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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:


A Night of Fashion & Music with Carolina Herrera

Here’s some news that we dare say will be music to San Francisco fashion lovers’ ears: Carolina Herrera will be in town next week at Davies Symphony Hall for a fashion show featuring her Fall 2011 collection.

If it sounds like an unusual event for the Symphony (or San Francisco, for that matter), that’s because it is.

Spring into Fall this Friday

The word couture gets bandied about all too often these days, to the point that it sometimes seems as if anyone who touches a sewing machine feels it within reason to describe the resulting garments as such. So it’s always refreshing to see a local effort that not only uses the word as it was intended – to describe well-crafted apparel made entirely by hand – but does so in the name of a good cause.

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 on the Square Moves Under the Dome

The 7th annual Fashion on the Square event taking place on Saturday in San Francisco has a new home this year: under the “dome” at the Westfield San Francisco Centre. 

Billing itself as one of the largest runway fashion shows on the West Coast (Stanford’s Charity Fashion Show has also claimed the title), the afternoon fashion fundraiser entices with a mixture of known and emerging designer names, as well as celebrity hosts Jay Nicolas Sario of last season’s Project Runway and Bre of America’s Top Model, cycle 5.

Art Institute Fashion Show: from Refined to Rock ‘N Roll

Closing out the season of student fashion shows on Saturday night was the Art Institute of California’s United Streets of Fashion event held at the San Francisco Design Center Galleria. During the hour-and-a-half show, nearly 100 looks from student designers appeared on a raised runway flanked by rows of VIP seats and a judging panel featuring Project Runway Season 7 contestant Amy Sarabi, Arts of Fashion Foundation President Nathalie Doucet and Cali Vintage’s Erin Hagstrom.

Dark + Lovely: Black V Fashion Show

On Saturday night, a select group of local designers darkened the doors of Press Club for a runway show focused on fashion’s favorite hue: black.

A fitting follow-up to the White Party held earlier this year, the Black V show put on by Halo Republic impressed not only with the caliber and quality of the designs from San Francisco’s Bacca Da Silva, Dcepcion, Alexandria von Bromssen and others, but with a slick crowd dressed almost exclusively in black, a small army of photographers and runway created using the better part of the wood-paneled wine tasting venue’s lower level.

CCSF Fashion Show: Variety Under the Big Top

At last night’s Belle Epoque City College of San Francisco annual fashion show, hundreds of guests watched as an imaginative display of work from 29 fashion students paraded down a raised runway flanked by red-and-white-striped curtains befitting the evening’s retro circus theme.

The sheer variety of looks defined the show, whose segments ranged from a millinery-driven opener dubbed "Coco Before Chanel" to the finale, featuring garments done exclusively in black and white.

Michael Kors Talks Project Runway, Fall Fashion + San Francisco Style

San Francisco will receive a taste of New York Fashion Week on Wednesday, when the 29th San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary Fashion Show brings the fall 2010 collection of Michael Kors to the Westin St. Francis Hotel. As the featured designer for the annual fundraiser benefitting the San Francisco Ballet, Kors will touch down in San Francisco for the show and a private donor dinner that follows. We caught up with Kors before his visit for a quick chat about Project Runway, San Francisco style and the one classic piece we should all invest in.

SF Gets a Little Taste of Fashion Week With Macy's Passport

Plenty of local fashion-philes have been overheard lamenting their West Coast tethers in recent days, thanks to that special time of year in New York, but we’re happy to report that style salve for runway-deprived San Franciscans is on its way. 

The 27th annual Macy’s Passport benefit and fashion show takes place this week and, unlike the shows we’ve been drooling over in the Big Apple, this one is open to the public.

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