The Geek 2 Chic Charity Fashion Show made its debut for the first time in San Francisco on Wednesday, May 15 at Bloomingdale’s! The main person behind this event is Microsoft’s Dr. Mark Drapeau. Geek 2 Chic is a charity fashion show produced by Microsoft in collaboration with Bloomingdale’s in an effort to raise money for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). NFTE was started in 1987 and is a nonprofit organization that supports at-risk youth to develop entrepreneurial skills and to start their own businesses. Geek 2 Chic is an opportunity for geeks to be philanthropists and fashionistas as they strut their stuffs down the catwalk like models for the purpose of raising funds for NFTE.
On this fabulous evening, Bloomingdale’s was overflowed with stylishly dressed ladies and swanky gentlemen as they all came out to show their support for NFTE. Upon entrance, guests were seen showing off their inner dancing divas while they bust out some moves at the Dance Central 3 station.
Dance Central 3 is the highest rated and best-selling dance franchise on Kinect for Xbox 360 and I had the opportunity to try it out. It was easy to follow, makes you work up a sweat and most importantly, guests were enjoying it as Dance Central 3 makes you feel and look like a dancer! Next door to the Dance Central 3 station was the Makerbot Replicator 2 station, which is a desktop 3D printer that is easy to use, affordable and fast. Guests were gathered around the station as they were fascinated by the speed and ability of the Makerbot Replicator 2 to create 3D models right then and there.
To take a little break from the fascinating technology, guests mingled their way to the open bar that was serving endless wine, champagne and a specialty cocktail drink called Yammer. While sipping their drinks, guests also enjoyed a variety of hors d’oeuvre including mini sliders, crab cakes and sushi being served courtesy of Barbara Llewellyn Catering & Event Planning company based in Oakland.
While the food and drinks were plentiful, so was the technology. Beside Dance Central 3 and Makerbot Replicator 2, guests were drawn to a very unique product called the Geometry Darling. Geometry Darling is an unique luxury handbag made in Italy that has the ability to turn heads. What’s so special about this product you may ask? The Geometry Darling handbag is the product of combining technology with fashion. It is an illuminated handbag that lights up and changes colors. This is a product by Agent of Presence (AOP) which is a company started by CEO Alison Lewis. Lewis is inspired by both fashion and technology and found a way to integrate both of her passions into an innovative and one-of-a-kind product such as the Geometry Darling handbag.
After enjoying the food, drinks and technology, guests were anxious to see geeks-turned-chic models model the latest Bloomingdale’s fashion as everyone started to make their way to their seats for the Geek 2 Chic Fashion Show. Before the show even started everyone was in for a little treat as they found a VIP swag bag filled with goodies placed on their seats. Applause could be heard loudly as the emcee of the night announced the first geek model to strut their stuff down the catwalk!
A few models decided to show off their talents in addition to strutting their stuff. Aaron Ginn of StumbleUpon, sporting a navy blazer and khaki shorts, showed off his break-dancing moves on the runway. Another model, Gary Wu of LucasFilm, decided to add an very appropriate accessory to his outfit as he wore a stormtrooper helmet! Other geek models that were also strutting their stuff were:
Ambar Munoz, Weather Underground; Amy Schapiro, Code2040; Brian Solis, Altimeter Group; Christina Gagnier, Gagnier Margossian; Dan Toffey, Instagram; Delyn Simons, Mashery; Drew Hylbert, Opower; Elizabeth Stark, Stanford; Faryl Ury, Square; Heather Meeker, Meeker Quinn; Hillary Hartley, NIC; Ivannia De Alba, Facebook; Jacob Mullins, ExitRound; Jason Putorti, Causes; Jason Throckmorton, LaunchSquad; Jay Nath, City of San Francisco; Josh Siapno, Courteesy; Kevin Whittlesey, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine; Liza Kindred, Third Wave Fashion; Lukas Biewald, Crowdflower; Maria Ogneva, Yammer; Peter Revett Dixon, ThreatMetrix; Rachel Peterson, Harvard Business School; Sarah Austin, Pop17; Sarah Ware, Markerly; Thea Nillson, Microsoft; Tracy Sun, Poshmark.
It was truly a fantastic event for a fabulous cause. All of the proceeds from ticket sales and 10 percent of Bloomingdale’s sales on the day of the event directly benefited NFTE.