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Sidewalk Chic: Subtly Seventies at the Wharf

Name: Aimee Fountain

Age: 28

Occupation: Adjunct Professor of English

Spotted: 7x7 Best Of party at Ghirardelli Square, 8:23 p.m.

Wearing: Tracy M. top, Twenty8Twelve Jeans, vintage knit bolero, Zigi flats

Currently reading, watching, listening to: "Reading The Rachel Papers by Martin Amis (it's making me super neurotic), watching Arrested Development all the way through for the second time and listening to Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Italo Disco and a lot of '60s Top 40 hits."

On the Runway: Art Institute’s Fashion Metamorphosis Show

That fashion wouldn’t be fashion without change (both the temporal kind and lots and lots of the coin variety) would be reason enough for the Art Institute of California to develop its summer fashion show taking place this Saturday night around the idea of metamorphosis. But consider that the fashion industry itself is in a state of flux this year quite unlike we’ve seen before (Lacroix bankrupt! Jimmy Choo for H&M!

Parc 55's Voyeuristic Union Square Publicity Stunt

As part of their re-opening promotion taking place June 16-18, Parc 55 Hotel is giving the world a glimpse inside one of their newly renovated 'View' rooms by placing a see-through hotel room in middle of Union Square, the clincher being the fact that it’s complete with a live woman, apparently fresh from the shower (wearing a robe, towel wrapped around her head, and randomly, a pair of sunglasses) lounging on the bed with a magazine—shopping bags littering the floor with her day’s loot.

Hopefully, no drunk Union Square tourists will taunt her, lest they end up like those poor kids in the zoo. Those ladies who lunch can sure be tigers.

Mother Nature Goes Glam for Shu Uemura's 'Lashes of Nature'

 

Sourcing Mother Nature as muse, the makeup masters at Shu Uemura have outdone themselves yet again with their latest lash collection: Lashes in Nature. A striking fusion of flowers, forests, oceans and the sky, you're sure to find a perfectly fresh accent to inject your look with anything from delicate femininity to high drama. Here are a few of our favorites from the nine-piece compilation:

FLEUR-EVER by Gina Brooke, $79: Proudly show off your feathers with these extravagant lashes made of flecked purple plumage.

 

 

The SF Summer Scarf Marks Distilled's Move into Women's Wear

When we were lucky enough to get our hot little hands on the brand new San Francisco Summer Scarf from local label Distilled last week, smug triumph ensued almost as soon as we wrapped up in the lightweight, casually-crinkled cotton number.

That’s because this scarf is much more than a simple neck-wrapper for the City’s chilly summer months. The first unisex (officially speaking) piece from designers Matty Merrill and Sep Kamvar, the scarf is a welcome harbinger of more female-friendly fashion to come.

“We constantly get asked when we’re going to come out with ladies’,” says Merrill.

Link Love: Becks in Skivvies (Again), Free Music Downloads, Etsy vs. Feminism

In which we slog through oodles of blogs so you don’t have to....

David Beckham causes slack-jawed stares around the world (again) with his latest underwear ad campaign for Armani. This reminds us of a car accident we almost had when a previous Becks ad appeared over Union Square this time last summer.

To go along with the 80’s moment we’ve been feeling lately, the freestyle mix from Agent Lover is helping us rock out with our 1987 out.

What's the Deal: Filippa K, Cary Lane and More

Because paying full retail price is oh-so-passé...

Salvatore Ferragamo's Massimiliano Giornetti Finds The Perfect Balance

After almost nine years as head menswear designer for iconic Italian brand Salvatore Ferragamo, Massimiliano Giornetti finally stopped by our fair city (barely) long enough to sit down with us to talk fashion, inspiration and finding the perfect balance:

How would you define the Ferragamo man? "A businessman during the day, casual on the weekends. Someone always on the move whether traveling, boating, or enjoying a glass of wine. I create classic yet stylish clothes for the different dimensions of a man's lifestyle. Fashion is not made to be in a museum, it's meant to be worn."

Tonight: Models Strip Down at Thread | Bare

A sudden spate of disrobing at the corner of 16th and Capp Streets isn’t something we’d normally want to see on a Friday night, but leave it to The Lab to convince us otherwise.

Part of an annual fundraising event supporting the the interdisciplinary arts space that also includes a trunk show on Saturday, Thread | Bare will put clothes and accessories by local independent designers on models tonight for the express purpose of removing them in front of a live audience. Simply put: go here, and you will see models wearing next to nothing.

Nice Collective launches the StoreRoom

If you’re anything like us, simply hearing the words “Limited Edition” is enough to elevate your heart rate. Imagine our excitement when we heard that on June 15th the boys of Nice Collective are launching The StoreRoom, an online “community” shop that will carry custom, rare pieces for their loyal devotees. The exclusive hand-made products ranging from clothing to home décor will be produced in extremely limited quantities and sold online only for a short time. The debut list includes the Scrap Metal Combat Boot, a vintage skeleton key necklace and a weathered wallet, but with a monthly rotation we’d find it hard to believe if there isn’t a special piece that catches your eye.

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