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Look of the Week: Rock It

Not one of the fortunate few to snag tickets to Sonic Youth's last-minute show at the Independent? Well suffice it to say there are plenty of other shows this weekend that will help ease the pain. Whether you choose the Heavenly States at Café du Nord or Deerhoof at the GAMH, you'll certainly need a downtown cool ensemble to ensure you stand out among the sweaty masses. So instead of spending hours in front of a mirror trying to piece together an outfit that says "I don't care, but I really really do", check out our band-aid worthy look of the week:

7 Minutes with Couture Designer b michael

Couturier to the likes of Beyonce, Lena Horne and SF's own Pamela Joyner, b michael was this year's featured designer at Fashion On The Square held July 25th at the Intercontinental Hotel. After leaving the white-collar world of Wall Street, the NYC-based designer had stints at Oscar de la Renta and Louis Feraud before launching his own millinery line, finally taking the plunge into eveningwear in 1999. Gavin Newsom was so excited about his visit to our fair city that he even declared July 25th b michael Day. How's that for street cred? We were lucky enough to catch up with b michael for a quick chat to discuss the San Francisco aesthetic, his inspiration and plans for the future:

Link Love: London Fog Needs A New Airbrusher and Old MacLagerfeld Has A Farm

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Karl Lagerfeld lives on a farm in Vermont with chickens and llamas (via The Cut)

Things go horribly wrong when London Fog tries to erase Gisele's baby bump. The Frisky discusses.

The Sartorialist lets us in on his latest obsession and we think it looks suprisingly fresh.

823 Key Project: Funding Artists Through Fashion

And now we pause for a blast from the past. Remember pager codes? You know, the little numerical coded messages your slightly shady friend would receive from an equally-as-shady significant-other-du-jour via pager circa 1997? If you recall, popular abbreviated missives included 143, which stands for “I love you” in pager terminology, and 823, short for “thinking of you.”

That second code is now the inspiration for an ongoing community art project that seeks to provide artists, photographers, musicians and other worthy creatives with grants of up to $25,000 each through the sale of 21, 398 key necklaces in the coming years.

Link Love: Mad Men Yourself While Issac Mizrahi Takes Over The World

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In case you haven't wasted enough time at work today, you can now create an animated version of your sexy '60s alter-ego thanks to the impossibly addicting (and impeccably styled) show Mad Men.

Just when you thought jeans had reached their skinniest and were on the way back out, Racked gives us the skinny (ha!) on the new adjustable version from Rag & Bone.

No Gen Art Fresh Faces in Fashion for San Francisco this Year?

One of San Francisco’s few high-profile annual runway fashion events will likely be a no-show come fall. When the schedule for Gen Art Fresh Faces in Fashion 2009 was released last week, San Francisco was conspicuously missing from the list of cities slated to welcome the arts organization’s anchor program showcasing the work of emerging designers.

While Los Angeles, Chicago and New York will have Fresh Faces events that coincide with their respective fashion weeks this fall, San Francisco – which currently lacks a fashion week of its own – will not.

Link Love: Remembering Nads, Granny Cap Hate, Undies Getting Smaller

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Will anyone else out there admit to ordering Nads back in the day (because we just know you didn’t get suckered into a Flowbee)? Talk about a depilatory debacle. Delve into that and other hair-related infomercial fads of the past on Jezebel this week.

The Coveted points to the gradient nail art of UK-based Sophy Robson. What do you think?

What's the Deal: Union Street on Sale, Donate Handbags and Save at I Spa and more

It may be c-c-cold outside, but at least these deals are hot....

Union Street Sidewalk Sale: While plenty of San Francisco streets seem to be having block-long sales (just walk Maiden Lane, and you’ll see what we mean), others are making it official. Head to Cow Hollow this weekend for a three-day sale that we hear from retailer Mabel Chong will feature just about everybody along this popular San Francisco shopping corridor. For her part, Chong will be offering 20 percent off new items and up to 70 percent off previous collections to make way for fall inventory.

Look of the Week: Head in the Fog

This week's weather brings to mind the cliché Mark Twain quote, "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." Yes, dear readers, the fog has nestled in to every nook and cranny of our fair city, making us increasingly lethargic in the mornings as we're piling on layers instead of traipsing about town in a bright sundress. But there's no reason you can't still look seasonally appropriate while bundling up to face the fog, which brings us to our look of the week:

Link Love: Cellulite-Fighting Panties and The New Sartorialist Book

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Women will do anything to trim the fat, as evidenced by the speed in which these cellulite-fighting panties flew off the shelves in the UK. The Cut reports on the magic crystals that promise to do the impossible.

Refinery 29 stumbled upon an advanced copy of Scott Schuman's new book, The Sartorialist, and called it total perfection. We can't wait to get our hands on it.

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