The 9th Annual Fashion on the Square, a runway fashion show, attracted some 550 style enthusiasts from all over the Bay Area to San Francisco’s InterContinental Hotel on August 18, 2013. Produced by Y’Anad Burrell, the show featured the lifetime work of designer Colleen Quen, the newest designs from b Michael, and contributions from local design students.
Scenes from the 9th Annual Fashion on the Square:
The production began with b michael America’s RED (Macy’s) fall 2013 collection, a mix of metallic and printed fabrics, bold colors and sophisticated silhouettes. B michael described the America Red wearer as “… a woman with an agenda”. Fashion on the Square contributions from the Bay Area community included performances by talented young singer Alyssa Alves and ballet dancer Caroline Rocher, the lastest creations from Project Runway Season 10 designer Elena Slivnyak, and a segment called Fresh Faces that highlighted creations from local design students. Established brands such as Athleta, JCPenney Kids, Sean John and Michelle Byrne Swimwear were also featured.
The audience quieted in anticipation of the final segment in which Colleen Quen’s body of work was revealed. The presentation included 41 looks, each representing a period in her design career. Dancer Rocher modeled en pointe in a rose printed gown from 2008, and showered the stage with rose petals hidden in one of the many tiers of the dress. For the finale, Quen was invited onstage to receive an honor from Mayor Ed Lee on behalf of the city of San Francisco.