Style + Design
From butt-lifting boxers to “frontal-enhancement” briefs that pack an extra inch onto the male unit, Andrew Christian has been making guys proud of their packages for over a decade. Lately, the L.A.-based designer who launched his first collection in 1997 has had plenty of his own reasons to be proud. Nicknamed “The Panty-Christ,” Christian ventured outside of underwear to debut menswear line Black by Andrew Christian last fall and has a women’s line in the works.
The end of spring is rapidly approaching, and with it comes one of our favorite fashion 'holidays': the end-of-season sale. Since we've never been ones to shell out exorbitant amounts of money on the latest trends off the Parisian runway (okay, it might also be due to lack of funds), designer sales allow us to shop like a socialite and stock up on high quality pieces that will stay in our wardrobe indefinitely. We've been scouring the shops all week for this season's most noteworthy finds. So without further ado, here are our top five picks:
We’re all for love, peace and happiness, but there’s just something about stamping those kinds of words on an accessory that instantly dilutes a meaningful message. A new arrival at Market Street shop Rare Device, one of our fave spots for intriguing art and design objects, changes all this.
Order a Custom Braille Ring ($49) made by Indiana-based designer Studio AMF, and you can have your sentimental cake and eat it, too. That’s because the words on these eco-friendly wooden rings are spelled out in sterling silver Braille characters that get the message across, but stop short of blathering it all over town.
Though every season we vow to invest in quality over quantity, a tightened shopping budget and the desire for instant gratification always lead us back through the doors of H&M.
Luckily we now have another alternative: convertible clothing and accessories. While this idea isn’t new by any means, it’s become a full-on trend as of late and we only see it getting bigger as these tough economic times continue.
Less can be more--we, for one, are looking forward to finally purchasing better quality garments, getting creative with styling and freeing up some much needed closet space. Now we turn it over to you to give some of our favorite innovative pieces a try and bid adieu to fast fashion.
With a warm holiday weekend in sight, our thoughts have turned to the three B's: barbeque, booze and balance. Finding the perfect balance between practical and pretty, that is, and few pieces achieve this better than the romper. This effortlessly hip cousin of the dress is an ideal choice for outdoor mingling and looks especially fresh when polished off with sweet accessories that scream spring. Now grab some sunscreen and get outside!
Sick of muted hipster tones and ironic t-shirts? Don't be afraid, make people (and potentially animals) fear you with a giant tiger on your chest. The name says it all, "Power and Grace". Or if Tigers aren't your thing, there's a multitude of dragons, sharks, and other various scary animals.
Eco-friendly shopping just got a lot cooler. The Academy of Art Textile Design students have yet again created one-of-a-kind pieces of art from a blank canvas, this time in the form of organic cotton shopping bags printed with water-based ink. Inside, you'll find thoughtful 'care instructions' asking the owner to use the bag until it's threadbare and then repurpose it into art for your home.
Your first chance to score one of the limited-edition bags is tomorrow evening from 7-9 p.m. at 601 Brannan Street, where you'll find them for one week only. In addition, Eco Citizen has selected 23 of the totes to be sold in their boutique.
San Francisco may be known for its ultra-casual style, but late spring and summer’s barrage of weddings, proms, graduations, showers and warm weather soirees routinely send us rushing for pretty dresses with cocktail party potential.
Whether you’ve got $50 or $500, we’ve got a frock stop for you. Here, our list of San Francisco’s Best Shops for Pretty Party Dresses:
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When looking good must be done on the cheap, try these San Francisco shops for great deals: