Style + Design
With the arrival of the second standalone store from Brooks Brothers’ spinoff Black Fleece in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood last week, it’s difficult not to wonder whether the City is on the verge of a preppy-is-chic-again style revolution.
Designed in collaboration with Thom Browne, known in the fashion world for reviving the beleaguered men’s suit and making it edgy again, the label revels in a kind of old school blue blood (think Christian Bale in American Psycho) aesthetic coupled with just the slightest twinge of irony.
Each year, we look forward to Discarded to Divine, a very-San Francisco fashion event that pairs creativity and a community-minded twist to raise awareness and much-needed funds for St. Vincent de Paul Society programs supporting low-income people in need and victims of domestic violence.
And judging by a sneak peek we recently received of the garments, created by both new and established designers using discarded clothing and textiles donated to St. Vincent de Paul Society, the April 26 soiree looks like it will be the event’s biggest and best year yet.
Eclectic, thrifty, funky, vintage: Sprung from a city that revels in the idea of independence, the fashion scene here is proudly anti-fashion. Meet nine up-and-coming bloggers and two Web entrepreneurs who epitomize this sentiment every time they get dressed.
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Cary.Lane: Let a slew of 80’s hits put you in the shopping mood at this Hayes Valley destination for discounted designer labels. Along with an all-day sale of 30 percent off merchandise, those who turn up for the nighttime 80’s party from 8 to 11 p.m. will find drinks, art, tunes and prizes for the best 80’s outfits.
With the Academy of Friends' Gala and the Oscars on our mind, we can't seem to stop fantasizing about getting dressed to the nines. Though sadly we don't get the chance to attend nearly as many extragavant black-tie affairs as we'd like, when the time comes we're always plagued with how to look fab without maxing out our credit cards.
Let's face it, gowns don't come cheap without looking it so it's always best to invest in a timeless, moderately priced piece that you'll be able to wear more than once. Simply pair with stand-out accessories and pouf, you're sure to be the belle of the ball!
The big opening bash may not be until next week, but we hear hotly-anticipated, eco-minded Berkeley shop Convert will quietly open its doors tomorrow.
Yes, for city residents, a visit requires a journey over or under the Bay. But we’re betting fashion-minded folks will make the trek. Here’s why:
First, the new store for men and women is the latest from longtime local fashion industry vet Randy Brewer, who spent the last 12 years picking and choosing clothing lines for Villains in the Haight. Second, along with Brewer’s taste for hip surfer-meets-street apparel, the store’s eco-friendly focus is sure to be a draw.
An online treasure trove for all things handmade and vintage, Etsy is one of our top go-to sources when we want to break away from our fast fashion fixes and and opt for something unique but still inexpensive.
After scouring SF's Etsy Local shops for this week's round-up in anticipation of Tim Burton's remake of Alice in Wonderland, we wanted to share what's impatiently waiting in our shopping cart:
1. Blue Dot Cluster Shoe Clips by blacksatinshoes, $18: Give your go-to heels a dose of feminine flair with these polka dot rosette clips.
Have you ever wanted to get your hands on a hot stylist’s rack (people, not like that). You’ll get your chance this Friday, when Bianca Starr unveils its first “stylist boutique,” a new in-store concept that’s sure to have local vintage fashion fans drooling.
“We have the hottest, most talented women in the city who have graced us with their fashion influence and asked them to pick out 20 to 30 of their favorite pieces that they can part with to be out on consignment,” store owner Bianca Kaplan blogged recently.