Style + Design
From corporate conference rooms to Sunday brunch, denim has evolved into attire appropriate for myriad destinations that would have once frowned on the material’s humble origins. These days, denim can go just about anywhere. But if San Francisco-based Levi’s has its way, there will soon be at least one place where denim is no longer welcome.
With just one full weekend left before Halloween, it’s time to get down to brass tacks on the costume front. Whether you’re in need of a finishing touch or a head-to-toe look, whether you'd prefer to buy or would just as soon D.I.Y., we offer up this list of the City's best bets to help you in your Halloween costume quest:
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 opt for something unique but still inexpensive. After scouring SF's Etsy Local shop for this month's round-up, we wanted to share what's impatiently waiting in our shopping cart:
1. Vintage Black Velvet Dress from animalheadvintage, $45: The dramatic collar on this vintage find makes it an au courant choice for a cocktail party.
A roundup of reads from our RSS feeds....
Jezebel reports that One HuffPo columnist is raising eyebrows with her recent assertion that only gay men find pin-thin models attractive. True? False? Discuss.
Some girls have all the luck, as evidenced by Linda Evangelista managing against all odds to make sweaty pits look glamorous in a recent spread for W Magazine. Via Refinery 29.
Juicy bits to start your weekend …
For real. GQ claims they did not enhance January Jones’ breasts on their latest cover.
As expected, Paris always comes out on top. Despite all the recession depression we’re feeling stateside, French couture is keeping it high-end. Check out The Cut’s slideshow of the best.
As Ben Stiller once said, can you deal with this?
Saffron Rare Threads: This local label by designer Priya Saraswati is celebrating its 5th anniversary in business this month. Much of the merch in the online shop is already on sale, and you can take 50 percent off the second item in your purchase with the discount code weare5. The deal also applies to Saffron Rare Threads items in stock at design collective and boutique Studio 3579.
Sure, we're insanely excited about Treasure Island this weekend, but you already know what to wear to a festival. Instead, we decided to take inspiration from the equally cool Futurism events hitting the city this weekend, The Future Project, OPENFUTURE, and Brava's Futurism Project. And though everyone has their own perception of what lies ahead, we certainly hope we'll be wearing winged shoulders, gloved clutches and lots of shine:
Cliff House memorabilia is getting a glamorous makeover for their November 4th Centennial Gala with the help of Bay-Area based Origen Marketing. The award-winning design duo, Mari O’Connor and Lily Smith, is repurposing menus, photos and other recycled materials into period ball gowns that best reflect what a woman might wear to the Cliff House during each of the four eras during which the buildings were built.
The elaborate Victorian gown (pictured), which includes a farthing coat, bustled skirt and hat, is a nod to what one would wear to the beach in the 19th century.
Pondering new ways to update your beauty routine for fall? A simple approach and a few new hues are all you need, as we learned during a chat with makeup artist Raychel Wade. The 2009 color ambassador for La Prairie who regularly revamps makeup bags and bestows beauty advice via her New York-based company Cheek to Chic, Wade was in town recently to introduce press and La Prairie diehards to the new Plumage de Nuit Fall 2009 collection by La Prairie at Saks Fifth Avenue.
During a break from beautifying faces, Wade gave us some easy beauty tips that anyone can use for a quick autumn update: