Exploring San Diego's unique fashion, attitude and apparel.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Club Fashion Whor* and Alternative Fashion
May Star photo by Jeff Morris
Some of the most enjoyable events to go to in San Diego are the monthly fashion shows by Club Fashion Whor*. Founded by May Star, a mysterious and colorful personality as unique and iconoclastic as her club. She has held her shows at The Ruby Room for the last five years. This establishment appears to be small, and is a bit hard to find, but once you go in this delighful dive bar opens up to a room in the back containing a small runway framed by ruby red curtains, the graffiti in the bathroom just adding that extra touch to the ambiance.
Hunt and Gather
Club Fashion Whor* started out as a dance party with a smaller fashion show. Star had modeled in Los Angeles and San Diego and felt a fashion show would bring more people to her party. The party’s success led to what it has become today: a haven for San Diego’s alternative fashion scene. Alternative fashion does not conform to contemporary style trends – it may be extremely attention grabbing and more artistic than practical. It offers a challenge to the modern conception of aesthetic beauty and can be more of a form of self-expression, like painting or poetry.
“I like street fashion and extreme high fashion but I don’t directy follow fashion. I feel like fashion is more of a personal art and base my own outfit choices more off the energy of what’s around me at the time instead of researching fashion shows like so many others do,” explained Star. She aims to showcase one designer she loves in every show, and adds other local and national designers to the shows as well. Star makes sure the shows stay random for the sake of art. “Although club nights are technically themed, I refuse to have designers design to theme.” Although she features all types of designers, from mainstream to alternative, Club Fashion Whor* takes you places I fashion you might have otherwise never seen. For great atmosphere, energy, and loads of creativity and fun check out Club Fashion Whor* at the Ruby Room.