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San Francisco’s Best Shops for Pretty Party Dresses

San Francisco may be known for its ultra-casual style, but late spring and summer’s barrage of weddings, proms, graduations, showers and warm weather soirees routinely send us rushing for pretty dresses with cocktail party potential.

Whether you’ve got $50 or $500, we’ve got a frock stop for you. Here, our list of San Francisco’s Best Shops for Pretty Party Dresses:

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When looking good must be done on the cheap, try these San Francisco shops for great deals:

H&M

Designer Consigner on Sacramento Street

Link Love: Anna's Clip Online, Summer D.I.Y. Fashion Ideas and a Fanny-Pack for your Head

Oh, haven't you heard? If not, read on....

Ev-uh-ry-body, it seems, watched the 60 Minutes episode featuring Anna Wintour. If you weren’t one of the 10.2 million viewers to take in the fashion diva’s interview, take heart. We hear from Folio Mag that CBS has generously uploaded the 12-minute segment for your online viewing pleasure.

Link Love: Fugly Prom Dresses, Coco in Spike & Annie, Vibrating Mascara Wands!

Fresh fashion news and other tidbits to start the week off right:

SF Unzipped wants you to dust off those fugly prom pics and share your style guffaws with the world.

SFLuxe spots Courtney Cox and David Arquette offspring Coco sporting apparel by cute San Francisco children’s label Spike and Annie.

Green Hot: Meet Mr. Larkin

These days, it seems like everybody wants a piece of Mr. Larkin. And who wouldn’t? Along with elegantly edgy good looks, a sense of humor and a certain way with the ladies, just about everything Mr. Larkin brings to the table is completely sustainable. We’re not referring to the latest eligible bachelor in town, but rather what we’re betting will be one of San Francisco’s most-talked-about local labels before the summer is through.

One to Watch: San Francisco Designer Mariele Williams

Instead of the unattended-to mail, errant articles of clothing and various electronic gadgetry one might expect to find strewn across the desk of the average 21-year-old SoMa resident, there’s a band saw and what remains of a pheasant carcass perched on the one belonging to Mariele Williams, whose leather, antler and feather jewelry made us stop and stare (in a good way) during a recent visit to The Perish Trust.

What’s the Deal: isso, Honey Ryder, GAMA-GO, Cary Lane and more...

Need to escape the weekend downpours? Try deals from these local stores:

Honey Ryder: This Hayes Valley boutique named after the iconic 007 vixen is bidding adieu at the end of the month. Merch is marked down by a minimum of 40 percent, and we hear the discounts will keep increasing.

isso san francisco: A sidewalk sale in honor of Cinco de Mayo is on at this local label’s Mission Dolores shop. Pop by during the day on Saturday for deals on apparel and accessories from independent designers such as She-Bible, Nopal, Nicacelly, Kris Nations and Head Tripz.

Princess Fati Dazzles in Verrieres & Sako Couture

Lest you think couture gowns like the Verrieres & Sako Princess Fati Farmanfarmaian donned for the Mid-Winter Gala held late last month magically create themselves, we’ll have you know that the Ruckled Gown by the Oakland-based design duo required nearly three weeks of toiling 10 hours a days to make – and that’s with an existing pattern (yeah, and we thought we worked hard).

“There’s over 3,000 hand stitches on it and 20 yards of silk taffeta,” Stephanie Verrieres told us when we caught up with her at her East Bay studio yesterday.

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