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Nowness Presents Animating Chanel

Peter Philips, Chanel's Global Creative Director of Makeup, created Animating Chanel, a quirky video capturing Chanel make-up products transforming into robots. The video hit the web yesterday, and caused a nerdy-tech-meets-Chanel-chic ruckus in the blogosphere.

Animating Chanel is just one of many genius products exclusively produced for NownessLVMH's luxe, minimalist online magazine.

Be a Teenage Dream: Donate a Dress to the Princess Project

If you haven’t waded into the depths of your closet lately for a serious clean-out session, here’s a reason to put that on your to-do list: next week marks the beginning of the annual dress drive from the Princess Project, a San Francisco-based non-profit that gifts high school girls in need with new and gently-used dresses and accessories so they can step out in style on their prom nights.

Local Designer Spotlight: Yorktown Road

Carol Gilbert made her first handbag when she was just a little girl. She also made the fabric for that handbag by hand-weaving through a square loom, again, when she was just a little girl. Color us impressed. 

Gilbert's passion for creating textiles and designing handbags evolved into Yorktown Road, a SF based company that fits our criteria for fabulous local design:  unique, sturdy and well priced.

What’s the Deal: Beauty Company, The Mission Statement, Sway + More

Sometimes, you just gotta deal.

Beauty Company + Salon: The Russian Hill destination is offering different specials throughout the week. Peruse the Facebook page for deals such as discounts on waxing appointments scheduled before 4 p.m. and $25 signature mani-pedi combos.

The Mission Statement: Pop into this shop devoted to local designers, and you’ll save 25 percent off regularly priced items through Sunday, Jan. 23. Also on tap at the store this weekend: feather hair extensions, which will be going for $10 a bunch on Saturday afternoon during the Feather Extension Party. Add them to your hair, and they can be washed and styled along with your natural locks.

Sway: This Noe Valley boutique recently tweeted that it’s offering 15 percent off all winter jackets and boots.

Look of the Week: Edwardian Ball 2011

We want you to be belle of the ball, the Edwardian Ball that is. Stroll down to the Regency Ballroom this Friday for the Edwardian World's Faire, and Saturday for the 11th Annual Edwardian Ball, one of SF's most lavish costume parties. 

Edwardian fashion is all about prim, high collars, ruffly frocks with oversized sleeves, elaborate hats with cascading plumes, and a whole lot of lace. Now, let's one, two step, and remix that a bit for 2011.  

Inspiring Activewear, Athleta Opens New Shop in Pacific Heights

San Francisco women are smart, chic and active. For clothing that can handle our on-the-go lifestyles, Athleta just might be the answer. 

Athleta is the latest addition to the Gap Inc. conglomerate, and opened its first retail store last Thursday in Pacific Heights.  The brand focuses on modern activewear that suits a broad range of women living the modern ubran-outdoorsy lifestyle -- perfect for SF.

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.

Nice Collective Goes One Step Beyond Pop-Up Shop to "Mobile Supply Unit"

Pop-up shops are everywhere these days, here one minute and gone the next. Local label Nice Collective is taking it to the next conceptual level and altering vacant storefronts around town into Mobile Supply Units, all set up to be moved within a day. Their first MSU in this great experiment is just off Church & Market Streets.

Minxy's Brings Affordable Vintage to the Mission

The Mission has many, shall we say, interesting smells. The one we like best? The oh so distinct scent of vintage clothing

And while we have a soft spot for that musty scent, we love Minxy's Boutique even more for not having it. Minxy's is a one-stop vintage shop that flaunts everything from pointy 80s pumps to bold 60s costume jewelry, with decades of clothing in between.

What's the Deal: Mimi Boutique, Tea Collection, Dema + More

Ready to play? Deal us in….

Mimi Boutique: The annual sale at this San Francisco-based online boutique means deals on the shop’s already reasonably-priced women’s accessories, including handbags and trendy sunglasses.

Bobbepin: Now even non-football fans can appreciate the playoffs. In honor of the weekend’s games, this Bay Area-based online store is offering 40 percent off through Sunday with the discount code kickoff at checkout.

Tea Collection: Next week’s sample sale for the children’s label promises deals on one-of-a-kind samples and previous seasons’ merchandise in boys and girls sizes 0 to 12. The sale takes place on Wednesday and Thursday from 9 am to 7 pm at Fiddlesticks, 540 Hayes St., SF. Can’t make it? You’ll find many items going for up to 50 percent off online, thanks to the web site’s semi-annual sale.

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