Meet this year’s cast of tastemakers who are setting the tone for fashion in San Francisco.
THE PUNK PISTOLS
A woman who masters wild patterns is a picture of style. But a married couple clad in matching and contrasting prints? Double the chic. So it is with Keanan Duffty and Nancy Garcia, a menswear designer (him) and TV producer (her) who made the leap from New York to SoMa this past fall. He’s a British-born punk rocker influenced by Vivienne Westwood and Johnny Rotten—in 2007, he collaborated with friend David Bowie on a line for Target. When Duffty isn’t fronting his band Slinky Vagabond, he’s working as the senior director of fashion merchandising at the Academy of Art University. Garcia counts Bravo’s The Fashion Show among her producer credits. And now, as fashion director of local nonprofit Codame, she is turning the Bay Area’s beloved technology into a wardrobe statement.
Books about Thierry Mugler: Galaxy Glamour by Daniéle Bott and FashionFetishFantasy by Claude Deloffre.
A Gibson Les Paul electric guitar—I’m not into status symbols.
Favorite shop ever:
Vivienne Westwood’s World’s End Shop in London. It’s like an old pirate ship.
The Man Who Fell to Earth: the androgynous alien in the back of a limo, lost in America with orange hair, wearing a fedora and a suit.
Ziggy Stardust kidnapped me. Johnny Rotten lent me his trousers. And Jean Paul Gaultier told me all of his best jokes.
A good haircut at Cinta Salon.
Live fast. Dye hair.
Tiny gold rings my Colombian uncle made for me when I was an infant.
Miu Miu’s parka-style bustier, Vivienne Westwood tribal-print tights, and gold boots.
I seem to have a problem walking past Kurt Geiger on Stockton Street.
The Queen Sofía Spanish Institute in New York has incredible fashion exhibits.
Hibiscus Rum Punch at Smuggler’s Cove. I love a good swizzle stick.
“I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity.” — Diana Vreeland
The kitchen sink.
This article was published in 7x7's September issue. Click here to subscribe.