International Designer Yumi Katsura Teams With sloan/hall
Shannon Turner Photography by Greg Harrison
THE SCENE: A magical 24-hour transformation brought to life the backdrop that would make possible a San Antonio style show by world-renowned designer Yumi Katsura. The fashion maven, previously known only to present in London, Paris and New York, showcased her collection in a spectacularly themed Japanese street fair for local fashionistas and philanthropists – all for the benefit of the San Antonio Food Bank. Chic boutique sloan/hall partnered with Katsura to bring the stunning style show to fruition, showcasing looks created by additional designers and donating selflessly to the cause.
THE VIBE: A dream-like street scene filled with pop-up boutiques from local vendors sloan/hall, Feliz Modern, Chocollazo and Cadeaux among others, provided the perfect setting for guests to enjoy Japanese-inspired hors d’ouvres prepared by the Food Bank’s culinary arts team and local students. Sake and a signature cocktail added to the flavor of the extraordinary locale. The event’s fashion show was produced by partners Emily McMichael and Ricardo Gutierez, who chose the Japanese theme early on and were grateful to work with sloan/hall again. Marcus Sloan introduced them to Paulette, the designer at Yumi Katsura and the pieces were incredible—a perfect fit for the theme of the event. Gutierez and McMichael developed the fashion show concept and also helped with the interior street party design inside the warehouse. All the accessories and amazing hats in the show ere custom made by their team. Plus, the music by DJ Stephen Moya was perfectly timed with the digital screen to give the feel of actually being in Japan.
THE CAUSE: Every dollar donated to the San Antonio Food Bank provides seven meals. Funds from the runway event will go directly to services to help nourish children this summer.