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Emerging Talent: Stand Outs from the Academy of Art University's Spring 2011 Fashion Show

The annual Academy of Art University Spring Show is consistently one of the most well produced fashion shows in SF. This year, the show featured 16 mini-collections from 23 talented students, graduating with BFA Fashion Design degrees in Accessory, Knitwear, Men's Wear, Technical, Textile and Women's Wear.

The students unveiled their work last week at the AAU Tent in SoMa. We went, we saw, and we picked favorites. Above are, in our opinion, the best technically designed, and overall most complete looks from the show. 

 

SF Street Style: Mixed Grays and Contrast Shoes in Union Square

Shafiyi Wali's crisp fit and casual, yet polished, spring suiting caught my attention while shopping in Union Square last week. I was surprised to find out he's so stylish at just 23-years-old, but wasn't surprised to find out he's a personal shopper at Sak's Men's Store. While it may be his job to look this good, something tells me he's a natural. What I love most about his outfit is that it's so well thought out, and yet seemingly simple. 

What he's wearing: Check shirt from Club Monaco, gray wool vintage blazer, vintage pocket square, H&M black pants, Saks Fifth Avenue tan leather oxfords.

 

This Week in Fashion: Bikes & Beats Present Bike Fashion, Rose & Champagne Facials for Mother's Day, Swap for Good at BellaPelle and More

1. Bikes & Beats: Bike Fashion at Public Works (161 Erie St), Friday May 6, 10pm-3am, $6-$10, 21+.

The mega-hip bike hang out, Bikes & Beats, brings you their fashion edition with designs by Level 4 Couture, live music and art shenanigans, food trucks, and, of course, free valet bike parking -- tres classy, indeed. Bring your own garment for on-the-spot screenprinting, with three music and bike inspired designs, by Like Minded People.

Look of the Week: Spring Splurge, 7 Colorful Crossbody Bags

From Proenza Schouler’s buckled purses to Marc Jacobs’ straw slings, the Spring/Summer 2011 runway was whipped up in a flurry of long shoulder straps. Not all trends make it from the runways of NYC to the streets of SF, but we love these crossbody bags because they're ultra practical. And in a city full of street food, iPhones, bikers and travel junkies, it's always great when practical meets stylish. So stop worrying about your purse and let your hands go this spring with a cute, colorful crossbody bag

Whether you like to carry your life with you, or need a smaller purse that lets you dance the night away, we have 7 great crossbody bags to splurge on this spring. 

7 Last Minute Local Mother's Day Gifts for Under $100

For all you last minute shoppers out there, we've got your back. We pulled together a bundle of hip mom-essentials from seven fantastic local boutiques, to mix, match and make her smile. 

SF Street Style: Bold, Vintage Accessories at the SF International Film Fest

Kyla Westphal lives in the Mission, does green power marketing for 3Degrees, and can't get enough vintage. We caught her at the SF International Film Festival, waiting in line to see Circumstance, at the Kabuki Theater. Her bold scarf and gold-flaked cork wedges stood out in the crowd.

Look of the Week: SELF Workout in the Park with Celeb Host Alison Sweeney

SELF Magazine's 18th Annual Workout in the Park hits SF for the first time, this Saturday, from 11am to 3pm, at the Little Marina Green. This year, SELF is teaming up with celeb host Alison Sweeney (Days of our Lives, The Biggest Loser, The Mommy Diet), and Crunch Fitness for the ultimate women's, total-body, outdoor fitness experience. Tickets are $20, include a one-year subscritption to SELF, and all proceeds benefit Cancer and Careers and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

SF Street Style: Japanese School Prep Meets Vintage Cheer in Hayes Valley

We caught Juliette Tang on her way to an Easter dinner party in Hayes Valley. Juliette, who does social media for Zoosk.com, mixed the right textures and colors to create this fun Japanese-school-prep-meets-vintage-cheer look. We love!

What she's wearing:  American Apparel yellow striped bow, vintage Pendleton cardigan, Lacoste red polo shirt, orange Longchamp bag, American Apparel corduroy skirt, American Apparel striped stockings.  

Look of the Week: Men's Classic Spring Essentials

Menswear has officially hit Look of the Week, and it's about time. Oh, boys, boys, boys -- we've been neglecting, but never hating. While great menswear (not the t-shirt and jeans get-up) seems like a thorny little task, it's actually easy when you rock the classics

We have nine timeless essentials every guy needs to look great this spring:  Wayfarers, a spring sweater, a check shirt, crisp spring whites, boat shoes, rolled-cuff pants, flat front shorts, and a great carry-all. This clever, flexible mix of modernized basics work for everyone from manly to metro, yuppie to hipster, and every wardrobe in between. The key is to layer these picks with trendier pieces that reflect your personal style.

7 Spring Fashion Shows You Don't Want to Miss

NYC may have fashion week, but we in SF have fashion month. Each Spring, from mid-April to mid-May, a range of annual fashion shows present SF's best emerging talent. From $10,000 student collections, to recycled independent clothing, designers across the city have been sketching, patterning, draping, cutting, sewing, pressing, fitting and refitting like mad - and it all comes down to these seven shows: 

1. San Francisco State University's Runway 2011: EnchantmentThursday April 21, 7pm at the San Francisco Design Center (101 Henry Adams Street), $15-$25.

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