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Beyond Just Old and Secondhand: Vintage Fashion Expo

It would be easy to argue that most of what’s called vintage these days is, in reality, just kinda old or secondhand and either ironically fashionable because of its out-datedness or, in most cases, disappointingly ordinary. But vintage connoisseurs know that treasures from fashion’s past can be found in pristine (or close to it) condition – if you know where to look. This weekend’s Vintage Fashion Expo is one such place.

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.

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.

Thread Show: 7 Reasons to Go

You certainly don't need a reason to go to Thread this weekend. But we'll give you seven:

Link Love: Better Boobs, Dude Tube Tops and Adult Onesies

Good reads from our feeds....

From cookies and cutlets to abandoning chest-down sleep forever (say it ain’t so!), Glamour comes at us with 10 easy ways to make your boobs look better (sans the knife, of course).

Refinery 29 introduces us to the latest in uncomfortable-looking men’s fashion: the denim tube top for guys, courtesy of Jean-Paul Gaultier.

Link Love: Shoe Wedgies, Jimmy Choo H&M Preview and Tickets to the Gun Show

Good reads from our feeds...

Hey, did you get your tickets? The Tobi blog works on selling tickets to the summer gun show in a recent post about the current dudes-in-tank-tops trend. The disturbing byproduct of this trend? Unsolicited armpit hair sightings outside of trips to the beach or your weird uncle's house. Ew.

Tonight: Models Strip Down at Thread | Bare

A sudden spate of disrobing at the corner of 16th and Capp Streets isn’t something we’d normally want to see on a Friday night, but leave it to The Lab to convince us otherwise.

Part of an annual fundraising event supporting the the interdisciplinary arts space that also includes a trunk show on Saturday, Thread | Bare will put clothes and accessories by local independent designers on models tonight for the express purpose of removing them in front of a live audience. Simply put: go here, and you will see models wearing next to nothing.

Vogue's Sally Singer: SF Style and Her Favorite Local Shops

San Francisco fashion fans are in for a rare treat tomorrow night, when Vogue Features Director Sally Singer shares her thoughts on the relevance of fashion and fashion magazines in the midst of an out-of-wack economy during Commonwealth Club INFORUM event Why Fashion Still Matters.

Link Love: Assless Tights Shocker, Clothing Swaps and Louis Vuitton on Twitter

Sparkly little bits of recent news from the fashion blogosphere....

American Apparel shocks us with a new, assless take on pantyhose. Let’s just say they’re really, uh, cheeky....

Kate Moss is back and better than ever with her new summer collection for Topshop.

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