San Francisco and the 2nd edition of You Wear it Well festival

Dear Shaded Viewers,

As I told you in my previous post, I flew to San Francisco with Brian Beker in his private plane and Dino and Walter took the road.

It was a total angel in the sky experience. When we landed my sister was there to pick us up.
Next day we went to San Francisco to check out the Supperclub for the festival that night.
We opened the San Francisco “You Wear it Well” festival with a 30 minute film by Ruben Toledo, Fashionation. I loved this the first time that I saw it and I am still loving it.
Liam Sullivan’s Shoes and ‘The Bridegroom Stripped Bare’ by Alexander McQueen, part of ‘Transformer’, 2002, courtesy of SHOWstudio were also very much appreciated.
Both Nathalie Doucet, the founder of the Arts of Fashion Foundation and V.Denise Bradley, Executive Director of the Museum of the Africian Diaspora were at the screening and wanted to talk to Dino and I about future collaborations. I don’t know how, but I forgot to take an image of Nathalie but here is one of V.Denise Bradley in front of the Louisana Project.


After our meeting with V.Denise we visited the museum and i was happy watch the video on Gordon Parks.Then we met up with my sister, Walter and Ian and Joe, the designers behind Nice Collective. The plan was to visit the Cosmic Wonder exhibit and then go to Caffe Trieste and back to Ian and Joe’s to see their collection.
I fell in love with the Ara Peterson and Jim Drain Large Video Kaleidoscope, 2003-2006 which was a rear screen video projection and kaleidoscope apparatus – courtesy of Deitch Projects.

The magical James Turrell was also represented at the Cosmic Wonder exhibit.
On our way to Dino’s favorite Cafe we passed in front of I dream of Cake and none of us had ever seen anything like this before.
After some crepes we went off to visit Ian and Joe in their huge and beautiful atelier.

Ian and Joe are Dino Dinco supporters, they love him so much that they came to LA for the first edition of the festival and caught it again in their home town, San Francisco.
Nice Collective does not advertise, they don’t need to, look who wears their clothes.
Ian was in the marines and Joe studied medicine and together they have figured out exactly what the body needs to feel comfortable and protected. The construction is solid, the textiles soft and sensual and the fit has everything that you love about a uniform, the cut, the hidden details like the zips and the peep show tokens that you don’t even know that you are wearing. It’s clothes comfortable enough to sleep in, wake up and still look good. And so ends my California experience…until the next LA, SF edition of You Wear it Well.

Later, Diane

Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.