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Fashion in San Francisco

I’ve taken a break from writing about the fashion scene in San Francisco. To be honest, there are so many events to enjoy and sometimes they are best kept unpublicized. The fashion scene has been very interesting. Many of my favorite designers are not designing any longer. There are new kids on the scene from NY who are huge, but are keeping a super low profile out here. Some local designers are super inflated and others are not compensated and recognized for their talent. As always, I’m impressed by the new talent that’s emerging from the design schools. Their fashion is what I live for.

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The Week Ahead In Fashion: Nigel Barker at Macy’s, Electric Fashion at Neiman Marcus, Dogs on the Catwalk at the SPCA and more

Fashion, Festivals and Warriors Fanatics in the Bay Area this week!

The Western Conference playoff games between the Warriors and the Rockets has the entire Bay Area buzzing with excitement, with many looking forward to a win at home. Fun festivals to enjoy include the San Francisco International Arts Festival that runs through June 7th and BottleRock Napa Valley a 3 day festival of music, food, wine and brew.

Fashion happenings in the Bay Area include:

High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection, March 14 – July 19, 2015, Legion of Honor, 100 34th Avenue, SF, Ticket cost ranges from free to $36

Gowns, accessories, and other looks by the most influential designers of the last one hundred years—including Chanel, Givenchy, Dior, and Charles James—trace the evolution of fashion in the 20th century. See this exclusive West Coast presentation at the Legion of Honor of Brooklyn Museum’s distinguished costume collection.

electric fashion
Electric Fashion Cocktail Party, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Neiman Marcus- The Rotunda Restaurant, 150 Stockton Street, San Francisco, 5-7pm, no cost to attend, RSVP required

Join Christine Suppes, Frederic Aranda and Ken Downing as they discuss and celebrate the launch of the new book “Electric Fashion.” RSVP is required as space is limited. Books will be available for author signing.

la dolce vita
La Dolce Vita Showcase – Spring Edition, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Drake Lounge, 508 4th Street, SF, 6-9pm, no cost to attend, RSVP required

Atelier Prélude, Livelovemoda and sasha maks vintage are hosting an evening of shopping, fashion and entertainment. Models will be showcasing the latest collections through a live photoshoot.

Macy’s and Nigel Barker: a celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Macy’s Union Square, 170 O’Farrell Street, 6-8pm, no cost to attend

Join Macy’s ‘in conversation’ with photographer, author and former model, Nigel Barker! Discover how he became one of the most influential personalities of fashion and entertainment, and was first introduced to modeling by his mother, a former Miss Sri Lanka, and one of the first Sri Lankan models to work internationally. Plus, purchase his New York Times bestselling book, “Models of Influence: 50 Women who Reset the Course of Fashion”, at the event and get it signed by Nigel himself!

Carbon Five Discussion: Warehouse Wizardry, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Carbon Five, 585 Howard Street, Floor 2, SF, 6:30-9:00pm, no cost to attend, RSVP required

For those who love to geek out over supply-chain logistics, this event is for you! Join carbon Five for an insightful talk from two innovators in the field of warehouse logistics and data science. Find out how merchandise moves and the innovation that is making an impact in the industry.

Fabric Lights Workshop
Make & Mingle – Fabric Lights Workshop, Wednesdsay, May 27, 2015, Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7-9pm, ages 21+, $25 cost to attend

Get your craft on using upcycled and reuse materials. The $25 cost to attend covers materials, instruction, snacks and adult beverages.


Ladt Gaga and Tony Bennett Great Performances: "Cheek to Cheek" Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, July 28th, 2014

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett
Great Performances: “Cheek to Cheek”
Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, July 28th, 2014

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are in the Bay Area, performing at the Concord Pavilion. That alone is the fashion, entertainment event of the year! If you were not so lucky to score tickets, other fashion events to enjoy include:

beauty noted picked for you
The Beauty Happy Hour at Carbon Five, Thursday, May 28, 2015, Carbon Five, 585 Howard Street, Floor 2, SF, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, no cost to attend, RSVP required

Join Carbon Five and fashion app “Beauty Noted” founder Sarah Kortschak for a glass of wine, makeup tips, mini makeovers and Sephora giveaways.

E-commerce shopping
From Inception to Retail: Starting a Line, Thursday, May 28, 2015, FIDM SF Campus, 55 Stockton Street, SF, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, $15 students, $20 FIDM alumni, $30 public

A panel of industry experts will provide information to those entering the apparel industry and for seasoned professionals looking for additional resources.

Dogs on the Catwalk Cocktail Party, Friday, May 29, 2015, SF SPCA, 201 Alabama Street, SF, no cost to attend, RSVP required

Get a front row seat at the catwalk for the 7pm fashion show featuring Claire Farwell and Jill Milan. Many have seen designer Claire Farwell’s beautiful gowns on the Hollywood red carpets. Now you’re invited to see her latest designs in person! Luxury handbag designer Jill Milan, who counts actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway as clients, will be showing her latest Italian made, cruelty-free purses. Meanwhile, our four legged friends will be working the catwalk in Scutte and Yap apparel for dogs!

wedding dresses
Brides for a Cause: Charity Wedding Dress Sale, Friday, May 29 through Sunday, May 31, 2015, The Domain Hotel, 1085 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, Friday from 6:00 – 9:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4:00pm, $20 to attend on Friday, no cost to attend on Saturday and Sunday

Looking for a wedding dress? Enjoy a VIP sneak peek preview and purchase before the sale opens for the public. Shop the racks of over 500 beautiful, discounted wedding dresses at up to 75% off. Complimentary food and drinks will be served at the Friday preview. The shopping event continues on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm with no admission cost.

Fashion Show for a Cause
Red Carpet Fashion Show for a Cause, Friday, May 29, 2015, Henderson Design, 1798 Bryant Street, SF, 6:30 – 10:00 pm, ticket cost ranges from $20 to $50

Celebrate fashion for a cause at this fundraiser fashion show featuring the works of designer Tuan Tran. Fashion Designer Tuan Tran will be unveiling his latest works in a high-fashion show featuring both women’s and men’s apparel. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Foundation.

Joshu+Vela Opening Party
Joshu+Vela Opening Party, Friday, May 29, 2015, 3042 16th Street, SF, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, RSVP required

Joshu+Vela has officially opened the doors to their Tradeshop in the Mission, and want to celebrate! They’re throwing an opening party in their new space on May 29th. Fort Point Beer Company, Workhorse Rye and Birdview Distillery will be serving up drinks, they’ll have tasty food, and you’ll go home with a special party favor.

The Brides for a Cause wedding dress shopping event continues today in addition to these events:

Treasure Island Flea, Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, 2015, Ave. of the Palms, Treasure Island, SF, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, $3 to attend, children 12 and under is free, pet friendly

Treasure Island Flea is celebrating four years of thier unique outdoor market. The event offers great shopping with 400+ curated vendors like antiques & collectibles, vintage, indie designers, and more. These are also lots of entertainment, food options and more – all for just $3 Admission. Make sure to RSVP on their Facebook site for a $5 shopping credit!

SF Etsy Summer Indie Emporium
SF Etsy Summer Indie Emporium, Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, 2015, Pier 35, SF, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, no cost to attend

The SF Etsy team will host a maker’s market as part of the PossibL Festival celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the World’s Fair in San Francisco. The Indie Emporium will be open to the public for free! “The Worlds Fair of Creative Ideas” is where industry experts and leaders will come from around the world to work with attendees — together we will build the tools needed to create thriving communities. PossibL is an event like never before. Sit in on a presentation on a panel on Resilient Communities, participate in the Creatix, tell the camera your story for a chance to be on FreeSpeechTV, shop at the SF Etsy Indie Emporium, discover the Local Food Lab and so much more!

However you decide to spend your week, enjoy it in style!

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Macy’s Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with Nigel Barker

Macy's Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Throughout the year, Macy’s is known for celebrating heritage and engaging customers in unique events resulting in memorable experiences that transcend the average shopping trip. Some of the famous iconic events include the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony and the Macy’s Passport presents Glamorama fashion extravaganza. During the month of May, Macy’s Union Square in San Francisco has shown their support for the community by hosting numerous events in celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.

May is a national delegated month to celebrate people of Asian and Pacific Island descent within the United States. Asian Pacific American Heritage month was signed into law in 1992 by President George H.W. Bush. The month of May was chosen because it commemorates when the first Japanese immigrated to the U.S. on May 7, 1843 and the anniversary of the completion transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, which was primarily built by Chinese immigrants.

To celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage month, Macy’s Union Square hosted special in-store celebrations. They featured popular Asian chefs, such as Azalina Eusope of Malaysian descent, who showcased their culinary skills with cooking demos and tastings. Macy’s also featured cultural performances by local groups and appearances by famous people of Asian Pacific descent.

In continuation of the month-long festivities, this Wednesday, May 25th, the Union Square store will host a discussion and customer reception with Nigel Barker, an internationally celebrated photographer and creative presence within the fashion, beauty and entertainment industries. Macy’s has partnered with Barker, who is of Sri Lankan descent, to share his stories and expertise with their customers.

Barker recently released the book “Models of Influence: 50 Women Who Reset the Course of Fashion,” profiling 50 women who have influenced the modeling and fashion industries and have challenged the perception of beauty. Attendees who purchase his New York Times bestselling book at the event will have the opportunity to get it signed by Nigel himself. During the discussion, find out how he became one of the most influential personalities of fashion and entertainment and how he was first introduced to modeling by his mother, a former Miss Sri Lanka who was one of the first Sri Lankan models to work internationally.

Join Macy’s as they celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage through influential people who are making an impact in their industries and community.

WHAT: Nigel Barker will be at Macy’s Union Square for his next stop in a special tour hosted by Macy’s in honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Barker will tour Macy’s stores across the country to discuss fashion, photography, and his heritage.
After the discussion, Barker and will sign copies of his NY Times Best Selling Book, Models of Influence, with qualifying book purchase.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 27 at 6:00PM

WHERE: Macy’s Union Square, 3rd Floor, Impulse department, 170 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco

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Chronicle Books Warehouse Sale, Today through Friday

chronicle books
Chronicle Books is having a warehouse sale at their corporate headquarters in San Francisco, located at 680 Second Street. Stop by Wednesday April 8th through Friday April 10th between 9am and 7pm for incredible savings off a variety of items. Stock up on gifts and save up to 80% off hundreds of selected titles. Choose from cookbooks, children’s books, lifestyle + home, arts + crafts, art + design, photography, travel, pop culture, and music titles. Plus, journals, stationery, and much more! .

Some of the fashion titles at the sale include:

Kokeshi Aoki Journal

Kokeshi Aoki Notecards

Kokeshi: Kimonos

Cath Kidston Mini Notes

Liberty Book of Home Sewing

Mastering the Art of Fabric Print Design

Shoegazing Notecards

You’ll also receive a Chronicle Books tote bag with purchases of $50 or more, while supplies last. We hope you enjoy the sale!

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OBEY Clothing Sample Sale Event

obey clothing sample sale
On the weekend of April 25th and 26th, popular SF boutique Cary Lane will be hosting an exclusive OBEY Clothing sponsored sample sale, plus a 40% off sale on all other apparel for men and women at the Hayes Valley location:

560 Laguna St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 896-4210
They will have samples from Obey & more at up to 90% off regular retail prices! Everything at the stores is always brand new, unworn, and sold at a discount. During the event, there will be special giveaways from Cardio Barre of Bay Area and free drinks from Harmless Harvest. The first 100 customers a day will be also given exclusive store coupons for extra savings!

A bunch of new arrivals are also included in the sale from brands like Rag & Bone, Publish, B:Scott, Greylin, Micheal Stars, Alternative Apparel, Dolce Vita, Line & Dot, Jen’s Pirate Booty, Elizabeth & James, Cameo the Label, DVF, and much more.

RSVP by 4/22 on the Facebook event page to enter to win $50 in Cary Lane cash to be picked up on the first day of the sale. Winner will be announced on the Cary Lane Facebook event page.

*Free drinks based upon availability. All sale items are ‘final sale’. Sale cannot be combined with other discounts. Our private label line, Cary LaScala, will not be included in the sale. All other Cary Lane locations will not be selling Obey, but will still be running the 40% off sale.

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San Francisco Weekend Fashion Events

It’s a fantastic weekend to enjoy the warm weather we’ve been having in San Francisco and to shop! Most boutiques and department stores are having their end of season sales and introducing their Fall 14 collections, so it’s the perfect time to shop those summer fashions you’ve been wanting. This is also the last weekend of the Nordstrom anniversary sale; a sale you don’t want to miss, with many Fall14 items at 30-40% off the original price.

Other notable events around the Bay Area include:

Friday, August 1, 2014

Every fashionista of SF who has shopped at Wonderland SF and is super excited about their move to 1266 Valencia Street. This is now the perfect spot to meet up with girlfriends and grab lunch afterwards at Papalote’s or an even more perfect scenario is to fuel up beforehand at a hipster coffee shop on Valencia and then shop away the afternoon through the glorious racks of local designer clothing at the boutique. Either way, it’s an ideal situation for shoppers!

For anyone not familiar with Wonderland SF, this is a wonderful boutique/art gallery that sells clothing and accessories from local Bay Area designers, as well as artwork from local artists.

Wonderland SF’s Grand Opening at their new location is happening on Friday evening from 6pm to 10pm at 1266 Valencia Street. Come check out the boutique’s new digs, enjoy drinks with friends, mingle to DJ’d music, and most importantly – shop!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Sephora San Francisco is hosting an amazing makeup event opportunity! A team of Smashbox makeup artists, hair stylists and photographers are coming to San Francisco for a one-day event that you won’t want to miss. Get your makeup done up by a professional Smashbox makeup artist followed by a photo shoot with famed fashion photographer Steven Khan. The pictures will be great for your portfolio, sharing with friends or posting on Facebook.

Cukui, a Bay Area streetwear brand is having a Grand Opening of their second location at 1439 Haight Street on Saturday from 11am to 7pm! Cukai is an island-influenced brand with a blend of Polynesian tattoo and Chicano culture motifs. Their designers are skilled graffiti and tattoo artists, reflective in the slick, bold graphics on their apparel and accessories.

Come stop by their new location and find out why they’ve been a huge success amongst all the streetwear brands!

Check the events listing for other fashion events happening this weekend.

Whatever you do this weekend, enjoy it in style!

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Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama “Fashion Rocks”

Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama is coming to San Francisco this September with an incredible line up of the hottest fashion, top musical and dance entertainment entertainment and always enjoyable after-party festivities.

Macy’s Glamorama is an hour-long high-end fashion show and musical production that not only unveils the latest fashions from the hottest designers, but also showcases heart-stopping dance, lush visuals, staging as well as musical performances by chart-topping artists.  Past musical performers have included Bruno Mars, Sheryl Crow, Cee Lo Green, Gar East Movement, Beyonce Knowles, Robin Thicke, Karmin and more.  The charity event, which benefits AIDS Emergency Fund, Glide Foundation and Project Open Hand, celebrates 32 years of fashion and compassion for HIV/AIDS on Friday, September 12, 2014 at the SHN Golden Gate Theatre, with an after party immediately following at the Warfield Theatre.


Jason Derulo is the main performer at this year’s event, having sold 30 million singles worldwide, over 1 billion views on You Tube, and five To 5 U.S. Radio Singles in the Top 40 format.  His career started after penning hits for the likes of Lil Wayne, Pitbull, Diddy, Sean Kingston, Cassie and Danity Kane at 16 years of age.   Following his 2009 self-titled debut, the 24 year old Miami native has since received nods from the Teen Choice Awards, the MTV Europe Music Awards, the MOBO Awards, and five honour’s at the BMI Pop Awards including Songwriter of the Year in 2011.


This event sells out every year, so make sure to buy your tickets early for an unforgettable evening you won’t want to miss.


Ticket prices are $75-$125 for the show only; $250 for show and after-party, $500-$1000 for VIP show and after-party.  Tickets go on sale July 29th, 2014.

When: Friday, September 12, 2014, 8pm

Where: SHN Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor Street, SF

What:  High-end fashion show and musical production followed by an over-the-top after-party (included with purchase of $250 ticket or more) at the Warfield Theatre.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year fashionistas!  I hope everyone has a fabulous, healthy and prosperous 2013!  In reflecting on the past year, some of my favorite fashion moments of 2012, in no particular order:

1.  Helmut Lang 2012 sweater collection.  My favorite designer sweater collection of the last year, which I shopped a lot this past Fall – innovative knitting techniques and mixture of yarns resulting in kick-ass designs.  Sweaters don’t need to be bulky and plain to keep a woman stylish and warm through the winter.

2.  Makeup Forever Flash Color Case – a tip from a local makeup artist and fashion photographer lead me to the Makeup Forever collection.  Vibrant colors, long lasting wear – just what a fashionista needs to pizazz up her look.  (shopping tip: the online Sephora site offers special discounts on the Flash Color Case).

3.  Camaraderie of the #TeamElena Project Runway tweeters for Elena Slivnyak’s Fan Favorite win.

4.  Spending time with Thom & Manda!

Sister Eden Asp in one of my favorite designs with the designer, Fernando Ruiz.
Sister Nancy Drew Blood! 

5.  Hanging out with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence backstage at Project Nunway and seeing their transformation into beautiful models.

My Supreme Beings outfit by IIMUAHII.  Photo by Erica Henderson.

6.  Handling PR for the IIMUAHII “Supreme Beings” fashion show and getting to know Elena Slivnyak better.  Great experience within PR/event promotions and wonderful working with other businesses that show their support to local designers through sponsorships.

Rocking it out at Glamorama! The Patron band!

7.  Getting a compliment from Amy Heidemann of Karmin on my Swati Couture outfit at Macy’s Glamorama.

Love Esteban – he’s so fierce and fabulous! Photo by Ed Jay.
One of my favorite SF Fashion Icons. Photo by Ed Jay.

8.  Running into one of my favorite MUAs, Esteban David, and meeting Yuri Pascarella at La Grande Fete.

Lady Rizo.  Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage.
Designer Danielle Pettee & me.  Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage.
Stunning performance by Dita Von Teese.  Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage.

9.  Hanging out with SF’s most fashion fabulous at the La Maison Cointreau Party and seeing the multi-talented Lady Rizo and mesmerizing Dita Von Teese perform!

At the de Young Museum.  Photo by Ed Jay.

10.  Meeting Jean Paul Gaultier and getting receiving a compliment on my IIMUAHII corset.

Wearable Art by Joshua Bernstein, styling by Monique Zhang.  Photo by Steve Han.
Design by Joshua Bernstein.  Photo by Moanalani Jeffrey.

11. Modeling for SF Beautiful and showing support for this impactful non-profit!

12.  Finding the Z-Rack through a desperate Google search to help with my clothes storage challenges –  my racks kept collapsing and had poor stability.  The Z-Rack is the best I’ve found and allows me to store more outfits.

Maison martin Margiela H&M March.  Photo by Herm Pugay.

13.  Marching for H&M through San Francisco.  One of the most unusual marketing experiences I’ve ever experienced.

A small portion of “Subterranea” by Lynn Rubenzer, featuring Michele Gates. 

14.  Being immortalized drawn into my favorite San Francisco artist Lynn Rubenzer’s “Subterranea” painting, featured at Viracocha.

What are some of your favorite fashionable moments of 2012?

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Lights….Camera….Danielle the Dressmaker in Action!

San Francisco fashion designer Danielle Pettee shows off her new studio and her latest collection of beautiful dresses in this video!

Danielle the Dressmaker:
Video Credits:
Directed/Producer/Editor: Ramin Mehrabani
Co-Director: Shai White
Copyright © SLE Productions & SW Productions. All Rights Reserved.

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Topshop are inviting customers online and instore to engage in ‘Trick or Tweet’ – a social media competition the brand has invented to celebrate its debut Halloween collection ‘Witching Hour’.

Justin Cooke, Chief Marketing Officer of TopShop, announced, “We love the idea of using Halloween to connect our digital and physical worlds. We know our customer moves seamlessly between the two and we want to make that experience even more fun for them and drive conversation in our community around a moment that everyone wants to be a part of.”

From October 26th through the 31st, customers can enter the ‘Trick or Tweet’ competition by tweeting @Topshop their favourite Halloween style tip or a twitpic of their Halloween outfit hashtagging it #TrickorTweet.

@Topshop will send personalised messages to entrants to thank them for taking part with the best tweets each day treated to $150 gift cards.

For the first time ever in selected flagship stores, customers will be able to purchase items using tweets as currency in the ‘Topshop Tweet Shop’ where Halloween-inspired make-up will be given in exchange for tweets.

Customers visiting selected Topshop stores during these dates will also be able to get involved by taking a twitpic of themselves in front of instore ‘Trick or Tweet’ backdrops and posters.

#TrickorTweet can be used across both Twitter and Instagram for inclusion.

Good luck! 

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