Style + Design
Head to Shotwell this Thursday for a little slice of what we'd like to call Heaven. Freshen up your spring wardrobe with LAEKEN's effortlessly chic pieces (think tie-dyed silk dresses) while sipping on deliciously cheap cocktails from 6-9 p.m. Be sure to also get a free fringe trim by Metamorphosis Salon while you're there so you can properly admire your new look.
One of San Francisco’s can’t-miss fashion events of the year takes place tomorrow night in SoMa. In case you’ve been trapped in a dressing room somewhere and haven’t heard the buzz (not likely, we know, but possible), the Discarded to Divine benefit held each year taps fashion designers to create garments from donated clothing and textiles and auctions the finished wearables off to raise much-needed funds for the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s programs aiding the poor and homeless. Recycled fashion? Design for a good cause? A chance give Project Runway’s Sweet P props on her copious arm tattoos? It goes without saying that we.are.so.there.
Instead of the unattended-to mail, errant articles of clothing and various electronic gadgetry one might expect to find strewn across the desk of the average 21-year-old SoMa resident, there’s a band saw and what remains of a pheasant carcass perched on the one belonging to Mariele Williams, whose leather, antler and feather jewelry made us stop and stare (in a good way) during a recent visit to The Perish Trust.
Name: Mandy Cole
Occupation: Mom, retail (at August), bookkeeper, stylist, and photographer
Spotted: Rogan+Loomstate Pop-Up Shop opening at August, 6:24 p.m.
Wearing: Banana Republic top, Marni pants, Miu Miu flats
What do you find most important when selecting an outfit? "Simple style with a bit of irony."
Favorite item you were wearing & why? "My Marni pants! They are so incredibly fabulous and ridiculous."
With Mother’s Day less than a week away, graduations looming and summer wedding season just around the corner, we’ve got a gift list that’s growing by the minute – and we’re pretty sure we aren’t the only ones. And while we’d like to summon up the perfect gift idea for every single occasion, sometimes we need a little help in the inspiration department. Below, the go-to shops we hit up whenever we need a special something for a special someone:
Lavish: With shelves carrying a diverse array of girlish delights ranging from James Jeans to J. Mendocino ceramics to children’s books and apparel, this Hayes Valley shop is an ideal place to find a gift for mom, whether she’s new to the game or a seasoned pro.
Need to escape the weekend downpours? Try deals from these local stores:
Honey Ryder: This Hayes Valley boutique named after the iconic 007 vixen is bidding adieu at the end of the month. Merch is marked down by a minimum of 40 percent, and we hear the discounts will keep increasing.
isso san francisco: A sidewalk sale in honor of Cinco de Mayo is on at this local label’s Mission Dolores shop. Pop by during the day on Saturday for deals on apparel and accessories from independent designers such as She-Bible, Nopal, Nicacelly, Kris Nations and Head Tripz.
In a perfect world, we'd all be able to walk into Barney's and drop $1300 on the designer must-have heels of the season without blinking an eye. Unfortunately, most of us live in the real world of scouring H&M and boutique sale racks in an endless quest to find high-end looks that will leave our bank accounts relatively in tact. Luckily we love a good style challenge, so we did the dirty work for you and found five pairs of statement heels that will leave you looking au courant and feeling guilt-free.
The Bay Area may not have a fashion week of its own these days, but one event taking place on the Peninsula this weekend hopes to pull off something close to it in the span of one evening.
Name: Jenelle Lee Oldham
Occupation: Hairstylist at Oxenrose Salon
Spotted: Infatuation at Vessel, 11:01 p.m.
Wearing: Forever 21 dress, vintage belt and heels, handmade earrings by Nico Lopez
How would you define your style? "Totally fun and carefree. I love dressing up and wearing things that pop. Mixing trendy, vintage, and a pair of killer heels!"
We were so blown away by the final collection at the Academy of Art Graduate Fashion Show that we just had to share. The Fashion and Jewelry Design Collaboration produced by three Fine Art Sculpture and six Fashion Design students, was a fantastical mix that we think is best described as alien fairy with a dash of Toy Story mutant toy. From the metal flowers sprouting out of the tulle 'fur' coat to the sculptural wires suspending layers of a goddess gown in mid-air, the collection was without-a-doubt inspiring and the Academy continues to make fashion aficionados such as ourselves proud to call San Francisco home.
See more from the AAU fashion show.