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Bohemian, Relaxed, Polished

Hillary

Hillary, 31, gallery director
Lives in: Alamo Square
Wearing: Banana Republic turtleneck and sweater dress, DKNY tights, Aldo shoes
Most recent fashion find: black crocheted dress

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Fashion Week Favorites

Jill Stuart Jovovich-Hawk
All bundled up at Jill Stuart; party dresses rule at Jovovich-Hawk

Although Fashion Week has just begun, there are already some standout pieces from the Fall 2008 ready-to-wear collections that are sure to incite massive trends and plenty of knock-offs. H&M or Forever 21, anyone? Here are a few memorable looks straight from the runways of New York’s Bryant Park so you can get a head start on planning your fabulous fall wardrobe.

Bag Lady

Recently I was on a six-and-a-half hour cross-country plane ride sitting, in awe, next to a woman with a gorgeous new Louis Vuitton monogram handbag. It wasn’t the bag exactly that caught my eye (although it was a beauty). I was amazed that throughout the entire trip, the woman cradled the purse in her lap— careful not to sully its perfect leather—not once letting it touch the ground. I’ve never been that obsessed with a bag, although I’ve come admittedly close. Close enough, in fact, to consider buying something like this:


Prep-School Subversive

Iris

Iris, 23, Web production assistant
Lives in: Lower Haight
Wearing: Wool coat and cardigan bought in Taipei, shorts and shoes from Urban Outfitters, H&M tights, Diesel scarf, H&M handbag
My style icon: flight attendants and military personnel
Most recent fashion find: a pair of vintage lace-up boots from Wasteland

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Devilishly Demure

Desiree

Desiree, 33, photographer
Lives in: Lower Nob Hill
Wearing: Forever 21 shirt dress, Lee jeans from Urban Outfitters, Banana Republic cardigan, Nordstrom shoes, jacket from Brick Lane Market in London, hair pin from Spitalfields Market in London. 

Calling All Designers

Local designers looking to get some exposure: now’s the time to send in your portfolios to Fashion on the Square. Held each summer in the plaza at Union Square, the annual event bills itself as the largest outdoor fashion show on the West Coast. (It’s also part industry fundraiser for the non-profit organization Fashion Group Foundation of San Francisco).

Beauty Break

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and local cosmetics fave Benefit has you covered with the newest addition to its line: Thrrrob face powder.

Benefit Throb
courtesy of Benefit

Rain, Rain … Please Stay!

While getting myself to work on dark, rainy weekdays (with no option to retreat under the covers) is always a challenge, I usually look at the bright side: it’s a great excuse to shop for wet weather fashion. Recently I went on the mad hunt for the perfect pair of rain boots, which at this time of year wasn’t easy. Plenty of retailers around town have sold out for the season and have moved on to strappy sandals – not exactly ideal for days like these. I did, however, eventually land my dream boots at the Union Square Burberry store in the timeless Burberry plaid.
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