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Link Love: Ralph Lauren Makes the Recession Uplifting and More From The Runway

The scoop from those who made it to the front lines at NY Fashion Week …

Ralph Lauren chooses a literal translation of the recession with his Depression-era Spring/Summer collection. Fashionista reports.

The Frisky caught porn king Ron Jeremy on the front lines (well, second to front) during fashion week. Ick.

Workshop: SF's New D.I.Y. Paradise

If you're anything like us, you've had a million brilliant D.I.Y. projects that, well, never come to fruition. Luckily, Kelly Malone is here to nudge us into making that t-shirt line or apartment garden a reality. The founder and head purveyor of Indie Mart is opening an airy brick-and-mortar shop in NoPa, aptly named Workshop, that offers affordable D.I.Y. classes on anything from Rock 'n' Roll Sewing for Dudes to kombucha making.

Link Love: Betsey's Archive Collection Revealed, Wear Your Dream House on Your Finger and Litter Hits NYC

Daily reads from our feeds...

Sound the sirens!! Bona Drag has their hands on the highly coveted Betsey Johnson archive collection as curated by hipper-than-thou shop Opening Ceremony, though we're puzzled as to why the collection is nowhere to be found on OC's site..

Bringing new meaning to the saying "a ring as big as a house", NOTCOUTURE gives us the scoop on Philippe Tournaire's Villa de Reve collection.

Where the Skinny Jean Was Born (And How to Meet Her Maker)

Ah, the skinny jean: beloved by many, feared by some, debated by stylists and threatened briefly by the high-rise, wide-leg blip on the fashion radar. We dare say the once-trendy denim silhouette has graduated into a staple shape in our wardrobes over the last half-decade.

Sure, no one company can exclusively lay claim to originating the skinny, but J Brand does take credit for its return. Since launching at L.A.’s Ron Herman boutique in 2005, the premium denim company has won fans for its straight and narrow leg styles and starkly plain pockets on dark jeans at a time when embellished versions seemed to be at an all-time high.

SF Gets a Little Taste of Fashion Week With Macy's Passport

Plenty of local fashion-philes have been overheard lamenting their West Coast tethers in recent days, thanks to that special time of year in New York, but we’re happy to report that style salve for runway-deprived San Franciscans is on its way. 

The 27th annual Macy’s Passport benefit and fashion show takes place this week and, unlike the shows we’ve been drooling over in the Big Apple, this one is open to the public.

Link Love: New Model Snack du Jour, Wang’s “Accidentally Sexy” Style, Kim’s a Nasty Gal and more…

Jennine of The Coveted wonders about Xanax intake backstage at the Academy of Art show, held on Saturday as part of New York Fashion Week.

Speaking of the show, Fashion School Daily was also backstage and has the pics to prove it. Who knew Muscle Milk was the new model snack du jour?

The San Francisco Chronicle predicts that this year’s Macy’s Passport will still manage to pull off a stylish evening of fashion for a good cause, despite its pared-down schedule.

Link Love: The Fashion Week Edition

There may not be a San Francisco Fashion Week to boast about, but that doesn't mean we're not all keeping close tabs on the New York tents. Just in time for the weekend, here's some reading to keep you up to speed on all the fabulous goings on.

Fashion Week wouldn't be complete without a little PETA party crashing. Check out this Pamela Anderson anti-fur TV ad that was a little too risqué to run on CNN's Airport Network, courtesy of StyleList.

Tonight: The September Issue, A Glass of Rosé and Popcorn

The September Issue—the documentary about the making of Vogue’s biggest fashion issue ever in 2007, a four-pound tome that couldn’t be squeezed into a mailbox—debuts this weekend. Although tonight is the SF premiere, the film’s already been showing in NYC, timed well with Fashion Week. The movie’s release also has a darker sense of timing—magazines across the country are in trouble and being forced to reinvent themselves. Even Conde Nast, which has always remained mythically golden, has been in the spotlight, as McKinsey & Company has been called in to survey the wreckage.

What's the Deal: Dollhouse Bettie, Heidi Says, 5733, Chrome and More...

What's your deal? Here are ours:

Heidi Says: An Alice + Olivia trunk show takes place at this Pacific Heights go-to on Saturday and Sunday. During the event, you’ll save 10 percent on Alice + Olivia purchases and receive either a scarf or bracelet as a free gift with Alice + Olivia purchases.

Dollhouse Bettie: Need a little va-va-voom in the underwear department? Check this Haight Street lingerie boutique’s ample assortment of retro and vintage-inspired bras, panties and accessories on sale right now.

Link Love: Spiked Corsets, FashionTweek and Heidi Klum’s Derrière

Daily reads from our feeds …

Agent Provocateur takes S&M to the next level with their haute couture spiked metal corset priced at $4,900 (ouch!). WSJ reports on this unique business plan that pays no mind to the recession.

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