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The Powder and The Glory: Beauty's Biggest Rivalry

Beauty industry pioneers Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden may have devoted their lives to making faces pretty, but the decades-long rivalry between the two icons is said to have been anything but.

The intense and, at times, bitter competition between the two women widely credited with launching the now $150 billion global health and beauty industry in New York during the first decade of the 20th century is the subject of documentary film The Powder & the Glory, screening Wednesday night at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as part of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival’s year-round programming.

Academy of Art Grads Shine at New York Fashion Week

Erin Fetherston and Alexander Wang weren’t the only designers with strong San Francisco ties to show their fall 2009 collections at New York Fashion Week this year. Making their debut under the tents at Bryant Park last Friday were eight recent graduates of the Academy of Art University, the first and only school to show during the event.

Sidewalk Chic: Flower Power in SoMa

Name: Megan Robinson

Age: 21

Occupation: Student at Skyline Cosmotology, Receptionist at Mercer Street Salon

Spotted: Yo! Majesty show at 103 Harriet, 10:08 p.m.

Wearing: floral dress from LF, Forever 21 flats (we think they rather resemble Marc by Marc Jacobs), gold Megaline necklace from an SF street vendor who makes custom necklaces on the spot for $18

Where to Shop This Weekend: Home Swede Home, Given, Academy of Friends Silent Auction

We may be preoccupied prepping our inner fashion critics for Sunday’s red carpet drama, but hardly too busy to shop. Here are three places to check out this weekend:

Soft Core: T Alexander Wang Lands at Carrots

If there’s a single must-have top for spring, it’s got to be a soft and slouchy number from T Alexander Wang.

Sidewalk Chic: Inspiration Strikes in SoMa

Name: Kirsten Knick

Age: 20

Occupation: Personal Stylist/Wardrobe Stylist, Sales Associate at Jeremy's and Sephora

Spotted: Jeremy's Department Store, SoMa, 3:22 p.m.

Wearing: Black oversized cardigan from a thrift store in Half Moon Bay, vintage Joy Division tee, vintage fur stole, altered leather skirt, Vintage Onk necklace, Tibetan opium necklace, Doc Marten boots

What's Hot for Spring at Neiman Marcus

During a recent lunchtime preview of spring trends, Neiman Marcus buyers and fashion experts showed off their picks for the season’s best looks while attendees sipped from Champagne flutes and sampled canapes.

Among the trends for spring:

  • Lots of pink
  • One-shoulder dresses, tops and jumpsuits
  • Snakeskin accessories
  • Statement shoes
  • Ruffles
  • Carryall handbags
  • Bright-hued cardigans
  • Graphic prints
  • Bold accessories, chunky bracelets and long, layered necklaces

 

Keep a Good Man Happy: Last-Minute Gifts For Him

They say a good man is hard to find. But here’s the silver lining on that theory: once discovered, a good guy is usually pretty easy to keep happy. To keep those happy guy vibes flowing this Valentine’s Day, we offer up a surefire gift-giving strategy for pleasing dudes: just give him something he can wear anywhere that can’t be found everywhere. Three examples:

Where to Shop This Weekend: Goldenbleu Going Out of Business Sale, .meggie. and Lovesick

One reason this weekend stands out: you won’t be able to celebrate Friday the 13th and Valentine’s Day on the same weekend again until 2015. Here are three more:

Sidewalk Chic: Style Chameleon in Union Square

Name: Miguel Lopez

Age: 37

Occupation: Owner of Sui GENERIS boutique

Spotted: 7x7 Concierge Event at Infusion Lounge, 6:42 p.m.

Wearing: Brooks Brothers peacoat, John Varvatos tie, Ralph Lauren shirt, jeans, and wingtips

Fashion must-read: Fantastic Man

Most recent purchase: A black short and fitted wool pea-coat from Ralph Lauren. "(I) Have to have it for this end of the winter to replace the bit longer one."

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