After reviewing the long-awaited Comme des Garcons diffusion line for H&M and finding myself disappointed (with the exception of a black deconstructed blazer), I opted to document the fashion mayhem instead of waiting with the masses in the 2 block-long line. I walked in at 10:01am and the racks were already empty, everyone's arms filled with polka dots. The crowd, which ranged from art students to eBay sellers, continued to wait in lines for the clothes off mannequins and the satisfaction of owning a CDG cardigan for $29.90. I, on the other hand, was content with taking in the surprisingly civil scene and making it out with an empty H&M Comme de Garcons shopping bag.
Here's the blazer I wanted
If you were thinking right about now that seemingly every celebrity—and his mother—has caught Project Runway fever, you’d be right. The story usually goes: Celebrity has zero design background. Celebrity is approached by investors to slap his name on a clothing label executed by a team of designers. And said celebrity is dubbed over night a celebrity/designer.
It was a heart-sinking sight after a wildfire erupted on the Bay Area's Angel Island State Park on Sunday, October 12, lighting it up in bright orange streams. The park reopened to visitors on Monday, and though areas that were burned and most hiking trails are currently off-limits, this is a great time to visit, with fewer crowds, nice fall weather, and almost half the island untouched by the fire.
After more than 30 years in the biz, Manolo Blahnik has accumulated a pop culture status and fan base unmatched by most designers. His devoted clients have been rumored to go to extremes to pay homage to their Manolo collections—from designating entire rooms in their homes for Blahnik shoe storage to ordering his spendy heels by the dozens. So it was no surprise that the shoe guru’s recent visit to San Francisco attracted a swarm of Blahnik groupies for a mid-day appearance and signing of their coffee table tomes Blahnik by Boman [$55, Chronicle Books] at Neiman Marcus.
Chances are you've seen one of Oakland designer Jason Munn's music posters, especially if you went to the Treasure Island Music Festival (the whole ship/island concept was his idea). Or , perhaps, you've spun a CD with his art on it. Munn's SF-based design studio, The Small Stakes, has created posters, magazine graphics, CD art and book covers for bands like, Beck, Modest Mouse, The Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie, and locals Rogue Wave.
The Bay Area turned out en masse to San Francisco's Mezzanine Nov. 13 to see Q-Tip, one of the former members of the sometimes defunct A Tribe Called Quest, take back hip hop with a little help from his friends.
Mezzanine was packed to capacity with hip hop lovers anxious to hear The Renaissance, the much anticipated and critically acclaimed follow up to 1999's Amplified, in the live. L.A.'s Pacific Division, The Knux and The Cool Kids kicked off the evening, the latter being just as cool as their name promises, energizing the crowd with hits like “Delivery Man” and “Black Mags.”
I'm headed down the Grapevine to LA for the Part Time Punks Music Festival to check out San Francisco's Magic Bullets and the brigade of punk bands playing at The Echo and The Echoplex this weekend. What I'm most looking forward to is hearing A Certain Ratio, playing in the U.S for the first time in 25 YEARS. It's gonna be out of control. Check back Monday for my photos from the weekend.
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