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Celebrity Craze: Bryna Nicole Handbags at Sundance

Push and Adventureland weren’t the only hits at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, held Jan. 15-25 in Park City, Utah. San Francisco designer Bryna McMills’ Bryna Nicole handbags found their own success among the stars during their appearance in the Sundance Gifting Suite (you know, the place where the celebs go to snag all the free swag they can carry).

Paris Hilton got cozy with the Bartol bag, while Devon Aoki walked with the Prentiss. Michelle Trachtenberg picked up the Hallam clutch, while Aubrey O’Day chose a yellow Rosemont clutch.

Sidewalk Chic: Fashionable Foodie in the Financial District

Name: Brittany Busacca

Age: 22

Occupation: Fashion Design Intern at Nice Collective, Cocktail Server at Slide

Wearing: BCBG dress, Marc by Marc Jacobs shoes

Spotted: 7x7 Eat+Drink Awards at The City Club, 8:27 p.m.

Last place you had dinner? Mamacita

Fashion Must Read: Women's Wear Daily

Where do you find style inspiration? Street Culture, Tokyo (especially Harajuku), Marc Jacobs

Sidewalk Chic: Modern Dandy in SOMA

Name: Jeffrey Ying

Age: 21

Occupation: Leisure

Spotted: Paradise Lounge, 10:52 p.m.

Wearing: Custom Hart Schaffner Marx suit, Versace silk shirt, 1970s orange wallpaper pattern Ernst tie, Brioni sweater vest, J.M.Weston Chelsea boots, Cutler & Gross eyeframes, 1950s gold Omega wristwatch

What inspires your style? “I find sartorial inspiration in characters of the past such as the 1970s art forger, Fernand Legros or the 19th century dandy, Comte d'Orsay [Alfred Guillaume Gabriel]. The modern dandy, [Fashion Journalist] Nicholas Foulkes mentions how the Comte d'Orsay used to dip his watch-straps into Caron perfume.”

Style Tips for the New Economy

Tomorrow night, a group of local fashion industry experts will try to prove that personal style need not become one more victim of the “new” (meaning awful) economy. Needless to say, we’re intrigued.

Going the Extra Mile: Styling Tips & Tricks for a New Economy brings a panel that includes Michelle Sterling of Global Image Group and Sterling Style Academy, Wardrobe 911’s Teresa Morisco, Milo Models founder Jade Hall and others together for a two-hour session emphasizing those everyday little changes one can make to look current, put together and professional without, say, hiring a stylist to help you buy a whole new wardrobe.

Fashionable Pursuits: What to Do this Weekend

Feeling the weekend wanderlust? We know we are. Here are three fashionable pursuits to enhance the days ahead:

Our Favorite Overnight Bag

Our favorite new overnighter is the Metric Weekender bag from local accessories outfit Hlaska, whose flagship store opened on Fillmore last fall. The perfect size for a short jaunt, the bag sports Italian-leather handles and trim and hides several utility pockets. It comes in either salmon- or slate-colored basketweave ($315) or a variety of limited-edition, custom-printed woven fabrics ($475).

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Sidewalk Chic: Monochromatic Layers in the Tenderloin

Name: Billy Campbell
Age: 28
Occupation: Operations Manager for UGG San Francisco

American Apparel Saga Heats up in the Mission

The brouhaha over the arrival of American Apparel onto Valencia Street has grown in recent days from small rumbles to an all-out hipster vs. hipster verbal slugfest on the local blogs.

Obama Style: Michelle’s First Looks as First Lady

Whether she wants it or not, every First Lady comes under style scrutiny that lasts not just an evening or the length of her time in the White House, but for all posterity. The inaugural ball gowns worn by each, for example, have ended up in the Smithsonian since Helen Taft started the tradition in 1909, when she donated to the museum the white silk chiffon number she wore on her husband’s first night as president.

Calling Nibs: Accessories by Tatty Devine

Back in the day when quill pens were modern tech, nibs were both necessary objects and admired accessories. Thanks to the London-based design duo behind Tatty Devine, nibs are back again. But this time, they’d rather hang around your neck than rendezvous with parchment paper.

In the talented hands of Tatty Devine’s Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden, the oversized, gold acrylic laser-cut nibs adorning handmade necklaces, brooches and cufflinks ($60-$245) pair with black crystal drop beads for a result that’s as sharply refined, yet full of cheek in that so-very-British kind of way.

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