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Guns and Shades Pop-Up Shop Brings New, Rare Vintage Eyewear to Lower Haight

Yes, it’s June 14. But at a new pop-up shop in the Lower Haight, today’s all about Mayfourteenth.

That’s the name of a newly-launched eyewear brand from local photographer and designer Benjamin Belsky, who’s decked out the one-month-only Guns and Shades shop with his line, a weapon sculpture art installation by Peter Gronquist and an assortment of dead stock vintage frames that include a rare pair of Cazal shades priced at $1,200.

“They were big in hip hop in the 80’s,” Belsky says of the high-end, German eyewear brand’s pop-culture associations.

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.

Runway Recap: Highlights from California College of the Arts Spring Fashion Show

On Friday night, an eager crowd gathered under a tent at the California College of the Arts for the school’s 2010 Senior Fashion Show to watch four- and five-piece collections from 18 graduating seniors head down the runway.

A distinctly artistic thread ran throughout the collections. Instead of an eye toward trends or the commercial, the looks instead revealed a willingness to experiment with textiles and sculpt fabrics into a panoply of diverse shapes and silhouettes. Here, seven looks from the show that we just had to share:

1. Laura Schmits’ imaginative jackets and use of fabrics in various stages of decay caught more than our eyes. At the end of the show, Schmits was honored with an emerging talent award from Surface magazine.

Talking Shop: 5 New Spots for Retail Therapy

Whether it’s a sign of a rebounding economy or happy coincidence, one thing’s for certain: new shopping destinations having been popping up left and right of late. From a weekend-only shop in Hayes Valley to a Mission location specializing in urban backpacks, here are five new spots for local retail therapy:

Behnaz Sarafpour + Jennifer Siebel Newsom Team Up for Friday Fashion Benefit

We suspect an opportunity to shop in the name of women’s empowerment and mingle with First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom and New York-based designer Behnaz Sarafpour on Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. may prompt more than a few local fashion fans to table their workday obligations in favor of a lengthy lunchtime excursion.

Jay Nicolas Sario on Touchy-Feely Strangers, Project Runway + Discarded to Divine

Over coffee at Four Barrel just hours before the Project Runway season finale, we found San Francisco’s Jay Nicolas Sario to be both exceedingly down-to-earth as he talked about his time in the reality television spotlight and genuinely upbeat, despite being the last designer cut from the show before the selection of the final trio. These days, the NoPa resident tells us he’s continuing his nine-year run in visual merchandising for Gap while working on his spring 2011 collection, which he hopes to show in the Bay Area next fall, and lending his time to charitable causes such as tomorrow night’s Discarded to Divine fashion event and auction highlighting recycled fashions in support of the St.

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.

Green Style: Bay Area Shops Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day officially takes place on Thursday, but the planet-hugging has already begun. Below, six Bay Area destinations for fashion and beauty that are getting into the eco-spirit this week:

Convert: A special Saturday celebration from 2 to 6 p.m. at this eco-minded Berkeley store embraces Earth Day spirit with giveaways from organic denim label Nudie Jeans, organic snacks and wine tastings featuring organic varietals. A portion of the proceeds from the afternoon event’s sales will go toward the Regional Parks Foundation’s projects preserving and improving East Bay trails and shoreline.

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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