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30 Jul. 2013

Fashion On The Square’s Y’Anad Burrell

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FOTS logoY’Anad Burrell has turned San Francisco into a high-end runway destination with the annual Fashion On The Square event.

The 9th Annual Fashion On The Square (FOTS), a charity fundraising show benefiting FOTS+TheAtrs, hits the runway August 18, 2013, 5:00 pm at the Intercontinental Hotel, 888 Howard Street, San Francisco, California in the Grand Ballroom.  Colleen Quen, San Francisco’s beloved couture designer, will be showing a retrospect collection that covers her 15 years in the fashion industry.  Also, New York Couture and Ready-to-Wear Designer B Michael, returns to the runway, showing his Macy’s collection as well as several couture pieces.  B Michael is the ‘only’ designer, nationally, who has every garment from his collections made in America.

In addition to celebrating established trailblazers in the industry, FOTS recognizes the amazing talent that is right here in the Bay Area by way of a designer who was applauded well before she made national headlines on Project Runway.  Elena Slivnyak will be honored at FOTS 2013 with an award as she continues to push the envelope in her avant-garde designs both on and off the runway.

Valerie Coleman Morris, former business anchor for CNN domestic and international, and author of “It’s Your Money So Take It Personally”, will be co-hosting the 9th Annual Fashion On The Square.  Morris will be dressed by designer Colleen Quen, a much anticipated sighting.

FOTS+TheArts, formed in 2012, is a non-profit organization that gives grants and scholarships to students in the fashion industry who blend fashion and the arts in their work, whether it’s on the runway or in a visual representation.  The organization will be giving its first scholarship to a student at FOTS 2013 on August 18th.  In the spirit of blending fashion and art and back by popular demand, ballerina Caroline Rocher, from Alonzo King LINES Ballet, will grace the runway with a performance during the runway show.  Rocher’s performance at FOTS 2009 was very highly received and the requests for her return continue to this day.

Fashion On The Square is the largest and longest running fashion show on the West Coast, and the most sought after show in San Francisco.  In the past, designers have traveled from as far as Africa to be a part of the event.  More than 40 children models, 30 adult models, 20+ member hair and make-up team and 50 volunteers are coming together to make FOTS an exceptional and stellar charity event.

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