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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.

Look of the Week: Indian Summer of Love

Though San Francisco's come a long way since the free-lovin' Sixties, this weekend's Power to the Peaceful Festival is the perfect time to embrace your inner flower child with free music, arts, forums and yoga, all in the name of global peace. But put away your dusty bell-bottoms because we've compiled a thoroughly modern hippie homage that will set you apart from the tie-dyed masses in Golden Gate Park:

1. Velvet Ganet Tunic Dress in soy, $86: Sure to be your go-to blank canvas for Fall, this dress is just dying to be dressed up with bold accessories and tights.

Barbie Whips Ken and More at Altered Barbie Exhibition

No, what you are witnessing is not more just-discovered imagery from 7x7.com’s impressive Cougar Convention archives, but rather an example of just how far America’s favorite 50-year-old plastic plaything is willing to go in support of the arts.

Find this behind-the-scenes take on the private lives of Barbie and Ken alongside many other such creations on view this month as part of the 7th Annual San Francisco Altered Barbie Exhibition.

Refill Your Empties with Organic Beauty Products at Green 11

If we were to tell you that you could procure organic beauty products for less than you can buy them off the shelf and diminish your impact on the environment at the same time, you’d probably want in.

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