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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.

Sidewalk Chic: Subtle Details in Potrero Hill

Name: Bonnie Dominguez

Age: 33

Occupation: Footwear Designer/Artist, www.bonniedominguez.com

Spotted: At a cocktail party in Potrero Hill, 12:15 a.m.

Wearing: head to toe vintage

Favorite item you're wearing: bow with rhinestone pins

Best place to window shop in SF: Barney's New York

Most recent purchase: a Paul & Joe gray leather jacket

Why we love her look: Her unique take on a cocktail outfit. Bonnie gave polish to her all-black ensemble with an amazing vintage black bow with rhinestone pins (which were reminiscent of cuff links), T-strap heels, and bright red lipstick. The result? A refreshing and modern take on vintage.

Recession Shopping Strategy: Look But Don’t Touch

If the economic tempest in which our nation presently finds itself prompts a tidal wave of shopping guilt, here’s a simple tactic to curb your impulse-buying urges: keep your mitts to yourself. And we’re not talking about the ones intended for use with an oven (if that’s the kind of thing you’re into). We’re talking about your hands. Touching, it seems, may increase your likelihood of purchasing.

Where to Shop this Weekend

With another week in ’09 almost under our proverbial belts, we’re doing what we do best on Fridays: pondering ways to pepper the weekend with fashionable fun. Here are three:

Dylan Closes on Chestnut Street

The rumors have been swirling, but we’ve confirmed that Dylan, the Vintage 415 owned co-ed boutique in the Marina, has closed. Callers may still get a voicemail message at the location that connotes business as usual, but as of today, the e-tail arm of the Dylan website has shut down—sans any official going-out-of-business sale—and the homepage announces: “The boutique at 2146 Chestnut Street is closed. … Please check back for updates in the coming weeks.” Those updates could end up being that the Vintage guys are selling the store to new owners, but that’s still TBA, according to partner Nate Valentine.

Sidewalk Chic: Impeccable Details in NoPa

Ryan Wong

Age: 29

Occupation: Advertising

Spotted: Little Star Pizza on Divisadero, 9:21 p.m.

Favorite place to shop in San Francisco? “I like going to Rugby (Ralph Lauren) for shirts. They always fit me well.”

Describe your ideal Sunday: “Making breakfast with what I find in my girlfriend’s refrigerator, going to Green Apple Books for a while, then grabbing some French macaroons from Miette and getting together with family for a Chinese banquet in the evening.”

Get Tipsy at the San Francisco Wedding Fair

Not every bride-to-be is fortunate to have her own Mindy Weiss (wedding planner to the stars - think Eva Longoria, Jessica Simpson and Avril Lavigne). Nope, sometimes we actually have to plan it ourselves.  Which, let's be honest, sometimes sucks. 

Enter The Four Seasons. All day on Jan. 18, the luxury hotel will play host to the San Francisco Wedding Fair, where bride-to-bes can sip champagne, listen to the sweet sounds of a string quartet and drink, er, plan away her worries with the help of a panel of professionals.

It's Possible, Folks: The Perfect Jeans

Few things in life are perfect. But most of us, at least once in our lives, have happened upon the perfect pair of jeans. When it happens, it’s a beautiful thing.  But let's be honest, it never happens. 

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