Just down the street from my home, lives one of my all time favorite local designers. About 15 years or so ago, she created a clothing line called BUTT UGLY. Her clothes are anything but. She uses vintage fabrics and notions and creates funky, eclectic and wearable clothing for the Sacramento set.
Her name is Kris Laskey, and she's mercilessly inventive. She's been known to sew a pair of palazzo pants outs of a vintage shower curtains, keep the rings attached and using them as trim on the hem. She lso creates bags and purses out of just about everything including tapestries, sleeping bags and wood-grained patterned vinyl. Tonight, hanging on one of the racks was a beautiful wool coat that had been made out of a super soft wooly army blanket with lining made out of salvaged satin printed "Pierre Cardin." She has a rabid, cult crew of followers, and yours truly is certainly one of them. At every show, I'll quip that she deserves a Nobel Prize for Fashion. SHE DOES!
Her events pack a modest house. And there's always laughter, good stories and chow to to be found at a Butt Ugly trunk show. The people are like her clothes, smart, quirky, and beautiful. I stepped behind the camera for the evening and took some snaps of folks shopping BUTT UGLY.
There's a tiny little story to my picture taking. My first photo was of the lovely Sasha P and I had asked her to pose with this sweet vintage barkcloth dress with a charming little print. One of my last photos of the evening was of my dear amiga, Kerry D who was trying on the very same dress. It fit her like a dream, and she promptly bought it. Lucky girl!