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With its armies of tech workers clad in hoodies, T-shirts, and jeans, it’s safe to say Silicon Valley is a world apart from the fashion scene in New York, Milan, and Paris.
But that didn’t stop Betabrand, a San Francisco clothing company that crowdsources its designs from people online, from putting on a runway show celebrating the unique fashion of techies. Kicking off the night of May 12 in a bar in the Mission district, Silicon Valley Fashion Week took its inspiration from Burning Man, the maker movement, and the broader tech world. As such, the show was replete with gadgets and drone models (in other words, drones flying down the runway with garments hung on hangers).
“You are seeing a grand experiment taking place on stage tonight,” said master of ceremonies Mustafa Khan, donning a flashy gold suit. The first night’s theme was electric motion, focusing largely on commuting (think electric skateboards and LED clothing).Betabrand is expecting about 1,500 people to attend its fashion show over three days. The events to follow over the next two nights will show off wearable tech and crowdfunded fashion.
Below, some photos from Silicon Valley Fashion Week’s first hurrah: