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Seven Stylish Finds from Union Design

Despite the overcast skies and cooler temps, Sunday’s Union Design festival (formerly Capsule) in Hayes Valley was just as much the outpouring of fashion and design talent as always. Over 130 designers touted apparel and accessories ranging from pretty organic cotton dresses and silkscreened baby tees to steampunk-inspired regalia and handmade hats. Here, seven stylish finds from our fashion foraging:

1. Biker chic from a local source: we’re revved up about leather jackets for men and women made by Heathen, a label based in the Mission District.

Do All the New Stores Downtown Mean the End of the Retail Recession?

If the recent surge of new stores in Union Square is any indication, the retail recession may finally be on its way out. Once empty storefronts are quickly filling up, and might we say, looking better than ever. In fact, there's so much happening as of late that it's been hard (even for us!) to keep track, so we decided to do a quick recap of the new and notable around SF's shopping mecca:

Harputs Market, 140 Geary St, open now: We're beyond thrilled this local favorite decided to move their avant-garde wares from Lower Fillmore, and even more so that they're inhabiting the gorgeous old Prada space.

Link Love: Marc’s Red Lips, Philip Treacy’s Footwear and Condé Nast Dating

Juicy bits to start your weekend …

We love Marc, we love Nars and we love seeing Marc in Nars’ 15th birthday book. Check out a dolled up Jacobs, courtesy of Refinery29.

Iconic hat designer Philip Treacy tackles footwear. We’re already drooling over the exquisitely ostentatious styles that we’ll only ever dream of owning. Elle has the scoop.

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.

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