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Ladies Man: Q&A with Prabal Gurung

Since his debut at New York Fashion Week in February 2009, Prabal Gurung has made quite a name for himself. Just ask his frequent patron first lady Michelle Obama. The on-fire designer recently made an appearance at San Francisco’s Neiman Marcus to showcase his Spring 2011 collection. Gurung sat down with us to talk about his designs, his friendship with Demi Moore, and his message to women everywhere.

Shoe In: Q&A with Manolo Blahnik

Shoemaker extraordinaire Manolo Blahnik, described simply as the greatest shoe designer of all time by Vogue’s Anna Wintour, recently made a rare appearance at Neiman Marcus San Francisco. One of many local fans, Lillian Kwock—who stood near the front of the line at the department store's exclusive event—said, “I did a count last week. I have 39 pairs, not including these two that I just bought."

In town to promote his new book, Manolo’s New Shoes (released October 12), a follow-up to 2003's Manolo Blahnik Drawings, the famous designer chatted with journalists while the shoe salon buzzed with excitement and models floated around carrying platters adorned with snakeskin, pointed-toed kitten heels. In brief, here's what Mr. Blahnik had to say.

Project Runway’s Christopher Collins Returns to His Hometown

Christopher Collin’s white-walled, fabric-filled San Francisco studio furnished by a soft nude couch and design table has long been deserted since the beloved local artist left in June to compete in Project Runway’s eighth season. The charming, blue-eyed designer recently came home for a hot second to promote his entire collection at Neiman Marcus in Union Square. We managed to steal him away from fans for a few minutes to talk about his experience on Project Runway, why he loves San Francisco, and how his dreams are coming true faster than he can blink.

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