AG SUIT UP Recap

For the second year in a row Artful Gentleman and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) turned the top floor of our headquarters at McRoskey into the center of San Francisco fashion. SUIT UP for EQUALITY was not only filled to the brim with friends, supporters and members of the LGBT community, we also felt very lucky to be joined by luminaries of San Francisco style, including members of the media and our mentors from the Fashion Incubator. The night got off to a great start: Look at all the beautiful people in attendance with both men and women representing in their AG best.

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Before the runway, cocktail hour got the guests relaxed and ready for some eye-popping evening wear. Special thanks to Tito's Handmade Vodka, Vigilante Hospitality and Chef Janine Falvo of "Top Chef" for starting our night out right.

Janine Falvo (left) 

Janine Falvo (left) 

When the lights went down, the excitement rose to new heights. First, AG's fall '14 took to the floor. 

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Subtle, bias-cut plaids are what autumn weddings in wine country and gala kick-off cocktail parties in the city require. Indian summers and cool falls can both go with a touch of gray; just add that pop of seasonal color in your accessories. If you need the perfect tie or pocket square we know some guys that can help you out...

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If the HRC gala turns out to be another hot October night on the 11th (literally) you can always be prepared in resort white, a crisp look no matter the time of year. Just be prepared for all the double 0 caliber compliments. Gentleman. ARTFUL Gentleman.

Spring Paisley Shirt

Spring Paisley Shirt

You'll hear more from us later on our Spring '15 collection when we do our big September reveal but in the meantime, we couldn't help but give you a little glimpse of one of of favorite pieces in one of our favorite pattern stories. It's going to be a paisley spring in San Francisco; start preparing yourselves.

Designer Cari Borja/Clothesmaker

Designer Cari Borja/Clothesmaker

Longtime AG friend and collaborator Cari Borja started the evening gown portion of our program with these stunning pieces. There's always been something special about how an Artful Gentleman suit looks paired with one of Cari's dresses. It's a look perfect for a runway, a red carpet, an opening night or any scene where you can be seen. 

Designers Sounthavong (first three starting from the left) and Artful Gentleman (right)

Designers Sounthavong (first three starting from the left) and Artful Gentleman (right)

Sounthavong by Tony Sananikone was a new addition to SUIT UP. Sananikone, also an alumnus of FiSF (designer-in-residence '12), very much demonstrates that elegance can and should have a playful edge. Maybe that's why his collections always draw our eye; that contagious sense that fashion can be fun that we've been preaching in the corridors of San Francisco style for years now.

Designers Artful Gentleman (first and third from the left) and Mansoor Scott (second and fourth from the left)

Designers Artful Gentleman (first and third from the left) and Mansoor Scott (second and fourth from the left)

Closing the night another FiSF alumni: The ladies of Mansoor Scott (designers-in-residence '12). Since the first fashion shows in the salons of Paris at the turn of the 20th Century wedding gowns have been the customary finale. Like only Mansoor Scott can, they delivered white and black nuptial options with their signature leather detailing.

Thanks for another great SUIT UP, artful fans. Remember: There's still plenty of time to buy your tickets to the HRC Gala on October 11. You know what else there's still plenty of time for? A new suit. HRC's gala is one of the events of the year; honor yourself with a new evening look the same way you'll be honoring HRC's ongoing work to end LGBT discrimination.

JAKE