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AAU '09 Graduate Fashion Show Round-Up

 

Last Thursday, we found ourselves surrounded by SF fashion notables (Joy Bianchi, Willie Brown, et al.) and art students, all impatiently waiting for the Academy of Art Graduate Fashion Show to begin. What came next was a whirlwind of ruffles, strong silhouettes, bold graphic prints, oversized knitwear, and dramatic draping that left our hearts aflutter. Although all of these talented young designers produced impressive collections, we leave you with the five that stood apart from the rest (in our humble opinion, of course):

A Favorite from Indie Mart: Nooworks' Cotton Jumper

During a visit to the Indie Mart yesterday, we spotted this hot little number by San Francisco’s Nooworks hanging out among the hipster brigade that took over The Independent for an afternoon of local fashion, fun and Sunday afternoon day drinking. 

Made of a sturdy stretch cotton twill, the Nooworks Cotton Jumper goes short and sweet with a length that hits above the knee, but is heavy enough to prevent the unintentional big reveal when the summer winds get gusty (these are the kinds of things a girl has to consider in our fair city).

Get a Tan This Weekend

Say goodbye to the winter blues by adding a little bronze to your look. This weekend, Tan Bella is offering a free tanning session for any first-time client. Choose from 6-12 minutes of UV bed/stand time or a 30-second spray session. Current clients can take advantage of this year's biggest promotion—purchase any tanning membership and tan free up to 7 weeks or purchase any type of tanning credits and receive free tans with purchase.

Tan Bella Tanning Special

Friday, April 24 - Sunday, April 26

Castro location, 2185 Market St., 415-522-1234 
Mission Bay location, 272 King St., 415-512-8267

Give Mom Some One-on-One Time With Julie Chaiken

What better way is there to thank mom for your good looks than treating her to some new ones of her own?

And besides, chatting over breakfast with Julie Chaiken, goddess of black pants, before heading to her private studio for a one-on-one style session peppered with the San Francisco designer’s tips and takes on current trends isn’t a shabby way for a fashion supplicant to spend a Saturday.

Matthew Williamson for H&M: The Quiet Storm

As promised, we arrived on the scene early to witness the doors open to the long-awaited Matthew Williamson for H&M capsule collection. Though the first people in line arrived at 4:50 a.m. as an alliance to ensure they got what they came for, at 9:55 a.m. the crowd was still modest in comparison to the Comme Des Garcons queue in November. Once inside, the retail mob was quick to snatch up our favorite pieces, leaving only peacock cardigans, clutches, and necklaces behind. We scored a cute navy high-waisted skirt and marveled at the fact that this seemingly harmless crowd managed to clear the place out in ten minutes flat. Bravo.

 

Look of the Week: One-Stop Shopping

This past heat wave has us longing for a leisurely beach getaway, and of course we can't go on our (imaginary) escape without a new warm weather outfit. Unfortunately, back in the real world our hectic schedules leave little time for shopping about town, which is why we've decided to make it easy for you by scoring an entire ensemble at one store! Since Guess is known for their sweet yet sexy vibe, it only made sense that we would find an outfit there to take you from poolside to dining al fresco after dark (or from Baker Beach to North Beach):

Matthew Williamson's Laidback Glamour Hits H&M

Grab your camping supplies and credit card ladies, Matthew Williamson's collaboration with H&M is about to hit Powell Street (one of only eight stores in the country that are lucky enough to score it). Williamson, best known for his vibrant colors and prints, found inspiration for the line by looking back at eleven years worth of collections in order to find the true essence of his brand. What came out of it is an elegant yet playful collection full of bold silk summer pieces that refuse to be ignored. His graphic flamenco dress, electric blue suit, and tulip-silhouetted cocktail dress are the items that are driving us to battle the masses at 10 a.m., but you check out the rest of the collection here.

"Best Of" Question #7: What Shop Has Shoes to Kill For?

Every June, we put out our "Best Of" issue.  This year, we want you to get involved.  So from now until the end of April, we'll be posting a series of questions about San Francisco.  Jump into the fray, and your writeup could be featured in the issue.

Where do you head to pick up killer kicks?

Where to Find Eco-Friendly Clothing in San Francisco

It’s officially Earth Day today, but shouldn’t everyday be an earth day? Where your wardrobe is concerned, it’s easy to make that happen at these top eco-friendly San Francisco shops and boutiques:

Eco Citizen: Fair trade, eco-conscious fashions from such designers as EDUN, Loomstate, Linda Loudermilk and Del Forte Denim are on display at this Russian Hill boutique.

EcoLogiQue: Low impact production methods and sustainable materials are behind the clothing and organic products for men, women and children found at this Hayes Valley destination for eco-friendly labels such as Sweetgrass, Naked Cotton and Under the Canopy.

New for Him: Peasants and Travelers Bags

Everyone’s got baggage. It’s whether he's packing baggage that’s up to the task at hand that counts.

And that’s exactly what new San Francisco men’s bag company Peasants and Travelers has for the fellas – and, really, anyone looking for weekenders, totes and carryalls with a healthily frills-free prepster-meets-urbanite attitude.

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