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Academy of Art Grads Shine at New York Fashion Week

Erin Fetherston and Alexander Wang weren’t the only designers with strong San Francisco ties to show their fall 2009 collections at New York Fashion Week this year. Making their debut under the tents at Bryant Park last Friday were eight recent graduates of the Academy of Art University, the first and only school to show during the event.

Big Sale at Alessi for 9 More Days

There's always something to love at Alessi, that bastion of Contemporary Italian design where each object is more clever and functional than the next. All the more reason to love 'em? The store is having their annual sale right now, where items are marked down up to 70% from now until the end of the month. You can check out some available sale items online, but for the best selection we recommend you cruise over to the Alessi store at Sutter and Stockton.

Sidewalk Chic: Flower Power in SoMa

Name: Megan Robinson

Age: 21

Occupation: Student at Skyline Cosmotology, Receptionist at Mercer Street Salon

Spotted: Yo! Majesty show at 103 Harriet, 10:08 p.m.

Wearing: floral dress from LF, Forever 21 flats (we think they rather resemble Marc by Marc Jacobs), gold Megaline necklace from an SF street vendor who makes custom necklaces on the spot for $18

Forbidden Island Farewell

None of the jokes we could make (i.e. his three-hour tour turned to three years) can mask the sadness we're all likely to feel at the news that the great, great Martin Cate, one of the partners and certainly the soul and the genius behind Alameda's Forbidden Island, is leaving the tiki bar.  If not a Tiki God (sorry), Cate is certainly considered one of the world's top authority's on this overlooked cocktail art form. While tropical and sometimes kitschy, Cate's drinks were always remarkably complex, balanced, and delcious. He told me that he and his partners in the bar, which opened in 2006, " just had different ideas about the the future of the business."

It's All Good: The Pooch Turns 40!


Anyone who knows or works with PR pro Lori Puccinelli Stern is more than familiar with her trademark and enthusiastic phrase employed in any situation, terrific or tragic: “It’s all good!”

And so it was -- even beneath stormy skies which forced cancellation of the final round at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Tourney -- when The Pooch corralled friends, far and wide, to celebrate her 40th birthday last weekend in Carmel.

Vintage Favorites

Once a week we comb through the new listing from our favorite local antique and vintage shops.  This week was especially good, so we though we'd share with you our favorites.  The theme is Mid-Century Modern, so be prepared to see some extremely iconic Mid-Century Modern design.  From Knoll to McCobb, here are our favorites:

1.  Pair of Club Chairs by Florence Knoll at Sultana, $3,800

2.  Pair of Painted Mid Century mirrors at Sarlo, $2,180

3.  Borge Mogensen Dining Set at Modern Artifacts, $8,500

Where to Shop This Weekend: Home Swede Home, Given, Academy of Friends Silent Auction

We may be preoccupied prepping our inner fashion critics for Sunday’s red carpet drama, but hardly too busy to shop. Here are three places to check out this weekend:

Mardi Gras at Townhall: Oysters and G-Strings

Mardi Gras is coming up next week and Townhall is having its annual Fat Tuesday celebration. Co-owner Mitch Rosenthal recalled last year's celebration: "We shucked 1,900 oysters. It was brutal. There were about six of us, just shucking and jiving." Although for 2008, the restaurant ordered big, fat oysters straight from Louisiana (having grown up there, I like my oysters big, which often slightly horrifies people here who prefer delicate little—i.e. sissy—Kumamotos), they learned a lesson when the $900 overnight shipping bill came. For 2009, the oysters will be sourced locally.

Hot Mama-To-Be (Jen Siebel Newsom, That Is)

Although Valleywag broke the story today, we had a hint as early as last October that the patter of little mayoral feet wouldn’t be far off. From our interview with SF’s First Lady:

New Lighting at MoMA Store

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is always a great place to gather inspiration from, so we expect the same from the store. We check out the latest additions to the heavily curated store whenever we can.  Lately they've been heavy on the gift items, but they did recently add some desk lamps to the mix.  From the iconic Mid-Century Modern designers to the cool and contemporary, here are our favorites: 

1.  Akari Paper Lantern Table Lamp
Isamu Noguchi, 1952, $225

2.  Nesso Table Lamp

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