The allure of the Orient held designers in a trance for Spring. But for San Franciscans, the exoticism of Asia always holds sway–especially in the mysterious streets of Chinatown, where rich metallics, opulent fabrics and embroideries capture the seductive mood.
On September 27, one of San Francisco's most-famed streets became the venue for a lively street fair celebrating the fall fashion season.
The event's presenting partners included Macy's and Recology, and was hosted by the Union Square Business Improvement District, as well as the Fashion Incubator—an integral part of a growing movement to revitalize San Francisco's fashion industry, providing workshop space at Macy's downtown offices, as well as training and mentorship from our fashion and economic development communities.
Move over, food trucks. Christina Ruiz is rolling into your territory with SF's first-ever fashion truck. The TopShelf Boutique founder first launched her "pop-up" store at Hayes Valley's Urban Air Market in May with much aplomb. If the food truck phenomenon could make such a big splash, there's no reason why the concept couldn't also take off with fashion.
For those with perpetual wanderlust, a new SF-based website, StyleVISA, can provide a temporary travel fix. The site features finds from France, Sweden, New Zealand, Japan, Africa, Mexico, Tunisia, Canada and across the US, ranging from home goods to skincare to accessories. Each product has a story and a complimentary Tumblr blog extends the StyleVISA trip via inspirational world photography.
On December 1st, San Francisco's own Crossroads Trading thanked their loyal fashionistas with a special event at their pop-up store nearby Union Square. Guests shopped new and gently used items while mingling with the Bay Area's most stylish denizens, taking the rare opportunity to shop the very best merchandise selected from all seven of Crossroads' Bay Area stores.
Now that the sun's out and you've mercilessly ravaged your closet for spring cleaning, it's time to inject some warm-weather fashion into your wardrobe. There's no better way to do it than at the Thread Fashion Show, taking place at the Metreon this Sunday, April 10.
It's an epic gathering of the city's indie, emerging and eco-friendly designers hawking their handmade goods alongside a clothing swap for you to trade your old digs in for "new to you" clothes and kicks. But Thread isn't all about the clothes: there will also be a crafting section for you to get your DIY on, giveaways at the DJ booth, manicure and makeover opportunities at the on-site nail salon and Style Lounge, an art gallery stuffed with local artists, and cocktails for the drinking and snacks to be had. Check out the full gamut of fashion-centric activities here (guys, there's also an entire section dedicated to you called the Thread Man-Cave!).