Style + Design
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:
- Status: Can I pay my Mastercard with my Visa?
When looking good must be done on the cheap, try these San Francisco shops for great deals:
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Ev-uh-ry-body, it seems, watched the 60 Minutes episode featuring Anna Wintour. If you weren’t one of the 10.2 million viewers to take in the fashion diva’s interview, take heart. We hear from Folio Mag that CBS has generously uploaded the 12-minute segment for your online viewing pleasure.
If you’re a Kiehl’s fan, now would be a good time to stop tossing the empty containers from your favorite products in the recycling bin (‘cause we just know you’re not throwing them in the regular ‘ole trash).
Instead, gather up bottles, jars and tubes and take them to a Kiehl’s free-standing store for recycling through the Recycle and Be Rewarded program that recently went nationwide. For your trouble, you’ll receive a card to collect stamps for each container you return to the store.
Since we're always on the hunt for great accessories that won't break the bank or won't break apart within a week of wear, we were ecstatic to hear that Banana Republic was opening a shop dedicated to their most covetable accessories. We were even more thrilled to see that the store is set up to encourage shoppers to touch and try on everything (no more locked glass cases!), which makes it feel like a candy store for fashionable ladies of all wallet sizes. We went to scope out the space on Thursday, and were lucky enough to catch up with Banana Republic's President (and Pac Heights resident) Jack Calhoun to inquire about why they decided to open Edition, as well as a few of his favorite things:
San Francisco may have a reputation of not taking fashion too seriously, but the same cannot be said about our cocktails. So much so that we have a whole week dedicated to celebrating them, and this just so happens to be that week. Since many of the recipes being poured are revamped classics (try the Corpse Reviver #2), we can't think of a better excuse to get dolled up in a early '60s-inspired ensemble and hit the town.
Rebecca Minkoff: Scurry down to SoMa on Saturday for a sample sale from this California-bred, New York-based designer best known for her luxe leather handbags. Both handbags and ready-to-wear pieces will be priced up to 50 percent off during the one-day sale. We hear you’ll find Morning After Bags going for $381 (reg. $635). The sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at 111 Minna Gallery, 11 Minna St., 415-974-1719.
Name: Robert Shabazz
Occupation: Student at Academy of Art University
Wearing: Vintage raspberry velvet blazer and bowtie, tailored shirt and slacks, wingtips by Seven
How do you define your style? "Classically formal with a slightly modern, edgy twist. I like to look professional and well put-together, while still being fun and young."
We love any beauty product that does double duty, so we were immediately sucked in when we heard Pangea Organics offered a face mask that would not only spruce up our skin, but also arrives in plantable packaging that grows into Genovese Sweet Basil.
Made with natural ingredients such as Japanese matcha tea, acai and goji berry that promise to revitalize with antioxidants while polishing the skin, the Facial Mask comes wrapped in rugged paper packaging that you soak, then plant in soil. The seeds inside the packing should turn into sauce-worthy basil within just a few weeks.
Fresh fashion news and other tidbits to start the week off right:
SF Unzipped wants you to dust off those fugly prom pics and share your style guffaws with the world.
SFLuxe spots Courtney Cox and David Arquette offspring Coco sporting apparel by cute San Francisco children’s label Spike and Annie.
These days, it seems like everybody wants a piece of Mr. Larkin. And who wouldn’t? Along with elegantly edgy good looks, a sense of humor and a certain way with the ladies, just about everything Mr. Larkin brings to the table is completely sustainable. We’re not referring to the latest eligible bachelor in town, but rather what we’re betting will be one of San Francisco’s most-talked-about local labels before the summer is through.