Figue, a new travel-inspired artisan-centric fashion label by Stephanie Von Watzdorf with chic wares from embroidered caftans, blue rhinestone wing studded army jackets (which are developing quite a following in our windy city), to market bags dazzled with pom poms and beads have been making quite a stir in the fashion world.
Jason Wu, fashion star and favorite of First Lady Michelle Obama (not one but two inaugural ball gowns, hello!) recently alighted the Golden Gate for a fashion show of his Spring 2013 collection presented by Neiman Marcus and the San Francisco Opera Guild. Here, the designer talks SF superlatives like soup dumplings and Marissa Mayer with 7x7 at the Rotunda (of course).
Lisa Vreeland, director of the documentary, The Eye Has to Travel, about legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland (who is her mother-in-law), dropped into San Francisco for a screening of her film at the legendary Castro Theater. She sat down with 7x7 to discuss working in Paris, her upcoming documentary on another larger-than-life tastemaker, Peggy Guggenheim, and what she loves about San Francisco.
The allure of the Orient held designers in a trance for Spring. But for San Franciscans, the exoticism of Asia always holds sway–especially in the mysterious streets of Chinatown, where rich metallics, opulent fabrics and embroideries capture the seductive mood.
“A lot of my work is closed, and some of it’s very hard,” says photographer and author Jim Goldberg. The point is easily made at Goldberg’s studio, above Thrift Town on Mission Street, where photos of subjects from all over the world—doing ordinary things and wearing their suffering as casually as T-shirts—are tacked semi-haphazardly on the walls.
I Am a Camera catches one’s attention amongst the titles of coffee-table books in John Chiara’s industrial live-work studio on Alabama Street. For a man who builds large-format cameras, which he hauls on trailers up and down the California coast, it is tempting to take this as his mission statement.
Only a half-dozen square, colorful, precise paintings are left behind, stacked amid brushes and Solo cups, at Clare Rojas’ sun-drenched Dogpatch studio, its walls hung with prepped linens to begin a new body of work.
“I just shipped out my show ‘Spaces in Between’ to Chicago’s Kavi Gupta Gallery, so there is not much art left,” explains the petite brunette with a Louise Brooks bob.
“My studio is a mess,” says painter and graffiti artist Barry McGee, whose workspace is a riotous funhouse of color, pattern, animation, pop culture, subculture, laughs, and winks
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