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The Sartorialists: Brian Scheyer and Jill Giordano, founders and designers, gr.dano

For those of us with high hopes for the state of San Francisco’s fashion reputation, Jill Giordano and Brian Scheyer are the couple to watch. Since launching gr.dano in 2006, the design duo has grown from a small upstart line to one garnering national attention. Season after season, they produce neutral-hued, architecturally-inspired women’s apparel in versatile yet structurally sophisticated silhouettes, right from their SoMa studio. Their latest coup? Joining the ranks of past recipients (such as Rodarte and Trina Turk) as fashion honorees in this year’s California Design Biennial, on view at the Pasadena Museum of California Art through Oct. 31.

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What’s the Deal: A Miner Miracle Sample Sale, Bastille, Danielle + More

Wait until that deal come round...

A Miner Miracle: Through Saturday, the local non-profit organization hosts a designer sample sale to raise funds to support its programs, which include providing professional clothing and image counseling to low-income men, women and young adults seeking employment. We hear the merchandise filling the 5,000-square-foot space will be restocked hourly and includes sizes 2-16. Expect labels such as Calvin Klein, Velvet, Paper Denim & Cloth, DKNY, Ann Taylor and London Fog at 60-80 percent off retail. Sale takes place from 10 am to 6 pm at A Miner Miracle Shop, 441 Sutter St., 415-398-2155.

Fabulous Fashionista Sample Sale: Back in San Francisco on Saturday, this sale at Fort Mason means labels such as Ella Moss, James Perse and BCBG at up to 70 percent off. We hear there will be over 2,000 dresses, tops and handbags on offer during the sale. Sizes run 0-12, and you’ll save an additional 10 percent when you pay in cash.

Danielle San Francisco: This Cow Hollow store only has two major sales a year, and one of them starts today. Stop by the shop for up to 50 percent off on labels such as Apriori, Gant, Michael Stars, Ted Baker and Chaiken.

Fashion on the Square Moves Under the Dome

The 7th annual Fashion on the Square event taking place on Saturday in San Francisco has a new home this year: under the “dome” at the Westfield San Francisco Centre. 

Billing itself as one of the largest runway fashion shows on the West Coast (Stanford’s Charity Fashion Show has also claimed the title), the afternoon fashion fundraiser entices with a mixture of known and emerging designer names, as well as celebrity hosts Jay Nicolas Sario of last season’s Project Runway and Bre of America’s Top Model, cycle 5.

Win VIP tickets to New York Fashion Week

If you’ve always wanted to go to New York Fashion Week, but never had the opportunity, your chance comes in the form of a contest from the Academy of Art University.

Running now through Aug. 26, the Share Your Eye for Style Contest will reward one fashion-obsessed entrant with two VIP tickets to the Academy of Art fashion show at Lincoln Center in New York on Sept. 10, 2010.

What’s the Deal: Revolver, Wilkes Bashford, Green Home + More

It may be cold outside, but at least these San Francisco shopping deals are hot.

Revolver: For the next week, score 25 percent off at this Haight destination for art and apparel by local and international names.

Wilkes Bashford: Both the San Francisco and Palo Alto store locations are offering a buy one item, get the second for $1 sale on already marked down summer pieces from labels such as Kiton, Zegna and Brioni. While shoes and handbags are excluded from the $1 promotion, we hear you’ll also find a selection of summer footwear from labels such as Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin on sale as well.

Green Home
: GreenSmart eco-friendly backpacks and messenger bags made of recycled plastic bottles are 20 percent off this week.

Vixens in Training: Perfect Your Pin-Up Style @ Bombshell Betty's Retro Styling Workshop

If you’re in love with pin-up style, you’re in luck. The retro looks of the 1940’s and 1950’s are easier to achieve in San Francisco than ever these days, thanks an upcoming retro hair styling workshop, a new store devoted to Bettie Page-inspired apparel and trusty favorites like Haight Street lingerie boutique Dollhouse Bettie and boudoir-themed parties for special events.

On Sunday, pin-up vixens-in-training can learn how to create 1940’s styles including victory rolls and pin curls during Bombshell Betty’s retro hair styling workshop taught by the woman behind Bombshell Betty Pin-Up Workshops and Burlesquercise dance classes. Cost: $45 per person.

Fashion Week(s): a Look Back and a Look Ahead

The first in what will be nearly 10 days of local fashion events from two different efforts to revive fashion week in San Francisco took place over the weekend, when local style fans descended upon the Vitaminwater Social Club for Fashion Week – The Reinvention. This week, a fashion-related event takes place every night as Chic Fashion Week gets underway. Below, we lay out what’s ahead.

What’s the Deal: Goorin Brothers, Barneys Warehouse Sale, Sidewalk Skincare + More

Have we got a deal for you...

Goorin Brothers
: The annual summer sale from this local maker of hats means 50 percent off select styles through Sunday.

Barneys Warehouse Sale: You’ve got a just over a week to make it to Fort Mason for this massive sale featuring 50 to 75 percent off the department store’s upscale merch for men, women, children and the home. Sale runs through Aug. 8.

Sidewalk Skincare: 7x7 readers will snag 15 percent off the local line’s Shoe Survival Balm with the discount code 7x7sidewalk.

Nice Rack: We Browse What’s New at Local Boutiques

As much as we’d like to be able to regularly browse San Francisco boutiques at a leisurely pace, taking in what’s new and fabulous at each, we’re much more likely to rush out like heat-seeking missiles when we need something specific. Because we suspect many busy readers are much the same, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to do the browsing for you. Below, what’s new at five local boutiques:

Tie Dye Fashion Through the Ages Coming to de Young

Tie dye is getting its due as high art, thanks to an exhibit opening this week at the de Young. But instead of hippies and Haight Street, the inspiration for the show featuring over 50 textile artifacts from around the world comes from fashion’s current obsession with the fabric dyeing method, which has popped up on runways over the last year in collections from labels such as Gucci, Calvin Klein and Proenza Schouler.

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