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Get Ready: Discarded to Divine is Coming (Plus, a Sweet Contest)

Cast-offs become couture each spring in San Francisco, thanks to the arrival of Discarded to Divine, an annual fashion showcase of work by established and emerging designers who transform discarded clothing and textiles into one-of-a-kind apparel, accessories and items for the home in support of St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco and its programs fighting poverty, homelessness and domestic violence.

While the big night isn't until April 28, Friday's de Young Museum Preview Night brings the first public viewing opp for this year's collection of garments. Even better, it's free.

What’s the Deal: Serial Cultura, SanMan, Fashionistette + More

What's your deal? Here are ours...

Serial Cultura: A spring cleaning sale at the studio of Oakland-based designer Jennifer Jennings means a rare chance to snag her printed apparel at a discount. We hear tops from the Fall 2010 collection (reg. $200+) will be priced at $55, while dresses will be $75 and scarves will be $25.

SanMan Productions’ Velvet Rope Experience: Have an out-of-towner you’d like to treat like a VIP? 7x7 readers can save 20 percent on this new service from Sanford Marshall’s event services company. Starting at $500 per day (rates rise to $1,000 if you’d like Marshall to accompany as your guest’s personal host), itineraries are customized, but frequently include such services as luxury vehicles, hard-to-score restaurant reservations, special entry to nightclubs and tours of wine country destinations not usually open to the public.

Fashionistette: The Bay Area-based online shop is having a warehouse sale this weekend at Fort Mason that promises discounts on designer labels such as Clu, Black Halo, Willian Rast and Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent. What’s more, 30 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Half the Sky Organization and its programs benefitting orphaned children in China.

Double Dandy: Patrick McDonald & Jim Howard on Bill Cunningham, Hat Travel and Rocking the Boat

In a world where denim and sneakers rule the streets, Patrick McDonald stands out, and not simply because of his seemingly endless array of Rod Keenan hats.

2 Style Showdowns Have Local Bloggers, Stylists & Designers Vying for Fashion Dominance

The pursuit of style gets competitive in the coming days with the arrival of two spring style showdowns pitting local bloggers, stylists, designers and models against one another to vie for fashion dominance.

Playing Dress-Up: The Top Four Local Style Games

Despite a few notables from San Francisco’s past (we salute you, Alexander Wang), the reality is that the hottest names in fashion hail from the other coast. But dispense with reality for the virtual, and the Bay Area is fast becoming a capital for the cutting edge, thanks to a number of local companies reaching millions worldwide through fashion games played primarily on Facebook.

What’s the Deal: Set Boutique, Metalista, Bloomingdale’s + More

Deals done daily...

SET: The spring sale at this locally-based online shop specializing in ethically-traded merch brings discounts of up to 40 percent off apparel, bags and jewelry produced in other countries using socially responsible methods.

Metalista: Geometric brass and vintage-inspired jewelry by this local designer is 15 percent off through Sunday when you use the discount code spring15.

Bloomingdale’s: Through April 3, a friends and family sale offers shoppers 20 percent off sale and full-price items for men, women, children and the home when you use the discount code SITM20 during online checkout.

Fightin’ Dirty…Gold, That Is

If you’ve never considered the curious life of jewelry before it arrives on your neck, lobes or fingers, then Shawn Higgins would be more than happy to tell you the dirty details. Luckily, you can also sip wine while you scope socially- and environmentally-friendly alternatives at D&H Sustainable Jewelers, the Castro jewelry shop Higgins opened earlier this year with Lindsay Daunell and Diaa Askandafi.

In fact, “dirty gold,” or gold mined in a way that harms surrounding ecosystems and human populations, has become such an issue of late that numerous mainstream jewelry retailers ranging from QVC to Tiffany & Co. have signed on to support the No Dirty Gold campaign, which advocates safer, more socially-responsible mining and sourcing practices for the precious metal.

But Higgins is proud to say that his shop is ahead of the game.

Lighten Up: Fiat Lux Opens on Church

Despite its hardly-larger-than-a-postage-stamp size, Fiat Lux manages to pack much worth writing home about into its newly-opened Church Street space.

What’s the Deal: A Miner Miracle, Black Peace Now + More

You're just going to have to find a way to deal with this...

A Miner Miracle: The nonprofit organization is holding an off-site sale this weekend at the Auditorium of St. Anne in the Sunset (850 Judah St.) on Saturday and Sunday. Check the Twitter feed for more info, but we hear that labels such as Ann Taylor and Michael Kors are among the merchandise.

New People: The goth-minded Black Peace Now collection at this Japantown multiplex for art, apparel and film is 20 to 50 percent off through April 3.

Beauty Benefit for Bay Area Girls Rock Camp

Tell us we can help the children by indulging in the self-serving wonders of a new body soufflé or heart-shaped bath bomb, and we’re definitely listening. Add giving impressionable youths an ungeeky alternative to run-of-the-mill band camp, and we’re in. A chance to do both takes place Friday during a Girls Rock Benefit at Laline on Chestnut Street.

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