Powell Street Festival launched its season with The Orientique on Saturday, June 22, 2013. Curated by Yuriko Iga and produced by Studio Keiko and Blim, the event marked a night overflowing with fashion, art and culture.
Arriving at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden was like walking into a dream. A dream that transported you to Far-East China and back in time to the Ming Dynasty, circa 14th to 17th century, when old traditional gardens like this one were prevalent. Enclosed within authentic Ming architecture, the combination of limestone imported from the Chinese province of Suzhou, native Chinese plants, lily ponds and the asymmetrical landscape of the garden, offered a truly cultural experience for those who attended.
The venue radiated with Chinese heritage, but on this particular night, the Garden also played host to a modern twist of fashion and art influenced by Japanese culture.
On this night, a classic Chinese pavilion housed the live beats of Japanese influenced DJ LKS and the enchanting voice of opera singer Caroline Jang. Lights and cameras illuminated the walkway that circled the Garden and transformed it into a stage for an intriguing interpretive dance performed by Ralph Escamillan and Katerina Leppan. As for the highlight of the night, the walkway also doubled as a unique fashion runway that featured the work of Japanese designers, Yasuhiro Tomita of Rukus, Terry Sasaki, and Akihiko Izukura. The fashion lines paid tribute to the conservative and minimalistic influence of Old Japan, as well as the progressive and modern influence of New Japan.
The Orientique drew to a close under a beautiful full moon, leaving behind a message that emphasizing the importance of connecting with our traditions as we live in the present and move towards the future.
Check out The Orientique gallery with photographs taken by Shem Navalta!