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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.

Look of the Week: Spring Essentials from Local Boutiques

Everyone shops online these days, but that’s no excuse to not shop local. We pulled from six local boutiques' online couterparts and found some excellent spring essentials

Known for their edgy-meets-minimalist aesthetic, Acrimony has a very established online boutique. It’s hard to resist their new stuff, but their online sale is a must-browse.

Ruti: Tel Aviv Designers Take Over a New Pac Heights Boutique

Fillmore’s latest restaurant hustle (Jane, Bun Mee) met a big ‘ole fashion bustle last Friday when Ruti, a womenswear and lifestyle boutique, launched their first SF store, in Pacific Heights.

Owner Ruti Zisser, opened her first shop two years ago in Palo Alto, and carries womens RTW pieces and accessories, exclusively from designers based in Tel Aviv. All politics aside, that’s hot.

Look of the Week: Suit Up, 6 Swimsuits That Double as Bodysuits

We're big fans of functional fashion. Get some street action out of your swimwear this season with a maillot that doubles as a bodysuit. After all, you never know when a morning bike ride through Crissy Field will end with spontaneous swimming at Baker Beach, or when an epic night out will end with a late night hot-tub session. 

We love these six swimsuits for their flattering, beach-flirty designs, but also for their urban wearability. Paired with high-waisted shorts or a long and lean skirt, you'll see that these suits go well beyond the beach.

85th Annual Junior League Fashion Show, Friday at The Fairmont Hotel

The Junior League of San Francisco celebrates its centennial anniversary this year with their 85th Annual Fashion Show: A Fashionable Legacy. Both the luncheon and dinner shows, will be held this Friday at the Fairmont Hotel

Each year the show features members of the JLSF, their hubbies and their children as models in the elaborate runway show. Model trainer, Charleston Pierce, is back on the scene this year, to help these charitable ladies get officially runway ready. (We're guessing the new models just happen to be catching up on America's Next Top Model, too.)

Look of the Week: Museum Hopping

With several new exhibits, and various free admission days*, it's a great week for museum hopping. This Sunday, take a free historical tour of Bali, at the Asian Art Museum. On Tuesday, double-up with free entrance to the Fine Arts Museums of SF. The de Young has already drawn a celebrity audience with Balenciaga and Spain, while the Legion of Honor continues with Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave

Tobi Attempts to Rescue 6 CEOs From Silicon Valley Fashion Fails

So you're in with TechCrunch, have 500+ connections on LinkedIn and are getting cash from Sequoia Capital. The thing is, you're still rolling into work in ill-fitting jeans. 

Last year, our little Mark Zuckerberg was listed among Esquire's top 10 worst dressed list in The 2010 Celebrity Hall of Shame. Zuck shares the bi-winning honor with none other than Charlie Sheen. Yikes.

Inspired by Zuck's worst dressed profile, the stylists at Tobi decided to take action with their CEO Style Guide. Armed with cardigans, fitted shirts, and boat shoes, Tobi went deep into the trenches of Silicon Valley, dug out six lucky CEOs and gave them one heckuva makeover. Check out these six newly made men, geeking out on good style.

Look of the Week: Wet Weekend, 7 Rain Boots to Get You Through

Rain, rain, go away!

We can sing and wish it away all we want, but any SF girl knows we're in for our annual spring showers. The upside? Rainy weather is one trend that keeps coming back, so investing in a good pair of rain boots is a definite must

Let's take a moment to thank Kate Moss, for launching the Wellie trend, back in 2006, when she made muddy Hunter rain-boots look sexy, with a pair of micro-mini shorts (Of course she did!). Designers and fans quickly took note, and what was once a childhood accessory for jumping in puddles, suddenly boomed as trendy adult footwear.

From Tony Walton to Balenciaga: 7 Fashion Events to Check Out This Week

1. Designers on Design: Tony Walton at The Museum of Performance and Design, Monday March 21, 7pm, $15-$30.

The Museum of Performance and Design launches their new conversation series, Designers on Design,  tonight, with the legendary costume and set designer, Tony Walton. After a career as a Broadway set designer in NYC and London, Walton hit the big screen in 1964, as the costume designer and visual consultant for Mary Poppins. His detailed costume work was immediately recognized with an Oscar nod, but it wasn't until 1980 that he won an Oscar for his designs in All That Jazz. All of this and more will be discussed when Walton joins Brad Rosenstein, Curator of Exhibitions for the MPD, in an intimate conversation on Walton's life and five decades of work. Photos and footage behind-the-scenes of Broadway and Hollywood will accompany the conversation.  

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