The test of true fashion talent is time. San Francisco-based Julie Chaiken never felt the need to broadcast her eponymous Chaiken line in big, bold lights. Instead, she's had steady double decade success. Known for the perfect fit pant, Chaiken left fashion's sonar for a little while there. But the fashion world always loves a comeback.
I caught up with Jaynelle St. Jean, owner of Oakland's PieTisserie, last week at the Super Duper opening party. Not everyone can rock tan, high-waisted leggings, but Jaynelle wore them with confidence and she wore them well. I also love how her scarf and heels add color and instant sophistication to this otherwise casual outfit.
What better way is there to thank mom for your good looks than treating her to some new ones of her own?
And besides, chatting over breakfast with Julie Chaiken, goddess of black pants, before heading to her private studio for a one-on-one style session peppered with the San Francisco designer’s tips and takes on current trends isn’t a shabby way for a fashion supplicant to spend a Saturday.
This weekend is all about classic silhouettes, solid foundations and exploring the fashions of the past.
Start in SoMa at the Chaiken Spring 2009 Sample Sale for up to 70 percent off women’s apparel and accessories from the San Francisco label’s current collection. Founder Julie Chaiken’s signature sense of easy-going yet quietly refined style comes through once again in the season’s subdued and versatile sheaths, twill shorts, jersey knit dresses and roomy leather carryalls.