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London Fashion Week: House of CCUOCO’s Persephone Collection

San Francisco-based brand House of CCUOCO made yet another splash at London Fashion Week this season.

After getting to witness the beauty of the Spring/Summer 2015 collection in person last year, I was excited to see what the Spring/Summer 2016 season would hold.

Designer Candice Cuoco took a brief hiatus from designing for House of CCUOCO this Spring to design for – Drumroll please – Project Runway! It’s been a blast watching her conquer challenge after challenge each week and I can’t wait for the exciting conclusion.

{San Francisco bragging note: We have not one but TWO designers showing off their skills this season on Project Runway – Jake Wall of Jake Clothing as well as Candice Cuoco of House of CCUOCO}

Sitting in San Francisco viewing pictures may be a far cry from standing backstage at a runway show as I did last season, but they took my breath away nonetheless.

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London Fashion Week House of CCUOCO Leather Bay Area San Francisco Runway Fashion Show Street Style London Fashion Week House of CCUOCO Leather Bay Area San Francisco Runway Fashion Show Street Style

{Persephone Collection shot by Simon Armstrong}

Tell me – Which piece from this London Fashion Week show was YOUR favorite?

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San Francisco Fashion Community Week

Getting a chance to support local designers and events is such a privilege as a blogger and writer. I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed all of the amazing meetings, collaborations, and shows I’ve gotten a chance to be a part of over the last few years.

From working with the oh-so-fabulous House of CCUOCO to local jewelry design house Kamryn Dame to outerwear extraordinaire Anubha of A by Anubha.

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So what’s the next fun event for the San Francisco fashion enthusiast to have on their radar? San Francisco Fashion Community Week!

I had the honor of meeting the founder of FCW earlier this year when we spoke on a panel together for local non-profit organization Share Brunch, and I’ve been looking forward to this fabulous series of events ever since.

This five-day extravaganza includes everything from meet & greets and panel discussions with industry insiders to a exciting eco-friendly runway show and collection showcases from a handful of killer local designers.

So head over to Eventbrite and get your tickets – I’ll see you there!

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San Francisco Fashion: CCUOCO Runway Show

San Francisco Fashion designer Candice Cuoco of CCUOCO rocked the house last week with a dramatic, avant-garde runway show featuring bold black & white leather looks.

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The show included all sorts of couture leather pieces – From cocktail dresses and evening gowns to lace-up pencil skirts and corsets to edgy, eye-catching swimwear.

All tailor-made to make a serious impact.

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There’s no blending into the background or playing the wall flower in these designs – If you want to wear unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that make people talk, CCUOCO is the brand for you!

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The designer’s muse – Swimwear designer & model Kerstyn Inouye – Closed the show in a divine red leather bikini featuring harness detailing.

It was the ultimate showstopper.

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{Photos by Michael Moore of Michael Moore Photography}

Want more? Check out CCUOCO on Facebook and the brand’s ready-to-wear pieces here.

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San Francisco Fashion: Stylematic Runway Show

I’ve mentioned the fun new San Francisco-based fashion app Stylematic in the past {Stylematic: San Francisco Fashion App & Join Me – Stylematic Launch Party} and today I want to give you a peek into their grand launch party last week.


The Stylematic Launch Party was everything that I love about San Francisco – People with different backgrounds coming together to support a fledgling start-up with a great party and – Of course – Some killer fashion.


It was a great evening filled with inspiration and serious fashion eye-candy.

The keynote speakers were exceptional – Sinead Norenius of iFabbo represented a fashion & beauty dynasty created online and made popular through social media and blogging, and Hap Klopp, founder of The North Face, a fashion-meets-tech staple for anyone who loves the Great Outdoors. Both speakers inspired and reminded me of just how many amazing companies and visionaries have come out of the Bay Area.


The designers for the evening included the following San Francisco fashion favorites:

  • re-creation by Carol Wong
  • Dhanya Gutta
  • Tribee by Marissa Lucero
  • Maricella Olague
  • Trades Rogue  by Nathaniel Smith
  • CCUOCO  by Candice Cuocco
  • Anubha Design by Anubha Srivastav
  • Dekonti (Jewelry) by Deepa Seneviratne
  • Horizon Shirt by Tomo Saito
  • Ellie (chief designer Mari Tibbetts)
  • Lan Jaenicke
  • Betabrand


One of the evening’s highlights was the Betabrand presentation. Not only did we get to hear from the entertaining & self-deprecating founder of the Betabrand Empire, the audience also got a chance to cheer as most of his team hit the runway in bold, eye-catching pieces with gold and silver embellishments.


I’m also thrilled to say that proceeds from the event went to benefit One World Children’s Fun – An amazing organization that supports local grassroots groups on the ground in impoverished areas around the world.


Interested in more? Be sure to check out Stylematic on iTunes and Facebook

Do YOU have a favorite design from the show?

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Alyssa Nicole: Workshop To Runway

Alyssa Nicole is a unique, handcrafted line of contemporary womenswear created in San Francisco by designer Alyssa Casares. I met the lovely Alyssa at the Couture & Avant-Garde runway show during San Francisco Fashion Week and was immediately struck by the wearability of the pieces she sent down the runway. From striking pink-on-pink brocades to sweet capelets in classic silhouettes to stylish day dresses.

Luckily I got to spend a little time getting to know this designing wunderkind and have some fun facts to share!


[1.] Can you tell me about the inspiration behind your Fall 2013 collection? What where you trying to achieve?

For Fall 2013 I designed a collection with the idea of a glam girl turned country girl. I used bright bold prints in fuchsia and red and the silhouettes ranged from 1960s shift dresses to new look silhouettes for skirts. I was most inspired by color as well as weather in San Francisco, which influenced me to design long sleeve shift dresses and warm midi skirts.

[2.] How did you settle on the color scheme for this fun, bold collection? Are you a pink-wearing girl yourself?

Pink is my favorite color right now. I tend to wear pink almost every day, but that’s really just because my most recent collection is designed almost entirely out of shades of pink. I wasn’t set on a color story for this collection until I came across the fabrications, then I knew I absolutely had to have the bright wool jacquards in the line for fall.


[3.] Was San Francisco Fashion Week in September your first runway show?

I have shown my collection in San Francisco Fashion Week every year since 2010, so this year was my 4th year showing my collection.

[4.] Can you tell me a few things that surprised you about putting on a runway show? Was there anything that was really different from you imagined?

I have done about 15 runway shows since I began my line, from my experience I’ve learned to just expect the unexpected. You never know what can go wrong so I just try my best to be prepared.

[5.] How did you prepare for SFFW? Obviously lots of time & effort went into creating the clothing that we saw, but what else went on behind-the-scenes to put on such a beautiful show?

I designed a few new evening gowns specifically for the runway show, so I stayed up all night before the event rushing to finish the dresses. I was exhausted once the event was over, I was lucky enough to catch up on some much-needed sleep!


[6.] What was the best part of SFFW for you? The scariest?

The best part about SFFW is seeing my collection come to life on all the models. I had about 17 looks on the runway that night, and I’ve only seen them modeled a few at a time, so seeing the full collection on display is the best part for me.

The scariest part is when I have to go out after all the models on the runway and wave and smile at everyone. I get nervous because so many people are looking at me, but it wasn’t so bad this year because I saw so many familiar faces in the crowd!

{I have to interject here to say that I was sitting front & center and you could NOT tell she was nervous – She flashed a beautiful smile at the crowd and waved like a rockstar!}

[7.] I just loved your Fall 2013 video – What’s the story behind that? Did anything fun or unexpected happen while you were putting it together that my readers would love to hear?

We shot the video on a an abandoned historic farm, the video shoot went well, but driving back to the city after the shoot was the most adventure for the day. I got my whole team lost for an hour trying to drive back home and we didn’t have cell service so I couldn’t use Google maps to get us home!

I ended up getting lost on a really curvy 2 lane road then some of us got car sick – It was just incredibly frustrating. My whole team was exhausted and I felt so bad that I had gotten us lost after the long 8 hour shoot!


If you’re as enamored by Miss Alyssa as I am, you’ll be dying to get your hands on her limited edition pieces as soon as you can. You can shop them online here or if you’re in the Bay Area you can come out and shop some pieces on sale this weekend at FashionElles Boutique!

What’s YOUR favorite look here?

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