Laura Peach

So long, Bryant Park: SF students show at Fashion Week's last season in the tents

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As the New York fashion world flicked a sassy over-the-shoulder wave and bid its Bryant Park home goodbye -- Fashion Week will move to Lincoln Center starting next season -- six students from San Francisco’s Academy of Art University fretted and beamed as their projects took the stage before the eyes of famed industry professionals.

For the past five years, AAU has been showing select student’s work during New York Fashion week, to give promising graduates exposure and to lure new students out to the Bay Area. Bethany Meuleners’ story is a case in point: three and a half years ago, she secured a seat as a prospective featured student, sat in the audience, and dreamed of seeing her own designs on the runway. Serendipitously, she graduated just in time to have her goal realized. “I can’t believe I’m here! In Bryant Park!” Meuleners told me before the show. “It’s such an iconic thing.”

It's difficult to piece together a coherent narrative from the collections of six individual designers, but this season seemed to play a gothic darkness (three of the students' offerings were almost entirely black) off a theme best summed up as "monochrome time traveler."

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New art and style on Geary

Local looks and views abroad
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With a calm demeanor and a pulled-together, no-nonsense appearance, Claudia Altman-Siegel isn't an obvious suspect when it comes to identifying the driving force behind a conceptual art show that draws well-heeled European tourists and people clad in Converse shoes and skinny jeans. Read more »

12 sweet spots

FEAST: Doughnuts, desserts, and other dulcet delights
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Spring and summer are sweet seasons. Rays of sunshine and blossoming flowers make for happy eyes and noses. Why not let your tongue join in too with a sugary treat? And these desserts are sweet deals too: all 12 of these delights cost less than $5.

DYNAMO DOUGHNUTS

Start the morning off sugar-rich right with a ring of wonder from Dynamo Doughnuts. Every light, airy doughnut at the streetside outpost is delicious, from the simple vanilla bean to the complex seasonal flavor combinations like huckleberry with Meyer lemon frosting. Read more »

Green living resource guide

The Green Issue: Latest local options for helping, not hurting
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Living green is not just about buying organic vegetables and riding a bike. It's about making conscious choices about where you shop, what you buy, and how you interact with your environment. Here are some resources that can help you align your lifestyle with your values.

Down at Home: Greening your domestic life starts with revising your habits, but the next step is revising your actual surroundings. A consultation from the folks at Sustainable Spaces (1167 Mission, SF. Read more »

Onward and upward

CAREERS AND ED: Career advice in a scary climat
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With a statewide unemployment rate of 10.5 percent and industries crumbling, it almost seems absurd to think about making upward career moves. But an awful economy doesn't need to equal personal unhappiness in your work life. Dena Sneider, a career counselor of 15 years and cofounder of the Bay Area Career Center (www.bayareacareercenter.com), gave us some advice on what to do to for your career in the current economic climate.

Don't stay stuck. If you're not content with your current job, start the process of figuring out what type of work is best for you. Read more »

San Francisco style

Seven designers who are defining the way we dress
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When it comes to fashion, San Francisco is an interesting paradox. Bay Area designers and consumers are notoriously innovative, politically conscious, and stylishly playful. Many who grow up or study here go on to make waves on a national or international scale. And yet this city still is not considered a global style center in the way that New York, Paris, or Milan are. In recent years, even L.A. seems to be getting more attention as a legitimate fashion capital than San Francisco.Read more »

Home improvement

Green City: Create an eco-happy home (whether or not you own)
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GREEN CITY If you're thinking of greening your home, you might imagine that your that only option is to install expensive energy-efficient appliances — which many renters can't do and many homeowners can't afford. But don't despair. There are ways to reduce your carbon footprint without significantly reducing your bank account, with or without a landlord's help. Below are several tips from San Francisco's premier green architect and eco-remodel guru Eric Corey Freed, principal at organicArchitect. Read more »

Letter your love

G-Spot: Select sentimental stationery instead of pricey presents
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We usually think of Valentine's Day gifts in terms of decadent chocolates, lush roses, glittering jewelry, and luxurious lingerie — pretty much everything except, well, valentines. You remember ... those cards made out of paper, usually in some shade of red or pink, crowded with hearts, kiss marks, and Xs and Os? Read more »