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Lorraine Sanders

A Night of Fashion & Music with Carolina Herrera

Here’s some news that we dare say will be music to San Francisco fashion lovers’ ears: Carolina Herrera will be in town next week at Davies Symphony Hall for a fashion show featuring her Fall 2011 collection.

If it sounds like an unusual event for the Symphony (or San Francisco, for that matter), that’s because it is.

2 Style Showdowns Have Local Bloggers, Stylists & Designers Vying for Fashion Dominance

The pursuit of style gets competitive in the coming days with the arrival of two spring style showdowns pitting local bloggers, stylists, designers and models against one another to vie for fashion dominance.

Fightin’ Dirty…Gold, That Is

If you’ve never considered the curious life of jewelry before it arrives on your neck, lobes or fingers, then Shawn Higgins would be more than happy to tell you the dirty details. Luckily, you can also sip wine while you scope socially- and environmentally-friendly alternatives at D&H Sustainable Jewelers, the Castro jewelry shop Higgins opened earlier this year with Lindsay Daunell and Diaa Askandafi.

In fact, “dirty gold,” or gold mined in a way that harms surrounding ecosystems and human populations, has become such an issue of late that numerous mainstream jewelry retailers ranging from QVC to Tiffany & Co. have signed on to support the No Dirty Gold campaign, which advocates safer, more socially-responsible mining and sourcing practices for the precious metal.

But Higgins is proud to say that his shop is ahead of the game.

What’s the Deal: Marine Layer, y&i, Stellarocco + More

Marine Layer: The company’s new Retired Styles section in the online store is the place to look for deals on styles that will soon be laid to rest as the shop makes room for its latest stock.

y & i: Through Sunday, the Chestnut Street women’s boutique is offering 20 to 40 percent off select items and a clearance sale with merch starting at $9.99. Bring in this offer from their most recent newsletter to score 10 percent off any full-priced items.

Get Together: Mission United on Saturday

If you heart the Mission, then this weekend’s Mission United shindig at Public Works is one to add to your calendar. Not only does it offer fashion, music and a chance to dance around wearing a freaky mask (don’t fight it), but proceeds from the event benefit worthy neighborhood charitable programs at San Francisco General Hospital and its Dr. Rick Psychiatric Department Volunteer & Rehab Services, Root Division and SFSmiles.

Come Sunday: Noise Pop ‘N Shop

A fashion-minded addition to Noise Pop, Sunday’s Pop ‘n Shop at Public Works is likely to be music to many stylish locals’ ears. Over 30 vendors will be selling handcrafted apparel, accessories and giftables during the event, which is part of the music festival’s Culture Club line-up of arts-minded workshops, talks and D.I.Y.-driven events.

Here are five reasons to go (other than the free admission, of course):

What’s the Deal: LF, Bloomingdales, Sofie Olgaard + More

What's your deal? Here are ours...

LF Stores: The retail chain’s “only sale of the season” brings a bevy of youthfully on-trend jeans, jackets and dresses for $48.

Bloomingdales: The Big Brown Bag Sale means discounts of 20 to 40 percent on apparel and accessories for men, women and children, as well as extra deals on fine jewelry and items for the home.

Sofie Olgaard: To make room for spring merchandise, the local designer is offering 30 to 70 percent off women’s apparel in her online shop, and shipping is free on orders over $100. Among the intriguing items: the wool jersey Denver dress, $168 (reg. $225), and the cropped-length Carrabelle jumpsuit in silk jersey, on sale for $148.

What’s the Deal: ModCloth, Wilkes Bashford, Eyelash Extensions + More

Sometimes, you just gotta deal...

ModCloth: A sale on “cuddly cute clothes” includes a slew of cardigans, zip-up sweaters, slouchy tops, day dresses and versatile layering pieces at up to 50 percent off.

Wilkes Bashford: A buy one, get one for $1 promotion on already-reduced fall merchandise for men and women is on at the San Francisco and Palo Alto locations of this upscale specialty clothing retailer. Along with the $1 sale, fall apparel from labels such as Oscar de la Renta, Sonya Rykiel and Bogner is discounted up to 60 percent.

ZaZa: Get $50 off eyelash extensions this month at the SoMa nail salon. Depending on how much drama you’re looking for, extensions services regularly range from $135-$195.

What’s the Deal: Shotwell, Secession, GAMA-GO + More

Deals, for reals....

Shotwell: The January sale is still on. Pop into the Union Square destination for hip, edgy fashion for up to 70 percent off select clothing, shoes and accessories, with new markdowns added every day.

Secession: The Bernal flats (Baja Noe? SoCha?) gallery and boutique’s art, clothing and jewelry by names such as Colleen Mauer, Heather Robinson and New Skool will be 20 percent off this weekend. Stop by on Friday evening from 6:30-9:30 p.m. for a happy hour featuring edibles from Casey’s Pizzas.

San Francisco Fashion Fans Ready for Snow

On the fashion forecast: snow without the drive to Tahoe. Don't believe it? Read on.

After the crush of the holidays and the onslaught of shopping and style events that come with the season, the New Year hits and, this year as in years past, it takes a lot to get local fashion insiders revved up this month (unless planning and prepping for trips to next month’s New York Fashion Week counts). So it’s notable when a January event has fashion-minded San Franciscans buzzing weeks before it takes place, and even more so when that event is an invite-only affair with a strict white dress code.

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