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Thursday: See the Christopher Collins Spring Collection

Looking for a way to kick off the month of April with a dose of local fashion? Tomorrow night, San Francisco designer Christopher Collins is celebrating the arrival of the spring 2010 collection at his eponymous Sutter Street boutique.

Back in December, Collins told us that the theme behind his women’s dresses, pants, skirts and tops for spring ($150-$400) was “effortlessly elegant:”

“You put it on, and it’s a look ready to walk out the door,” Collins said.

Local Designer Goes to Bat for Lashes’ Head

If you’ve seen Bat for Lashes lately, it’s likely you’ve also seen the work of San Francisco accessories designer Nico Lopez, who creates adornments such as feather headpieces and shoulder-dusting recycled leather earrings under her label 1228.

Spring Forward: Bacca Da Silva Spring 2010

For his latest collection of men’s and women’s apparel, San Francisco designer Bacca Da Silva inches away from the intricately-beaded, handmade pieces long associated with his label to embrace styles with simpler construction and more versatile silhouettes.

“For the spring summer 2010, we are making pieces that are a little less elaborated, less hand work,” says Da Silva, whose most complicated custom designs featuring hand-embroidered details can take up to three months to complete.

Da Silva’s aesthetic may be more streamlined than in collections past, but don’t expect the looks hanging from the racks in the Brazilian-born designer’s Sutter Street showroom starting this month to be any less bold.

Spring Fling: Bryna Nicole Resort Spring 2010

Come spring, it’ll be much easier to enjoy a fling with Bryna Nicole, thanks to mini versions of the San Francisco label’s most popular handbags and the arrival of studded coin purses, signature cuffs and leather bracelets.

Spring Forward: Christopher Collins Spring 2010

While you are, of course, more than welcome to primp and preen to your heart’s content before the mirrors at the Sutter Street boutique he opened earlier this year, San Francisco-based designer Christopher Collins hopes wearers of his latest collection will need very little time gazing into their own looking glasses come spring.

“I intended for the line to be effortlessly elegant. You put it on, and it’s a look ready to walk out the door,” says Collins of his spring 2010 collection ($150-$400).

The New Noo Thing: Nooworks Store Opens

Fans of local fashion take note: there’s something entirely noo happening in the Western Addition today. No, that’s not a typo. We’re referring to the opening of the Nooworks store, the first retail space from San Francisco-based designer Jennifer D’Angelo.

Green Hot: Meet Mr. Larkin

These days, it seems like everybody wants a piece of Mr. Larkin. And who wouldn’t? Along with elegantly edgy good looks, a sense of humor and a certain way with the ladies, just about everything Mr. Larkin brings to the table is completely sustainable. We’re not referring to the latest eligible bachelor in town, but rather what we’re betting will be one of San Francisco’s most-talked-about local labels before the summer is through.

One to Watch: San Francisco Designer Mariele Williams

Instead of the unattended-to mail, errant articles of clothing and various electronic gadgetry one might expect to find strewn across the desk of the average 21-year-old SoMa resident, there’s a band saw and what remains of a pheasant carcass perched on the one belonging to Mariele Williams, whose leather, antler and feather jewelry made us stop and stare (in a good way) during a recent visit to The Perish Trust.

Give Mom Some One-on-One Time With Julie Chaiken

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.

New for Him: Peasants and Travelers Bags

Everyone’s got baggage. It’s whether he's packing baggage that’s up to the task at hand that counts.

And that’s exactly what new San Francisco men’s bag company Peasants and Travelers has for the fellas – and, really, anyone looking for weekenders, totes and carryalls with a healthily frills-free prepster-meets-urbanite attitude.

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