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SF Gets a Little Taste of Fashion Week With Macy's Passport

Plenty of local fashion-philes have been overheard lamenting their West Coast tethers in recent days, thanks to that special time of year in New York, but we’re happy to report that style salve for runway-deprived San Franciscans is on its way. 

The 27th annual Macy’s Passport benefit and fashion show takes place this week and, unlike the shows we’ve been drooling over in the Big Apple, this one is open to the public.

One of the largest and longest-running HIV/AIDS fundraising events of its kind, the benefit is joining forces with Macy’s Come Together campaign against domestic hunger this year to support not only HIV/AIDS services, prevention and research, but also to raise much-needed funds for beneficiaries such as San Francisco’s Glide Memorial, Project Open Hand and Huckleberry Youth Programs.

The festivities begin tomorrow night with an invitation-only evening of fashion fun and HIV prevention education for 2,000 Bay Area youth.

On Thursday, the main event treats guests to a reception featuring live bluegrass and edibles from Taste, a performance by Gwen Stefani backup dancers the Harajuku Girls and a runway fashion show presenting fall looks by Rachel Roy, Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, American Rag, Levi’s, Tallia, Papi and b.tempt’d by Wacoal.

Additionally, through Saturday, an in-store Passport sale at Macy’s Union Square location will offer shoppers 10 to 20 percent off most Macy’s merchandise when they purchase a $10 ticket.

Macy's Passport reception and fashion show begins tomorrow night at 5:30 p.m. in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center. Tickets ($125 and up).