Style + Design
You probably haven’t heard of him—yet. But we’re convinced Christopher Collins will be a designer to watch in SF’s growing fashion circle. On Tuesday, Collins presented his sophomore Spring 2009 collection before a packed invite-only crowd at Deep Down Sound in SoMa. Co-produced by Elise Friedman, Phoebe Rubin, Rachel Esterline and Julianne Moeller, the energetic shindig attracted a smattering of social butterflies, fashiony hipsters and curious media, who gathered for a flash of fashion and post-work mingling over sushi, cupcakes and glasses of sparkling rosé.
We were definitely a little sad a few months ago when we discovered (quietly) that SF Fashion Week was no longer. It was a valiant effort, which began in 2005, on the part of local events producer Erika Gessin to create a cohesive fashion event for Bay Area designers held every August. But with its rumored organizational problems and, now, the depressed state of the economy, we weren’t terribly surprised the local fashion shows eventually tapped out. It’s still yet to be seen whether the relatively new Innovative Fashion Council of San Francisco will be able to eventually get the support and funding needed to launch The Fashion Event the city so craves.
Courtesy of Goldenbleu
What: Goldenbleu Warehouse Sale
When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11
Where: Goldenbleu warehouse, 2963 Mission St., firstname.lastname@example.org
Why: Score Italian-leather kicks and purses from one of SF’s own at wholesale prices. Select styles start at $30. Get a free bag with a purchase of $200 or more.
Fresh off of New York Fashion Week, the genius boys behind Proenza Schouler (a.k.a. Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez) breezed through San Francisco recently for a private trunk show and cocktail party at Neiman Marcus and, of course, a gab fest with 7x7. With leather gloves, sleek jumpsuits and zippered pencil skirts from their Spring 2009 collection in tow, the playful Manhattan-based duo shared their thoughts on diving into accessory design, getting inspired, and dressing their mothers.
To the surprise of many, this look isn’t as new as it seems. Besides the fact that it was the norm for American housewives and teenage girls in the ’40s, pairing thigh-baring hosiery with heels has been popular amongst Harajuku girls in Japan for years. In recent seasons, the trend has been spotted all over the runways of such designers as Miu Miu, Wunderkind and Peter Jensen.