Style + Design
What better way is there to thank mom for your good looks than treating her to some new ones of her own?
And besides, chatting over breakfast with Julie Chaiken, goddess of black pants, before heading to her private studio for a one-on-one style session peppered with the San Francisco designer’s tips and takes on current trends isn’t a shabby way for a fashion supplicant to spend a Saturday.
As promised, we arrived on the scene early to witness the doors open to the long-awaited Matthew Williamson for H&M capsule collection. Though the first people in line arrived at 4:50 a.m. as an alliance to ensure they got what they came for, at 9:55 a.m. the crowd was still modest in comparison to the Comme Des Garcons queue in November. Once inside, the retail mob was quick to snatch up our favorite pieces, leaving only peacock cardigans, clutches, and necklaces behind. We scored a cute navy high-waisted skirt and marveled at the fact that this seemingly harmless crowd managed to clear the place out in ten minutes flat. Bravo.
This past heat wave has us longing for a leisurely beach getaway, and of course we can't go on our (imaginary) escape without a new warm weather outfit. Unfortunately, back in the real world our hectic schedules leave little time for shopping about town, which is why we've decided to make it easy for you by scoring an entire ensemble at one store! Since Guess is known for their sweet yet sexy vibe, it only made sense that we would find an outfit there to take you from poolside to dining al fresco after dark (or from Baker Beach to North Beach):
Grab your camping supplies and credit card ladies, Matthew Williamson's collaboration with H&M is about to hit Powell Street (one of only eight stores in the country that are lucky enough to score it). Williamson, best known for his vibrant colors and prints, found inspiration for the line by looking back at eleven years worth of collections in order to find the true essence of his brand. What came out of it is an elegant yet playful collection full of bold silk summer pieces that refuse to be ignored. His graphic flamenco dress, electric blue suit, and tulip-silhouetted cocktail dress are the items that are driving us to battle the masses at 10 a.m., but you check out the rest of the collection here.
Every June, we put out our "Best Of" issue. This year, we want you to get involved. So from now until the end of April, we'll be posting a series of questions about San Francisco. Jump into the fray, and your writeup could be featured in the issue.
Where do you head to pick up killer kicks?
It’s officially Earth Day today, but shouldn’t everyday be an earth day? Where your wardrobe is concerned, it’s easy to make that happen at these top eco-friendly San Francisco shops and boutiques:
Eco Citizen: Fair trade, eco-conscious fashions from such designers as EDUN, Loomstate, Linda Loudermilk and Del Forte Denim are on display at this Russian Hill boutique.
EcoLogiQue: Low impact production methods and sustainable materials are behind the clothing and organic products for men, women and children found at this Hayes Valley destination for eco-friendly labels such as Sweetgrass, Naked Cotton and Under the Canopy.
Everyone’s got baggage. It’s whether he's packing baggage that’s up to the task at hand that counts.
And that’s exactly what new San Francisco men’s bag company Peasants and Travelers has for the fellas – and, really, anyone looking for weekenders, totes and carryalls with a healthily frills-free prepster-meets-urbanite attitude.
Scoring a fresh bag today doesn’t have to involve a semi-late-afternoon drum circle on Hippie Hill. Instead, we’re lit up over the cute-as-can-be pebble print Kaori bag, new out this month from Flowie.
Redwood City-based designer Yaling Hou landed upon the cotton twill bag’s shape after seeing a photograph of her niece, who lives in Japan, wearing a traditional kimono with an obi belt.
“I named it after her. She’s a really girlie girl. It’s inspired by the kimono she wore and also her personality,” Hou says.
To go with the gorgeous weekend ahead, a fresh bunch of sunny sales are sprouting around the Bay:
Sample Angel: You might think someone up above is looking out for the state of your spring style when you hear everything at this Presidio Heights shop is $50 or less this weekend. Hours are Friday, 2-8 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
To kick off our new weekly look feature, we decided to scour local boutiques (with online shops of course!) and piece together the perfect outfit for a weekend in the park. It’s easy, playful and ideal for soaking in the sun. Without further ado, this week’s picks:
1. Harputs Own T-Shirt Dress in Gold Silk, $200: This effortlessly cool frock screams spring wardrobe staple with its clean silhouette and high hemline.
2. Tatty Devine Dinosaur Necklace from Eden & Eden, $195: Pair this quirky necklace with a simple getup for some tongue-in-cheek chic.