SACFW Designers featured at Fiji Day Black & White Ball

Fiji Day USA is an annual event created to celebrate the October 10th Anniversary of Fiji’s independence from British colonial rule in 1970.  This year, the events will happen from October 6th to the 8th, 2017.  Click here to visit the website for a full rundown of events.

On October 6th, as part of the Fiji Day USA celebratory events, DMR productions will produce a runway fashion showcase at the Black & White Ball featuring four previously exhibited designers from Sacramento Fashion Week (SACFW).  Designers confirmed to showcase this year are: Faatui Toele (SACFW 2011), Anastasia Kryukova (SACFW 2014, SACFW 2015 & SACFW 2016), Tyniece Hall (SACFW 2015 & SACFW 2016), and Prince Singh (SACFW 2015, SACFW 2016 & SACFW 2017).  The showcase will also feature designer Samuela Cabe who will be flying in from Fiji especially for the events.  Cabes’s pieces are all exclusively hand painted; from the coloring to the printing of the textile.  He has been featured all over the Pacific from the Solomon Islands to Australia.

Hair and makeup for the showcase is being sponsored and provided by Cosmo Beauty Academy–a vocational beauty school located in Sacramento.

Cosmo Beauty Academy Glam Squad at SACFW 2017

The Black & White Ball event tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased through the Fiji Day USA website.  The ticket includes cocktails, a Bula gift bag (sponsored by Pure Fiji Fiji Water, Bula Time Coffee, and BIA Cordon Bleu) and an exclusive dinner.  The Black & White Ball will be held at the San Francisco Airport Holiday Inn–located at 275 S. Airport Blvd, South San Francisco, California, 94080.  Click here to purchase tickets.


Model Casting for the showcase will be held Saturday, September 23rd from 12:00-2:00PM at the San Francisco Airport Holiday Inn.  Click here to download casting form.

Make-A-Wish Reveal Party

Kondrya Photography
Kondrya Photography

For this blog entry, we’re gonna get real. We’re going to take a moment to admire someone so strong, they’ll put most of us to shame with our daily griping about trivial things.  Sometimes we need to strip away the material and get to the bare skin truth of it all to feel something real again.

Kondrya Photography
Kondrya Photography

At just nine years old, Allayah, or “Lay-Lay,” has already fallen head over heels in love with everything fashion, and dreams about being a “professional fashion designer” someday.  So you may ask, what makes her so special amongst the growing number of young fashion phenoms rising up this day in age? Well the main reason is because as she puts her future plans in line and works towards them, she is also facing some very serious obstacles in her present, and not letting it slow her down.

XSight Photography
XSight Photography

Allayah has been diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia, a blood disorder in which bone marrow and the blood stem cells that reside in her body are severely damaged.  Allayah has not significantly responded to current treatments, and her low amount of platelets will require a bone marrow transplant in the near future.  In the midst of this hurdle, she manages to smile and keep a positive glow about her–not letting life’s struggles or anything else get in her way or steal her joy.  This was one of many reasons Allayah was selected to have her biggest wish come true.  It was nothing short of an emotional blessing for everyone involved with the big reveal.

Kondrya Photography
Kondrya Photography
Kondrya Photography
Kondrya Photography

There wasn’t a dry eye throughout the building as her wish was revealed.  Sacramento Fashion Week  (SACFW) was honored to collaborate with Make-A-Wish, being part of the big Paris-themed reveal party on June 29th, 2017.  Located at the Make-A-Wish Foundation building in Natomas, California, there was a full house as family, friends, media, and community supporters, came together to help this brave little girl experience the happiness of one of her biggest dreams coming true.  Allayah’s wish of going to Paris Fashion Week was granted with the help of Subaru, who sponsored a trip not only for her but her whole family for 6 days.

Xsight Photography
XSight Photography

Models Tamica Michelle, Diamond Mone, and Marizela Huseinovic took part as live mannequins, showcasing a few of designer Yennie Zhou’s stunning gowns in their most high fashion poses.  Complete with mimes, jugglers, and a smorgasbord fit for a day in Paris, you could see Allayah’s eyes light up as she soaked it all in.  When she gets back from Paris, we’re excited to have her as a guest of honor at the 2018 presentations of Sacramento Fashion Week, and expect this fighter to be healthy and excited as she sits front row.

Kondrya Photography
Kondrya Photography

SACFW had a blast collaborating with the Make-a-Wish Foundation to make this reveal extra special.  With the help of an amazing team–our beautiful models, hair stylist Jonathan Cheek, MUA Elysa Quintella, designers Yennie Zhou and Anastasia Kryukova, as well as coordinators Duane Ram and Jax Buttle, it was truly a magical event.  We are definitely looking forward to the opportunity to collaborate on many more heartwarming endeavors in the near future with this amazing foundation.

Xsight Photography
XSight Photography
Xsight Photography
XSight Photography

That Dress

Henry Huynh - SacFW 2017 Saturday-570
Lisa Gonzales in a dress by O’Blanc and jewelry by Atzi Designs (Martiza Regalado)
with producers Ryan Brough (left) and Duane Ram (right) in jackets by Prince Singh
picture by Henry Huynh

We were excited to have KCRA 3 anchor Lisa Gonzales return and host not one, but both the 2017 Spring Summer showcase and 2017 Fall Winter showcases.  The last time Lisa was a part of the production was in 2015 when she hosted the Fall Winter Showcase held at the California Automobile Museum.

Lisa at SACFW2015 in a dress from Mrs D’s Fashion Boutique

For 2017 with the Friday and Saturday designer showcases held at the historic Sacramento Railyardswe wanted to mix her into a showcase of her own and ended up with 12 wardrobe changes.  Six per night with dresses from Lisa’s own closet as well as pieces from our showcasing designers.  Here are some of the top picks styled and accessorized by SACFW production stylist Erin Loriaux.

Dress by designer Anastasia Kryukova picture by Igor Kondrya

This red dress was pulled from Lisa’s closet, which went well with the ambiance of the venue.

Photography by Igor Kondrya

The short blue dress was pulled from stylist Erin Loriaux personal collection, and the purple dress on the right is from Prince Singh Collection designed by his wife Preet Ahluwalia.

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picture left by Mark Gunter picture right by Igor Kondryaz


The Sacramento Women’s Expo 2016

The Sacramento Women’s Expo produced Event Show Pro is one of many events created by Karie Robinson.  The other events include the Kids Expo CaliforniaLuxury Wedding Shows and the Ultimate Bridal Shows which also happens in other cities throughout Northern California.


After producing so many well-attended events targeting only a small niche of women Karie sought after creating an event that could help a larger market of women and that’s when the Sacramento Women’s Expo was born.  To REBUILDREJUVENATE, EDUCATE, and EMPOWER the lives of women in the community.


The Sacramento Women’s Expo currently runs one full day, but it was jam-packed with a variety of actives.   They ranged from Workshops and Demonstrations tailored to women’s needs partnered with a Fun, Entertaining, and Shopping atmosphere.


This year Sacramento Fashion Week joined the activities with a specially created backdrop by SACFW production designer Yennie Zhou

Designer Yennie Zhou (center) with production assistant Jaz Butler (left) and Robert Best (Advantage Presentation Services)

The showcase titled the Working Woman closed out the Expo featuring Mai Vang, Anastasia Kryukova, Lena Trotsko, Thimoleon Rodriguez and Renaissance Fine Consignment with looks pulled and styled by Erin Loriaux.

designer Mai Vang – photo by Igor Kondrya
designer Lena Trotsko – photo by Igor Kondrya
designer Anastasia Kryukova – photo by Igor Kondrya
designer Thimoleon Rodriguez – photo by Igor Kondrya
Renaissance Fine Consignment – photo by Igor Kondrya


Hair and makeup were provided by Federico Beauty InstituteDress Barn was also present with a booth and showcased looks from their current collection for the everyday woman.


Thank you to Jody Collins, Migle Watson, Rachel Cropley, Emily Sarah, AJ Spencer and all the independent Hair and Makeup stylist that provided extra support backstage.


Showcase host Veronica Castro with SACFW production crew – photo by Igor Kondrya

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