Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is celebrating 11 years this weekend at Golden Gate Park. Over 50 bands will play on six stages, providing three days of folksy fodder. While the line-up is stronger than ever, we're thinking a scaled-back, bluesy-cool look would be best for shooting the breeze and enjoying the music.
Every September we look forward to Macy's Glamorama, an annual, rockstar-meets-runway benefit show with huge headlining acts. Each summer, Glamorama tours four major cities -- Minneapolis, Chicago, and Los Angeles, with a finale in Macy's home-base, San Francisco.
Surprisingly enough, a few tickets are still available for this Friday's event at the Orpheum Theater, with the mad musical skills of Bruno Mars and Far East Movement, and the high-fashion prowess of Tracy Reese. Tickets also get you access to an exclusive after-party with the performers, at the Asian Art Museum.
I caught up with Nadiya Suwardi, an associate at Prada, while shopping in Hayes Valley. Nadiya exudes this very cool, rock 'n' roll confidence, but has a killer sweetheart smile to balance the toughness. The contrasts -- two-toned hair, delicate yet badass tattoos, the floral-on-leopard prints, and how the flirty hemline of her dress falls so nicely into a chunky heel -- are what make this look really great.
The weather may be saying summer, but our fashion minds can't stop channeling fall. We're currently obsessing over the early-bird Fall 2011 finds at local boutique, Conifer.
From staples like Rachel Comey and Woolrich menswear to Pendleton's striking new Portland Collection, (designed by Nathaniel Crissman, Rachel Turk of church & state, and the Decemberists' personal outfitter, John Blasioli.), take a look above to see the cold-weather goodies we're coveting.
One dress + six accessories = a slew of fun looks. For this weekend's SF Cocktail Week, we'll focus on just two: day and night. For more casual events like today's East Bay Showdown, or Sunday's Belvedere Bloody Mary Brunch, go for the funkier day look. For fancier soirees like tomorrow's Barbary Coast Bazaar, or Saturday's The Legend Awards, doll-up for a glitzier evening look.
All summer long the Levi's Mobile Bike Shop has been parading around the country, stopping in select cities to set up a pop-up bike carnival, in celebration of the Commuter Series by Levi's (available at Urban Outfitters). The crew has traveled a long way from NYC, but they're finally here -- the hometown celebration starts this afternoon at Levis HQ.
I spotted Liz Jackson yesterday, first at Flipper's, then at CAPSULE in Hayes Valley. And, well, I'm pretty sure I have a girl crush. Liz was sporting this perfectly androgynous outfit and had the attitude and smile to really carry it off.
This look comes down to the details. I love the layered, open henley and shirt collars, the varied sleeve lengths, the thick suspenders, the blue-on-blue, the messy hair -- basically the whole look, right down to white rubber band bracelet, and random rocking chair tat.
1. The Bold Italic Print Launch Party + Pop-up Shop at Gershoni Creative (785 Market St.), Friday September 15, 8pm, $20
Tonight, our friends at The Bold Italic are celebrating the launch of their quarterly magazine with an epic penthouse affair. The festivities will include a performance by Gregangelo's Velocity Circus, a plethora of juicy libations, yummy eats and so much more. At the center of it all, a pop-up shop will showcase 10 designers including: Anfzer Farms, Cary LaScala, Yellow Owl Workshop, In Haus Press and Kyler Designs.
2. Betsey Johnson Live at Her New Boutique Launch Party (33 Grant Ave.), Saturday September 17, 4pm-6pm, Free
Betsey Johnson. Live. Glitter mural. Oh, hells yes. That's right, folks -- the spunky little rock-star designer will be in the flesh, celebrating the launch of her new, multi-level SF boutique. Word has it, Betsey will be performing a live mural painting with glitter cans galore! This is one neon-meets-leopard-print-sparkle fest you don't want to miss.
With row after row of booth after booth, shopping at design festivals can be pretty overwhelming. Heck, browsing Etsy online is daunting enough.
But wait...shopping is supposed to be fun, right? Well, to help ease the pain, we filtered through the full load of 130 designers and selected our top picks for the CAPSULE Urban Air Market, this Sunday in Hayes Valley. It's simple -- look through the gallery, mark your favorites, grab a cone at Smitten, and get your shop on.
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