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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.

Link Love: Man Cleavage Busts onto the Scene, Sonia Rykiel for H&M and more…

Lovely links to start the week...

Man cleavage (a.k.a. heavage) is busting onto the scene as the latest style trend embraced by dapper dudes, reports the Wall Street Journal.

High Snobiety checks out the Friends with You pop-up store at Art Basel Miami Beach.

Inhabitat impresses us with this easy tutorial on how to turn old shoes into solar-powered light fixtures.

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).

Link Love: Fashion’s Fave Tween, LiLo Drama at Ungaro, a $3 Million Bra and More…

Fashion news and tidbits from around the web....

The news that Tavi Gevinson, the 13-year-old blogger behind Style Rookie, will be the guest of honor at the Comme des Garcons holiday party in Tokyo further convinces (as if we needed it) us of the blogger’s place in the fashion landscape.

We’re in love with the idea of the pleasantly patterned Colour-In Dress that you can customize with color (or not) as you see fit.

Seeing Spring: gr.dano Spring 2010 Collection

Come spring, gr.dano wants to let you down easy – or, at least, soften the landing as we emerge from winter months – courtesy of a spring 2010 collection punctuated with uncharacteristically loose, flowing pieces in crinkled parachute-like fabric alongside the structured shapes and neutral hues the San Francisco-based label from Brian Scheyer and Jill Giordano has become known for.

In creating their latest and fifth collection, Scheyer and Giordano found inspiration in the works of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, whose wrapped buildings and installations such as The Gates in New York City incorporate flowing fabrics in the most unexpected of ways.

A Quick Chat with Yigal Azrouel

During a visit to the City by the Bay last week, New York designer Yigal Azrouel made a stop at Saks Fifth Avenue for a private reception featuring fall looks for men and women and selections from his Spring 2010 collection, which includes standouts such as a grey tank with cut-out details and a black blazer and shorts ensemble with go-anywhere potential.

Inside the New Christopher Collins Boutique

The newly-opened boutique from San Francisco native Christopher Collins takes its cues from the pages of history – and we’re not just talking about the clothes, the best of which amp up highly wearable silhouettes with dramatic details culled from fashion’s past.

Quite literally, the pages of fashion’s past have a presence in the local designer’s Tendernob boutique, thanks to walls papered with the style sections of newspapers hailing from the early 20th century and before.

Soft Opening Alert: She-Bible Designers Open Curator Boutique

Ever since the 1767 Church Street (formerly the Church Street Apothecary, but that’s another story) closed earlier this year and rumors started bouncing around the Twitterverse that Deirdre Nagayama and Stacy Rodgers of She-Bible would take over the Noe Valley boutique and open their own called Curator in its place, we’ve been eagerly waiting to get in the door.

What’s the Deal: Macy's, She-Bible, Viv & Ingrid and more...

Because, you know, sometimes you just gotta learn to deal....

Macy’s: On Friday and Saturday, buy a $10 ticket when you visit Bay Area Macy’s locations and save 10 to 20 percent on most purchases during this in-store promotion for Macy’s annual Passport benefit. Proceeds from ticket sales support HIV/AIDS organizations.

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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