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Iconic Hollywood Fashion Collection Comes to San Francisco

From the original dress Judy Garland was to wear in the Wizard of Oz to a one-of-kind Donna Karan dress custom-made for Barbra Streisand and Joan Crawford’s jewels, fans of old Hollywood’s fabled glamour will find much to ogle in a new exhibition on view at the Metreon.

Culled from the extensive collection of Oakland memorabilia collector Barry Barsamian, the showing of over 200 pieces worn or owned by Hollywood television and film stars includes vintage gowns, costumes and all manner of accessories touched by silver screen greats, including Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Lucille Ball, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Bob Hope and many others.

Thom Browne on Mad Men, Guy Style and the Rebelliousness of Suits

Best known for making suits cool again, Thom Browne has amassed a cult following with his eponymous New York-based label’s highly-recognizable slim-fitting men’s jackets and cropped dress pants. But with Browne now designing for Black Fleece, the Brooks Brothers’ offshoot whose second-ever retail store opened in San Francisco this month, and lending his hand in collaborations with Moncler Gamme Bleu, the designer’s modern take on mid-century silhouettes seems poised to go mainstream.

Sidewalk Chic: Modern Lace on Valencia

Name: Julia Lamont

Age: 25

Occupation: Sales Associate at Dema; waitress at Spork

Lives in: Nob Hill

Wearing: Forever 21 lace top, American Apparel dress, second-hand boots from Painted Bird, vintage necklaces and b.ella tights from Dema

What inspires your style? My friends, my laundry basket and the fickle SF weather.

One thing you can't live without: ChapStick.

What are you most excited to wear this spring? Bright florals. And bare legs! (I hope.)

Roberta Armani on Uncle Giorgio, Lady Gaga and West Coast Road-Tripping

Niece of Giorgio Armani and, these days, more and more often the public face of the iconic Italian fashion house, Roberta Armani touched down in San Francisco recently to mingle with Bay Area VIPs during a private presentation of Armani’s spring collections held at Neiman Marcus. We caught up with Armani before the event to chat about the company’s recent work outfitting Lady Gaga, red carpet fashion, her uncle Giorgio and her experience road-tripping in California. 

Tell us about Armani’s recent collaboration with Lady Gaga.

What’s the Deal: I Spa, ooma, Jeremy’s + More

Time to deal...

I Spa: Sign up online for this offer from the InterContinental San Francisco’s spa, and you’ll score four $25 discounts for future use toward a selection of four different services, including a massage, mani pedi combo and facial.

Sassoon Salon: In love with Kerastase hair care products? Then get thee to this Nob Hill salon before the end of the month to take advantage of a sale offering 30 percent off the product line.

Look of the Week: Spring Forward

It's no secret that we've been anxiously awaiting spring for quite some time now, September to be exact.

Well the wait is finally over and we're beyond excited to start trying out the looks we fell head-over-heels for over during Fashion Week, from mixed prints to Americana. We're particularly elated that the trends that are popping up in boutiques and our favorite fast-fashion destinations are classic enough to stay relevant for seasons to come!

For this week's look, we decided to experiment with a few of our favorite spring trends: pastels, mixed prints and lucite. It's time to shed your winter layers and your inhibitions and have fun!


Talking with Trina Turk (Plus, Meet Her this Week)

Best known for her bright and bold Southern California style, designer Trina Turk has watched as her company has grown over the last 15 years from a business run out of her home to household name that includes women’s apparel, swimwear, home accessories, handbags and – most recently – a jewelry line.

Shopping's Just The Beginning at Revelation Couture

Don't get us wrong, we love shopping as much as the next girl, but sometimes bouncing endlessly from shop to shop just doesn't cut it.

Luckily now it doesn't have to.

This Thursday, head to Vessel from 5-9 p.m. for Revelation Couture, a unique trunk and art show showcasing some of SF's most buzzworthy clothing and accessory designers like Harputs Own, Litter, Martha Davis and Jan Warnock, along with an impressive list of out-of-towners too.

Vintage Shopping with Splendora’s Gina Pell

Ask Splendora founder Gina Pell about her must-haves style picks for spring, and you might expect a lengthy list comprised of the latest from Louboutin and brand names plucked off the racks at Barney’s New York. But you’d be wrong.

When we sat down recently with Pell to quiz her about spring style, the conversation surprised us with its quick shift to vintage fashion. Instead of visits to high-end boutiques or a trend treatise on choice items from spring collections, Pell’s style radar has its sights squarely set on one local shopping event, this weekend’s Vintage Fashion Expo.

Peruse A Mission Boutique From Comfort of Your Cubicle

Have you ever dreamed of finding unique treasures ranging from seemingly sweet heart pendants to a double-headed chick, all in one glorious place?

Well then look no further than BellJar's newly launched e-commerce site, perfect for those moments when you're stuck in front of your computer instead of taking a Four Barrel-fueled stroll around the Mission. Just in time for their two-year anniversary, the darling boutique's site features clothing, jewelry, art, trinkets for home and more in addition to a brand-new blog for their musings.

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