Style + Design
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:
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.
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.
Hot links sound good on a cold Monday....
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.
Wait until that deal come round...
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: