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Link Love: Dress Yourself in Designer Bags, Invest in Gap and Listen to André Leon Talley

Daily reads from our feeds …

The Frisky critiques W magazine’s take on homelessness. Hint: it involves dressing Sasha Pivovarova in designer bags.

In a ploy to convince Wall Street that Gap is a smart investment, the company sent their new 1969 designer jeans to traders on the floor. Clever marketing tactic, if you ask us. (via The Cut)

The Perfect San Francisco Shoe? Thank Martha Davis

Hear, ye! Hear, ye! We may very well have found the perfect San Francisco shoe – no easy feat in a town where hills, fierce winds and flirtatious pockets of summer sun are all in a day’s walk.

The hot-stepper we’ve set our sights on is an open-toe, open-heel leather boot courtesy of local footwear designer Martha Davis, whose wedge-heavy debut collection ($270-$750) for spring summer 2009 has garnered much praise since its launch earlier this year.

Barneys New York Offers Exclusive Loomstate "Endangered" Collection

Who would say no to looking good for a good cause? Certainly not the good people at Loomstate and Barneys New York, because they're giving you the opportunity to do your part by dressing well.

The "Loomstate Endangered Program" aims to create awareness and education around all endangered species and habitats by taking an innovative approach toward solutions. Animal prints are hot on the runway, but Loomstate's use of the patterns isn't just chic; it's a wake-up call. Each item will be dedicated to a specific animal's marking, habitat and related threats, and buyers will have the opportunity to learn more about the animals, courtesy of a "call to action" label sewn into each garment.

Link Love: DKNY Gets The Cut, Icy As Ever Anna and JPG Rumors Denied

Daily reads from our feeds …

LVMH is unloading excess baggage and it sounds like DKNY is one of the brands on the chopping block. Fashionista shares details.

The Fug Girls comment on Anna’s icy Letterman appearance and The Cut brings us the YouTube video in case you missed the interview on TV last night.

New and Not Just For Kicks: Chrome Shoes

You don’t need to be a badass bike courier brave enough to navigate the wilds of downtown San Francisco’s seriously trafficked streets to justify a pair of hardcore kicks from Chrome's new men’s shoe line, released this week.

Four styles strong, the debut shoe collection ($70-$90) features the same tough construction and durability that have made the 14-year-old company’s utility and messenger bags beloved by the local bike set, but are designed with regular pavement-pounders in mind.

“They’re just bomber shoes that last. If you get on a bike, you’re stoked, but if not...this is a core urban street shoe,” says Chrome’s Rob Reedy.

Link Love: Miss Universe, Manties on the Rise, Grace vs. Anna and more...

Good reads from our feeds...

In case you missed it (does anyone actually watch this pageant anymore?), Miss Venezuela Stefania Fernandez was crowned Miss Universe 2009 yesterday, via the Shopping Blog. It was the second win in a row for Venezuela.

Link Love: Marc Jacobs To Dress Miss Piggy, JPG To Leave Hermès and NUDE Goes To Court

Interesting sound bites to start your weekend …

Are times getting so desperate that designers are taking to dressing puppets? People reports that Marc Jacobs may be creating a couture look for Miss Piggy. Really?

Our favorite outlandish French designer is rumored to be leaving Hermès. Fashion Week Daily has the word on Jean Paul Gaultier’s resignation.

What's the Deal: Heart's Desire Jewelry, Spa Deals and more...

So, like, what's your deal, anyway? Here are ours:

Spa Radiance: You’ll save 50 percent on all nail appointments booked with this Cow Hollow day spa’s newest nail technician through Sept. 15. Ask for Kim when you make your appointment.

Look of the Week: What to Wear to the Opera...in Stern Grove

This Sunday marks the end of one of our absolute favorite things about San Francisco: Stern Grove Festival season. This year, they're ending on a high note by having the San Francisco Opera perform gratis amidst wine-fuzzy culture aficionados and a seriously magical forest...affirming that it really isn't over until the fat lady sings. So, let's get down to business. What does one wear to such a unique event? It's the opera—generally a high-brow event, but it's in a park and in a city with less than predicable weather. But you're in luck because we think we've found just the thing:

Link Love: Weird Baggy Hose, Discount Codes Galore, Avril Won't Pay Models

Via the Coveted, we ponder the arrival of Wolford’s new baggy, footless stocking with equal parts shock and awe.

Fashion Orbit always makes us (and our wallets) giddy with its extensive weekly roundup of online discount codes.

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