Style + Design
Week after week, we can't seem to shut up about the signs of spring and how unbelievably giddy we get as the weather heats up. Well it's time to add one more to the list: Dolores Park Movie Night is back!
There's just something about packing a picnic (wine and a blanket counts right?) and heading to the park to watch cult classics that you can barely hear, though it doesn't really matter since you probably know the movie well enough to shout out your favorite lines with the rest of the crowd. Well this week is no exception, because it's time to go Back to the Future!
On Thursday night, one Bay Area-based group hopes to wow San Francisco style hounds with fashion that not only looks good, but does good at the same time.
Mixing educational displays on topics such as fair trade and sustainable production methods with fashion displays from labels such as PACT, Stewart + Brown, Indigenous and Vagadu, the first Ethical Fashion Night hopes attendees will learn about environmentally- and socially-responsible fashion while checking out looks from local companies and having a good time, thanks to the music, food and drinks that will be on offer throughout the evening in new SoMa venue The Hub.
For feet that would rather spend big on comfort than trends, shoes by French designer Thierry Rabotin may be just the thing to put a spring in your step.
Made using a special construction technique called sacchetto, the luxury brand’s footwear eschews traditional insoles and metal reinforcements in favor of a glove-like fit created by hand-sewing linings to uppers. The end result? Lightweight shoes that allow the foot to move naturally.
The brand continues the simple silhouettes and functional styling it’s best known for in its offerings for fall ($385-$850), among them round-toe flats, ankle boots and day shoes with wedge heels.
Sometimes (okay, most of the time) we just can't seem to find the time or energy to spend the day hunting for unique pieces to spruce up our wardrobe on the cheap.
Well ladies and gentlemen, say hello to your new one-stop shop.
Nestled just far enough off Haight to feel like a secret treasure, Revolver is frighteningly close to what our dream closet would look like. And what our boyfriend's dream closet would look like. In fact, we really wouldn't be opposed to packing up and moving into the rustic boutique-slash-gallery space.
We’re not sure about you, but we’re always intrigued by an opportunity to pay less while sipping bubbly and snagging free goodies. Hence our laser-like focus on Thursday’s SF Shopping Night event, taking place at Mango in the San Francisco Centre.
The big draw, of course, is 30 percent off everything in the store, including the military-inspired separates, wedge platforms and day dresses the label is touting for spring and summer. Further enticement comes in the form of sparkling wine, free Mango military bags for the first attendees and tunes from DJ Sonny Phono.
Say what you will about the overpriced hipster haven (that you still secretly scour for the latest trends), but Urban Outfitters on Powell is now stocked with real, bonafide designer vintage for a limited time and well, it's surprisingly good.
Head upstairs to find hand-picked racks of ladylike frilled blouses, pretty warm-weather dresses, a colorful array of skinny leather belts, perfectly worn-in shoes and more from the likes of Betsey Johnson, Ralph Lauren, Pendleton and Ferragamo. The best part? The prices are comparable, if not slightly cheaper, that the vintage-inspired wares that fill the rest of the store.
All in all, it's definitely worth checking out if you don't feel like heading to the Haight or Mission for your secondhand fix.
Some people hunt for eggs. Others hunt for deals.
BellJar: In honor of the Mission boutique’s new online shop, 7x7 readers can save 15 percent on online purchases with the discount code 7X7SDFBJLRS. Offer good through April 31. We also hear SF Indie Fashion is giving away a $50 gift certificate to the shop this week.
Easter was so much cooler as a kid.
Not only did it mean a frilly new dress, matching hat and straw basket full of assorted bunny and egg-shaped candies, there was the sugar-fueled Easter Egg Hunt.
And while we'd like to think we've grown up quite a bit since then, we still love the thrill of the hunt, though now it usually involves scouring vintage racks rather than a grassy knoll.
That being said, it seems we're not the only ones that see the world through pastel-colored glasses this time of the year. Tie and dip-dye prints are making a serious comeback this season (think less Summer of Love and more melted sorbet), and suffice it to say we're totally on board.
Looking for a way to kick off the month of April with a dose of local fashion? Tomorrow night, San Francisco designer Christopher Collins is celebrating the arrival of the spring 2010 collection at his eponymous Sutter Street boutique.
Back in December, Collins told us that the theme behind his women’s dresses, pants, skirts and tops for spring ($150-$400) was “effortlessly elegant:”
“You put it on, and it’s a look ready to walk out the door,” Collins said.
Name: Joel Oropeza
Occupation: Student; Sells furniture at Therapy
Lives in: the Mission
One thing you can't live without: My railroad spike bracelet. I never take it off.
Your three wardrobe essentials: Black jeans, a beanie and leather shoes. Basically any shoes but sneakers.
Favorite place to shop in SF: Definitely Barneys for when I'm down to splurge on an item or just window shopping.