Calling Lil Wayne -- events by Virgie Tovar, Bianca Starr, and Retrofit Republic make Bay fashion pop this week
STREET SEEN Bianca Starr has not only owned a club (222 Club), boutique (eponymous), and soon-to-be clothing brand (same) in these foggy blocks — she also grew up in San Francisco and now raises and, presumably, dresses two brilliant little boys here. So after our photoshoot in advance of her locally made Wed/7 Style From Within fashion show, I ask her what Bay Area style means to her. She doesn't have a lot to say about color palette, designer influences, or silhouettes.
"We have become accustomed to layering and always preparing for weather changes," she tells me. Practical, yes, but thanks to that fog monster, unpredictable meteorological happenings give us opportunity for mad flair. "With this we are able to really get away with a lot," concludes Starr.
The layered look was represented by a few of the outfits Starr and Collage Clothing Lounge (3344 Lakeshore, Oakl. (510) 452-3344) owner Amanda Rae were pulling off the racks during our interview. Chunky sweaters, flowy tanks, maxi skirts, sheer blouses, and bangles on bangles on bangles poured out of Rae's little shop, which the bashful businesswoman gamely donned for some quick photos behind the store.
This week, the city is somewhat deluged in fashion events (keep reading!), but this Starr's second runway-club night is the one to check out for versatile local fashion. Three boutiques — Collage, Mission Statement, and Artillery Art Gallery — will be dressing the models. She's invited her favorite "runway DJ" Ry Toast and Bayonics dreamboat Rojai to drop some tracks from his upcoming debut album.
In the future, Starr says the shows will be a great launching pad for that new clothes line. Expect it to drop by the time the next Style From Within rolls around. She also wanted to use this space to let Lil Wayne know her styling services are available next time he's in town, and who am I to say I've got better things to write about?
Style From Within Vol. 2 Wed/7 9pm-2am, free before 10:30pm with RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org; $5 at door. Harlot, 46 Minna, SF. www.biancastarr.com
THE BOLD ITALIC'S HABERDASH
Damn the men look good in this town. I thank the Bold Italic's recent spread of fashionable FiDi fellows for proof that downtown does have soul, and I heartily recommend attending the website's local malewear runway show. Looks from Lower Haight skate chic boutique D Structure, denim gods Self Edge, bespoke shirtsmiths The Artful Gentleman, and more — all soundtracked with a live set by LA's sexy-breathless pop beatmakers Wildcat! Wildcat!
Wed/7 8-11pm, $30. Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell, SF. www.thebolditalic.com
Only no one on this page has style like Virgie Tovar, fat activist. Tovar recently pulled together an inspirational collection of fat chick stories, musings, and manifestos in Hot and Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love, and Fashion. To read is to luxuriate in the notion that our bodies are beauty, regardless and because of their deviation from fashion mag norms. Tovar's reading today with fellow Hot and Heavy will be a celebration of fatshion, self-acceptance, and sparkles.
Thu/8 7:30pm, free. The Booksmith, 1644 Haight, SF. (415) 863-8688, www.booksmith.com