Style + Design
Ladies in red were the star of the annual SF fashion parade, otherwise known as the “Paint the Town Red” gala hosted by the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter on Feb. 28 at City Hall. Co-chaired by gadabouts Roberta Economidis and Kelly Bryson Murphy, the sophisticated soiree, which raised $300,000, featured a live auction, three-course sit-down dinner (courtesy of McCall Associates), dessert buffets and dancing. Among the 450 guests, local fashion designers Cari Borja, Stephanie Verrieres and Kimie Sako turned out to support the cause, donating gowns they designed for the pre-dinner silent auction.
Shopping strategies for the new (read: bad) economy abound. Some we can get behind. Others are just silly. Among the more ridiculous notions is the shop your closet trend. We’re willing to wager that, for any item of clothing stuck in the dark depths of a dresser drawer, there’s a reason we forgot the item in the first place. Nor can we quit shopping completely. The economy may have come to a veritable stand-still, but our lives are still moving on. No matter how cinched our budgets become, we still need new items of clothing from time to time.
Name: Rachel Rondell
Occupation: Fashion Design student at Academy of Art University, whose major is Womens’ Ready to Wear
Spotted: Outside of Etiquette Lounge, 11:53 p.m.
Wearing: 5th & Row jacket (her own design/label), dress from Thrift Town (“a closet staple,” she says), and Dolce Vita heels
How would you describe your style? “Dark with a little bit of sunshine.”
Model Bar Refaeli isn’t the only star sparkling on the cover of the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, which hit newsstands in February and created even more than the usual amount of bikini-driven buzz when this year’s magazine cover landed a gig traveling around the country as the temporary exterior of a Southwest Airlines plane.
SF scenesters turned out en masse for the Louis Vuitton: A Tribute to Stephen Sprouse event at the Louis Vuitton Maison Union Square on February 24 where invited guests sipped cocktails and grazed on hors’ doeuvres while snatching up pieces from the brand’s graffiti and roses limited-edition collection. A reinterpretation of Sprouse’s original Day-Glo graffiti-tagged designs from 2001, the revised collection of clothing and accessories launched in select stores on January 9 to the glee of many Louis Vuitton collectors. Ten percent of the evening’s sales went toward supporting SF’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Since ever-so-quietly moving into its Sutter Street showroom in mid-December, Mi has piqued the curiosity of passersby with a spare window display featuring white garment bags that look eerily like straight jackets set against stark and industrial interiors.
And since the design studio has been open mostly only by appointment when Creative Director Dean Hutchinson, who splits his time between San Francisco and Toronto, is in town, those intrigued by the mysterious storefront have had to continue on with questions unanswered.
Name: Cassandra Miller
Occupation: Nightlife Promoter
Spotted: Redwood Room at The Clift, 10:48 p.m.
Wearing: MNG by Mango halter dress, FCUK black patent leather shoes
Describe your morning routine: "Four Barrel Coffee... -enough said."
Fashion Must Reads: Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, M.I.S.S. CREW 'Today's Word on the Street' and M.I.S.S. blog
During the weekend ahead, say goodbye to the shortest month of the year with a feel-good mixture of shopping, art and fashion.
Start tonight at the Westfield San Francisco Centre for an evening of shopping at Martin + Osa with style expert Katrina Szish, who will be on hand to offer tips on translating red carpet trends into everyday looks featuring apparel from the casual retailer’s current collections. The first 100 guests to arrive will receive a $25 gift certificate for Martin + Osa. During the event, merchandise will be discounted 20 percent. Proceeds benefit the Northern California Cancer Center.
With her Helena de Natalio line of handbags recently picked up by Saks Fifth Avenue— and featured in the retailer's spring advertising campaign—BayArea native and designer Helen Lubetkin, 29, is understandably optimistic about what lies ahead for her bohemian-cool line of leather carry-alls and clutches. We caught up with the Marin resident to chat about her latest collection, her stint in the Peace Corps and the contents of her handbag.
How is your forthcoming collection for late summer/early fall 2009 a departure from your previous collections?