Style + Design
Because paying retail is oh-so-passe....
Lemon Twist: Saunter on over to this Hayes Valley boutique tonight, and you’ll be rewarded with 20 percent off this local label’s clothing and fine art offerings. Part of the Hayes Valley Block Party, the store’s happy hour runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Seeing as this past Monday was the Oscars of the fashion industry, we decided to salute the CFDA (that's the Council of Fashion Designers of America for those who always or never wondered) Awards by featuring three of this year's winners: Calvin Klein, SF native Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler. And what better way to do so than by showing the designers' take on the ultimate wardrobe essential, the Little Black Dress, at three different price points? While we're always on the search for the elusive perfect black dress to add to our collection, we might not have a few grand to throw down on a dress at the moment (or ever), but hey, a girl can dream can't she?
Fresh from creating 65 different makeup looks for Marc Jacobs during Fashion Week, François Nars, the Founder and Creative Director of NARS, stopped by our fair city to introduce his limited-edition 'NARS Loves SF' set at Nordstrom. Luckily he had a moment to sit down in the midst of all the hoopla that comes with the first personal appearance in ten years and answer a few pressing beauty questions for our new '7 Minutes With' series:
Best in Show fans, rejoice. The annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest goes down next week at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Peteluma, and this year's contestants are definitely uggggly. So ugly that they're almost cute. (Actually, that's a lie, they're really freaking ugly). Head to the official site to vote one of these unfortunate souls to the position of World's Ugliest. So far, Squiggy is in the lead. Fair enough, but take a gander at Opie and Princess Chelsea Nicole and let us know what you think about that. Right.
Name: Aimee Fountain
Occupation: Adjunct Professor of English
Spotted: 7x7 Best Of party at Ghirardelli Square, 8:23 p.m.
Wearing: Tracy M. top, Twenty8Twelve Jeans, vintage knit bolero, Zigi flats
Currently reading, watching, listening to: "Reading The Rachel Papers by Martin Amis (it's making me super neurotic), watching Arrested Development all the way through for the second time and listening to Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Italo Disco and a lot of '60s Top 40 hits."
That fashion wouldn’t be fashion without change (both the temporal kind and lots and lots of the coin variety) would be reason enough for the Art Institute of California to develop its summer fashion show taking place this Saturday night around the idea of metamorphosis. But consider that the fashion industry itself is in a state of flux this year quite unlike we’ve seen before (Lacroix bankrupt! Jimmy Choo for H&M!
As part of their re-opening promotion taking place June 16-18, Parc 55 Hotel is giving the world a glimpse inside one of their newly renovated 'View' rooms by placing a see-through hotel room in middle of Union Square, the clincher being the fact that it’s complete with a live woman, apparently fresh from the shower (wearing a robe, towel wrapped around her head, and randomly, a pair of sunglasses) lounging on the bed with a magazine—shopping bags littering the floor with her day’s loot.
Hopefully, no drunk Union Square tourists will taunt her, lest they end up like those poor kids in the zoo. Those ladies who lunch can sure be tigers.
Sourcing Mother Nature as muse, the makeup masters at Shu Uemura have outdone themselves yet again with their latest lash collection: Lashes in Nature. A striking fusion of flowers, forests, oceans and the sky, you're sure to find a perfectly fresh accent to inject your look with anything from delicate femininity to high drama. Here are a few of our favorites from the nine-piece compilation:
FLEUR-EVER by Gina Brooke, $79: Proudly show off your feathers with these extravagant lashes made of flecked purple plumage.
When we were lucky enough to get our hot little hands on the brand new San Francisco Summer Scarf from local label Distilled last week, smug triumph ensued almost as soon as we wrapped up in the lightweight, casually-crinkled cotton number.
That’s because this scarf is much more than a simple neck-wrapper for the City’s chilly summer months. The first unisex (officially speaking) piece from designers Matty Merrill and Sep Kamvar, the scarf is a welcome harbinger of more female-friendly fashion to come.
“We constantly get asked when we’re going to come out with ladies’,” says Merrill.
In which we slog through oodles of blogs so you don’t have to....
David Beckham causes slack-jawed stares around the world (again) with his latest underwear ad campaign for Armani. This reminds us of a car accident we almost had when a previous Becks ad appeared over Union Square this time last summer.
To go along with the 80’s moment we’ve been feeling lately, the freestyle mix from Agent Lover is helping us rock out with our 1987 out.