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Highlights from The Bay Area Independent Fashion Festival

We were definitely a little sad a few months ago when we discovered (quietly) that SF Fashion Week was no longer. It was a valiant effort, which began in 2005, on the part of local events producer Erika Gessin to create a cohesive fashion event for Bay Area designers held every August. But with its rumored organizational problems and, now, the depressed state of the economy, we weren’t terribly surprised the local fashion shows eventually tapped out. It’s still yet to be seen whether the relatively new Innovative Fashion Council of San Francisco will be able to eventually get the support and funding needed to launch The Fashion Event the city so craves.

Goldenbleu Warehouse Sale and Bay Area Independent Fashion Festival


Courtesy of Goldenbleu

What: Goldenbleu Warehouse Sale
When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11
Where: Goldenbleu warehouse, 2963 Mission St., info@goldenbleu.com
Why: Score Italian-leather kicks and purses from one of SF’s own at wholesale prices. Select styles start at $30. Get a free bag with a purchase of $200 or more.

SF Fashion and Beauty Events


Courtesy of Loyal Army Clothing

What:
Loyal Army’s “Party for the Pets”

When:
7 p.m., Oct. 16

Where:
Loyal Army Clothing, 1728 Haight St., 415-897-9797
 
Why:

Pretty in Pink

Piglets. Cotton candy. Elle Woods. What’s the other reason we can’t get enough of the color pink? In October, it’s the hue that reminds us to raise funding for breast cancer research and awareness. If you haven’t picked up a copy of our October issue yet, head to the newsstands for our picks of the hottest pink products you can buy to benefit the cause. Here, a few extras we spotted around town to whet your shopping appetite.



Gab Fest with Proenza Schouler

Fresh off of New York Fashion Week, the genius boys behind Proenza Schouler (a.k.a. Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez) breezed through San Francisco recently for a private trunk show and cocktail party at Neiman Marcus and, of course, a gab fest with 7x7. With leather gloves, sleek jumpsuits and zippered pencil skirts from their Spring 2009 collection in tow, the playful Manhattan-based duo shared their thoughts on diving into accessory design, getting inspired, and dressing their mothers.

Macy's Passport 2008

Comedian Dame Edna, No Doubt drummer Adrian Young, the Jabbawockeez dance crew and designer Tommy Hilfiger were just a few of the headliners who entertained a pack crowd at the Fort Mason Center’s Herbst Pavilion on Sept. 18 at the 26th annual Macy’s Passport HIV/AIDS fundraising gala. While long and lean models shared the catwalk with a host of dazzling entertainers (a Marilyn Monroe impersonator, salsa dancing couples and SF Cheer’s acrobatic troupes, to name a few) the main attraction, of course, was the fashion. Timeless fall staples—from evening gowns and trench coats to crisp suits and denim—dominated this year’s catwalk. Here, a few highlights from the fall collections at Macy’s.

Kate Somerville in SF


Kate Somerville at her L.A. med-spa. Courtesy of Kate Somerville

SF's Master of Up 'Dos

It’s high season for cultural events around town, and that means hair stylists skilled in special-occasion hair are in serious demand. I recently went looking for an expert who could pull off the quick-fire task of giving me some innovative up ‘dos—spurred by a recent flurry of post-work weeknight galas. Here are a couple of gorgeous styles whipped up by Cinta Salon’s Ernie Meneses, a Tinseltown-native and recent SF transplant, who has been in the hair biz for more than eight years. After my first visit with Ernie, I quickly realized I’d never have to worry about ending up with the dreaded over-curled and shellacked “bridesmaid” hair.

Local Fashion Contests: Azalea boutique and Art Institutes of California

Be on your way to becoming America's next top model or the next fashion design star by entering these local competitions.


Courtesy of Azalea boutique

What: The Azalea anniversary party fashion show model contest

When: Entry deadline is Sept. 1; five winners will be announced Sept. 5 for their spot to model in the Sept. 19 show at Mezzanine, styled by Brandon Scott, designer of B. Son SF.

Fall Coat Trends: Bright, Bulky and Belted

We all live with our fair share of regrets. For some, it's picking the wrong major in college, sticking out a rocky relationship, or eating last night's bad sushi. My regret? Waiting until mid-October last season, when it was really cold outside, to look for a new coat. The chill is the only consistent thing about San Francisco weather, and so I assumed that  stores were bound to keep an array of key outerwear pieces in stock year round. Wrong! Instead, I went through the fall and winter months desperately sorting through picked over, not-my-size overcoats, never satisfied and eventually going without that much-needed update to my wardrobe.
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