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Lorraine Sanders

Pretty in Paper: Isabelle de Borchgrave’s Elaborate Paper Fashions Arrive in SF

Fashion and art collide in Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave, opening this weekend at the Legion of Honor and on view through June 5. The first major U.S. exhibition of the Belgian artist’s stunning paper gowns, historic costumes and couture looks inspired by the work of fashion icons such as Coco Chanel and Christian Dior features over 60 tromp l’oeil creations constructed entirely of paper crumpled, pleated, braided, painted and otherwise manipulated to mimic textiles and wearable accessory objects.

In SoMa, a Secret at Code

As anyone who’s put their locks on the line in the quest for a cheap haircut knows all too well, paying less comes with certain risks, the non-ironic mullet and the Portuguese Water Dog-inspired shag among them.

So when a new, trendy San Francisco salon offers a chance to get a haircut for about half of its stylists’ regular prices, it’s sure to, um, turn a few heads. Case in point: cuts by new graduates of the Code salon in-house education and training program. A cut and style with one of what the salon calls its New Talent Artists costs $45. Regular cuts with the new-to-SoMa destination for hair, skincare and waxing start at $70.

What’s the Deal: Shotwell, Secession, GAMA-GO + More

Deals, for reals....

Shotwell: The January sale is still on. Pop into the Union Square destination for hip, edgy fashion for up to 70 percent off select clothing, shoes and accessories, with new markdowns added every day.

Secession: The Bernal flats (Baja Noe? SoCha?) gallery and boutique’s art, clothing and jewelry by names such as Colleen Mauer, Heather Robinson and New Skool will be 20 percent off this weekend. Stop by on Friday evening from 6:30-9:30 p.m. for a happy hour featuring edibles from Casey’s Pizzas.

Be a Teenage Dream: Donate a Dress to the Princess Project

If you haven’t waded into the depths of your closet lately for a serious clean-out session, here’s a reason to put that on your to-do list: next week marks the beginning of the annual dress drive from the Princess Project, a San Francisco-based non-profit that gifts high school girls in need with new and gently-used dresses and accessories so they can step out in style on their prom nights.

What’s the Deal: Beauty Company, The Mission Statement, Sway + More

Sometimes, you just gotta deal.

Beauty Company + Salon: The Russian Hill destination is offering different specials throughout the week. Peruse the Facebook page for deals such as discounts on waxing appointments scheduled before 4 p.m. and $25 signature mani-pedi combos.

The Mission Statement: Pop into this shop devoted to local designers, and you’ll save 25 percent off regularly priced items through Sunday, Jan. 23. Also on tap at the store this weekend: feather hair extensions, which will be going for $10 a bunch on Saturday afternoon during the Feather Extension Party. Add them to your hair, and they can be washed and styled along with your natural locks.

Sway: This Noe Valley boutique recently tweeted that it’s offering 15 percent off all winter jackets and boots.

San Francisco Fashion Fans Ready for Snow

On the fashion forecast: snow without the drive to Tahoe. Don't believe it? Read on.

After the crush of the holidays and the onslaught of shopping and style events that come with the season, the New Year hits and, this year as in years past, it takes a lot to get local fashion insiders revved up this month (unless planning and prepping for trips to next month’s New York Fashion Week counts). So it’s notable when a January event has fashion-minded San Franciscans buzzing weeks before it takes place, and even more so when that event is an invite-only affair with a strict white dress code.

What's the Deal: Mimi Boutique, Tea Collection, Dema + More

Ready to play? Deal us in….

Mimi Boutique: The annual sale at this San Francisco-based online boutique means deals on the shop’s already reasonably-priced women’s accessories, including handbags and trendy sunglasses.

Bobbepin: Now even non-football fans can appreciate the playoffs. In honor of the weekend’s games, this Bay Area-based online store is offering 40 percent off through Sunday with the discount code kickoff at checkout.

Tea Collection: Next week’s sample sale for the children’s label promises deals on one-of-a-kind samples and previous seasons’ merchandise in boys and girls sizes 0 to 12. The sale takes place on Wednesday and Thursday from 9 am to 7 pm at Fiddlesticks, 540 Hayes St., SF. Can’t make it? You’ll find many items going for up to 50 percent off online, thanks to the web site’s semi-annual sale.

The Return of the Pant?

Last weekend’s No Pants Subway Ride convinced many a San Franciscan to drop trou and hit the streets (for evidence, just check out the cheeky results over at Muni Diaries). Commuting sans pants may be getting hype these days, but there’s at least one major reason to embrace pants anew right now: the return of local label Chaiken and Capone, a much-loved San Francisco brand that will resurface this spring after several years off the fashion map.

What's the Deal: Carrots, Nasty Gal, Sarah Shaw + More

New Year, new deals...

Coveted cult labels and high-end designer apparel by the likes of Maison Martin Margiela, Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang and Yigal Azrouel are main attraction at the Carrots winter sale, which starts today and offers up to 60 percent off the posh Jackson Square emporium's fall/winter collections.

A winter sale launched this week by Nasty Gal is sure to send fans of the online shop's of-the-moment vintage and new apparel and accessories clamoring for their credit cards. Among the finds are Jeffrey Campbell boots and apparel by Lovefool, Evil Twin and Blank NYC.

Game for the Fashion-Meets-Tech-Obsessed: Fashionista FaceOff

Warning to anyone with a style obsession and a Facebook account: there’s a new way to totally lose track of the next 45 minutes (or more) of your life. What’s more, it allows you to vie for international fashion domination (mwha-hah-ha) without spending a thing (at least at first). It’s Fashionista FaceOff, a new social game featuring local fashion celebs such as fashion show producer Charleston Pierce and stylist Keylee Sanders as judges.

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