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Thom Browne on Mad Men, Guy Style and the Rebelliousness of Suits

Best known for making suits cool again, Thom Browne has amassed a cult following with his eponymous New York-based label’s highly-recognizable slim-fitting men’s jackets and cropped dress pants. But with Browne now designing for Black Fleece, the Brooks Brothers’ offshoot whose second-ever retail store opened in San Francisco this month, and lending his hand in collaborations with Moncler Gamme Bleu, the designer’s modern take on mid-century silhouettes seems poised to go mainstream.

Discarded to Divine: Bigger and Better in '10

Each year, we look forward to Discarded to Divine, a very-San Francisco fashion event that pairs creativity and a community-minded twist to raise awareness and much-needed funds for St. Vincent de Paul Society programs supporting low-income people in need and victims of domestic violence.

And judging by a sneak peek we recently received of the garments, created by both new and established designers using discarded clothing and textiles donated to St. Vincent de Paul Society, the April 26 soiree looks like it will be the event’s biggest and best year yet.

SF's Pretty Young Things: Meet 11 Fashion Forward Bloggers

Eclectic, thrifty, funky, vintage: Sprung from a city that revels in the idea of independence, the fashion scene here is proudly anti-fashion. Meet nine up-and-coming bloggers and two Web entrepreneurs who epitomize this sentiment every time they get dressed.

 


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.

Bye to Frumpy Fleece, Hello to Looking Hot in Tahoe

Who says fleece has to be frumpy? One local designer is on a quest to make the soft, versatile fabric into fashion-forward attire ready for après ski, an evening out or even a much-more-stylish jaunt to the grocery store.

“There’s a lot of gear fleece out there, but there’s no reason that it can’t be sexy like any other top,” says Jeanne Feldkamp, a Potrero Hill resident and longtime skier who launched the Fleece-A-Nista line of jackets, tops and accessories in January.

Thrice as Nice: What’s New from 3 Local Designers

Last week was all about pairing up (and we’re frankly kinda over it). We like to think good things come in threes. Add that to the fact that we’re always on the hunt for notable finds from San Francisco designers, and you’ve got the inspiration for our latest post detailing what’s new from a trio of local labels:

What’s the Deal: Deals on Denim, Spa Treatments and Valentine’s Day Goodies

Shops are gearing up for Valentine's Day and American Heart Month with deals on date-worthy clothes, spa treatments and giftables.

The Blues Jean Bar: Time to grab a member of the opposite sex and get into some denim at this Cow Hollow store. If you both buy a pair, you’ll save 20 percent on the total purchase price through the end of the month.

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.

Link Love: Levi’s + Opening Ceremony Collaborate, Locals on Project Runway and more…

Refinery 29 is all abuzz with the news that Levi’s and Opening Ceremony will reportedly collaborate on a line of cobranded apparel, set to arrive in San Francisco’s flagship store next month.

If you weren’t already planning on tuning in went Project Runway returns to Lifetime on Thursday night, SF Unzipped has two reasons for you to change your mind (hint: they both live in the Bay Area).

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