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Look of the Week: A Wearable Spin on Harajuku Trends for the J-Pop Festival

This Saturday, Japanophiles from all over the Bay will pay homage to Tokyo's Harajuku district by wearing "costumes" ranging from goth to Lolita (think Little Bo Peep). It'll be just one of many interesting sights at this year's J-Pop Summit Festival in Japantown.

While you may not want to go all-out for this one, you can still dress for the occasion by incorporating key trends:  bows, Peter Pan collars, lace, Mary-Janes, platforms, and black. Luckily, many of these trends are in this fall, too. We spun the Harajuku staples into a modern, completely wearable look, with versatile separates that you'll cherish this fall.

Local Eco-Brand, PACT Has Your Butt and Now Your Back Covered, Too

 Wouldn't it be nice if, by lounging around your apartment all day in a t-shirt and undies, you could make a difference in the world? Well now you can -- with PACT.

Last week, the do-good, Berkeley-based, hip-hugging underwear brand, PACT, launched a line of basic tops to match their everyday-sexy underwear. Like the undies, these tops are hyper sustainable, too -- PACT’s shirts are manufactured under the strictest social and environmental standards, and a portion of each purchase is donated to a PACT Cause.

SF Street Style: The Man in The Red Bow-Tie, in The Mission

I caught up with visual designer Shawn Carrico, while standing in line at the SF Street Food Festival, last Saturday in the Mission. His red bow-tie and wicked-sharp glasses immediately caught my attention but, while he's incorporated great details, his outfit is still refreshingly casual -- and thus, street food appropriate. Shawn said his favorite eats at the festival were the Penang Curry Bomb Bun and Sharbat from Azalina's

This Week in Fashion: Simply Chic Launches Online Designer Consignment Shop

Earlier this week, the Chanel-obsessed Marina consignment shop, Simply Chic, launched an online shop offering gently used designer bags and accessories. The select luxury goods are all in good-to-mint condition, and each piece is curated by the owner, May Warren. We took a browse through the constantly growing vintage-to-contemporary collection, and found everything from Lanvin pumps and Hermes watches, to Marni handbags. Take a peek our top picks (above).

Look of the Week: SF Street Food Festival

The 3rd Annual SF Street Food Festival is upon on us and well, a girl's gotta eat! We say dig in -- and look good while doing it.

As ladylike as we know you are, when you're standing and eating saucy truck food with your hands all day, spills are bound to happen. Keep them minute with a printed frock (this one has a fitted bodice and forgiving tummy, too!). Also, keep your hands busy with food -- not fuss -- with a crossbody bag, and stand up to those spiced-up eats with a cool pair of black suede shoes. 

SF Fashion Week: Avant Garde Runway Show Photo + Video Recap

Last Sunday evening, SFFAMA's SF Fashion Week 2011 came to a close with a sold-out Avant Garde Runway Show featuring 8 local designers. Local photographer David Butow covered the finale -- he went, he saw, he photographed. Above (and below) is the night, through his eyes.

SF Street Style: Vintage Jeanne-Marc Reversible Top + Dries Van Noten Shoes at Ver Unica in Hayes Valley

Vintage buff Cindy Spade owns the Ver Unica boutiques in Hayes Valley with her husband, Steve Bell. And with Ver Unica's selection as indication of her tremendous taste, I wasn't surprised to catch Cindy in this fabulous vintage-meets-contemporary outfit, rings by Lila Rice and vintage.

This Week in Fashion: Local Designer Camelia Skikos Fall/Winter 2011 Collection + Sunday Fashion Show

Camelia Skikos' latest collection, "Out of the Blue" showcases her signature cut-out overlays and geometric lines, but this time with sharp doses of blue, cream and black. 

The SF-based designer studied fashion design in Europe before making her way to the Bay in 2003, to be the head designer at Levi's. Skikos' is now focused on her own line (which is 100% made in California), but also teaches fashion at the Academy of Art University

Look of the Week: 7 Madewell Goodies for Outside Lands

With your precious little tickets ready to go, all you need is a killer look to stand out at this weekend at Outside Lands. We picked Madewell as our go-to shop for fine festival duds.

Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping by Chewing the Cud

Local designer  Viola Sutanto is redefining how to give great gifts with her eco-friendly gift-wrapping line, Chewing the Cud.

The chipper line features everything you need to gift well — witty letterpress cards, reusable wrapping cloths, stamps, and even custom stationary.

New this fall, keep an eye out for fresh bucket bags (available in two sizes) that are great for stowing away knick-knacks, packing picnics, and as gifts for expecting moms or brides. Also, get your hands on Limitee, a limited edition gift decorating kit with an array of embellishments (stickers, tags, etc.), housed in a wooden cigar box. It's the hip scrapbooker's dream kit. 

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