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Look of the Week: Mother's Day Brunch Al Fresco

With Mother's Day only three days away, chances are you've gotten the perfect card and gift taken care of. You even scored brunch reservations at Foreign Cinema to secure your 'favorite daughter' status. The only question left is the inevitable "What am I going to wear?", and if your mom is anything like ours, this sweet ensemble will leave her positively glowing (though it might also have a bit to do with the mimosas).

LAEKEN Sample Sale, Metamorphosis Hair Trims, Official Tourist at Shotwell

Head to Shotwell this Thursday for a little slice of what we'd like to call Heaven. Freshen up your spring wardrobe with LAEKEN's effortlessly chic pieces (think tie-dyed silk dresses) while sipping on deliciously cheap cocktails from 6-9 p.m. Be sure to also get a free fringe trim by Metamorphosis Salon while you're there so you can properly admire your new look.

Sidewalk Chic: Springtime in August

Name: Mandy Cole

Age: 28

Occupation: Mom, retail (at August), bookkeeper, stylist, and photographer

Spotted: Rogan+Loomstate Pop-Up Shop opening at August, 6:24 p.m.

Wearing: Banana Republic top, Marni pants, Miu Miu flats

What do you find most important when selecting an outfit? "Simple style with a bit of irony."

Favorite item you were wearing & why? "My Marni pants! They are so incredibly fabulous and ridiculous."

Look of the Week: Statement Shoes for Less

In a perfect world, we'd all be able to walk into Barney's and drop $1300 on the designer must-have heels of the season without blinking an eye. Unfortunately, most of us live in the real world of scouring H&M and boutique sale racks in an endless quest to find high-end looks that will leave our bank accounts relatively in tact. Luckily we love a good style challenge, so we did the dirty work for you and found five pairs of statement heels that will leave you looking au courant and feeling guilt-free.

Sidewalk Chic: Downtown Glam in Union Square

Name: Jenelle Lee Oldham

Age: 26

Occupation: Hairstylist at Oxenrose Salon

Spotted:
Infatuation at Vessel, 11:01 p.m.

Wearing: Forever 21 dress, vintage belt and heels, handmade earrings by Nico Lopez

How would you define your style? "Totally fun and carefree. I love dressing up and wearing things that pop. Mixing trendy, vintage, and a pair of killer heels!"

AAU '09 Graduate Fashion + Jewelry Collaboration

 

 

We were so blown away by the final collection at the Academy of Art Graduate Fashion Show that we just had to share. The Fashion and Jewelry Design Collaboration produced by three Fine Art Sculpture and six Fashion Design students, was a fantastical mix that we think is best described as alien fairy with a dash of Toy Story mutant toy. From the metal flowers sprouting out of the tulle 'fur' coat to the sculptural wires suspending layers of a goddess gown in mid-air, the collection was without-a-doubt inspiring and the Academy continues to make fashion aficionados such as ourselves proud to call San Francisco home.

See more from the AAU fashion show.

AAU '09 Graduate Fashion Show Round-Up

 

Last Thursday, we found ourselves surrounded by SF fashion notables (Joy Bianchi, Willie Brown, et al.) and art students, all impatiently waiting for the Academy of Art Graduate Fashion Show to begin. What came next was a whirlwind of ruffles, strong silhouettes, bold graphic prints, oversized knitwear, and dramatic draping that left our hearts aflutter. Although all of these talented young designers produced impressive collections, we leave you with the five that stood apart from the rest (in our humble opinion, of course):

Look of the Week: One-Stop Shopping

This past heat wave has us longing for a leisurely beach getaway, and of course we can't go on our (imaginary) escape without a new warm weather outfit. Unfortunately, back in the real world our hectic schedules leave little time for shopping about town, which is why we've decided to make it easy for you by scoring an entire ensemble at one store! Since Guess is known for their sweet yet sexy vibe, it only made sense that we would find an outfit there to take you from poolside to dining al fresco after dark (or from Baker Beach to North Beach):

Matthew Williamson's Laidback Glamour Hits H&M

Grab your camping supplies and credit card ladies, Matthew Williamson's collaboration with H&M is about to hit Powell Street (one of only eight stores in the country that are lucky enough to score it). Williamson, best known for his vibrant colors and prints, found inspiration for the line by looking back at eleven years worth of collections in order to find the true essence of his brand. What came out of it is an elegant yet playful collection full of bold silk summer pieces that refuse to be ignored. His graphic flamenco dress, electric blue suit, and tulip-silhouetted cocktail dress are the items that are driving us to battle the masses at 10 a.m., but you check out the rest of the collection here.

Glass Candy, Desire, Twisted Wires at Mezzanine Tonight

Discover the undeniably sexy world of Glass Candy, arriving fresh from Coachella this Monday at Mezzanine. The Portland-based duo's music could be described as a mix of Italo Disco, synthpop, electro, with a dash of drum & bass, all topped off with lead singer Ida No's haunting vocals. If you don't trust our recommendation, trust Karl Lagerfeld's, who has used their songs for two Chanel runway shows. Check out a sample of their unique musical stylings here.

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