Style + Design
Tomorrow night, a group of local fashion industry experts will try to prove that personal style need not become one more victim of the “new” (meaning awful) economy. Needless to say, we’re intrigued.
Going the Extra Mile: Styling Tips & Tricks for a New Economy brings a panel that includes Michelle Sterling of Global Image Group and Sterling Style Academy, Wardrobe 911’s Teresa Morisco, Milo Models founder Jade Hall and others together for a two-hour session emphasizing those everyday little changes one can make to look current, put together and professional without, say, hiring a stylist to help you buy a whole new wardrobe.
Our favorite new overnighter is the Metric Weekender bag from local accessories outfit Hlaska, whose flagship store opened on Fillmore last fall. The perfect size for a short jaunt, the bag sports Italian-leather handles and trim and hides several utility pockets. It comes in either salmon- or slate-colored basketweave ($315) or a variety of limited-edition, custom-printed woven fabrics ($475).
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Whether she wants it or not, every First Lady comes under style scrutiny that lasts not just an evening or the length of her time in the White House, but for all posterity. The inaugural ball gowns worn by each, for example, have ended up in the Smithsonian since Helen Taft started the tradition in 1909, when she donated to the museum the white silk chiffon number she wore on her husband’s first night as president.
Back in the day when quill pens were modern tech, nibs were both necessary objects and admired accessories. Thanks to the London-based design duo behind Tatty Devine, nibs are back again. But this time, they’d rather hang around your neck than rendezvous with parchment paper.
In the talented hands of Tatty Devine’s Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden, the oversized, gold acrylic laser-cut nibs adorning handmade necklaces, brooches and cufflinks ($60-$245) pair with black crystal drop beads for a result that’s as sharply refined, yet full of cheek in that so-very-British kind of way.
Name: Bonnie Dominguez
Occupation: Footwear Designer/Artist, www.bonniedominguez.com
Spotted: At a cocktail party in Potrero Hill, 12:15 a.m.
Wearing: head to toe vintage
Favorite item you're wearing: bow with rhinestone pins
Best place to window shop in SF: Barney's New York
Most recent purchase: a Paul & Joe gray leather jacket
Why we love her look: Her unique take on a cocktail outfit. Bonnie gave polish to her all-black ensemble with an amazing vintage black bow with rhinestone pins (which were reminiscent of cuff links), T-strap heels, and bright red lipstick. The result? A refreshing and modern take on vintage.
If the economic tempest in which our nation presently finds itself prompts a tidal wave of shopping guilt, here’s a simple tactic to curb your impulse-buying urges: keep your mitts to yourself. And we’re not talking about the ones intended for use with an oven (if that’s the kind of thing you’re into). We’re talking about your hands. Touching, it seems, may increase your likelihood of purchasing.