fall 2016: sustainability


our fall fashion show is coming up in less than a week,

located in jack adams hall (top level of cesar chavez building), doors open at 6:15, show starts at 7, $7 general admission, $5 with a student ID

we hope to see you all there!


Runway 2016: Emerge

An event you don’t wanna miss!Runway2016Poster




San Francisco State Apparel Design & Merchandising Presents Runway 2016: Emerge

San Francisco, CA—March 1, 2016. Mark your calendars for an unforgettable night filled with distinctive creations on the runway from San Francisco State’s Apparel Design and Merchandising students at Runway 2016: Emerge. These future designers and merchandisers are rising to inspire everyone with their art, design, and innovation.

Nothing better describes the senior class and all their hard work than ‘Emerge,’” describes San Francisco State Apparel Merchandising student and Fashion Network Association member, Allyson Mercado. “We have all emerged as individuals in this program and continue to grow as we stand by our commitment to be that change our industry needs to sustain the system and the environment.”

San Francisco State University’s Runway 2016: Emerge will be held on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at the Galleria in the San Francisco Design Center, 101 Henry Adam Street. Doors will open at 6:30 pm and the show will begin promptly at 7:00 pm. Tickets prices are as follows: $10 student standing (with ID), $15 standing, $30 general seating, and $40 premier seating. Tickets are on sale at www.eventbrite.com.

Runway 2016: Emerge is a collaboration of future designers, merchandisers and Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts students showcasing the hard work, challenges, and success journeyed as SFSU students. There will be senior collections, innovative wearable technology, and up-cycled garments made from merchandise donated from the University’s bookstore. “It is a creative reflection, environmental alternative, and stylish articulation of what is to be coming to the fashion industry in the near future by these student designers, exclaimed Alexius Baker Co-President of the event sponsor, the Fashion Network Association (FNA).

Dive in and immerse yourself with insights and visions of what is to come to fashion. We hope to share with you Runway 2016: Emerge on April 28, 2016 at the SFDC Galleria!

Contact: sfsufna@gmail.com


A Taste of Nostalgia: Ode to Throwbacks

A Taste of Nostalgia: Ode to Throwbacks

Words by Jade Jost

Edited by Victoria Lo

“I was born with the wrong sign in the wrong house with the wrong ascendancy. I took the wrong road that led to the wrong tendencies. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time”


T for Jade Jost Nostalgia Article hese lyrics by Depeche Mode in their song Wrong are not only relatable to throwback lovers, but also totally relevant for SF State’s upcoming fashion show theme: Nostalgia. We all feel nostalgic over past times whether it’s shows, clothing, or even food, but the one thing that sparks these remembrances the most is music.

Artists like Depeche Mode, Madonna, Biggie, Blink 182, and Usher (just to name a few) have sparked nostalgia in numerous ways. Not only do people long for their music when they think of these throwback artists, but it makes them recall memories from that time frame and how the culture was like back then. Going through time frames of music, each decade brought a new style. The seventies artists included The Doors and Jimi Hendrix. What vibes does this music bring? Illusions to psychedelic drugs, peace symbols, outdoor music festivals, fringe clothing, retro glasses, and long uncut hippie hair. The music itself, with experimental riffs and trippy sounding voices brings one back to that time frame, wanting to be in that marijuana-masked Woodstock crowd, vibing with everyone around them.

Eighties music was of the most revolutionary by far for a plethora of music. Run DMC’s hits makes one reflect on the baggy pants, windbreakers, and gold chains. Madonna’s 80s style always arises in people’s’ heads once Like a Virgin starts playing. Who could forget the long beaded necklaces, finger gloves, and one dangling earring? Going towards boy bands, Depeche Mode’s catchy tunes makes one allude to the leather jackets, slicked hair, and dark sunglasses.

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No one can deny the satisfying feeling oldies give us especially from the 90s era. Rappers like Biggie and 2Pac put fans in a good mood to hear real rap. What their music brings with them is the history from that time period. The real social justice issues that brought Words of Wisdom to the woke listeners.

Throwback in terms of more relevance to today’s generation is that of the early 2000s. Since our generation actually grew up in this time, it’s real life experiences that we can touch on as opposed to just knowing about what was happening during that time. Alternative rock like Blink 182 and Avril Levine brings fans back to the checkerboard wrist sweatband and velcro-wallet-with-a-chain phase. Hearing Usher’s Burn makes listeners allude to the music video of him dancing in front of rows of palm trees on fire.

The happiness that arises from listening to throwbacks is one of their own. One thing that I’ve noticed about throwbacks is that that’s the one kind of music that truly brings people together. Nostalgia sparks the irresistible feeling which the beat to an old song can fulfill.

“What more could I say? I wouldn’t be here today if the old school didn’t pave the way” -Grand Puba in Old School by 2Pac


Fall Fashion Show-Nostalgia coming this December 4th @ SFSU Cesar Chavez-Jack Adams Hall from 6pm to 9pm.Nostalgia Final Flyer Front

Save the date!

Tickets sold at the door-

With SFSU Student ID: $5

General Admission: $10

Inquiries: sfsufna@gmail.com


A Taste of Nostalgia: The Threads that Tie Us Together

A Taste of Nostalgia: The Threads that Tie Us Together

Words by Rodney Gavino
Edited by Victoria Lo

To anyone, it would appear to be just a gray wool sweater with centered stripes ranging in a similar gray blue color scheme, but to me it is so much more.

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Photo by: Brian Culy

Nostalgia is an organic, naturally induced feeling of euphoric happiness and warmth generated from things in our pasts. Photographs, letters, videos, small tokens of our childhood, even scents and tastes bring about these memories that wash over us and emerge unexpectedly like a pleasurable pang that we feel within our hearts. It makes us smile, laugh, even cry a little remembering fondly the moments from our past that changed and shaped the person we are today.
As we enter a season where the leaves begin to change, the days become colder, and the nights call for a hot cup of tea and a warm knitted blanket, I am filled with a sense of nostalgia all due to one very special item to me: a sweater.


Photo by Brian Culy

To anyone, it would appear to be just a gray wool sweater with centered stripes ranging in a similar gray blue color scheme, but to me it is so much more. It was my dad’s sweater and it was my childhood. I remember at a young age spending moments with my dad and that gray sweater was always present. These moments are so special and so clear to me that they play like movies in my mind.
I am 4 and we are sitting outside on the porch. It is a cold and dewy afternoon, my dad in his sweater and I am in his arms feeling warm and secure. The itchiness of the sweater on my cheek and the lingering smell of fallen rain calms me quietly. I sleep.
I am 10, and it is my birthday. I shiver in the midnight air as we hug each other and welcome the new year joyously. My dad hugs me last; again, in his striped, wool sweater. As I hug him back, the smells of smoky and earthy like sandalwood fills me with happiness. I smile.
I am 13 and we are walking along the pier on a sky-painted-sunset evening. The air is cold, the lights are bright, the people huddle in groups, and my blue knit sweater is not enough to keep me warm. My dad gives me his gray wool sweater, and I put it on. Even though the sleeves dangle past my hands, it warms me fast. I hug myself.
I am 17 and my dad is standing in front of my new apartment in San Francisco. We have to say our goodbyes. “Are you cold,” my dad says concerned as he wears his grey sweater one last time. My mom wipes a tear while I quickly look away to do the same. She makes me stand next to my dad while she takes a picture.
I hug my mom, then my brother and finally my dad. One last time. They climb into the car and yell out, “Call every day to let us know you are fine. Do well in school and make friends!”
“I promise I will,” I say. I wave to them as they drive away. I hold my dad’s sweater in my arms.


Photo by: Brian Culy

I am 20, and I sit here writing to you about a sweater that once belonged to my father, but now belongs to me. While I wear his sweater now with a cup of hot tea next to me, I think about my dad and about the many moments this sweater has brought us together every time I wear it . To anyone, it is just an ordinary gray, wool sweater with different colored stripes in the center. To me, it is my life.
I wear my sweater whenever I want to feel home again.
My sweater is my past childhood moments with my dad; it is my present source of happiness and warmth. My sweater is my nostalgia.



Special thanks to The Mill for letting us shoot!


Fall Fashion Show-Nostalgia coming this December 4th @ SFSU Cesar Chavez-Jack Adams Hall from 6pm to 9pm.Nostalgia Final Flyer Front

Save the date!

Tickets sold at the door-

With SFSU Student ID: $5

General Admission: $10

Inquiries: sfsufna@gmail.com