Yesterday, Alyssa Casares, a local 19-year-old designer, launched the Fall 2011 collection of her clothing line, Alyssa Nicole. Alyssa's latest work is her most sophisticated and cohesive collection to date. Vibrant reds and blacks, are mixed with a range of textures -- playful red Swiss dot day dresses, and tightly tiered black evening wear -- all of which is perfect for fall.
I spotted Severine Arend, a photographer, who lives in North Beach, sitting pretty in Union Square. I wouldn't say her outfit is earth-shattering, but her brooch did catch my eye. This photo is more about the enitre scene though--it was strange not seeing anyone moving up and down the stairs, and Severine was just sitting there--quiet and lovely.
Kim Eschenmann, known to her friends as the "Mad Hattrix", is nothing if not fabulously expressive. She splits her time between Oakland and SF and works as a consultant in the dental world. While that's her left-brain action, Kim also has "an extremely hedonistic side that embraces fashion, food and frivolity." This is definitely the mode she was in last night when I caught her outside Starbelly in the Castro.
It's a gathering of some of the best independent vintage dealers in San Francisco and the Bay Area like Retrofit Republic, Hummingbird Vintage, Bayside Boutique, Apocalypse Vintage, and Goodbye Heart, who will hawk gorgeous clothes and accessories right in the Mission.
There’s a new wedding vendor in town and all she has is old stuff—but make no mistake, it’s not the same old stuff. Amanda Reapsummer has just launched One True Love Vintage Rentals, specializing in one-of-a-kind props that lend character to a ceremony or reception.
It all started with Reapsummer’s own nuptials, which are coming up this fall. She wanted to create a handcrafted, patinaed-feeling wedding and started scouring flea markets and antique shops for unique accessories. “Before I knew it, I had built a large collection of items,” she says. “I realized that it was costing a lot of money—and I thought, ‘wouldn’t it be great if you could rent this stuff?’”
We want you to be belle of the ball, the Edwardian Ball that is. Stroll down to the Regency Ballroom this Friday for the Edwardian World's Faire, and Saturday for the 11th Annual Edwardian Ball, one of SF's most lavish costume parties.
Edwardian fashion is all about prim, high collars, ruffly frocks with oversized sleeves, elaborate hats with cascading plumes, and a whole lot of lace. Now, let's one, two step, and remix that a bit for 2011.
The Mission has many, shall we say, interesting smells. The one we like best? The oh so distinct scent of vintage clothing.
And while we have a soft spot for that musty scent, we love Minxy's Boutique even more for not having it. Minxy's is a one-stop vintage shop that flaunts everything from pointy 80s pumps to bold 60s costume jewelry, with decades of clothing in between.