Sacramento Fashion Week circles the runway

The Sacramento Fashion Week runway this year more than twice as long as last year’s, event producer Duane Ram says.
The Sacramento Fashion Week runway this year more than twice as long as last year’s, event producer Duane Ram says. Kondrya Photography

TJ Dillashaw? Give us your best “blue steel.”

During Sacramento Fashion Week, running Feb. 15-21, the MMA bantamweight champion will make his debut as a model at the designer showcase that caps seven days of high-style events.

But the foothills native isn’t nervous about going all “Zoolander” and doing a “little turn on the catwalk,” as a certain ’90s one-hit-wonder crooned in its dance track about male modeling.

“I have to do a longer walk than that when I go to the octagon, and that’s in front of thousands and thousands of people,” says Dillashaw, who plans to strut his stuff in a slightly shiny blue sharkskin three-piece suit custom-made by local designer R. Douglas. “I think it will be fun.”

Dillashaw will join 21 other local-notables-turned-models during the R. Douglas show at the California Auto Museum, including state Sen. Isadore Hall III, West Sacramento Mayor Chris Cabaldon, Jennifer Granger (wife of Kings President Chris Granger) and performance painter David Garibaldi, who will open the show by painting the first two models before they appear on the runway.

While the R. Douglas affair is aiming for spectacle, it’s just one stitch in a week that event producer Duane Ram says will be bigger and bolder than its previous nine years, thanks in part to a new $15,000 sponsorship from Lexus. The luxury automaker will feature its cars throughout the week, including on runways where models will walk around them.

“We’re not New York or L.A. but we can try to be,” Ram says. “There hasn’t been a show in Sacramento like this.”

Along with a 160-foot runway (last year’s was only 76 feet) placed on the floor among the spectators, the shows will use “large set pieces,” says Ram, some more than 10 feet high that will give a mysterious “Stonehenge” vibe to the proceedings – inspired by the fantastical layouts used at Chanel shows.

The week begins with a boutique show Feb. 15 at the auto museum, complete with pop-up stores for buying some fresh looks, before ending with a preview of fall and winter styles Feb. 21. In between are modeling workshops, a film screening, makeup tutorials and of course, lots of fashion from both established and emerging local designers.

A full list of events can be best be found on Sacramento Fashion Week’s Facebook page, but information is also available at or by calling (916) 572-6787.

Here are the highlights:

▪ Fashion Week 2015 Launch and Boutique Show (Feb. 15)

At this kickoff event at the California Auto Museum (2200 Front St., Sacramento), designers will present a single piece from their collections as a teaser for what’s to come. Guests will also have the chance to shop at pop-ups from local retailers after the show, including Crazy Mary’s and Mirror Mirror Fashion, while enjoying food provided by The Art Institute. Reception & launch party: 5-8 p.m.; boutique showcase: 8-10 p.m. Tickets: general $20 ($40 at the door); third-row VIP $50; second-row VIP $75, first-row VIP $100.

▪ Emerging Next Showcase (Feb. 19)

Up-and-coming fashion designers including Frankie Vanity and Tyniece Hall share billing with student designers from across Northern California in this first major showcase of the week. VIP ticket holders are invited to a martini-and-hors d’oeuvres reception before the show, and all guests can browse booths from local beauty and fashion vendors. 6-10 p.m. at Federico Beauty Institute (1515 Sports Drive, Sacramento). Tickets: $10-$50 in advance ($20 general admission only at door).

▪ Spring and Summer Showcase (Feb. 20)

Seven designers (Rebecca Cahua, Kimberly Dawn Eanes, Samantha Furno, Latiya Gholar, Gina Sanchez, Peter Scrichan and Mai Vang) parade their hot-weather looks at this event at the California Auto Museum, which will also host a VIP reception in advance. Tickets: general $40 ($50 at the door); VIP $60-$150.

▪ Fall and Winter Showcase (Feb. 21)

This is the main event. “Everyone wants to come to that show because that’s where you get the runway, showcase-y pieces,” says Ram. Designers include Maisha Bahati, Karisa Gold, Anastasia Kryukova, Prince Singh, Elena Trotsko, Yennie Zhou and R. Douglas, who closes the night with his debut of his first women’s line. California Auto Museum. 6-10 p.m. Tickets: $40 in advance ($50 at the door), VIP $50-150.

Sacramento Fashion Week

What: Seven days of high-style events.

When: Feb. 15-21

Where: Various locations, including the California Auto Museum, 2200 Front St., Sacramento

Information: (916) 572-6787;