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Macy's Passport 2008

Comedian Dame Edna, No Doubt drummer Adrian Young, the Jabbawockeez dance crew and designer Tommy Hilfiger were just a few of the headliners who entertained a pack crowd at the Fort Mason Center’s Herbst Pavilion on Sept. 18 at the 26th annual Macy’s Passport HIV/AIDS fundraising gala. While long and lean models shared the catwalk with a host of dazzling entertainers (a Marilyn Monroe impersonator, salsa dancing couples and SF Cheer’s acrobatic troupes, to name a few) the main attraction, of course, was the fashion. Timeless fall staples—from evening gowns and trench coats to crisp suits and denim—dominated this year’s catwalk. Here, a few highlights from the fall collections at Macy’s.

Socks in the City

Here at 7x7, we’ve noticed a subtle yet daring trend has emerged onto the runways, into the streets and onto the feet of fashionable ladies everywhere: socks worn with heels

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.               

Kate Somerville in SF


Kate Somerville at her L.A. med-spa. Courtesy of Kate Somerville

SF's Master of Up 'Dos

It’s high season for cultural events around town, and that means hair stylists skilled in special-occasion hair are in serious demand. I recently went looking for an expert who could pull off the quick-fire task of giving me some innovative up ‘dos—spurred by a recent flurry of post-work weeknight galas. Here are a couple of gorgeous styles whipped up by Cinta Salon’s Ernie Meneses, a Tinseltown-native and recent SF transplant, who has been in the hair biz for more than eight years. After my first visit with Ernie, I quickly realized I’d never have to worry about ending up with the dreaded over-curled and shellacked “bridesmaid” hair.

SF Fashion and Beauty events


Courtesy of Fresh.com


What: Fresh Mini-Facial Event

When: 5 to 7 p.m., Sept. 10

Where: Fresh boutique, 301 Sutter St., 415-248-0210

Why: Come meet the ebullient local Fresh boutique team and Fresh’s cofounder, Alina Roytberg, who will be in town demonstrating color application. Bonus: complimentary champagne, makeovers and mini-facials.


Courtesy of Spa Week 2008

Make Room For Fall Fashion, Sell Your Clothes

As Labor Day BBQs flame out, picnic baskets migrate to top shelves, and open-toed shoes march towards final sale racks, the signals are clear: it's time to start planning your fall wardrobe.  A prerequisite to this endeavor, however, is purging your closet to make room for some choice fall arrivals.  Not always an easy task.   What's even more unpleasant is lugging all of your "okay maybe I can part with this"  items to your local buy/sell shop, only to have them tossed in the "reject" pile before even unfolding.  Kinda humiliating.  So, here are some Cliff's Notes to bear in mind before you start stuffing that Trader Joes bag for your next selling trip. 

Local Fashion Contests: Azalea boutique and Art Institutes of California

Be on your way to becoming America's next top model or the next fashion design star by entering these local competitions.


Courtesy of Azalea boutique

What: The Azalea anniversary party fashion show model contest

When: Entry deadline is Sept. 1; five winners will be announced Sept. 5 for their spot to model in the Sept. 19 show at Mezzanine, styled by Brandon Scott, designer of B. Son SF.

Fall Coat Trends: Bright, Bulky and Belted

We all live with our fair share of regrets. For some, it's picking the wrong major in college, sticking out a rocky relationship, or eating last night's bad sushi. My regret? Waiting until mid-October last season, when it was really cold outside, to look for a new coat. The chill is the only consistent thing about San Francisco weather, and so I assumed that  stores were bound to keep an array of key outerwear pieces in stock year round. Wrong! Instead, I went through the fall and winter months desperately sorting through picked over, not-my-size overcoats, never satisfied and eventually going without that much-needed update to my wardrobe.

Put On Your Shopping Shoes


Elizabeth Wilson in her Kansas City studio. Courtesy of Asiatica


What: Designer meet-and-greet/Asiatica Trunk Show

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Aug. 19

Where: Boulette’s Larder, Ferry Building

Eco-friendly skin-care line by <i>Teens Turning Green</i>


Courtesy of Axion Design Inc. 

Weather wise, it’s not quite summer yet for San Franciscans. While we’re shedding our layers when late August finally brings the heat, the rest of the world, it seems, is moving on to fall and beyond. Even while dreaming of lazy days at Baker Beach and music festivals in the park, I try to keep up by creating a mental list of gift ideas for when the holidays inevitably come crashing in. Enter: Teens Turning Green skin-care line, for that teenage girl in everyone’s lives.
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