The words "fashion show" probably conjure images of Anna Wintour's bob in a front row full of poised celebrities in their finest couture. But FILF, the fashion party and concert in Oakland on Mar. 3, is no New York Fashion Week.
Organized by singer-producer Juliet Gordon (formerly of the band the Classical) and a crew of collaborators from Oakland's underground scene, FILF is part runway show and part genre-bending concert.
Performing onstage are devilish post-reggaeton duo Las Sucias; LFC, a collaboration between electronic musicians and drag performers Tyler Holmes (pictured above) and Vain Hein; Gordon's new band, Luxury Skin; lo-fi electro-punk band No-Ya; and Rosé, a new dance music project with members of Dingbat Superminx. In the mix is DJ Namaste Shawty, host of the spirituality-themed show Las Brujas on Lower Grand Radio, as well as DJs Diety and Katsy Pline.
Rounding out the night's fashion is work from over a dozen local fashion designers, including airbrush king Malcolm Stuart, an Oakland native who's created collections for Joy Rich and Ikea; surreal makeup guru and artist Jader; bondage-inspired accessory makers Rich Love Leather; and more.
Expect strange designs — and even stranger sounds.