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Kenneth Cole Launches Awearness Book in SF

An eager crowd of San Franciscans took advantage of an unusually balmy November evening last night, when party goers lined up outside the downtown Kenneth Cole store for a chance to meet the New York designer himself, in town for a cocktail party fundraiser and launch of his new book “Aweareness: Inspiring Stories about How to Make a Difference.” Comprised of 86 essays written by a range of celebs, from Ludacris and Alice Waters to Lance Armstrong and Robert Redford (spotted holding hands with long-time girlfrie

Andre Benjamin Launches Benjamin Bixby Line at Bloomigdale's San Francisco

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.

Catching up with Manolo Blahnik

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.

Andre 3000 On His Benjamin Bixby Line, Steely Dan and Increasing Your Style Quotient



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.

Andre Benjamin is all too familiar with that scenario. Years ago, the entertainer— more widely known as one half of the hip-hop duo OutKast—signed a licensing deal with investors to launch an OutKast clothing line, which made a chunk of change, but admittedly had little to do with Benjamin’s vision. “I learned quickly that unless you’re putting the money up for it, your sign-off doesn’t mean anything because they send you things a day after it’s too late to change anything,” Benjamin recalls. “I knew from that point on, I wanted to make clothes that I could really stand behind and understand.”

A style icon in his own right, Benjamin has since recently launched his namesake menswear line, Benjamin Bixby, a moniker referencing Benjamin’s fashion design alter ego, and a deliberate departure from his identity as a musician. The line is completely self-funded, and the rugged-meets-clean cut pieces, sketched by Benjamin himself, have clear references to 1930s collegiate prep. I sat down with Benjamin last night, just before 7x7’s private party hosted in his honor at Bloomingdale’s, where he put on his designer hat and let us in on some of his fashion insight.

Gala Season Shopping: Where to go for the perfect party dress

One of the most common questions I get right around this time—the calm before the gala season storm—is “Where should I go shopping in San Francisco for a party dress?” And with all the back-to-back events that hit in September and October, the ladies are typically looking to avoid the horror of all fashion horrors: the dreaded McFrock that shows up all over town on every other gal the same night. Other than the usual department store suspects, where else can you shop on short notice for that next formal affair?

Interview with Madonna's Make-up Artist

Madonna hits the stage at Oakland’s Oracle Arena this weekend on the Bay Area stop of her Sticky & Sweet world tour. In between unpacking her beauty arsenal and getting the Queen of Pop camera ready, Gina Brooke, Madonna’s longtime make-up artist, will be teaching a master class at the Fillmore Street Shu Uemura boutique on Saturday. We caught up with Brooke, who was still touring in Canada, for the inside scoop of life on the road, how she keeps Madonna looking fine, and her best, stress-free beauty tips.

TipToes Nail Spa Opening in Potrero Hill

With the holidays just around the corner—and seemingly endless shopping to do and parties to attend—I’ve been on the look out for a reliable neighborhood spa where I can get groomed in a hurry, without sacrificing quality and without breaking the bank.

So You Wanna Be a Supermodel? Casting Call for Arts of Fashion


If you are a true lover of fashion, you’ll want to check out some of the lectures, workshops and parties being hosted by the SF-based Arts of Fashion Foundation from Oct. 25 to 29 at venues around the city.

Trend Watch: Leather

As the temperature drops in the Bay Area, we’re spotting this classic material—from cropped bomber jackets and fitted blazers to wide belts and knee-high boots—on locals in the city looking to stay stylishly warm.

Christopher Collins Spring Preview Fashion Show

You probably haven’t heard of him—yet. But we’re convinced Christopher Collins will be a designer to watch in SF’s growing fashion circle. On Tuesday, Collins presented his sophomore Spring 2009 collection before a packed invite-only crowd at Deep Down Sound in SoMa. Co-produced by Elise Friedman, Phoebe Rubin, Rachel Esterline and Julianne Moeller, the energetic shindig attracted a smattering of social butterflies, fashiony hipsters and curious media, who gathered for a flash of fashion and post-work mingling over sushi, cupcakes and glasses of sparkling rosé.

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