hot Couture 2014, The Crucible Hot Couture, Oakland fashion show, Crucible Oakland

Hot Couture 2014, The Crucible Hot Couture, Oakland fashion show, Crucible Oakland

Hot Couture 2014, The Crucible Hot Couture, Oakland fashion show, Crucible Oakland

Hot Couture 2014, The Crucible Hot Couture, Oakland fashion show, Crucible Oakland

Hot Couture 2014, The Crucible Hot Couture, Oakland fashion show, Crucible Oakland

Hot Couture 2014, The Crucible Hot Couture, Oakland fashion show, Crucible Oakland

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Hot Couture 2014, The Crucible Hot Couture, Oakland fashion show, Crucible Oakland

Hot Couture 2014, The Crucible Hot Couture, Oakland fashion show, Crucible Oakland

Hot Couture 2014, The Crucible Hot Couture, Oakland fashion show, Crucible Oakland

Hot Couture 2014, The Crucible Hot Couture, Oakland fashion show, Crucible Oakland

Hot Couture 2014, The Crucible Hot Couture, Oakland fashion show, Crucible Oakland

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The Current Uniform: Winter Style

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leather-sleeve sweater / fingerless gloves / cozy scarf / romper (on clearance!)
skinny jeans / perfect lipstick / neutral nail color
tall boots / live-in booties / cozy sweater

When I was in middle school, my friends would tease me about how everything I wore was neutral. I was especially partial to warm grey and army green, with the occasional shot of navy thrown in for good measure. I suspect that I was trying to blend in, as if my platinum-blonde pyramid hair would have ever let that happen. But as I grew older and more confident, I started embracing color.

And yet, I find myself coming full circle. Lately I’ve been slipping into a winter style uniform of almost all black, but so far I’m digging it. I can pretend I’m a tortured artist, or perhaps even an international spy. The sky’s the limit when you’re wearing non-color!

So for now, I’m playing with texture instead. Winter always calls for chunky knits, and I’ve been switching back and forth between this leather-sleeved sweater and a cozy-cute pullover from Patagonia that my mom gave me for Christmas. Really, all you need in life is a dressy sweater and a casual sweater.

For the finishing touches, I”m turning to more knit and leather. I found a fantastic pair of fingerless gloves at Bespoke on our trip to Truckee, and it’s hard to take them off. I’ve also been wearing the heck out of my new Rag & Bone boots, which seriously go with everything. Let me tell you- the extra 3 1/2 inches they give me are quite handy when trying to spot friends in a crowd.

And finally, when I want to get a little gussied up, I’ll slip on my favorite romper and a thick pair of tights. This funny little romper was an impulse purchase last summer, but its magical elastic waist and fantastic drape have turned it into a staple. I’ll never eat a heavy meal in anything else- I could hide small puppy inside that sucker without anyone knowing.

And that, folks, is my uniform of late. Is this looking familiar, or are you rocking something completely different right now?

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Edgy Sweater Weather

It’s officially cozy sweater weather. And by “officially,” I mean I have a hard time leaving the house without a sweater on, so I might as well pretend that I have a justification for it. I’ve always gravitated towards fuzzy, warm things during time of cold and stress, so sweaters are high on my list of winter necessities. I’m wearing one right now, although it’s about 15 years old and not exactly the sort of thing one tends to post on a fashion blog. Perhaps some seasonal mulled wine will help change my mind.

But I digress (as always). Although I love a classic (dare I say preppy?) cable-knit sweater as much as the next girl, I especially love finding a sweater that has those edgy elements that make it feel truly me. Snippets of leather or woven strands of metallic yarn give a sweater a little something extra, so you can stay cozy without looking too sweet. I like to pair fun sweaters with my favorite leather shorts and leggings ensemble for a night out, but they’re also so easy with my favorite jeans and booties.

Which one of these sweaters above is your favorite? How would you wear them?

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