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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.

7 Minutes with: Dutchy Handbags


Courtesy of Dutchy Handbags

August Style Events: Mark Your Calendar


Dress by Jessie Hill. Courtesy of Silverman Gallery/Look Boutique

What: MiniMarket art and fashion expo presented by Citizen:Citizen and Silverman Gallery

Where: Silverman Gallery/Look Boutique, 804 Sutter St.

When: Now through Aug. 30

Koos van den Akker Sets Up Shop at the Academy of Art University

San Francisco may not be the city that most designers call home, but it’s definitely a go-to getaway for fashion-y types of all kinds during their summer globetrotting. Some breeze through town long enough to make the obligatory department store personal appearance and a round or two of high society party hopping. Others, such as New York sportswear designer Koos van den Akker, hole up for three months for 12 hours a day in a classroom at the Academy of Art University sewing clothes for his Madison Avenue boutique while imparting decades of industry wisdom to collegiate designers in the making.

Maria Galland: Quite Possibly the Perfect Do-it-All Mascara

I’m not usually one to promote shelling out the big bucks on mascara. With the huge range of options available at the drugstore (not to mention the tiny amount of product you actually get), you can pretty much find what you need at a quarter of the department store prices.



Courtesy of Maria Galland

Shoe Shopping with Adam Moon

Yesterday I had the chance to sit down with Adam Moon, fashion director for women’s accessories at Macy’s, who dished on everything from his obsession with white Converse sneakers to his airline travel must-reads (US Weekly, People, anyone?). I was interviewing the Noe Valley resident for our annual Style Council feature (look out for him and seven other local style makers profiled in our September fashion issue), and as an added bonus the two of us took a stroll afterward through the department store’s massive women’s shoe floor so he could give me the first-hand scoop on the must-have styles for fall.

Goldenbleu Summer Sale

What could possibly be so important that we’d be willing to drive down to the South Bay on a weekday? It could only be the Goldenbleu Summer Blow-out Sale, where you’ll find up-to-date spring and summer items by one of our favorite San Francisco accessory lines. We suggest channeling good thoughts of pretty patent bags, brightly-hued shoes (and tasty cocktails) awaiting you at the end of your hour-long ride to downtown San Jose. Trust us, you’ll come away with more than a few new additions for your summer wardrobe to make it worth the commute!

Richard Nicoll for Thomas Pink Collection


Thomas Pink isn’t exactly the first label that comes to mind when I think of on-trend women’s wear. Impeccably tailored shirts, yes. But silky shifts and flirty frocks? Not so much. The Brit design house synonymous with men’s fashion is taking a stab at changing that image with the launch of the Richard Nicoll for Thomas Pink Collection next month—a nine-piece capsule collection by the rising London designer and Central Saint Martins grad who was dubbed Best Young Designer at the Elle 2008 Style Awards during February's London Fashion Week.
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