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Tuesday, 06 September 2016 23:26

Queer Fashion Week 2016: We Are All Better Together

Written by  JK Torres

queer fashion week conference


With just under a month to go before the 2nd Annual Queer Fashion Week opens its doors at the scenic Marketplace at Jack London, excitement builds around this glamorous event. Jack London Square is situated along the Oakland/Alameda estuary, a vibrant destination bringing together dining, retail, recreation and exciting events year-round. Queer Fashion Week & Conference takes place September 28 - October 2 and offers many different passes such as conference, fashion, and evening event passes to meet your needs. The VIP Unicorn Pass includes all conference days, all fashion shows with guaranteed seating and all evening events.

Year One a Major Success

Queer Fashion Week came to life in April 2015 with its inaugural week that brought together the best names in queer fashion. Thanks to the collaboration of Miz Chris of fiveTEN Oakland Events and Fallon Davis of the What is Butch Movement? QFW took form to encompass all the attributes of the fashion, glam, modeling, and political stand points of the Queer Community.

With over 25 designers, 150 models, and over 75 production staff, Queer Fashion week celebrated fashion and diversity representing a vibrant Bay Area LGBTQ community. Miz Chris recognizes that "Oakland is a very fashion forward town, where walking down the streets is like walking down its own runway filled with an amazing array of personal style." Oakland will remain home to Queer Fashion Week for yet another year.

2016 Highlights

You will see designers that have been in the biz for years as well as some that are just starting out. You will see models who have walked the New York runways during fashion week and models where this will be the first time strutting the catwalk. You will hear from experts in the field, be able to attend workshops, grab some unique items in our vendor village, be amazed by the hair and makeup creations, and enjoy a diverse atmosphere of positive and like-minded individuals. The idea is to make a space where seasoned and new designers, models, stylists, entertainers, artists, brands, and community organizations can showcase together, network with each other and share with each of you their creativity. You will see fashion, you will learn fashion and you will be able to take a piece of it all with you by visiting the Vendor Village now with over 30 confirmed vendors.

This year the Marketplace in Jack London Square at 55 Harrison Street in Oakland, September 28 - October 2, 2016, Queer Fashion Week & Conference celebrates its second year as the Bay Area's premier queer fashion event, celebrating diversity and the expression of individuality. As Queer individuals and creative human beings it is time for us to shine in all our queer diversity.

The 2016 designer lineup features over 32 fierce designers, including Dapper Boi, Rebirth Garments, Tom Boy X, and Size Queen Clothing.

In addition to the three sickening runway shows, the conference offers over 15 sessions Wednesday - Friday including Modeling 101 presented by Fallon Davis, a graduate of LIM College, a private, specialized undergraduate and graduate college focused on the business of fashion in Midtown Manhattan.

To maximize your queer fashion experience at QFW, purchase the VIP Unicorn Pass, the All Access to All Things pass that includes everyday conference and fashion show entrance, priority entrance and guaranteed seating to all Fashion Shows and entrance for all Evening Parties.

Full lineup for Queer Fashion Week below!

For more information visit the website and be sure to RSVP through the Queer Fashion Week Facebook event page! Click here to purchase tickets and to check out available pass types.

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Full Week Lineup:

Thursday Designers: Kirrin Finch, Unbound Estillo, Re/Dress, Size Queen Clothing, Dapper Boi, Ricee's Pieces Designs, Sambi Fashions, Show and Tell, Concept Shop Strapping Fit, Feelmore Adult Gallery

Friday Designers: Glamour Coated Melons, Nik Kacy, T. Christal Designs, Patty Wack Vintage. Spotlight Runway: DRAG EXCELLENCE A Collection by Mr. David

Extreme Hair & Makeup shows includes Black Girl Magic, Cosmic Royalty, Beautiful Nightmare, and Wearable Art

Saturday Designers:

Cocky Creations, Hella Bay Clothing, Rebel Gang Threadz, TomboyX, Apaulo Hart Leather, Dazey Larue Designs, Jean-Eric, Le Belle Moi Fashion, Medium Reality, Rebirth Garments, Rocket Ready Designs, Shades Company, Sharpe Suiting, THÚY Custom Clothier, Chiq and Unique, Lady Lovers, Melesaine, Stuzo Clothing

Evening Parties:

OFFICIAL Welcome Party: Social Activist, OFFICIAL Friday Party: SLAY, OFFICIAL Saturday Party: Swagger Like Us w/Juliana Huxtable

Important Links:

2016 FULL QFW Schedule
2016 Conference Schedule
2016 Fashion Shows Schedule
2016 Party Schedule


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