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Style Radar: This Week's Fashion Events

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Thursday, Feb. 16

Head to Loft 1513 for a cocktail party and window fashion presentation of SF-based designers Sarah Liller and Caroline Margaux.

This Week's Best Fashion Events: Refinery29 Shop Crawl, The Capsule Design Festival, Benny Gold Grand Opening

Anyone who’s ever yearned for yet more San Francisco fashion happenings, your prayers have been answered. Along with tomorrow night’s annual Discarded to Divine event, the days ahead promise a slew of other opportunities just waiting to sweet talk your sartorial side. Read on for chances to shop, take in the latest from local designer, view new collections from local labels, celebrate shop openings and score some deals while you’re at it.

Read on for the 10 local fashion events you won’t want to miss:


Come Sunday: Noise Pop ‘N Shop

A fashion-minded addition to Noise Pop, Sunday’s Pop ‘n Shop at Public Works is likely to be music to many stylish locals’ ears. Over 30 vendors will be selling handcrafted apparel, accessories and giftables during the event, which is part of the music festival’s Culture Club line-up of arts-minded workshops, talks and D.I.Y.-driven events.

Here are five reasons to go (other than the free admission, of course):

San Francisco Fashion Fans Ready for Snow

On the fashion forecast: snow without the drive to Tahoe. Don't believe it? Read on.

After the crush of the holidays and the onslaught of shopping and style events that come with the season, the New Year hits and, this year as in years past, it takes a lot to get local fashion insiders revved up this month (unless planning and prepping for trips to next month’s New York Fashion Week counts). So it’s notable when a January event has fashion-minded San Franciscans buzzing weeks before it takes place, and even more so when that event is an invite-only affair with a strict white dress code.

Fashion Week(s): a Look Back and a Look Ahead

The first in what will be nearly 10 days of local fashion events from two different efforts to revive fashion week in San Francisco took place over the weekend, when local style fans descended upon the Vitaminwater Social Club for Fashion Week – The Reinvention. This week, a fashion-related event takes place every night as Chic Fashion Week gets underway. Below, we lay out what’s ahead.

Double Up on Vintage this Week

Two events to please your inner vintage fiend hit San Francisco this week. Both offer chances to revel in vintage apparel and accessories that you won’t find in land-based stores.

5 Special Trunk Shows: Serial Cultura, Josh Podoll, Susan Jane + More

We love us a good trunk show, especially when said event offer the chance to peruse (and perchance, to purchase) looks from local designers whose works we don’t run across in every store on the block. Along with the allure of prices often far lower than retail, there’s the even more rewarding perk of being able to chat directly with the designer behind the label.

This week, the trunk shows abound. Here are five special shows on our radar:

Socially-Responsible Style Takes Charge at Ethical Fashion Night

On Thursday night, one Bay Area-based group hopes to wow San Francisco style hounds with fashion that not only looks good, but does good at the same time.

Mixing educational displays on topics such as fair trade and sustainable production methods with fashion displays from labels such as PACT, Stewart + Brown, Indigenous and Vagadu, the first Ethical Fashion Night hopes attendees will learn about environmentally- and socially-responsible fashion while checking out looks from local companies and having a good time, thanks to the music, food and drinks that will be on offer throughout the evening in new SoMa venue The Hub.

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.

Iconic Hollywood Fashion Collection Comes to San Francisco

From the original dress Judy Garland was to wear in the Wizard of Oz to a one-of-kind Donna Karan dress custom-made for Barbra Streisand and Joan Crawford’s jewels, fans of old Hollywood’s fabled glamour will find much to ogle in a new exhibition on view at the Metreon.

Culled from the extensive collection of Oakland memorabilia collector Barry Barsamian, the showing of over 200 pieces worn or owned by Hollywood television and film stars includes vintage gowns, costumes and all manner of accessories touched by silver screen greats, including Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Lucille Ball, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Bob Hope and many others.

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