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Look of the Week: Litquake Geek Chic

With Litquake kicking off its 10th anniversary celebration this Friday, the bookworm in all of us here at the 7x7 office is beginning to show. But with boyfriend blazers, collared shirts and oxfords showing up everywhere from the NY runway to the suburban streets, there's no better time to let your inner geek shine through. So, ladies and gents, it's time to grab your thick-framed glasses and head to your closest bookstore or bar, Litquake is here to stay...for a week anyway:

An Ode to the F-Word, by Christian Siriano

Indiscriminate f-word usage isn’t usually a good thing for a newcomer to try (just ask Jenny Slate). But when you’re Christian Siriano and the f-word in question is “fierce,” it happens to mean very good things indeed. Along with collaboration deals with big name brands such as Payless and Victoria’s Secret, the 23-year-old designer hailed by Tim Gunn as the next Marc Jacobs has produced four collections under his own label since becoming the youngest winner of Project Runway during the show’s fourth cycle.

Seven Must-Have Coats For Fall in SF

 

As I sit here in a Mad Men-esque polka dotted dress with goosebumps to match, I'm pretty sure the time has come to (begrudgingly) accept the fact that it's officially fall, not just "Indian summer". That we should expect a chill in the air even on the warmest days and, most importantly, that it's time to show off the impressive layering skills that we San Francisco ladies have been forced to acquire over the years. And since nothing tops off a cool weather ensemble better than a chic coat, we've tracked down the best SF has to offer so you don't have to:

 

1. The Camel: De Novo Coach Coat, $498: Channel the classic '40s femme with this ladylike topper.

Inside the New Christopher Collins Boutique

The newly-opened boutique from San Francisco native Christopher Collins takes its cues from the pages of history – and we’re not just talking about the clothes, the best of which amp up highly wearable silhouettes with dramatic details culled from fashion’s past.

Quite literally, the pages of fashion’s past have a presence in the local designer’s Tendernob boutique, thanks to walls papered with the style sections of newspapers hailing from the early 20th century and before.

Link Love: Jimmy Choo for H&M Preview, LiLo's Bad Press at Ungaro and more...

Snippets from the fashion blogosphere...

Nitrolicious previews the Jimmy Choo for H&M women’s collection, due in stores next month. We hear the shoes will retail for around $125.

Look of the Week: Minnie Muse

While the opening of the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco instead of LA can seem a bit perplexing at first, we'll be the first to welcome the fantastical addition with open arms and wide eyes. Whether you're more of a Jasmine or a Cinderella, we think it's safe to say that every girl has wanted to be a Disney princess at some point. And since we've always had a soft spot in our hearts for polka-dots and bows, we decided to dedicate this week's look to the original Disney muse, Minnie Mouse:

Video: American Apparel Casting Call

We received word via Twitter that American Apparel was holding a casting call down the block and couldn't resist the opportunity for some prime video footage.  Watch some of our local candidates for the next steamy American Apparel ad strike a pose.

A Message to Midriffs: Please Stop Assaulting Tim Gunn

That plea also goes out to Crocs, by the way. In fact, an outfit consisting of Crocs, a shrunken and belly-exposing mini tee atop a pair of sweatpants might be enough to singe the eyeballs of style guru Tim Gunn, in town over the weekend to introduce the first Kate Spade apparel collection to over a hundred adoring fans gathered at Bloomingdale's in the San Francisco Westfield Centre.

Sustainable Underwear: Taking Sustainability to New Lows

Strangers are emailing Jeff Denby and Jason Kibbey nearly naked photos of themselves. It’s an unexpected bonus from the August launch of their underwear company, PACT. “I’m admittedly an underwear nerd and I told anybody that would listen that I wanted to start a garment company,” says Denby, who met Kibbey in the MBA program at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley in 2006. The two, who share a passion for environmental advocacy, paired up to design a sustainable, stylish undergarment. When wunderkind SF designer Yves Behar saw their prototype in a product-development class, the idea expeditiously moved from class project to business plan.

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